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Wings schedule is jam-packed

Detroit's docket features 20 back-to-back games in short season

Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 12:17 AM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Wings schedule is jam-packed
    Henrik Zetterberg is excited to return to Joe Louis Arena
    and get the shortened NHL season underway.
    (Photo by Bill Roose/Detroit Red Wings) 

DETROIT – The NHL finally released the schedule, including that of the Red Wings, for the upcoming abbreviated 2013 season, which will consist of 48-games in 99 days.

VIEW 2013 SCHEDULE HERE

The Red Wings open up the season next Saturday in St. Louis before traveling to Columbus for a Martin Luther King Day game on Jan. 21 against the Blue Jackets in Ohio’s capital city.

“Of course it's a lot of hockey in a short amount of days but in the same way we're real excited to be back playing," Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg said. "I think most of the games we'd rather play games than practice. So we're looking forward to this and it will be a special season. In the end when you lift the Cup I don't think it really matters.''

Detroit will open the home portion of its schedule against the Dallas Stars on Jan. 22.

Because of the compressed schedule, the Red Wings will play 24 back-to-back games, including five sets that are home-and-away.

In the schedule matrix, the Eastern and Western Conference team will only play conference opponents with a greater emphasis on divisional rivalries. So the Red Wings are slated to play Central Division foes St. Louis and Columbus five times each, and Chicago and Nashville four times each. The remaining 10 teams in the West will face-off against the Red Wings three times each.

Besides the MLK Day in Columbus, the Red Wings will play on three other dates of interest: Groundhogs Day (Feb. 2 at Columbus); Easter Sunday (Mar. 31 vs. Chicago); April Fools Day (Apr. 1 vs. Colorado); and Earth Day (Apr. 22 vs. Phoenix).

One quirky note about the schedule, the Wings will play back-to-back game in Anaheim on Friday, March 22 and Sunday, March 24. Wings’ fans will have a chance to get a look at the reigning Stanley Cup champions when the Los Angeles Kings visit Joe Louis Arena for a special matinee game, which will be broadcast live by NBC on Sunday, Feb. 10. It is the first of four Wings’ games that will be carried by the national network. The others are March 3 and March 31 (vs. Chicago); and April 7 (vs. St. Louis).

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89