The NHL has released the regular season schedule for the 2013-14 season and the Edmonton Oilers will open up their new campaign at home on Tuesday, October 1 against the Winnipeg Jets.
The Oilers will play three of their first four games at home before heading out on a six game road trip that sees them with stops in Toronto, Washington, Pittsburgh, New York Islanders, Ottawa and Montreal. The road trip begins on Saturday, October 12 and wraps up on October 22. Their longest home stand comes in March when they play six straight at Rexall Place from the 18th to the 30th.
The Olympic break is scheduled from February 9 – 25 with action resuming on the 26th with four games. Edmonton resumes their post-Olympic schedule on the 27th at home against the Minnesota Wild.
The new re-alignment plans will take full effect this season, meaning the Oilers are now in a division with the Canucks, Flames, Ducks, Kings, Sharks and Coyotes. Divisional play will see Edmonton play those aforementioned clubs five times, with one team being the opponent only four times throughout the year.
Conference play will see the Oilers play the other seven teams a total of three times each for an additional 21 games.
Also new for this year is the scheduled two meetings against the other conference clubs, accounting for the final 32 games of the Oilers’ schedule meaning Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins will make one stop every year in Edmonton. For Edmonton and Alberta natives that root for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens that fill up damn near half of Rexall, they’ll have the opportunity to do so annually thanks to the new schedule.
Some other notes worth mentioning, courtesy of NHL.com:
Training Camp Opens — Wednesday, Sept. 11
Exhibition Games Begin — Friday, Sept. 13
Regular Season Opens — Tuesday, Oct. 1
Hall of Fame Game — Friday, Nov. 8
Christmas Break — Tuesday, Dec. 24 – Thursday, Dec. 26
Hockey Day In Canada — Saturday, Jan. 18
Olympic Break — Sunday, Feb. 9 – Tuesday, Feb. 25
Last Day of Regular Season — Sunday, Apr. 13
Stanley Cup Playoffs Begin — Wednesday, Apr. 16
There it is fans. Game on for the Oilers starts on the first of October. All we have to do now is get through the rest of July, all of August and September and then the puck will finally drop. Hey, that’s only 77 more days including today.