Blue Jackets announce 2012-13 schedule

BY foxsports • June 21, 2012

Columbus Blue Jackets press release...
Club set to drop puck on 12th NHL season at Chicago on October 13; home opener set for October 19 vs. Vancouver COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets and National Hockey League announced the 2012-13 regular season schedule today. After opening the campaign with three-straight road games, including their season debut against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Saturday, October 13, the Blue Jackets will play their first game at Nationwide Arena on Friday, October 19 against the Vancouver Canucks. Game time is set for 7 p.m. The 2012-13 schedule features 41 home and 41 away games and spans 183 days, culminating on Saturday, April 13 at Minnesota. Columbus will play 39 of its 82 games on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, including 21 of its 41 home games (Friday – 12; Saturday – 6; Sunday – 3). The club will play 18 of 24 games at Nationwide Arena between January 29 and March 22, which includes a six-game homestand from February 8-18 that matches the longest in club history. All home games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. except for the following: Sunday, December 2 vs. Montreal (6 p.m.); Sunday, February 10 vs. Edmonton (6 p.m.); Saturday, February 16 vs. Tampa Bay (2 p.m.) and Sunday, March 3 vs. Edmonton (3 p.m.). The schedule once again places an emphasis on division rivalries as the Blue Jackets will face off six times each against the Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues. Columbus will host Chicago in a New Year’s Eve matchup on Monday, December 31, as well as on Tuesday, January 29 and Monday, March 18. The Red Wings visit on Tuesday, October 23; Friday, March 8; and Tuesday, April 2; while the Predators come to town the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 23, as well as Thursday, January 17 and Tuesday, March 12. The Blue Jackets and Blues will face off at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday, January 15; Thursday, January 31 and Tuesday, April 9. The club will play four games against non-divisional Western Conference teams, including two at home vs. the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, November 10 and Friday, November 30. This season’s schedule features 18 contests against Eastern Conference opponents. The Blue Jackets will play home-and-home sets vs. the defending Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils, Carolina Hurricanes and Winnipeg Jets, while also hosting Original Six teams, the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers. The Canadiens pay just their fourth-ever visit to Nationwide Arena on Sunday, December 2, while the Rangers visit on Friday, April 5. Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins return to Nationwide Arena on Friday, November 2 with the Philadelphia Flyers set to visit on Thursday, February 14. To view a one-page PDF file of the full schedule, click here. The 2013 NHL All-Star Game is coming to Columbus January 26-27, 2013. Fans can guarantee seats for both the game and Skills Challenge by reserving a full or partial season ticket plan for the 2012-13 season. Ticket plans start at less than $15 per game. In addition to guaranteed access to All-Star tickets, full and partial-season ticket holders receive a number of great benefits including significant savings vs. single-game prices; the best available seat locations; exclusive access to events with players and coaches; and priority access to tickets for most other events at Nationwide Arena and the Jerome Schottenstein Center. For more information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit
Date        Day      Opponent                           TimeSept. 24   Mon.   PITTSBURGH PENGUINS     7 p.m.        26    Wed.   CAROLINA (split squads)       7 p.m.                          vs. Washington (split squads)* 7 p.m.        29    Sat.     at Pittsburgh Penguins           3 p.m.
Oct.  1     Mon.   WASHINGTON CAPITALS    7 p.m.        2     Tue.    BUFFALO SABRES              7 p.m.        3     Wed.   vs. Toronto Maple Leafs^       TBD        5     Fri.      at Carolina Hurricanes            7 p.m.        6     Sat.     at Buffalo Sabres                  7 p.m.* indicates game played at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD^ indicates game played at Stirling (Ontario) Recreation Centre 2012-13 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
Date        Day   Opponent                               TimeOct.  13    Sat.   at Chicago Blackhawks      8:30 p.m.        16    Tue.   at Minnesota Wild                  8 p.m.        18    Thu.   at Toronto Maple Leafs          7 p.m.        19    Fri.    VANCOUVER CANUCKS       7 p.m.        23    Tue.   DETROIT RED WINGS           7 p.m.        26    Fri.    MINNESOTA WILD                 7 p.m.        28    Sun.  at Carolina Hurricanes        1:30 p.m.        29    Mon.  at Florida Panthers            7:30 p.m. Nov. 2     Fri.    PITTSBURGH PENGUINS       7 p.m.        6     Tue.   CALGARY FLAMES               7 p.m.        8     Thu.   at St. Louis Blues                  8 p.m.        10    Sat.   LOS ANGELES KINGS           7 p.m.        14    Wed. at Anaheim Ducks                10 p.m.        15    Thu.   at Los Angeles Kings       10:30 p.m.        17    Sat.   at San Jose Sharks         10:30 p.m.        21    Wed. at Buffalo Sabres                  7 p.m.        23    Fri.    NASHVILLE PREDATORS      7 p.m.        24    Sat.   at Nashville Predators            8 p.m.        27    Tue.   DALLAS STARS                    7 p.m.        29    Thu.   at St. Louis Blues                  8 p.m.        30    Fri.    LOS ANGELES KINGS           7 p.m. Dec. 2     Sun.  MONTREAL CANADIENS       6 p.m.        4     Tue.   at Los Angeles Kings       10:30 p.m.        7     Fri.    at Anaheim Ducks                10 p.m.        9     Sun.  at San Jose Sharks                8 p.m.        11    Tue.   at Phoenix Coyotes               9 p.m.        13    Thu.   CALGARY FLAMES               7 p.m.        15    Sat.   PHOENIX COYOTES             7 p.m.        17    Mon.  at Winnipeg Jets                    9 p.m.        19    Wed. at Colorado Avalanche      9:30 p.m.        21    Fri.    VANCOUVER CANUCKS       7 p.m.        22    Sat.   at Detroit Red Wings              7 p.m.        26    Wed. at St. Louis Blues                  8 p.m.        27    Thu.   at Dallas Stars                       8 p.m.        29    Sat.   NEW JERSEY DEVILS          7 p.m.        31    Mon.  CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS      7 p.m.
Jan.  2     Wed. at Vancouver Canucks          10 p.m.        5     Sat.   at Calgary Flames                10 p.m.        6     Sun.  at Edmonton Oilers                8 p.m.        8     Tue.   WINNIPEG JETS                    7 p.m.        11    Fri.    CAROLINA HURRICANES      7 p.m.        12    Sat.   at Nashville Predators            8 p.m.        15    Tue.   ST. LOUIS BLUES                 7 p.m.        17    Thu.   NASHVILLE PREDATORS      7 p.m.        19    Sat.   at New York Islanders            7 p.m.        21    Mon.  at Phoenix Coyotes               7 p.m.        22    Tue.   at Colorado Avalanche           9 p.m.        29    Tue.   CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS      7 p.m.        31    Thu.   ST. LOUIS BLUES                 7 p.m. Feb. 2      Sat.   MINNESOTA WILD                 7 p.m.        4     Mon.  at New Jersey Devils              7 p.m.        5     Tue.   at Detroit Red Wings         7:30 p.m.        8     Fri.    COLORADO AVALANCHE     7 p.m.        10    Sun.  EDMONTON OILERS             6 p.m.        12    Tue.   SAN JOSE SHARKS              7 p.m.        14    Thu.   PHILADELPHIA FLYERS        7 p.m.        16    Sat.   TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING        2 p.m.        18    Mon.  ANAHEIM DUCKS                 7 p.m.        22    Fri.    at Chicago Blackhawks      8:30 p.m.        23    Sat.   at Dallas Stars                       8 p.m.        25    Mon.  COLORADO AVALANCHE     7 p.m. Mar.  1     Fri.    DALLAS STARS                    7 p.m.        3     Sun.  EDMONTON OILERS             3 p.m.        5     Tue.   at Washington Capitals          7 p.m.        8     Fri.    DETROIT RED WINGS           7 p.m.        9     Sat.   at Detroit Red Wings              7 p.m.        12    Tue.   NASHVILLE PREDATORS      7 p.m.        14    Thu.   PHOENIX COYOTES             7 p.m.        16    Sat.   ANAHEIM DUCKS                 7 p.m.        18    Mon.  CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS      7 p.m.        22    Fri.    OTTAWA SENATORS            7 p.m.        23    Sat.   at Nashville Predators            8 p.m.        26    Tue.   at Edmonton Oilers           9:30 p.m.        28    Thu.   at Vancouver Canucks          10 p.m.        29    Fri.    at Calgary Flames                  9 p.m.       Apr. 2     Tue.   DETROIT RED WINGS           7 p.m.        4     Thu.   at Boston Bruins                    7 p.m.        5     Fri.    NEW YORK RANGERS          7 p.m.        7     Sun.  at Chicago Blackhawks          7 p.m.        9     Tue.   ST. LOUIS BLUES                 7 p.m.        11    Thu.   SAN JOSE SHARKS              7 p.m.        13    Sat.   at Minnesota Wild                  8 p.m.   

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