STILL WAITING ON SCHED.... UPDATED WITH SCHED...

Jason Gregor
January 12 2013 03:17PM

You are likely sick of waiting for the NHL to release the 2013 schedule, and so is friend of the Nation, loyal reader and proud Albertan Evangeline Lilly. Lilly hails from Fort Saskatchewan and when she isn't busy staring in movies, she will be in part two and three of the Hobbit, she likes to read the nation.*

Here is what we know about the Oilers schedule that should be released later today. Of course it is the NHL, so there is always a chance you might have to wait until tomorrow.

The Oilers really wanted to start the season at home on January 19th against the Calgary Flames, but the CBC elected to go with the Canucks at home, because of a larger TV audience. There are more people in Vancouver, and clearly more looters and rioters, but I'm not sold they have more hockey fans.**

And I truly wonder if fans in Toronto, Montreal and Winnipeg would rather watch the Canucks, instead of a Battle of Alberta?

I'm a huge hockey fan, and I'd much rather watch the Leafs v. Habs than watch one of them play a non-rival. I like rivalries, and even if the Flames/Oilers rivalry isn't one it once was, on opening night the atmosphere would be electric.

Regardless, the Oilers won't start the season at home, and unfortunately you will have to wait another day until you see Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz in Oilers silks.

The Oilers will open the season Sunday, January 20th in Vancouver.

Their home opener will be Tuesday the 22nd v. the Sharks.

The Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings are in town on the 24th and their first home Saturday game will be against the Dallas Stars.

I've been told that the Oilers play ten home games from Jan 22nd to February 23rd, and none of them will be against the Central division. They will have some road games mixed in during that time.

The Oilers will then vacate Rexall Place for a 9-game road trip, due to the Brier.

They will return to Rexall on March 15th.

The official schedule comes out later today, but regardless of who they play, it is imperative that the Oilers take advantage of the fact that 12 of their players have been playing for the past four months if they hope to make the playoffs.

They can't afford a slow start.

Once the schedule is out I will update this post.

*We assume she does, but can't confirm it officially.

**If that bothers you Canucks' fans you are tad too sensitive.

UPDATE

I was sent this schedule and got it confirmed that it is accurate. Mark your calendars.

CLICK HERE.

Here is what it looks like...

Jan 20th @ Vancouver
Jan 22nd v. San Jose
Jan 24th v. LA
Jan 26th @ Calgary
Jan 28th v.  Colorado
Jan 30th @ Phoenix
Jan 31st @ San Jose

February:

Feb 02nd @ Colorado
Feb 04th v. Vancouver
Feb 06th v. Dallas
Feb 09th @ Detroit
Feb 10th @ Columbus
Feb 12th vs. Dallas
Feb 16th vs. Colorado
Feb 19th vs. LA
Feb 21st vs. Minnesota
Feb 23rd vs. Phoenix

Feb 25th @ Chicago
Feb 28th @ Dallas

March:

Mar 1st @ St. Louis
Mar 3rd @ Minnesota
Mar 05th @ Columbus
Mar 07th @ Detroit
Mar 08th @ Nashville
Mar 10th @ Chicago
Mar 12th @ Colorado
Mar 15th v. Detroit
Mar 17th v. Nashville
Mar 20th v. San Jose
Mar 23rd v. St. Louis
Mar 25th @ Nashville
Mar 26th @ St. Louis
Mar 28th v. Columbus
Mar 30th v. Vancouver

April:

Apr 1st v. Calgary
Apr 3rd @ Calgary
Apr 4th @ Vancouver
Apr 6th @ LA
Apr 8th @ Anaheim
Apr 10th v. Phoenix
Apr 13th v. Calgary
Apr 16th v. Minnesota
Apr 19th @ Colorado
Apr 21st v. Anaheim
Apr 22nd v. Anaheim
Apr 24th v. Chicago
Apr 26th @ Minnesota
Apr 27th v. Vancouver

OF NOTE

  • The Oilers play the Flames three times in April in span of 13 days.
     
  • They play the Ducks on back-to-back nights in Edmonton on April 21st and 22nd. I can't recall the last time the Oilers played the same team at home on consecutive nights. I'd love to see this happen more often.
     
  • They play four afternoon games. They play Saturday Feb 2nd in Colorado, Saturday Feb 9th in Detroit, Saturday Feb 23rd in Phoenix and Saturday April 6th in LA. 
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#51 book¡e
January 12 2013, 08:27PM
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I actually don't know why people are trying to argue that somehow they know more about all of the variables involved in setting up a schedule than the individuals who do this. They know how much advertisers will pay to advertise for different types of games. They know the history of how many people watched different games. They understand how it works when games are put on TV on the same day as other games, etc.

What makes some people think they really understand this better than the people who do it professionally?

I can understand a general rant that the Oilers are getting shortchanged here or that the league needs to consider more than market share and revenue when making a schedule, but to suggest that you somehow know more than the pro's who have the background information is almost laughable.

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#52 DSF
January 12 2013, 08:39PM
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@book¡e

Exactly.

More eyeballs.

More revenue.

Simple.

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#53 DSF
January 12 2013, 08:46PM
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Here we go!!!!

14s John Shannon John Shannon ‏@JSportsnet

Can confirm NHL and NHLPA have signed a Memoradum of Understanding. Schedule coming soon.Trades and Waivers start in 2 hrs. Camps Sunday. Expand 38s Bob McKenzie Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie

NHL Lockout: Sept. 15, 2012 - Jan. 12, 2013. Now over. Officially. MOU signed by NHL and NHLPA. Expand 2m Adam Proteau Adam Proteau ‏@Proteautype

Mistah Lockout, he dead. The horror. The horror. Expand 2m Damian Cristodero Damian Cristodero ‏@LightningTimes

Memorandum of understanding signed. Lockout is officially over. Sked coming soon. Camps open Sunday. Expand 3m David Pagnotta David Pagnotta ‏@TheFourthPeriod

IT'S DONE!! Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by NHL and NHLPA! Let the games begin! Expand 3m TEAM Radio TEAM Radio ‏@TEAM1040

RT @reporterchris: The memorandum of understanding has been signed. The NHL lockout is officially over after 119 days. #dropthepuck Expand

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#54 Time Travelling Sean
January 12 2013, 09:03PM
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@DSF

Was that last bit really necessary? I was just saying I'd rather watch a BOA than watch us play against the Canucks. Either way it will be an electric game, and a good measuring stick I think.

I get more viewers is more revenue I was just stating my preference.

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#55 DSF
January 12 2013, 09:16PM
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The Oilers home opener on TSN National.

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#56 Dog Train
January 12 2013, 09:34PM
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I was kind of looking forward to starting on Saturday as opposed to conflicting with the end of championship Sunday in the NFL but oh well. The Oilers are back!

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#57 Oilertown
January 12 2013, 10:03PM
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DSF wrote:

Here we go!!!!

14s John Shannon John Shannon ‏@JSportsnet

Can confirm NHL and NHLPA have signed a Memoradum of Understanding. Schedule coming soon.Trades and Waivers start in 2 hrs. Camps Sunday. Expand 38s Bob McKenzie Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie

NHL Lockout: Sept. 15, 2012 - Jan. 12, 2013. Now over. Officially. MOU signed by NHL and NHLPA. Expand 2m Adam Proteau Adam Proteau ‏@Proteautype

Mistah Lockout, he dead. The horror. The horror. Expand 2m Damian Cristodero Damian Cristodero ‏@LightningTimes

Memorandum of understanding signed. Lockout is officially over. Sked coming soon. Camps open Sunday. Expand 3m David Pagnotta David Pagnotta ‏@TheFourthPeriod

IT'S DONE!! Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by NHL and NHLPA! Let the games begin! Expand 3m TEAM Radio TEAM Radio ‏@TEAM1040

RT @reporterchris: The memorandum of understanding has been signed. The NHL lockout is officially over after 119 days. #dropthepuck Expand

Expecting any trades tonight DSF?? Or you figure everything will kickstart tomorrow?

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#58 DSF
January 12 2013, 10:04PM
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Expecting any trades tonight DSF?? Or you figure everything will kickstart tomorrow?

I expect there will be ton in the morning.

Too late in the east for any announcements tonight.

Luongo to Toronto will be the big one tomorrow.

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#59 Jagrbaum
January 12 2013, 10:34PM
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I believe the Oilers played Colorado back to back at home in the 06-07 season. I only remember that because of the season Joe Sakic was having that year. Calgary Killer yo.

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#60 Jagrbaum
January 12 2013, 10:37PM
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Wed, 21 Mar 2007 Avalanche Oilers 7:00 PM FINAL COL (5) - EDM (1) Fri, 23 Mar 2007 Avalanche Oilers 7:00 PM FINAL COL (3) - EDM (4) SO

I wish my memory was this good for school -_-

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#61 DSF
January 12 2013, 10:50PM
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#62 steelymac
January 12 2013, 11:17PM
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He does play alot of holdem but we will see.

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#63 andrewmk20
January 12 2013, 11:30PM
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@DSF

I've never asked this of you but are you an Oilers fan or do you just like debating with Oilers fans on ON?

Also this discussion is ridiculous. That's like arguing about who's the most obsessed about the NFL in America. It's everyone, it's America's game. Or what ocean has more water in it the Atlantic or Pacific. The NHL is Canada's game and a lot of people are obsessed with it. But there are also a fair amount of Canadians that aren't into it no matter what the geographical location. I live in Edmonton and I have friends that love to watch the Oilers and play in beer leagues and friends that don't watch or pay attention at all. I'm sure it's the same in every Canadian market.

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#64 Quicksilver ballet
January 12 2013, 11:46PM
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Where's the WOW

anyone seen the WOW yet?

Can't find the WOW anywhere.....where's the BEEF Bum Stauffer?

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#65 striatic
January 12 2013, 11:52PM
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David S wrote:

I work with media buyers. Buying advertising during a Vancouver game broadcast is more expensive than an Oilers game because their viewership is larger. It's just a fact stations know about viewer numbers and demographics far more than casual fans. The broadcast schedule was purely based on viewership and advertiser revenue.

This is just Oilers fans overstating their team's importance. Outside of northern Alberta, the Oilers aren't nearly as popular as you think they are.

"Buying advertising during a Vancouver game broadcast is more expensive than an Oilers game because their viewership is larger."

also, wealthier.

talking about raw population is sort of silly when the point is to target advertising at people with discretionary income.

from a ratings perspective CBC is doing exactly what it should to get the most money out of its advertisers.

sort of an anti-climactic way to kick off the season compared to the Battle of Alberta, but certainly the most *rational* choice.

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#66 Rocket
January 13 2013, 12:32AM
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If DSF is correct & the WOW trade tomorrow is Luongo, it's really going to cut into my NFL watching time. Does the NHL not care about one fan watching another sport? oh wait...

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#67 Oilertown
January 13 2013, 01:45AM
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DSF wrote:

I expect there will be ton in the morning.

Too late in the east for any announcements tonight.

Luongo to Toronto will be the big one tomorrow.

Luongo to Toronto for Bozak and Komisarek.

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#68 Reality Check to the head
January 13 2013, 03:23AM
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So the season model is now based on the baseball season model (obviously because of the lockout), where western conference (WC) teams only play WC teams.

Hopefully the Oilers can bring home the pennant ;) lol.

Seriously, it is a tough sched for every team. I look forward to the start, too bad it is on a sunday.

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