The NHL and NHLPA signed their Memorandum of Understanding, officially, once and for all ending the 2012/2013 lockout and shortly thereafter released the schedule of games.
As previously reported the Ducks open Jan. 19 at Vancouver, then go to Calgary the following Monday before the home opener, hosting the Canucks on Friday, Jan. 25.
The Ducks will play Los Angeles and Phoenix four times (two home, two away) but San Jose and Dallas five times (three home vs Sharks, two home vs Stars).
In another interesting twist, the Ducks will play teams twice in a row in the came city several times, presumably to cut down on travel. For example the Ducks play Dallas at home on both Wednesday, April 3 and Friday, April 5.
The first and only appearance of "He Who Must Not be Named" and the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center doesn't come until Monday, April 8.
As expected, there will be no inter-conference play due to the shortened schedule.
The longest road trip of the season is a six gamer from Feb. 6-16 visiting most of the Central Division, Dallas and Colorado. They also have two home stands of five games one is in only eight days, Mar. 18-25.
The schedule also includes three rare Saturday home games one of which is the season finale on April 27 versus Phoenix.
That game also happens to also be the only game broadcast on NBC Sports Network. Six games are scheduled to be broadcast on NHL Network in the US. Local TV and radio schedules are pending.
Training camp begins Sunday, Jan. 13 at Honda Center and is open to the public starting at 11:15 am per the Ducks. (Jen and I will be there, say hi if you recognize us somehow). A special Pre-Sale of individual tickets will be held during that first day of camp from 11 am to 4 pm and individual ticket sales begin in earnest Jan. 15, 10 am PST.
The team is offering fans who purchase an individual ticket to the home opener Jan. 25 versus Vancouver a voucher good for 50% off a future game.
What games are you most looking forward to?