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June 21, 2012 9:20 am

Kings’ schedule released

The Kings’ 2012-13 schedule has been released — pending labor peace, of course — and it does indeed kick off with a home game against the New York Rangers, on Oct. 12. The Kings’ start is home-heavy, as they play five of their first seven regular-season games at Staples Center. As usual, the Kings will play each Pacific Division opponents six times each, the other conference opponents four times each and then 18 games against the Eastern Conference, split evenly, home and away.

The Kings face the New Jersey Devils in Stanley Cup Finals rematch on Feb. 9 at Prudential Center.

The Kings have four five-game road trips: through Dallas, Chicago, Detroit, Columbus and Colorado in late November and early December, followed by, in mid-December, Montreal, Ottawa, Boston, Detroit and San Jose. Then there’s the annual “Grammy trip” in February, this year through Washington, Buffalo, New York (Rangers), New Jersey and Pittsburgh. The toughest one might be in late March and early April, as the Kings go through Dallas, Chicago, St. Louis, Florida and Phoenix. (Really, NHL? Florida on that trip?) The Kings have a season-long six-game homestand in January.

After the final five-game trip, the Kings finish the regular season with four of their final six games at home. The Kings have 12 sets of back-to-back games and finish the regular season with an April 13 home game against Anaheim. As for which Eastern Conference teams the Kings and hosting, and also playing on the road, here’s the breakdown…

New York Rangers (Oct. 12), Carolina Hurricanes (Oct. 18), New York Islanders (Nov. 6), Tampa Bay Lightning (Nov. 17), Florida Panthers (Dec. 6), Philadelphia Flyers (Jan. 3), Washington Capitals (Feb. 15), Winnipeg Jets (Feb. 23), Toronto Maple Leafs (March 4).

Montreal Canadiens (Dec. 13), Ottawa Senators (Dec. 15), Boston Bruins (Dec. 17), Washington Capitals (Feb. 3), Buffalo Sabres (Feb. 5), New York Rangers (Feb. 7), New Jersey Devils (Feb. 9), Pittsburgh Penguins (Feb. 10), Florida Panthers (March 30)

The full schedule can be viewed by clicking here.

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