Now that we have a tentative agreement on a new CBA the next step is figuring out where and when actual games will be played.
Prior to Sunday's agreement it had been assumed that a 48-game schedule would be the best case scenario but there remained a slim chance for the NHL to extend it to 50 games.
According to CBC's Elliotte Friedman, the NHL has sent a memo to its 30 teams indicating that the league will in fact play a 48-game season that will open on Jan. 19.
NHL sends memo to clubs indicating no camps before Saturday (and may not open until Monday), 48-game season to begin Jan. 19— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 7, 2013
The NHL board of governors are expected to meet on Wednesday to ratify the new CBA, so an official announcement from the league regarding the schedule probably won't come out until after that meeting takes place.
This would be the second 48-game season in NHL history, as that is the same number of games the league played in 1994-95 when half of that season was also lost to a lockout.
That schedule contained nothing but intraconference games, and it's expected that the 2013 schedule will be constructed the same way.