NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 20: Goalie Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings congratulates Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators on winning Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena on April 20, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

2012-13 Red Wings Schedule Announced: Season Opens At Home Against Predators

Assuming there isn't a lockout, the Detroit Red Wings will open their 2012-13 schedule at home against the Nashville Predators.

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Winter Classic 2013: Start Time Set For 1 P.M.

With the Detroit Red Wings' 2012-13 schedule being released on Thursday, we now know the official start time for the 2013 Winter Classic. There had been rumors that it would begin as early as noon on Jan. 1, but its official start time, according to the schedule, is 1 p.m. ET.

On the one hand, with the Winter Classic starting at 1 p.m. ET, it should avoid a conflict with the Rose Bowl, which typically begins at 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 1. The issue is that it will still conflict with college football bowl games. The Gator Bowl, Outback Bowl and Capital One Bowl all will likely start at 1 p.m. on New Year's Day, and it's possible Michigan and Michigan State could end up playing in those games.

This is nothing new, of course, but it reinforces the stupidity on the NHL's part of playing the game on New Year's Day. Around the holidays, it's tough to avoid conflicts with football, but going up against college football's most notable day of bowls is just not smart. As a sports fan, I'd much rather have the Winter Classic be played on the night of New Year's Eve rather than New Year's Day, especially this year. If it comes down to the Winter Classic or a bowl game involving the Wolverines and Spartans, it is going to be a tough choice for fans, and I have a feeling many will choose football.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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Red Wings Schedule 2012-2013 Announced By NHL

The NHL unveiled its schedule for the 2012-13 season on Thursday. The schedule was made with the assumption that there won't be a lockout or any labor issues that delay the start of the season, but with the collective bargaining agreement set to expire this summer, there's no telling what might happen.

If the season starts on time, the Detroit Red Wings will open their 2012-13 schedule at home on Oct. 12 against the Nashville Predators. The Red Wings have two other home games in October and a total of six games on the road, including their first game in Winnipeg since the Jets returned last season.

In November, the Red Wings will spend a lot more time at Joe Louis Arena. After starting the month with two games on the road, the Red Wings will return home for five straight games. Three away games in the rest of the month will break up four more home games.

December's schedule for the Red Wings includes a lot of interesting matchups, most of which are at home. The Washington Capitals and Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings will be in Detroit in the month of December, as will the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders. The Red Wings will travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins toward the end of the month, and they will also face the Carolina Hurricanes and Ottawa Senators on the road.

January is headlined by the 2013 Winter Classic against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1. It will be played at Michigan Stadium and begin at 1 p.m. ET.

The month of February is most notable for how many games it includes despite being a short month. In total, the Red Wings have 15 games in 28 days, including four back-to-backs. That's a lot of hockey.

The season will start to wind down in March with games against the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, Predators and Dallas Stars, among others. This will lead into April, when the Red Wings take on the Columbus Blue Jackets, Jets, St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild, Predators and Colorado Avalanche. The Red Wings' final two games of the regular season (against Nashville and Colorado) are both on the road.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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