Official 2013 Red Wings Schedule Announced (Updated with Ticket Sale Info)

Get ready to see this in a week or so - Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

Now we know when we're not free for the next few months.

Now that the lockout is just about over and the Red Wings have taken to the ice for informal (soon to be formal) practices, it's time to start looking forward to the season that will be.

[Update 10:44pm - The NHL has officially released the schedule which matches what is posted below.]

[Update 10:54pm] Ticket sale information released per press release from the Red Wings:

Detroit’s first home game is scheduled to be played on Tuesday, Jan. 22, versus the Dallas Stars. Tickets to this match and all 24 of the Red Wings’ 2012-13 home games are set to go on sale this coming Thursday, Jan. 17, beginning at 1:00 p.m. As part of the Red Wings ‘Thanks for sticking with us’ initiative, the club and Ticketmaster have teamed up for 35 hours of no fees for any regular season ticket purchased. From 1:00 p.m. on Thursday through midnight Friday, tickets purchased at Detroitredwings.com, Ticketmaster.com, the Joe Louis Arena Box Office or by calling 313-396-7575 will be Fee-Free.

Full season ticket packages as well as Six and 12 Game Plans are on sale now. For more information, contact the Red Wings Ticket Sales & Service Office at 313-396-7575 or visit DetroitRedWings.com.

Clark at DetroitHockey.net was able to get his hands on the 2013 schedule, and we finally get a chance to see the path the Wings will take to return to the playoffs. Please note that this is not the official schedule and is subject to change.

January

Date Opponent Location Outcome
January 19, 2013 St. Louis Blues Away 8:00 PM
January 21, 2013 Columbus Blue Jackets Away 7:30 PM
January 22, 2013 Dallas Stars Home 7:30 PM
January 25, 2013 Minnesota Wild Home 7:30 PM
January 27, 2013 Chicago Blackhawks Away 7:00 PM
January 29, 2013 Dallas Stars Home 7:30 PM

February

Date Opponent Location Outcome
February 1, 2013 St. Louis Blues Home 7:30 PM
February 2, 2013 Columbus Blue Jackets Away 7:00 PM
February 5, 2013 Calgary Flames Home 7:30 PM
February 7, 2013 St. Louis Blues Away 8:00 PM
February 9, 2013 Edmonton Oilers Home 2:00 PM
February 10, 2013 Los Angeles Kings Home 12:30 PM
February 13, 2013 St. Louis Blues Home 7:30 PM
February 15, 2013 Anaheim Ducks Home 7:30 PM
February 17, 2013 Minnesota Wild Away 6:00 PM
February 19, 2013 Nashville Predators Away 8:00 PM
February 21, 2013 Columbus Blue Jackets Home 7:30 PM
February 23, 2013 Nashville Predators Home 7:00 PM
February 24, 2013 Vancouver Canucks Home 5:00 PM
February 27, 2013 Los Angeles Kings Away 10:30 PM
February 28, 2013 San Jose Sharks Away 10:30 PM

March

Date Opponent Location Outcome
March 3, 2013 Chicago Blackhawks Home 12:30 PM
March 5, 2013 Colorado Avalanche Home 7:30 PM
March 7, 2013 Edmonton Oilers Home 7:30 PM
March 9, 2013 Columbus Blue Jackets Away 2:00 PM
March 10, 2013 Columbus Blue Jackets Home 5:00 PM
March 13, 2013 Calgary Flames Away 9:30 PM
March 15, 2013 Edmonton Oilers Away 9:30 PM
March 16, 2013 Vancouver Canucks Away 10:00 PM
March 20, 2013 Minnesota Wild Home 7:30 PM
March 22, 2013 Anaheim Ducks Away 10:00 PM
March 24, 2013 Anaheim Ducks Away 8:00 PM
March 25, 2013 Phoenix Coyotes Away 10:00 PM
March 28, 2013 San Jose Sharks Away 10:30 PM
March 31, 2013 Chicago Blackhawks Home 12:30 PM

April

Date Opponent Location Outcome
April 1, 2013 Colorado Avalanche Home 7:30 PM
April 4, 2013 Phoenix Coyotes Away 10:00 PM
April 5, 2013 Colorado Avalanche Away 9:00 PM
April 7, 2013 St. Louis Blues Home 12:30 PM
April 11, 2013 San Jose Sharks Home 7:30 PM
April 12, 2013 Chicago Blackhawks Away 8:30 PM
April 14, 2013 Nashville Predators Away 7:30 PM
April 17, 2013 Calgary Flames Away 9:30 PM
April 20, 2013 Vancouver Canucks Away 10:00 PM
April 22, 2013 Phoenix Coyotes Home 7:30 PM
April 24, 2013 Los Angeles Kings Home 7:30 PM
April 25, 2013 Nashville Predators Home 7:30 PM
April 27, 2013 Dallas Stars Away 8:00 PM

Not too bad, but considering we're looking at 48 games in the space of a shade over 3 months, it's going to be a grind.

Technically, it's an unbalanced schedule, but the Wings will play 18 games within the Central and 30 games against the rest of the West. That means no traveling East at any point, so forget about any "potential Stanley Cup Finals preview" games.

With regards to the Central, the Wings will take on the Blues and Blue Jackets 5 times each and the Blackhawks and Predators 4 times each. In a weird twist, the Wings will play the Blues 4 times within the first month of the short season, and then not again until April.

Rather than have one long road trip through California and one through Western Canada, the Wings will not have a road trip longer than 4 games. However, they will also only have one homestand of 4 games, the rest being 3 or shorter.

The big issue with a compressed schedule is back-to-backs and time off. The Wings will play a grand total of 12 back-to-backs, 4 of them of the home-and-home variety. Of those, 8 fall within the dreaded "3 games in 4 nights" category.

Looking at the end of the schedule, the Wings will only have 4 games against Central opponents in April. That means that if the Wings are in the thick of a race for the division (hopefully) or a lower-seeded playoff spot (more likely), they won't get to have the 4-point games within the division. However, what that does mean is they might have more control over their fate by being able to play outside the division against the teams they might be fighting with over that playoff spot. Also interesting to note in April is that the Wings will have two breaks of 2 days and one of 3 days late in the season.

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