Considering the circumstances, one can certainly forgive the National Hockey League for releasing a flawed regular-season schedule.
For example, there are no inter-conference games, meaning the Montreal Canadiens will not face the upstart Edmonton Oilers at all; unless both make it to the Stanley Cup Final, of course, which, to put it in the proper perspective, is even less likely than just the Montreal Canadiens making it to the Stanley Cup Final.
Additionally, teams will play two of their division rivals four times and the other two five times, resulting in an inherent difference in difficulty in the schedules of some teams who could be jockeying with one another for playoff position come, what is it now? July?
No need to worry if you’re a Habs fan, though, as they do indeed get the Toronto Maple Leafs five times.
With that, here are 10 Montreal Canadiens games, including three sure-to-be Habs-Leafs classics, you can’t miss in this shortened, 48-game 2013 season.