The Coyotes will open the 2012-13 season with a home game against the Dallas Stars on Saturday, Oct. 13.
The schedule, announced Thursday, includes visits from Eastern Conference opponents Philadelphia (Dec. 31), New York Rangers (Jan. 5), Pittsburgh (Jan. 12), Boston (Feb. 2), Washington (Feb. 16) and Toronto (March 7).
The scheduling format calls for six games (three home, three away) against Pacific Divison rivals Anaheim, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Jose; four games (two home, two away) against the rest of the Western Conference; and 18 games against Eastern Conference opponents. The Coyotes will play home-and-home series against Boston, Buffalo and Carolina and single games against the other 12 Eastern teams. Six teams will not play in Glendale: Montreal, Ottawa, New Jersey, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay and Winnipeg.
The longest home stand of the season features six games from Nov. 10 to Nov. 23. The Coyotes will have a pair of six-game road trips: Oct. 27 through Nov. 8 an...