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FEATURE: 2019-20 Schedule Breakdown

Take a look at some of the key details and dates for the Devils 2019-20 regular season schedule

by Amanda Stein / NewJerseyDevils.com

NEWARK, NJ - The 2019-20 New Jersey Devils regular season schedule has been released and NewJerseyDevils.com has your complete breakdown of the 82-game campaign.

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Whether you want to plan a road trip, see a rivalry game, or plan your weekends around the game we all love, we've got your comprehensive breakdown of this year's schedule!

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NHL SEASON OPENS: The return of the NHL regular season is on its way! The Devils don't play on the league's opening night. However, October 2 will feature four games, including the Blues raising their Stanley Cup championship banner against the Washington Capitals in St. Louis.

DEVILS HOME/SEASON OPENER: October 4, versus the Winnipeg Jets. This game could mark the NHL debut for the first-overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, Jack Hughes.

DEVILS ROAD OPENER: It's a quick turnaround after the opener. The Devils will travel to Buffalo for a matchup with the Sabres on October 5, their first road game of the season and their first back-to-back series of the year. 

SETS OF BACK-TO-BACKS: Speaking of back-to-backs, the Devils will have 14 sets over the course of the season.

LONGEST HOMESTAND: The longest homestand of the season is six games, from October 14 through November 1. Why not kick off the Devils season with a lengthy stay at Prudential Center? The Devils will post-up at home for a six-game run, welcoming the Panthers, Rangers, Canucks, Coyotes, Lightning, and Flyers.  

LONGEST ROAD TRIP: This one is five games from November 2-10. The Devils will hit the road for their longest trip of the season quite early in the year. New Jersey will visit Carolina, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver in early November. 

HOME DAYS OF THE WEEK: Your day of the week breakdown for home games at Prudential Center has two Monday games, eight Tuesday games, 3 Wednesday games, eight Thursday games, eight Friday games, nine Saturday games and three Sunday games. 

AFTERNOON GAMES: The Prudential Center will host eight games this season that start at 3 p.m. ET or earlier. The Devils will also host the Columbus Blue Jackets on February 16, in a 6 p.m. matchup.

BUSIEST MONTH: March. 16 games in 31 days. The month of March is a busy one with nearly a game every other night for the Devils. It includes an even split of eight games at home and eight on the road.

JACK VERSUS QUINN: The first meeting between the Hughes brothers will take place at the Prudential Center on October 19, when the Devils host the Canucks in a 1 p.m. game. Meanwhile, Vancouver will host Jack Hughes and the Devils on November 10at 4 p.m. ET. 

HUGHES VERSUS KAKKO 1.0: It didn't stop after the NHL Draft. After the debate of who would go first overall was settled, now begins the added excitement to a Devils-Rangers game. The top two picks in this year's NHL Draft will likely line up against each other in an NHL game for the first time on Thursday, October 17. 

BYE WEEK: The Devils will be off the week of January 19 for their bye week. The break will lead into the 2020 NHL All-Star Game, held in St. Louis.

ALL-STAR GAME/BREAK: The defending Stanley Cup Champions will host the 2020 NHL All-Star Game. St. Louis is hosting the weekend of January 26, 2020.

PLAYING THE CHAMPS: The Devils will wait a while before facing off against the defending Stanley Cup champions. New Jersey will visit St. Louis on February 18th before the Blues pay a visit to Prudential Ce

SUBBAN'S RETURN TO NASHVILLE: The Devils will visit the Nashville Predators on December 7. It will mark the return of P.K. Subban to Nashville for the first time since the June trade that sent him from the Predators to Devils. 

PRUDENTIAL CENTER REGULAR SEASON FINALE: The Devils will close out their regular season home schedule on April 2, against the Buffalo Sabres for Game 81 of the season.

REGULAR SEASON FINALE: The Devils will wrap up their regular season on the road once again. They'll visit the New York Islanders in their regular season finale on April 4.

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