The Detroit Red Wings released their full 82-game schedule for the 2012-13 season on Thursday.
Already known were the home opener – a matchup with the Nashville Predators on October 12 – and the Winter Classic against the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 1, 2013, at Ann Arbor’s Michigan Stadium.
The Wings start their season with eight of their first eleven games on the road. They return home on November 6 for a five-home homestand, which is shortly followed by a season-high seven-game homestand from November 27 to December 13.
Their longest road trip is a five-game swing in January and they visit all four Western Canadian teams during an October trip.
They play on back-to-back nights 13 times, with only one of them being two consecutive home games.
One of those is a home-and-home series with the Columbus Blue Jackets in March. The Wings also face the Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers in a home-and-home series.
Each of Detroit’s Original Six rivals will visit the Red Wings this season. The Wings will also play at home and on the road against the Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils and Winnipeg Jets.