Found July 24, 2013 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
Get Your Popcorn Ready! Mark your calendars, the Vancouver Canucks will open their 2013-14 regular season on Thursday, October 3rd against the San Jose Sharks. Opening night is just one of many notable dates on the 2013-14 season schedule for the Canucks, who will also host Ottawa Senators in this year’s Herritage Classsic. The NHL’s new alignment also comes with a number of new twists when it comes to scheduling. 4 Divisions consisting of seven teams in the Western Conference, and eight in the Eastern Conference make up the newly divided NHL. The Canucks now call the Ducks, Flames, Oilers, Kings, Coyotes, and Sharks their division rivals. Per Canucks.com Press Release With the new alignment comes a new schedule format as well. Within the Canucks division, Vancouver with play 3 Home/2 Away against two teams, 2 Home/3 Away against two teams and 2 Home/2 Away against one team. When playing other Western Conference teams, Vancouver will suit up for three games against each team (2 Home/1 Away versus four teams, 1 Home/2 Away versus three teams). The Canucks will play one home and one away game each season against all Eastern Conference teams as well, giving Canucks fans the opportunity to see the stars of each NHL team on an annual basis. Highlights Without question the highlight of the regular season schedule has to be March 2nd, when the Vancouver Canucks will “host” the Ottawa Senators at BC Place. Torts vs. Vigneault should be fun eh? (Photo: wsbtv.com) The Canucks have waited patiently for their time outside in a Heritage Classic, and finally we know the date. Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo will have the chance to face each other on October 8th in Vancouver’s fourth game of the regular season. John Tortorella and Alain Vigneault will duel for the first time on Saturday November 30th at 11:00 AM when the Canucks visit the Big Apple. The last time the Canucks had a highly-anticipated afternoon game on the East coast it did not disappoint. Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins visit Vancouver on Tuesday January 7th. Magic things happen when Sidney Crosby’s skates hit the ice at 800 Griffiths Way, don’t miss out. The Canucks close the regular season playing six of their last seven games at Rogers Arena, including their final game of the regular season Sunday April 13th versus the Calgary Flames. Pre-season If you’re struggling to survive without Canucks hockey your first chance to see the team in action will be on September 16th versus the San Jose Sharks at 7:00. The Canucks play six pre-season games this year against the Sharks (home and away), Oilers (home and away), Coyotes (home), and Rangers (home). Bonjour, Monsieur Vigneault. CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE CANUCKS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE SECTION AT NWSB!
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