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October 4 vs. Detroit Red Wings
No one could've imagined a bigger, bolder start to the 2013-14 season than a season opener at home against Detroit.
The Red Wings, loaded with offseason additions Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss, will be primed for their Eastern Conference debut. The night should be a fantastic, albeit difficult, opportunity for the 'Canes to prove their contender status after a disastrous 2013 stretch run.
November 5 vs. Philadelphia Flyers
The Hurricanes' only appearance on NBC Sports Network happens to be a vital early-season home contest against new division rival Philadelphia.
If the 'Canes hope to grab one of the Metropolitan's three playoff spots in 2013-14, they'll have to improve against the Flyers. They've posted a miserable 2-11-2 record against them since 2009-10.
November 5 will be an important Tuesday night.
March 18 at Columbus Blue Jackets
The 'Canes haven't beaten Columbus since 2005, losing their last five meetings against the up-and-coming Blue Jackets.
They'll face them five times in 2013, including twice in an 11-day stretch in late March. As it's very plausible that the two clubs could end up fighting for one final playoff spot, the Hurricanes will need to treat their March 18 visit to Nationwide Arena very seriously.
April 10 vs. Washington Capitals
The 'Canes close out their PNC Arena schedule with the Caps on a Thursday in another crucial late-season matchup within the Metropolitan Division.
The Carolina-Washington rivalry looks slated to grow rapidly in emotion and profile over the coming years. This home finale should close the books on its 2013-14 edition.