On Friday, the NHL released the complete 2013-14 schedule. Among the highlights, the Chicago Blackhawks will raise their second banner in three years on Tuesday, Oct. 1 when they host the Washington Capitals.
Among the other areas of interest on the calendar as the Hawks defend their title:
- Saturday, Oct. 5 – Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning come to Chicago.
- Saturday, Oct. 19 – Toronto is the first Original Six visitor to the United Center.
- Nov. 19-30 – the Blackhawks play seven straight games on the road.
- Friday, Dec. 20 – Vancouver’s first visit of the season.
- Wednesday, Jan. 8 – the NY Rangers are the second Original Six visitor.
- Sunday, Jan. 19 – an Original Six Final re-match with Boston.
- February – the Blackhawks do not play a home game the entire month.
- Saturday, March 1 – Blackhawks vs. Penguins at Soldier Field
- Saturday, March 16 – Detroit’s only trip to Chicago.
- Wednesday, April 9 – the Canadiens are the final Original Six team to visit in the home finale.