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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings, the 2012 Stanley Cup Champions, will open the 2012-13 NHL season and raise their first Stanley Cup championship banner in franchise history in front of a national audience on NBC Sports Network against the New York Rangers on Friday, Oct. 12, the Kings and the NHL announced today.
The Kings play eight games in October, including five games at STAPLES Center: Oct. 12 vs. New York Rangers, Oct. 18 vs. Carolina, Oct. 21 vs. Edmonton, Oct. 23 vs. Nashville and Oct. 27 vs. Phoenix.
The Kings will tie a season high with 15 games in November, highlighted by home games with St. Louis (Nov. 3), Vancouver (Nov. 8), Chicago (Nov. 21) and San Jose (Nov. 23).
In December the Kings will play 14 games, featuring home games against Pacific Division rivals Dallas (Dec. 10), San Jose (Dec. 22), Phoenix (Dec. 26) and Anaheim (Dec. 29). The Kings will also embark on a five-game road trip in December that will see them play in Montreal (Dec. 13), Ottawa (Dec. 15), Boston (Dec. 17), Detroit (Dec. 18) and San Jose (Dec. 20).
The month of January features seven of the club’s 11 games at STAPLES Center, including a season-high six-game homestand Jan. 3-14: Philadelphia (Jan. 3), St. Louis (Jan. 5), Anaheim (Jan. 8), Minnesota (Jan. 10), Detroit (Jan. 12) and Phoenix (Jan. 14). The NHL All-Star break will take place Jan. 24-28 with the All-Star Game taking place in Columbus.
February features 12 games, nine of which will be on the road. The Kings will embark on a five-game road trip at the beginning of the month, highlighted by a Stanley Cup Final rematch against New Jersey on Feb. 9. The trip also includes stops in Washington (Feb. 3), Buffalo (Feb. 5), New York Rangers (Feb. 7) and Pittsburgh (Feb. 10).
The Kings will tie a season high with 15 games in March. Eight of the first 11 games in the month will take place at home. Home games are highlighted with visits by Toronto (March 4), San Jose (March 16), Chicago (March 21) and Vancouver (March 23). The Kings conclude March and start April on a five-game road trip.
April will see the Kings play seven games, four at home and three on the road. The regular season concludes with Fan Appreciation Night Saturday, April 13 vs. Anaheim.
The Kings preseason schedule was announced yesterday. It consists of seven games
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