2013 NHL schedule released: Season begins Jan. 19, ends April 27

Jonathan Daniel

The 2013 NHL schedule was released on Saturday evening. Here are the highlights.

The National Hockey League is back! The NHL and NHLPA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, finally ending the lockout after 119 days. The NHL schedule was released shortly after the signing of the MOU, and we're ready for a ton of hockey in not a lot of time, all starting next Saturday, Jan. 19.

Some brief highlights of the 2013 NHL schedule:

* The Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings raise their banner next Saturday, Jan. 19 against the Chicago Blackhawks at 3 p.m. ET in an NBC telecast.

* The Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils will raise their lesser banner on Tuesday, Jan. 22 against the Philadelphia Flyers, whom they dispatched in five games in an Eastern Conference Semifinal last year.

* Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and the new-look Minnesota Wild launch their new campaign on Saturday with a home date against the Colorado Avalanche.

* Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins start where their season ended last April, at the Philadelphia Flyers, also on Jan. 19.

*Hockey Day in America remains on Feb. 17, with the Penguins visiting Buffalo, the Kings at the Blackhawks, and the Red Wings at Minnesota headlining the nationally-televised slate.

* The season ends on Saturday, Apr. 27 with 13 games and 26 teams in action.

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