Devils Release Schedule, Open Saturday Vs. Islanders [POLL]
The New Jersey Devils will open training camp today in Newark and start the season on Saturday.
Nearly one week after a tentative labor deal was agreed to by the league and its players, the sides agreed to a required memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Saturday night that truly makes the lockout a thing of the past.
Training camps will open on Sunday, and a 48-game regular season will begin next Saturday. The signing of the MOU also paved the way for the NHL to release the long-awaited revised schedule.
The Devils will open the season against the New York Islanders on Saturday night on Long Island according to their schedule released late last night. Their home opener is Tuesday at the Prudential Center against the Philadephia Flyers.
The Devils have yet to name a captain to replace Zach Parise who signed with the Minnesota Wild as a free agent in the off-season.
Ilya Kovalchuk will not join the team until Tuesday after the KHL All-Star Game Sunday in Chelyabinsk, Russia according to the Star Ledger. Kovalchuk played with SKA St. Petersburg during the lockout. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello tells the Star Ledger he has talked to Kovalchuk's agent and no disciplinary action is likely to be taken.
BIG OPENING NIGHT
Twenty-six of the 30 teams will play on opening day. All games during the season will be played within the two respective conferences.
In all, 720 games will be played over a 99-day regular season. There will be at least one game on each day of the season, that will end on April 27. Again, 26 of 30 teams will be in action that day.
The playoffs will begin on April 30. The latest the Stanley Cup finals will end is June 28.
Teams will play 18 games within their division: four games (two home and two away) against two of the teams in the division, five games (three home and two away) against another team in 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 10 remaining non-divisional opponents in their conference.
Outside the division, a team will face five clubs twice at home and once away, and play once at home and twice on the road against the other five teams.
|Sat Jan 19, 2013||Devils||Islanders||7:00 PM|
|Tue Jan 22, 2013||Flyers||Devils||7:30 PM|
|Fri Jan 25, 2013||Capitals||Devils||7:00 PM|
|Sun Jan 27, 2013||Devils||Canadiens||6:00 PM|
|Tue Jan 29, 2013||Devils||Bruins||7:00 PM|
|Thu Jan 31, 2013||Islanders||Devils||7:00 PM|
|Sat Feb 2, 2013||Devils||Penguins||1:00 PM|
|Sun Feb 3, 2013||Devils||Islanders||3:00 PM|
|Tue Feb 5, 2013||Rangers||Devils||7:00 PM|
|Thu Feb 7, 2013||Lightning||Devils||7:00 PM|
|Sat Feb 9, 2013||Penguins||Devils||1:00 PM|
|Sun Feb 10, 2013||Devils||Penguins||7:30 PM|
|Tue Feb 12, 2013||Hurricanes||Devils||7:00 PM|
|Fri Feb 15, 2013||Flyers||Devils||7:00 PM|
|Sat Feb 16, 2013||Devils||Islanders||7:00 PM|
|Mon Feb 18, 2013||Senators||Devils||1:00 PM|
|Thu Feb 21, 2013||Devils||Capitals||7:00 PM|
|Sat Feb 23, 2013||Devils||Capitals||12:00 PM|
|Sun Feb 24, 2013||Jets||Devils||5:00 PM|
|Thu Feb 28, 2013||Devils||Jets||8:00 PM|
|Sat Mar 2, 2013||Devils||Sabres||3:00 PM|
|Mon Mar 4, 2013||Devils||Maple Leafs||7:00 PM|
|Tue Mar 5, 2013||Lightning||Devils||7:00 PM|
|Thu Mar 7, 2013||Sabres||Devils||7:00 PM|
|Sat Mar 9, 2013||Devils||Hurricanes||7:00 PM|
|Sun Mar 10, 2013||Jets||Devils||7:00 PM|
|Wed Mar 13, 2013||Flyers||Devils||7:30 PM|
|Fri Mar 15, 2013||Devils||Flyers||7:00 PM|
|Sat Mar 16, 2013||Canadiens||Devils||7:00 PM|
|Tue Mar 19, 2013||Rangers||Devils||7:00 PM|
|Thu Mar 21, 2013||Devils||Hurricanes||7:00 PM|
|Sat Mar 23, 2013||Panthers||Devils||7:00 PM|
|Mon Mar 25, 2013||Devils||Senators||7:30 PM|
|Fri Mar 29, 2013||Devils||Lightning||7:30 PM|
|Sat Mar 30, 2013||Devils||Panthers||7:30 PM|
|Mon Apr 1, 2013||Islanders||Devils||7:00 PM|
|Thu Apr 4, 2013||Devils||Bruins||7:00 PM|
|Sat Apr 6, 2013||Maple Leafs||Devils||7:00 PM|
|Sun Apr 7, 2013||Devils||Sabres||7:00 PM|
|Wed Apr 10, 2013||Bruins||Devils||7:30 PM|
|Fri Apr 12, 2013||Senators||Devils||7:00 PM|
|Mon Apr 15, 2013||Devils||Maple Leafs||7:00 PM|
|Thu Apr 18, 2013||Devils||Flyers||7:30 PM|
|Sat Apr 20, 2013||Panthers||Devils||1:00 PM|
|Sun Apr 21, 2013||Devils||Rangers||TBD|
|Tue Apr 23, 2013||Canadiens||Devils||7:00 PM|
|Thu Apr 25, 2013||Penguins||Devils||7:30 PM|
|Sat Apr 27, 2013||Devils||Rangers||TBD|
Double Down and The Associated Press contributed to this report