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Schedule released; Penguins in Metropolitan Division - 07-19-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

The Penguins' 2013-14 schedule has been released. Additionally, with realignment, the Penguins are now in a new division called the Metropolitan Division with the Blue Jackets, Capitals, Devils, Flyers, Hurricanes, Islanders and Rangers.

The other divisions are:

Atlantic - Bruins, Sabres, Red Wings, Panthers, Canadiens, Senators, Lightning and Maple Leafs.
Central - Blackhawks, Blues, Predators, Wild, Avalanche, Stars and Jets
Pacific - Kings, Ducks, Coyotes, Sharks, Canucks, Flames and Oilers.

EN Says: There is a division in a professional sports league called "Metropolitan."

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Let that sink in for a moment.

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Really? The NHL took two years to come up with a realignment plan and this is the best name they could come up with? Would "The Only Teams NBC Will Broadcast Division" not fit on a championship banner?

On top of everything else, the league's playoff structure will be unbalanced with 16 teams in the two eastern divisions and only 14 in the western division while a new confusing playoff structure with wild card teams will be ushered in. Additionally, they took the name of the old Atlantic Division and gave it to what was essentially the old Northeast Division.

Got it?

As for the schedule, it can be viewed down below. A few highlights:

  • The Penguins open the season Oct. 3 against the Devils. They will start the season with a three-game home stand.
  • Their first road trip is Oct. 11 and 12 with a swing through Florida against the Panthers and Lightning respectively.
  • Their first game against the rival Flyers is in Philadelphia, Oct. 17. That is also their first nationally broadcast game.
  • The Penguins will host the Avalanche and Nathan MacKinnon, the first overall pick in this year's NHL draft, Oct. 21. MacKinnon, like Sidney Crosby, is a native of Cole Harbour, N.S.
  • The Penguins will face former teammate Jarome Iginla (right) and the Boston Bruins Oct. 30, at Consol Energy Center.
  • The Blue Jackets will move from the Central Division to the Metropolitan Division. As a result, they will host the Penguins three times at Nationwide Arena, Nov. 2, Dec. 29, March 28. By car, Columbus is approximately three hours west of Pittsburgh.
  • The Penguins' first game against the rival Capitals is Nov. 20 at the Verizon Center.
  • Former Penguins forward Tyler Kennedy and the Sharks will visit Consol Energy Center Dec. 5.
  • Former Penguins forward Matt Cooke and the Wild will visit Consol Energy Center Dec. 19.
  • The Penguins will play on New Year's Eve at New Jersey, 1 p.m.
  • A swing through Western Canada will take place Jan. 7, 10 and 11 with trips to Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary respectively.
  • The Penguins' final game prior to the Olympic break will be on the road against the Rangers, Feb. 7. Their first game after the break will be a home contest against the Canadiens, Feb. 27.
  • On March 1, the Penguins will face the Blackhawks outdoors at Chicago's Soldier Field. The game is not scheduled at this time to be broadcast nationally. NBC Sports Network will carry the game.
  • They will finish the regular season April 13 at home against the Senators.
October
Date Visitor Home Time (ET) TV Network  
Thursday, Oct. 3 Devils Penguins 7:00 PM  
Saturday, Oct. 5 Sabres Penguins 7:00 PM  
Tuesday, Oct. 8 Hurricanes Penguins 7:00 PM  
Friday, Oct. 11 Penguins Panthers 7:30 PM    
Saturday, Oct. 12 Penguins Lightning 7:00 PM    
Tuesday, Oct. 15 Oilers Penguins 7:00 PM  
Thursday Oct. 17 Penguins Flyers 7:00 PM NHLN-US  
Saturday, Oct. 19 Canucks Penguins 1:00 PM NHLN-US
Monday, Oct. 21 Avalanche Penguins 7:30 PM NBCSN
Friday, Oct. 25 Islanders Penguins 7:00 PM  
Saturday, Oct. 26 Penguins Maple Leafs 7:00 PM CBC  
Monday, , Oct. 28 Penguins Hurricanes 7:00 PM    
Wednesday, Oct. 30 Bruins Penguins 8:00 PM NBCSN
November
Date Visitor Home Time (ET) TV Network
 
Friday, Nov. 1 Blue Jackets Penguins 7:00 PM  
Saturday, Nov. 2 Penguins Blue Jackets 7:00 PM    
Wednesday, Nov. 6 Penguins Rangers 7:30 PM NBCSN  
Saturday, Nov. 9 Penguins Blues 8:00 PM    
Wednesday, Nov. 13 Flyers Penguins 8:00 PM NBCSN
Friday,Nov. 15 Predators Penguins 7:00 PM  
Saturday, Nov. 16 Penguins Devils 7:00 PM    
Monday, Nov. 18 Ducks Penguins 7:30 PM NBCSN
Wednesday, Nov. 20 Penguins Capitals 7:30 PM NBCSN  
Friday, Nov. 22 Islanders Penguins 7:00 PM  
Saturday, Nov. 23 Penguins Canadiens 7:00 PM CBC, RDS  
Monday, , Nov. 25 Penguins Bruins 7:00 PM    
Wednesday, Nov. 27 Maple Leafs Penguins 7:30 PM  
Friday, Nov. 29 Penguins Lightning 4:00 PM    
Saturday, Nov. 30 Penguins Panthers 7:00 PM    
December
Date Visitor Home Time (ET) TV Network  
Tuesday, Dec. 3 Penguins Islanders 7:00 PM    
Thursday Dec. 5 Sharks Penguins 7:00 PM  
Saturday, Dec. 7 Penguins Bruins 7:00 PM NHLN-US  
Monday, Dec. 9 Blue Jackets Penguins 7:30 PM NBCSN
Friday, Dec. 13 Devils Penguins 7:00 PM  
Saturday, Dec. 14 Penguins Red Wings 7:00 PM NHLN-US  
Monday, Dec. 16 Maple Leafs Penguins 7:00 PM NHLN-US
Wednesday, Dec. 18 Penguins Rangers 8:00 PM NBCSN  
Thursday Dec. 19 Wild Penguins 7:00 PM NHLN-US
Saturday, Dec. 21 Flames Penguins 7:00 PM  
Monday, Dec. 23 Penguins Senators 7:30 PM    
Friday,Dec. 27 Penguins Hurricanes 7:00 PM    
Sunday, Dec. 29 Penguins Blue Jackets 6:00 PM    
Tuesday, Dec. 31 Penguins Devils 1:00 PM    
January
Date Visitor Home Time (ET) TV Network
 
Friday,Jan 3 Rangers Penguins 7:00 PM  
Sunday, Jan 5 Jets Penguins 1:00 PM  
Tuesday, Jan 7 Penguins Canucks 10:00 PM    
Friday,Jan 10 Penguins Oilers 9:30 PM    
Saturday, Jan 11 Penguins Flames 10:00 PM CBC  
Wednesday, Jan 15 Capitals Penguins 8:00 PM NBCSN
Monday, Jan 20 Panthers Penguins 7:00 PM  
Wednesday, Jan 22 Canadiens Penguins 7:00 PM RDS
Thursday Jan 23 Penguins Islanders 7:30 PM NBCSN  
Saturday, Jan 25 Penguins Stars 8:00 PM    
Monday, Jan 27 Sabres Penguins 7:30 PM NBCSN
Thursday Jan 30 Penguins Kings 10:30 PM    
February
Date Visitor Home Time (ET) TV Network
 
Saturday, Feb 1 Penguins Coyotes 8:00 PM    
Monday, Feb 3 Senators Penguins 7:00 PM  
Wednesday, Feb 5 Penguins Sabres 7:30 PM NBCSN  
Friday,Feb 7 Rangers Penguins 7:00 PM  
Thursday Feb 27 Canadiens Penguins 7:00 PM RDS
March
Date Visitor Home Time (ET) TV Network/Results
 
Saturday, March 1 Penguins Blackhawks 8:00 PM    
Tuesday, March 4 Penguins Predators 8:00 PM    
Thursday March 6 Penguins Sharks 10:30 PM    
Friday,March 7 Penguins Ducks 10:00 PM    
Monday, March 10 Penguins Capitals 7:00 PM NHLN-US  
Tuesday, March 11 Capitals Penguins 7:30 PM NBCSN
Saturday, March 15 Penguins Flyers 1:00 PM NHLN-US  
Sunday, March 16 Flyers Penguins 7:30 PM NBC, NBCSN
Tuesday, March 18 Stars Penguins 7:00 PM  
Thursday March 20 Penguins Red Wings 7:30 PM    
Saturday, March 22 Lightning Penguins 1:00 PM  
Sunday, March 23 Blues Penguins 1:00 PM NHLN-US
Tuesday, March 25 Coyotes Penguins 7:00 PM  
Thursday March 27 Kings Penguins 7:00 PM  
Friday,March 28 Penguins Blue Jackets 7:00 PM    
Sunday, March 30 Blackhawks Penguins 7:30 PM NBC, NBCSN
April
Date Visitor Home Time (ET) TV Network
 
Tuesday, April 1 Hurricanes Penguins 7:00 PM  
Thursday April 3 Penguins Jets 8:00 PM    
Saturday, April 5 Penguins Wild 8:00 PM    
Sunday, April 6 Penguins Avalanche 8:00 PM    
Wednesday, April 9 Red Wings Penguins 8:00 PM NBCSN
Saturday, April 12 Flyers Penguins 3:00 PM NBC
Sunday, April 13 Senators Penguins 7:00 PM  

(Photo: Iginla-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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