The Carolina Hurricanes will open their season with a home game Friday, Oct. 4, the National Hockey League announced Friday afternoon.
The Hurricanes will play the Detroit Red Wings in the opener.
Many of the Canes games this year will fall on weekends. The team said that of the 41 games at home, 24 fall on Fridays (12), Saturdays (5) and Sundays (7).
Carolina was a disappointing 19-25-4 last year in the strike-shortened season, failing to make the playoffs again. The Canes have not won the playoffs since 2009.
The Hurricanes will play six of their 12 games in October at PNC Arena, including matchups against the last two Stanley Cup champions, Los Angeles (Oct. 11) and Chicago (Oct. 15). Tilts against Philadelphia (10/6) and Pittsburgh (10/28) – rivals from the newly-created Metropolitan Division – also highlight the team's opening-month schedule.
Carolina will play nine of its 14 games in November at home, including a season-long, five-game home stand from Nov. 5-12, as Philadelphia, the New York Islanders, Minnesota, Colorado and Anaheim visit Raleigh. The Hurricanes close out the second month of the season with a day-after-Thanksgiving meeting with the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 29.
December will see the Hurricanes play eight of 14 games on the road, including a four-game trip from Dec. 9-14. Home games against Columbus (12/23) and Pittsburgh (12/27) will bookend the NHL's three-day holiday break. Carolina will wrap up 2013 with the return of its New Year's Eve game, this year against the Montreal Canadiens.
After the calendar turns to 2014, the Hurricanes will play 18 games from Jan. 2-Feb. 8 prior to the NHL taking an extended break as players participate in the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Carolina will have a four-game home stand from Jan. 31-Feb. 8, prior to the Olympic break.
Individual game tickets for all Hurricanes exhibition and regular-season games will go on sale to the general public on Sept. 6. For information on 2013-14 Hurricanes ticket packages, please visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com, or call 1-866-NHL-CANES.
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