The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, today released the schedule for the upcoming 2012-13 NHL regular season.
The Winnipeg Jets second season in the NHL will begin at MTS Centre for the second consecutive year, as the Jets will play host to the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 13th at 2:00pm. Winnipeg will then remain at home to host the Chicago Blackhawks for their first ever visit to MTS Centre on Oct. 16th before heading out on their initial road trip Oct. 19th to Washington to face the Capitals and then Oct. 20th to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Winnipeg hockey fans will enjoy eight all-Canadian matchups at MTS Centre during the 2012-13 season, including regular season visits by the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames for the first time. Winnipeg hosts the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 15th and Feb. 17th , Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 29th and Feb. 7th, the Ottawa Senators on Jan. 19th and March 16th, the Canucks on Feb. 9th, and the Flames on Feb. 28th.
With the Jets remaining in the Southeast Division this season, Winnipeg will once again face their division rivals in the Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes, and Florida Panthers a total of six times each, with three games against each played at MTS Centre. Playing in the Eastern Conference, Winnipeg will face the remaining teams in the East four times each, including two each at MTS Centre. The Jets will play all Western conference opponents once, but will face the Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, and St. Louis Blues twice each.
The Jets will once again welcome hockey fans to MTS Centre to celebrate New Year’s, closing out 2012 with a home game versus the Tampa Bay Lightning on Dec. 31st at 4:00pm.
Winnipeg’s longest homestand during the regular season is five games beginning on Jan. 11th, when they host the Stanley Cup finalist New Jersey Devils, and concluding on Jan. 19th versus the Ottawa Senators. The team will take to the road for a season-high six consecutive games beginning Nov. 17th visiting the Boston Bruins and ending Nov. 27th in Buffalo. The regular season schedule wraps up on the road in Ottawa against the Senators on Apr. 13th.
Start times are indicated on the schedule in central time and vary depending on broadcast requirements. Television broadcast schedules have yet to be determined.