Coyotes release 48-game 2013 schedule
The Coyotes released their 48-game schedule Saturday night following the ratification of the NHL's new collective bargaining agreement.
The defending Pacific Division champion Coyotes will open their 16th regular season in the Valley in Dallas against the division-rival Stars on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. Arizona time. The Coyotes then return home the following night for their home opener against the Chicago Blackhawks, with game time set for 8 p.m.
The month of January also will include visits from two other teams the Coyotes battled during the 2012 playoffs as the Stanley Cup champion kings visit Jobing.com Arena on Jan. 26 and the Nashville Predators come to town on Jan. 28.
Other notable home games for the Coyotes include those against Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 4 and Feb. 28; Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and the Anaheim Ducks on March. 2 and March 4; Daniel and Henrik Sedin and the Vancouver Canucks on March 21; Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and the San Jose Sharks on April 15 and April 24; and Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings on March 25 and April 4.
Like last season, all Saturday home games will start at 6 p.m. The start time for all weekday home games will be 7 p.m., with the exception of Wednesday, Jan. 23, when the Coyotes host the Columbus Blue Jackets at 8 p.m., and Wednesday, Jan. 30, when the Coyotes play the Edmonton Oilers at 7:30 p.m.
The NHL’s scheduling format will see the Coyotes play five games each against Pacific Division opponents Los Angeles and San Jose and four games each against Anaheim and Dallas for a total of 18 division games. The Coyotes will face the 10 remaining Western Conference teams three times each for a total of 30 conference games.
The Coyotes' longest home stand of the season will be three games, occurring on five separate occasions. The team’s longest road trip will be four games and will take place from March 14-19, when the Coyotes play at St. Louis, at Columbus and at Los Angeles twice. The Coyotes will also have five three-game road trips.
The Coyotes will close out the regular season playing seven of their last 10 games on the road from April 8-27. The Coyotes play a total of seven sets of back-to-back games this season.
COYOTES' 2013 SCHEDULE
Sat., Jan. 19 at Dallas, 6 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 20 CHICAGO, 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 23 COLUMBUS, 8 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 24 at San Jose, 8 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 26 LOS ANGELES, 6 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 28 NASHVILLE, 7 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 30 EDMONTON, 7 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 1 at Dallas 6 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 2 DALLAS 6 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 4 MINNESOTA 7 p.m.
Thur., Feb. 7 CHICAGO 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 9 at San Jose 2 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 11 at Colorado 7 p.m.
Thur., Feb. 14 at Nashville 6 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 16 COLUMBUS 6 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 18 CALGARY 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 23 at Edmonton 1:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 24 at Calgary 6 p.m.
Tue., Feb. 26 at Vancouver 8 p.m.
Thur., Feb. 28 MINNESOTA 7 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 2 ANAHEIM 6 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 4 ANAHEIM 7 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 6 at Anaheim 8 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 7 ST. LOUIS 7 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 9 DALLAS 6 p.m.
Tue., Mar. 12 LOS ANGELES 7 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 14 at St. Louis 5 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 16 at Columbus 4 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 18 at Los Angeles 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Mar. 19 at Los Angeles 7:30 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 21 VANCOUVER 7 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 25 DETROIT 7 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 27 at Minnesota 6 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 28 at Nashville 5 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 30 at San Jose 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Apr. 2 LOS ANGELES 7 p.m.
Thur., Apr. 4 DETROIT 7 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 6 COLORADO 6 p.m.
Mon., Apr. 8 at Vancouver 7 p.m.
Wed., Apr. 10 at Edmonton 6:30 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 12 at Calgary 6 p.m.
Mon., Apr. 15 SAN JOSE 7 p.m.
Thur., Apr. 18 at St. Louis 5 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 20 at Chicago 5:30 p.m.
Mon., Apr. 22 at Detroit 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Apr. 24 SAN JOSE 7 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 26 COLORADO 7 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 27 at Anaheim 7 p.m.