2013-14 NHL schedule released, including new division names

The great thing about the NHL releasing its schedule on Friday is that we don't have to worry about half of the season getting wiped out... at least for another eight years or so.

But the entire 1,230-game schedule is here and now the road trip planning can commence!

The Canadiens and Leafs kick things off on Opening Night, with the Blackhawks raising their 2013 Stanley Cup banner later that evening. Also on the schedule is the Black Friday matinee game between the Bruins and the Rangers.

From the NHL:

The Chicago Blackhawks will raise their second Stanley Cup® championship banner in four years and the NHL will feature a new conference and division alignment when the 2013-14 NHL regular season opens on Tuesday, Oct., 1. The 1,230-game regular season, 82 games per team, concludes on Sunday, April 13, with the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs beginning Wednesday, April 16.

National television partners NBC, NBC Sports Network, CBC, TSN, TSN2, RDS and NHL Network once again will bring live NHL action to fans during the 2013-14 regular season.

Don't forget: realignment means a new scheduling matrix, which can you get the details on here. Realignment also brings us new a new division name. The Pacific, Central and Atlantic Division names remain, and they'll be joined by the new Metropolitan Division, which is basically the old Atlantic Division. It's all going to be very confusing at first, but we'll get used to just before the NHL and NHLPA tweak things in a couple of years.

Enough with the formalities, let's get to the good stuff.

Here are the schedules for all 30 teams:

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