NHL 2013-14 Schedule, Sochi 2014 Olympics, Division Names Set

"Hey, we're all Metropolitans." - Bruce Bennett

You may now plan your road trips...around your new Metropolitan rivals!

As long expected and nearly as long negotiated, the NHL has agreed to have its players participate in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, resulting in a two-week February break in the NHL schedule.

With that hurdle cleared, the NHL also released its regular season schedule, which has the New York Islanders opening in Newark to play the Devils Friday, Oct. 4, before welcoming new division brother Columbus to the Coliseum on Saturday, Oct. 5.

The name of that division means its colors might as well be blue and orange: The Metropolitan Division (even including Pittsburgh!). The old Atlantic moniker is transferred to the ashes of the old Northeast, which now includes the two Florida teams and the not-at-all-Atlantic-but-eminently-depressing Detroit and Buffalo.

Olympics

From the NHL release, which also includes the schedule of Olympic hockey games:

NHL players will be available to the 12 participating IIHF Member National Associations for the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament (February 12-23, 2014). This will mark the fifth consecutive time dating back to Nagano 1998 that NHL players have participated in the Olympics. More than 120 NHL players are expected to compete for their respective nations in Sochi.

Here are those 12 members, which include Michael Grabner's Austria but tragically leave Frans Nielsen's Denmark out, for the hockey gods work in mysterious ways.

Group A Group B Group C
Russia Austria Czech Republic
Slovenia Canada Latvia
Slovakia Finland Switzerland
United States Norway Sweden

For the first time in five years, Switzerland's entry into a national tournament no longer concerns the Islanders now that Mark Streit and Nino Niederreiter have been traded. But it would be a shock if Hart Trophy finalist and Canadian star John Tavares isn't very busy in February when most of his teammates will be resting.

Other candidates include Lubomir Visnovsky for Slovakia and perhaps Kyle Okposo, who was not on the 2010 U.S. Olympic squad but has participated in three World Championships since then.

Islanders Regular Season Schedule

From the Islanders' official site:

October 2013
Date Visitor Home Time (ET) TV Network/Results
Tickets
Fri Oct 4 Islanders Devils
7:00 PM
Sat Oct 5 Blue Jackets Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Tue Oct 8 Coyotes Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Fri Oct 11 Islanders Blackhawks
8:00 PM NHLN-US
Sat Oct 12 Islanders Predators
8:00 PM
Tue Oct 15 Sabres Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Thu Oct 17 Oilers Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Sat Oct 19 Hurricanes Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Tue Oct 22 Canucks Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Fri Oct 25 Islanders Penguins
7:00 PM
Sat Oct 26 Flyers Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Tue Oct 29 Rangers Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
November 2013
Date Visitor Home Time (ET) TV Network/Results
Tickets
Fri Nov 1 Islanders Senators
7:30 PM
Sat Nov 2 Bruins Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Tue Nov 5 Islanders Capitals
7:00 PM
Thu Nov 7 Islanders Hurricanes
7:00 PM
Sat Nov 9 Islanders Blue Jackets
7:00 PM
Sun Nov 10 Islanders Canadiens
6:00 PM RDS
Tue Nov 12 Predators Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Thu Nov 14 Kings Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Sat Nov 16 Red Wings Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Tue Nov 19 Islanders Maple Leafs
7:00 PM
Fri Nov 22 Islanders Penguins
7:00 PM
Sat Nov 23 Islanders Flyers
7:00 PM
Wed Nov 27 Jets Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Fri Nov 29 Red Wings Islanders
4:00 PM Tickets
Sat Nov 30 Capitals Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
December 2013
Date Visitor Home Time (ET) TV Network/Results
Tickets
Tue Dec 3 Penguins Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Thu Dec 5 Islanders Blues
8:00 PM
Sat Dec 7 Islanders Kings
10:30 PM
Mon Dec 9 Islanders Ducks
10:00 PM
Tue Dec 10 Islanders Sharks
10:30 PM
Thu Dec 12 Islanders Coyotes
9:00 PM
Sat Dec 14 Canadiens Islanders
7:00 PM CBC, RDS Tickets
Tue Dec 17 Lightning Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Fri Dec 20 Islanders Rangers
7:00 PM
Sat Dec 21 Ducks Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Mon Dec 23 Islanders Red Wings
7:30 PM
Sat Dec 28 Devils Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Sun Dec 29 Islanders Wild
8:00 PM
Tue Dec 31 Islanders Bruins
7:00 PM
January 2014
Date Visitor Home Time (ET) TV Network/Results
Tickets
Thu Jan 2 Blackhawks Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Sat Jan 4 Hurricanes Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Mon Jan 6 Stars Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Tue Jan 7 Islanders Maple Leafs
7:00 PM
Fri Jan 10 Islanders Avalanche
9:00 PM
Sun Jan 12 Islanders Stars
6:00 PM
Tue Jan 14 Islanders Panthers
7:30 PM
Thu Jan 16 Islanders Lightning
7:30 PM
Sat Jan 18 Islanders Flyers
7:00 PM
Mon Jan 20 Flyers Islanders
1:00 PM Tickets
Tue Jan 21 Islanders Rangers
7:00 PM
Thu Jan 23 Penguins Islanders
7:30 PM NBCSN Tickets
Sat Jan 25 Blues Islanders
1:00 PM Tickets
Mon Jan 27 Bruins Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Wed Jan 29 Rangers Islanders
7:00 PM NBCSN Tickets
Fri Jan 31 Islanders Rangers
7:00 PM NHLN-US
February 2014
Date Visitor Home Time (ET) TV Network/Results
Tickets
Tue Feb 4 Islanders Capitals
7:30 PM NBCSN
Thu Feb 6 Flames Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Sat Feb 8 Avalanche Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Thu Feb 27 Maple Leafs Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
March 2014
Date Visitor Home Time (ET) TV Network/Results
Tickets
Sat Mar 1 Devils Islanders
1:00 PM Tickets
Sun Mar 2 Panthers Islanders
3:00 PM Tickets
Tue Mar 4 Islanders Jets
8:00 PM
Thu Mar 6 Islanders Oilers
9:30 PM
Fri Mar 7 Islanders Flames
9:00 PM
Mon Mar 10 Islanders Canucks
10:00 PM
Fri Mar 14 Sharks Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Sat Mar 15 Sabres Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Tue Mar 18 Wild Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Sun Mar 23 Blue Jackets Islanders
1:00 PM Tickets
Tue Mar 25 Islanders Hurricanes
7:00 PM
Thu Mar 27 Islanders Lightning
7:30 PM
Sat Mar 29 Devils Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
April 2014
Date Visitor Home Time (ET) TV Network/Results
Tickets
Tue Apr 1 Panthers Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Wed Apr 2 Islanders Senators
7:00 PM
Sat Apr 5 Capitals Islanders
5:00 PM Tickets
Sun Apr 6 Islanders Blue Jackets
6:00 PM
Tue Apr 8 Senators Islanders
7:00 PM Tickets
Thu Apr 10 Islanders Canadiens
7:30 PM RDS
Fri Apr 11 Islanders Devils
7:30 PM NBCSN
Sun Apr 13 Islanders Sabres
5:00 PM
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