Breaking down the Toronto Maple Leafs 2013-14 schedule

The National Hockey League released its schedule last week and after a week of reviewing it, I have decided to break down the schedule of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

OPENING WEEK

The Toronto Maple Leafs will open the season on Tuesday, October 1st in Montreal when they take on the Canadiens. Even though it’s not a Saturday night game, CBC will continue their tradition and broadcast the two Original Six rivals.

The Leafs will leave Montreal Saturday night after their battle with the Habs as their second game will be in Philadelphia as they take on the Flyers the next night.

To conclude the opening week, the Leafs home opener will be Saturday, October 5th when the Ottawa Senators make their first visit of the season to the Air Canada Centre.

CLOSER LOOK AT THE 82-GAME SCHEDULE

The Leafs are scheduled to play 82 games during the 2013-14 season, with 41 games at home and 41 on the road.

The NHL approved a new realignment and division-based playoff format back in March that will place the Leafs in the Atlantic Division. What’s new for the Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators this year, is the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning will be joining their division.

Leafs vs. Division Opponents 

Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins – 4 games: Two games in Boston, two games in Toronto.

Maple Leafs vs. Buffalo Sabres – 5 games: Two games in Buffalo, three games in Toronto.

Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings – 4 games: Two games in Detroit (Winter Classic, Jan. 1 2014.), two games in Toronto.

Maple Leafs vs. Florida Panthers –  4 games: Two games in Florida, two games in Toronto.

Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens – 5 games: Three games in Montreal, two games in Toronto.

Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators – 5 games: Three games in Ottawa, two games in Toronto.

Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – 4 games: Two games in Tampa, two games in Toronto

Leafs vs. Western Conference Opponents (28 games)
The Maple Leafs will play each Western Conference opponent twice throughout the 2013-14 campaign. Each team will play once on the road, and once at home.
Western Conference Teams
Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets.
Leafs vs. Eastern Conference Opponents (54 games) 
The Maple Leafs will play 15 different Eastern Conference opponents 54 times throughout the campaign.
Eastern Conference Teams
Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.  
 
Leafs Games By The Month
October: 14, November: 13, December: 14 ,January: 15, February: 5, March: 15, April: 6
 
Some Schedule Notes
  • Busiest month:  January and March, both 15-game months.
  • Busiest home month: December, 15 games.
  • Busiest road month: March, nine games.
  • Longest road streak: March 10 -18, five games.
  • Longest home stand: November 16-25, five games.
  • Consecutive game nights: 16.
  • Saturday games: 23.
Important Dates 
  • Training camp opens – Wednesday, Sept. 11
  • Exhibition games begin – Friday, Sept. 13
  • Regular season opens – Tuesday, Oct. 1
  • Hall of Fame Game – Friday, Nov. 8
  • Christmas break – Tuesday, Dec. 24 – Thursday, Dec. 26
  • Hockey Day In Canada – Saturday, Jan. 18
  • Olympic break — Sunday, Feb. 9 – Tuesday, Feb. 25
  • Trade Deadline figures to be Wednesday, Mar. 5.
  • Last day of regular season – Sunday, Apr. 13
  • Stanley Cup Playoffs begin – Wednesday, Apr. 16

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