NHL's 99-day schedule opens with 13 games Jan. 19
The NHL lockout is now officially over and the sprint that will be the 2012-13 NHL regular season starts Jan. 19 with 13 games on the slate.
The season will end 98 days later with a final-day slate of 13 games on April 27.
Each team will play 48 games entirely against clubs from its own conference and 18 contests against divisional foes.
The defending champion Los Angeles Kings will raise their championship banner at 3 p.m. ET against the Chicago Blackhawks on opening day and the Pittsburgh Penguins will renew acquaintances with the Philadelphia Flyers in another highly-anticipated matinee.
Odds have not yet been released for the Jan. 19 games.