2013 NHL Schedule: Pros and Cons of the Shortened Docket

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2013 NHL Schedule: Pros and Cons of the Shortened Docket
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This time last week, we NHL hockey fans were still mired in a lockout, unsure of when we'd see another game played.

Now, just a few days later, we're breaking down the matrix that the NHL is using to construct a schedule for hockey in 2013. Now we know that the league is gunning for a January 19th opening day.

How time flies!

According to this report from the oh-so-linked-in one Bob McKenzie, teams will participate in intra-conference contests only. Each squad will play against two teams within its division four times, and against the other two teams in the same division five times.Then, to round out the schedule, each team will play three games against each of the other teams in the same conference.

This truncated schedule carries positives and negatives. Here are a few humble thoughts for your consideration.

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