New York, NY (Sports Network) - With an agreement reached to accommodate the
players' Olympic participation, the NHL revealed its 2013-14 schedule.
The regular season is slated to begin on Oct. 1, with the Chicago Blackhawks
raising their second Stanley Cup championship banner in four years before
taking on the Washington Capitals in one of three opening-night matchups.
The schedule also includes six games to be played outdoors, highlighted by the
league's annual matchup on New Year's Day.
The extended lockout led to the cancellation of the 2013 Winter Classic
between Toronto and Detroit, but the pair of Original Six clubs will battle at
Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1. There will also be two contests at Yankee Stadium
and one each at Dodger Stadium, Soldier Field and BC Place.
The league will shut down from Feb. 9-25 to enable its players to compete in
the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The regular season concludes April 13, with the playoffs beginning three days
Next season will feature a previously unveiled new division alignment. There
are two eight-team divisions known as the Metropolitan and Atlantic in the
Eastern Conference, while seven teams make up both the Pacific and Central
Divisions in the Western Conference.
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