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NHL unveils Wings' schedule

Detroit will host its Original Six brethren beginning Dec. 10

Thursday, 06.21.2012 / 11:15 AM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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NHL unveils Wings\' schedule

DETROIT – Four months after finding out that they will play host to the NHL’s marquee game on New Year’s Day – against the Toronto Maple Leafs at The Big House on the University of Michigan campus – the remaining dates for the Red Wings’ 2012-13 schedule was revealed.

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The Wings’ home docket features the return of the franchise’s Original Six rivals from the Eastern Conference with one obvious exception: The Leafs won’t visit Joe Louis Arena. However, Boston (Dec. 10), Montreal (Jan. 30), and the New York Rangers (Mar. 20) will play at The Joe.

The only way to guarantee a ticket to the New Year’s Day game against the Maple Leafs is to purchase a Red Wings’ season ticket plan. Besides the games against the Original Six teams, the home schedule features 10 Friday and four Saturday games.

For the ninth straight time the Wings will start the season at "home" when they open on Friday, Oct. 12 against Nashville. The Wings opened the 2009-10 season in Sweden as the "home team" against St. Louis.

The Predators defeated the Wings in five games of their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series last April. Detroit will close the regular-season on Saturday, April 13 at Colorado.

The Wings will not play on the road against the Original Six teams from the East. However, Detroit will play both home and away games against Pittsburgh, Winnipeg and Eastern Conference champion New Jersey.

Detroit will also get its first look at the newly minted Stanley Cup champions when the Los Angeles Kings visit The Joe on Thursday, Nov. 29.

The game against the Jets, on Saturday, Oct. 27, will mark the first time in 17 years that the Wings will visit Manitoba. The Wings eliminated the Jets in the opening round of the 1996 Stanley Cup playoffs. The next season, the Jets moved to Phoenix.

Washington and the New York Islanders are the other Eastern foes that will play at The Joe. The Wings will play all 15 teams from the East, but will face six – Buffalo, Carolina, Florida, Ottawa, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay – on the road.

Some other highlights include:

  • A home game against the Blackhawks on Easter Sunday, March 31.
  • Road games on Groundhog Day (Feb. 2) at Philadelphia and Good Friday (Mar. 29) at Dallas.
  • The St. Louis Blues visit The Joe on Wednesday, Nov. 21 on the traditional Thanksgiving Eve game.
  • The Wings will play a total of 28 games on back-to-back nights, including a grueling test on Oct. 26-27 when they host San Jose on Friday and then travel to Winnipeg for a Saturday afternoon game.
The return of several great promotional nights will be back at Joe Louis Arena this season, including the AT&T Bobblehead series, Fathead collective giveaways, Meijer Kids Nights, and the annual team wall calendar. The dates for these events, and more, will be announced at a later date.

Below is a breakdown of the Wings’ schedule by the days of the week:

SUNDAY – HOME: Chicago (Mar. 3); Chicago (Mar. 31); St. Louis (Apr. 7). ROAD: Chicago (Jan. 6); Anaheim (Jan. 13); St. Louis (Jan. 20); St. Louis (Feb. 10); Minnesota (Feb. 17); Colorado (Mar. 24).

MONDAY – HOME: Vancouver (Oct. 22); Pittsburgh (Nov. 19); Boston (Dec. 10); Anaheim (Mar. 18). ROAD: Los Angeles (Feb. 25).

TUESDAY – HOME: Edmonton (Nov. 6); Dallas (Nov. 13); Phoenix (Nov. 27); Colorado (Dec. 4); Los Angeles (Dec. 18); Toronto (Jan. 1); Calgary (Jan. 22); Columbus (Feb. 5); Nashville (Mar. 26); Minnesota (Apr. 9). ROAD: Buffalo (Oct. 16); Columbus (Oct. 23); Vancouver (Oct. 30); Phoenix (Jan. 15); Chicago (Feb. 19); Columbus (Apr. 2).

WEDNESDAY – HOME: St. Louis (Nov. 21); Montreal (Jan. 30); Chicago (Feb. 13); Edmonton (Mar. 6); New York Rangers (Mar. 20). ROAD: Carolina (Dec. 26); San Jose (Jan. 9); Anaheim (Feb. 27); Calgary (Mar. 13).

THURSDAY – HOME: New Jersey (Nov. 15); Los Angeles (Nov. 29); Phoenix (Dec. 13); New York Islanders (Dec. 20); Vancouver (Jan. 17). ROAD: St. Louis (Oct. 18); Calgary (Nov. 1); Pittsburgh (Dec. 27); Phoenix (Feb. 7); New Jersey (Feb. 21); San Jose (Feb. 28); Nashville (Mar. 28); Nashville (Apr. 11).

FRIDAY – HOME: Nashville (Oct. 12); San Jose (Oct. 26); Calgary (Nov. 9); Washington (Dec. 7); Nashville (Jan. 4); St. Louis (Feb. 1); Colorado (Feb. 15); Anaheim (Feb. 22); Dallas (Mar. 22); Winnipeg (Apr. 5). ROAD: Florida (Nov. 23); Dallas (Feb. 8); Columbus (Mar. 8); Edmonton (Mar. 15); Dallas (Mar. 29).

SATURDAY – HOME: Minnesota (Nov. 10); San Jose (Dec. 1); Columbus (Dec. 22); Columbus (Mar. 9). ROAD: Chicago (Oct. 20); Winnipeg (Oct. 27); Edmonton (Nov. 3); Minnesota (Nov. 17); Tampa Bay (Nov. 24); Anaheim (Dec. 15); Ottawa (Dec. 29); Los Angeles (Jan. 12); Philadelphia (Feb. 2); Vancouver (Mar. 16); Colorado (Apr. 13).

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80