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Report: Teams will play 18 games within division

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

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The NHL still hasn't released the details of its 2013 schedule yet, but it's expected that a 48-game season will begin on Jan. 19 with training camps opening on Sunday once the new CBA is officially ratified.

While we wait for the official word from the league, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported on what the schedule matrix should look like for the shortened season.

According to McKenzie, teams will play two division opponents in a 48-game season -- most likely their closest rivals -- five times each. They'll play the other two division opponents four times each, and the remainder of the games (30) will be spread throughout the conference.

Just as the case was in 1994-95, there will be no interconference games.

This schedule varies slightly from last week's original report that said teams would play seven games against each division opponent.

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