Sources tell the Detroit Free Press' Helene St. James that the Red Wings will open the regular season in St. Louis against the Blues January 19. The Macomb Daily reports that the following game will be January 21 in Columbus against the Blue Jackets.
The home opener at Joe Louis Arena would then be January 24 or 25, likely against a non-divisional Western Conference opponent.
Daly said that teams will play two division rivals five times (5 X 2 = 10), the other two division rivals four times (4 X 2 = 8), and the other ten conference teams three times (10 X 3 = 30). It all adds up to 48 games (10 games + 8 games + 30 games = 48 games). There will be no interconference games.
There is definitely more variety in the schedule, but it does mean that the Red Wings will have to make a minimum of three combined trips to California and Western Canada. Fans will have to break out the caffeine for the games with a start of 9:30 pm or later.
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