The National Hockey League has released the 2013-2014 Schedule and announced the new division names. Pittsburgh will play in the “Metropolitan Division”
New York Rangers
New York Islanders
New Jersey Devils
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Penguins will open the season with a three game homestand and play seven of their first 10 games at home. The Penguins play 11 of their final 16 games at home and also Penguins end the season on a three game homestand. The team opens the season on October 3rd at home against the New Jersey Devils.
The longest road trip of the season is a five game road trip from March 1 – March 10th where the Penguins play the Blackhawks, Predators, Sharks, Ducks and Capitals.
The road trip is highlighted by the Penguins – Blackhawks Outdoor game on
Saturday, March 1, 8 p.m. ET at Soldier Field.
The Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks come to Pittsburgh on March 30th.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs have a new division-based format. Playoff qualification will be primarily Division-based, with the top three finishers in each Division qualifying for the first 12 spots in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (and the first three “seeds” in each Division). The two additional playoff spots in each Conference, designated as “Wild Cards,” will be awarded to the next two highest-placed finishers in each Conference, ranked on the basis of regular-season points and regardless of Division. The League will play under this new alignment and playoff system for a minimum of three seasons, through the 2015-16 NHL season.
PACIFIC DIVISION (7): Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Phoenix
CENTRAL DIVISION (7): Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, Winnipeg
METROPOLITAN DIVISION (8): Pittsburgh, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Carolina, Columbus, Washington
ATLANTIC DIVISION (8): Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Toronto,