2013 NHL Schedule Released: 5 January Games You Must Circle on Your Calendar

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2013 NHL Schedule Released: 5 January Games You Must Circle on Your Calendar
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Want hockey?

Have some hockey.

The NHL has officially released its shortened 2013 season schedule, which runs from Jan. 19 to Apr. 27 and features 48 games for each team. Opening weekend alone contains 19 games, including three to be nationally televised on NBC.

A whopping 100 matches will be complete before even January ends, and all of them could prove crucial as every two points matter more than ever.

With NBC, NBC Sports Net, NHL Network, CBC and RDS all stuffing their TV guides to the brim with cross-continent hockey broadcasts, hockey viewing choices will be a'plenty in the coming weeks. 

These five January games, however, you just can't afford miss. From the Los Angeles Kings' hoisting of a particularly special banner to a feast of Original Six rivalries, don't make the mistake of passing up on these tantalizing midwinter matchups.

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