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Examining the Penguins' schedule - 01-13-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

With the regular season schedule finally being released, here's a game-by-game look at the Penguins' games this season.

Jan. 19 - at Flyers, 3 p.m. (NBC)

The NHL opens up with the league's best rivalry. The last time the Penguins were in Philadelphia, the Flyers knocked them out of the playoffs and Claude Giroux (right) knocked Sidney Crosby on his backside.

Jan. 20 - at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

It doesn't get much easier the next night as the Penguins travel up I-95 to face Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist and the defending Atlantic Division champions.

Jan. 23 - vs. Maple Leafs, 7 p.m.

The Penguins open their home slate for the season with a visit from the Maple Leafs and former captain Randy Carlyle who is opening his first full season as Toronto's coach.

Jan. 25 - at Jets, 8 p.m.

The Penguins' first trip to Canada takes them as far west as they will travel all season. Tanner Glass makes his first return to Winnipeg since joining the Penguins as free agent in the summer.

Jan. 27 - at Senators, 5 p.m.

The last time the Penguins were in Ottawa, their defense began to show some cracks as they were blown out by the Senators, 8-4, March 24. Hopefully for their sake, the Penguins have squared away those issues.

Jan. 29 - vs. Islanders, 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

Ever since erecting a statue of Mario Lemieux complete with the likenesses of former Islanders defenseman Rich Pilon and Jeff Norton, the Penguins are 0-2-0 against the Islanders and have been outscored 10-6 in those two games.

Jan. 31 - at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)

This will be the Penguins' second game of the month against former teammate Arron Asham (right) in Madison Square Garden.

Feb. 2 - vs. Devils, 1 p.m. (NHL Network)

The Penguins get their first look at the Zach Parise-less New Jersey Devils.

Feb. 3 - at Capitals, 12:30 p.m. (NBC)

For the second time in three years, the Penguins will travel to Washington on Super Bowl Sunday to face Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals.

Feb. 5 - at Islanders, 7 p.m.

This will be the Penguins' first trip to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum this season.

Feb. 7 - vs. Capitals, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)

Penguins fans could get their first chance to see firsthand if Capitals goaltending playoff hero Braden Holtby (right) is legit.

Feb. 9 - at Devils, 1 p.m. (NHL Network)

This will be the front of a home-and-home series on back-to-back days between these two rivals.

Feb. 10 - vs. Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

Expect to see back up goaltenders Tomas Vokoun and Johan Hedberg in one of these games.

Feb. 13 - vs. Senators, 7 p.m.

This could be the final trip to Pittsburgh in the career of Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson.

Feb. 15 - at Jets, 7 p.m.

This is a a cold Friday night game in Winnipeg which will be picked up by Hockey Night in Canada.

Feb. 17 - at Sabres, 12:30 p.m. (NBC)

The Penguins' only trip to Buffalo to face Ryan Miller (right) and the Sabres during the regular season will shown on national television in this country.

Feb. 20 - vs. Flyers, 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

Maxime Talbot and the Flyers make their first trip to the "right" side of the state this season.

Feb. 22 - vs. Panthers, 7 p.m.

Penguins-killer Jose Theodore and the Panthers make their only trip to Pittsburgh during the regular season.

Feb. 24 - vs. Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

One-time postseason nemisis Martin St. Louis bring the Lightning to Pittsburgh for the first time this season.

Feb. 26 - at Panthers, 7:30 p.m.

The Penguins kick off a three-game road trip in sunny Florida.

Feb. 28 - at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. (NBC Network)

Jordan Staal faces the Penguins for the first time since being traded to the Hurricanes on his wedding day in the summer.

March 2 - at Canadiens, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)

Montreal coach Michel Therrien (right) faces the Penguins for the first time since being fired in 2009.

March 4 - vs. Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

A return home bring a visit from former teammate Ryan Malone and the Lightning.

March 7 - at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)

The Penguins don't stay at Consol Energy Center too long and head back to Philadelphia for the final time this regular season.

March 9 - at Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)

The Penguins head to Toronto for an appearance on Hockey Night in Canada.

March 10 - vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.

John Tavares and the Islanders visit Pittsburgh for the final time during the regular season.

March 12 - vs. Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

The Penguins will face the Tim Thomas-less Bruins for the first time this season.

March 14 - at Maple Leafs, 7 p.m.

For the second time in less than a week's span, the Penguins travel to Toronto to face Phil Kessel and the Maple Leafs.

March 16 - vs. Rangers, 1 p.m. (NHL Network)

Penguins fans will get their first direct look at former Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash in a new red, white and blue jersey.

March 17 - vs. Bruins, 12:30 p.m. (NBC)

The second game in as many days bring a return visit from Zdeno Chara (right) and the Bruins.

March 19 - vs. Capitals, 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

It's hard to imagine any late-season game featuring three former Hart Trophy winners won't have anything on the line.

March 22  - at Islanders, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)

If the Islanders are still in playoff contention or Rick DiPietro is still upright, we'll be surprised.

March 24 - vs. Flyers, 7 p.m.

The Penguins open a five-game home stand, their longest of the season, with a familiar foe.

March 26 - vs Canadiens, 7 p.m.

Michel Therrien makes his first return to Pittsburgh as an opposing coach since being fired in 2009.

March 28 - vs. Jets, 7 p.m.

The Jets and Evander Kane (right) make their one and only trip to Pittsburgh during the regular season.

March 30 - vs. Islanders, 1 p.m.

The Penguins' final game in March is their final game against the Islanders in the regular season.

April 2 - vs. Sabres, 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

Jason Pominville and the Sabres make their first trip to Pittsburgh in the regular season.

April 3 - at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

The Penguins' final game before the April 5 trade deadline is the front end of a home-and-home series with the rival Rangers.

April 5 - vs. Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)

The final meeting of the season between these rivals could feature different rosters following the trade deadline.

April 9 - at Hurricanes, 7 p.m.

The Penguins open a three-game southern road trip Brandon Sutter gets his second crack against his former teammates.

April 11 - at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

The last time the Penguins traveled to Tampa, Vincent Lecavalier tried to take off Evgeni Malkin's head as Malkin racked up a hat trick in an 8-1 rout, Feb. 25, 2012.

April 13 - at Panthers, 7:30 p.m.

The road trip wraps up with a visit to Stephen Weiss (right) and the Panthers.

April 17 - vs. Canadiens, 7 p.m.

Colby Armstrong and the Canadiens make their second and final trip to Pittsburgh in the regular season.

April 19 - at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)

The Penguins make their only trip to Boston in the regular season to face Tyler Seguin and the Bruins.

April 20 - vs. Sabres, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)

Less than 24 hours later, the Penguins take on another Northeast Division foe in Thomas Vanek and the Sabres.

April 22 - at Senators, 7:30 p.m.

The Penguins' final trip to Canada in the regular season takes them to Ottawa to face Erik Karlsson and the Senators.

April 25 - at Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

The Penguins wrap up the road portion of their regular season schedule against Adam Henrique and the Devils

April 27 - vs. Hurricanes, 7 p.m.

Jordan Staal first and only trip to Pittsburgh as a visitor this regular season comes in the Penguins' final game.

(Photos: Giroux-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Asham, Holtby, Miller, Malone and Kane-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Chara-Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images; Weiss-Al Bello/Getty Images)

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