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.
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
- 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.
- 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