Following the announcement of the NHL’s participation in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, the NHL gave to OK to release the schedules for next season.
Opening Day for the 2013-14 NHL Season will take place on October 1st (happy birthday to me). CBC will kick off the season “unofficially” with the Toronto Maple Leafs visiting the Montreal Canadiens at 7 PM EST. NBC Sports Network will hold the “official” season opener with the Washington Capitals visiting the Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks at 8 PM EST. Afterwards, CBC will hold the second game of its doubleheader with the Winnipeg Jets making their West debut (since their reincarnation) against the Edmonton Oilers in Rexall Arena. The game will begin around 10 PM EST.
On October 2nd, NBC Sports Network will televise its second game of the season. The Buffalo Sabres will travel to Detroit to take on the Red Wings in their East debut. The game will start at 8 PM.
On the 3rd, the New Jersey Devils will travel to Pittsburgh to play in their season opener against the Penguins, starting at 7 PM. For the third straight day, NBCSN will have a game televised at 8 also. That game is the Los Angeles Kings facing off against the Minnesotta Wild.
The Devils will return home the next day to play in their home opener against the New York Islanders. Puck Drop for that game will also, obviously, be 7 PM.
NHL Network will open their year with the Detroit Red Wings traveling to TD Garden to take on the Eastern Conference Champion Bruins with a 7 PM start time.
NBC starts their hockey year a month and a half later. On the day after Thanksgiving, November 29th, the New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins will square off.
On January 26, CBC and NBC will broadcast the Devils-Rangers game from Yankee Stadium starting at 12:30 PM EST. NBC Sports Network will air the Rangers-Islanders game at Yankee Stadium starting at 7 PM EST. CBC and NBCSN will also be televising the Ducks-Kings game live from Dodger Stadium. NBCSN will also be televising the Penguins-Blackhawks game live from Soldier Field.
The NHL will take a break from February 9-25 for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.
There will be plenty more insight and analysis from Pucks and Pitchforks to come. For now, here are some tidbits about the schedule, per Steve Lepore (Writer for SB Nation, and reporter for SiriusXM NHL Radio):
- “NBC will air games in 12 timeslots this season, including two outdoor games. Not sure about Hockey Day in America yet.
- Mar. 2 will be an NBC/NBCSN tripleheader: PHI/WSH or BOS/NYR at 12:30 on NBC, OTT/VAN outdoor game at 4, PHI/WSH or BOS/NYR at 7 on NBCSN.
- NBCSN’s schedule currently features 96 games. Many will be added on the west coast and down the stretch, I’m sure.
- NBCSN Weds. Night Rivalry schedule a bit more legit this year: Leads off with CHI/STL, NYR/WSH, BOS/BUF, BOS/PIT, PIT/NYR, PHI/PIT
- Needless to say, national viewers will be seeing a lot more of the Islanders this season, though strangely they do not appear until January.
- In a case of extreme planning, NBC announces that Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire will call opening night game (Washington vs. Chicago).
- NBCSN will also bring back Wednesday Night Rivalry for 24 telecasts this season. Was a huge hit in its debut season.
Remember more on the Devils schedule specifically to come!