NEW YORK, N.Y. - The NHL released its 2013-14 schedule and division names following the completion of an agreement to send players to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
The Montreal Canadiens host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first game of the regular season Oct. 1. The Chicago Blackhawks will raise their 2013 Stanley Cup champions banner that night against the Washington Capitals.
It marks the first time since 2008 that the defending champion will open the regular season against a team out of its conference. The Detroit Red Wings raised their banner that year against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The four divisions will be called Metropolitan, Atlantic, Central and Pacific.