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NHL releases 2013-14 schedule

07/19/2013 01:37 EDT | Updated 09/18/2013 05:12 EDT
The Chicago Blackhawks will raise their Stanley Cup banner on Oct. 1 to open the 2013-14 NHL season with newly aligned conferences and divisions.

It will mark the first time since 2008 that the defending champion will open the regular season against a team out of its conference. The Detroit Red Wings raised their banner that year against Toronto.

The 82-game schedule for each team will conclude April 13, with the Stanley Cup playoffs starting April 16.

The NHL will shut down Feb. 9-25, with games resuming three days after the gold-medal game.

The schedule features six outdoor games, including the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at Michigan’s Big House featuring the Toronto Maple Leafs and host Detroit (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 12:30 p.m. ET).

CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada also released its schedule, which begins with an opening-night doubleheader involving four Canadian teams. Toronto visits Montreal (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET) followed by Edmonton hosting Winnipeg (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 10 p.m. ET).

The NHL's newly realigned divisions will be called the Metropolitan, Atlantic, Central and Pacific.

The Metropolitan is made up of the Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Atlantic has the Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Senators, Sabres, Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Central has the Jets, Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues.

The Pacific has the Canucks, Flames, Oilers, Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks.

Former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will make his return to Ottawa on Dec. 1 when the Detroit Red Wings visit the nation's capital.

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