NHL releases schedule; Canes to host Red Wings in season opener

calexander@newsobserver.comJuly 19, 2013 

The Carolina Hurricanes will be playing in the newly named Metropolitan Division and opening the 2013-2014 season against a new Eastern Conference opponent.

The NHL released the regular-season schedule Friday and announced the names of the four new divisions under the league’s realignment. The Hurricanes will open the season Oct. 4 at PNC Arena against the Detroit Red Wings, the Eastern newcomers.

The Canes will face their first new division rival when they host the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 6, then will have road games in Pittsburgh and Washington.

The 2013-2014 schedule was made official soon after the joint announcement by the NHL and NHL Players’ Association that NHL players will be allowed to participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The NHL’s new division names: Metropolitan, Atlantic, Central and Pacific.

The Canes will be competing against the Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils and Columbus Blue Jackets in the Metropolitan. The Caps are the Canes’ only rival from the former Southeast Division.

“This is the best schedule we’ve had in a while,” Canes general manager Jim Ruther- ford said Friday. “That opening weekend with Detroit and Philadelphia is great. It’s obvious we’re getting real good teams right off the start.

“It’s a much more balanced schedule than we’ve had in a long time. It should be good for our fans.”

The Canes will have 20 back-to-back sets this season, and all but two will involve travel. They will have a trio of four-game road trips, including Western swings in early December and another in late February and early March, just after the Feb. 9-26 Olympic break. They’ll also take a four-game trip during the N.C. State Fair in October.

“The back-to-backs are not as severe as they were last year,” Rutherford said. “A lot of the back-to-backs where we come home we play teams in the other division, so that’s not as bad for us.”

The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will visit PNC Arena on Oct. 15. The Hurricanes will host the Montreal Canadiens on New Year’s Eve at PNC Arena.

The longest home stand will be a five-game run in November, when the Canes face Philadelphia, the New York Islanders, Minnesota, Colorado and Anaheim.

Carolina, which has failed to make the playoffs the past four seasons, will end the regular season with three of four games on the road – the last two against the Red Wings and the Flyers.

Oct. 4: Detroit, 7
Oct. 6: Philadelphia, 5
Oct. 8: at Pittsburgh, 7
Oct. 10: at Washington, 7
Oct. 11: Los Angeles, 7
Oct. 13: Phoenix, 1
Oct. 15: Chicago, 7
Oct. 17: at Toronto, 7
Oct. 19: at N.Y. Islanders, 7
Oct. 24: at Minnesota, 8
Oct. 25: at Colorado, 9
Oct. 28: Pittsburgh, 7

Nov. 1: Tampa Bay, 7
Nov. 2: at N.Y. Rangers, 7
Nov. 5: Philadelphia, 7:30
Nov. 7: N.Y. Islanders, 7
Nov. 9: Minnesota, 7
Nov. 12: Colorado, 7
Nov. 15: Anaheim, 7
Nov. 16: at St. Louis, 8
Nov. 18: Boston, 7
Nov. 21: at Detroit, 7:30
Nov. 23: at Boston, 1
Nov. 24: Ottawa, 5
Nov. 27: at New Jersey, 7 Nov. 29: New Jersey, 7

Dec. 1: Vancouver, 1
Dec. 3: at Washington, 7
Dec. 5: at Nashville, 8
Dec. 6: San Jose, 7
Dec. 9: at Vancouver, 10
Dec. 10: at Edmonton, 9:30
Dec. 12: at Calgary, 9
Dec. 14: at Phoenix, 8
Dec. 20: Washington, 7
Dec. 21: at Tampa Bay, 7
Dec. 23: Columbus, 7
Dec. 27: Pittsburgh, 7
Dec. 29: at Toronto, 7
Dec. 31: Montreal, 7

Jan. 2: at Washington, 7
Jan. 4: at N.Y. Islanders, 7
Jan. 5: Nashville, 7
Jan. 7: at Buffalo, 7
Jan. 9: Toronto, 7
Jan. 10: at Columbus, 7
Jan. 13: Calgary, 7
Jan. 18: Florida, 7
Jan. 19: Tampa Bay, 5
Jan. 21: at Philadelphia, 7
Jan. 23: at Buffalo, 7
Jan. 24: Ottawa, 7
Jan. 27: Columbus, 7
Jan. 28: at Montreal, 7:30
Jan. 31: St. Louis, 7

Feb. 4: Winnipeg, 7
Feb. 7: Florida, 7
Feb. 8: Montreal, 6
Feb. 27: at Dallas, 8:30

March 1: at Los Angeles, 4
March 2: at Anaheim, 8
March 4: at San Jose, 10:30
March 7: N.Y. Rangers, 7
March 8: at New Jersey, 7
March 11: N.Y. Rangers, 7
March 13: Buffalo, 7
March 15: at Boston, 1
March 16: Edmonton, 3
March 18: at Columbus, 7
March 21: at Chicago, 8
March 22: at Winnipeg, 7
March 25: N.Y. Islanders, 7
March 27: at Florida, 7:30
March 29: Columbus, 7
March 31: at Ottawa, 7:30

April 1: at Pittsburgh, 7
April 3: Dallas, 7
April 5: New Jersey, 7
April 8: at N.Y. Rangers, 7
April 10: Washington, 7
April 11: at Detroit, 7:30
April 13: at Philadelphia, 3

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