2013 NHL Schedule: league releases 720-game schedule

By Eye on Hockey staff

Jonathan Quick celebrates the 2012 Stanley Cup championship. Will the Kings repeat in 2013? (Getty)

The NHL released its 2013 schedule on Saturday night after the lockout officially ended. The league began operations at midnight ET, and the first games will be played on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Here are the month-by-month schedules: January-February | March | April

Our Adam Gretz highlighted 10 must-watch games in 2013.

Here are more details from the league:

The 2012-13 NHL scheduling matrix focuses competition on the most heated rivalries in the League. Teams will play 18 games within the division: four games (two home and two away) against two of the teams in the division, five games (three home and two away) against one team from the division and five games (two home and three away) against the remaining divisional opponent.

To complete the 720-game schedule, Clubs will play three games against each of the ten remaining non-divisional opponents from within the conference. Outside the division, a team will face five clubs twice at home and once away, while playing once at home and twice on the road against the other five teams.

In what promises to be a frenetic 99-day regular season, there is at least one NHL game on the schedule every night. The final day of the season – Saturday, Apr. 27 – again features 26 teams in action creating a final, 13-game push for the playoffs.

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