The NHL released its new regular-season schedule today as all 30 teams will be on the ice when the regular season begins Oct. 5.
The schedule returns with a new format that has more play within the six divisions.
Each team plays eight games against each of its four division rivals (32 total).
Each team plays four games against each of the 10 non-division clubs in its conference (40 total).
Each team plays 10 interconference games, hosting one game each against all five team from a designated division and traveling for one game each against all five teams from a different division. Here are the matchups for this season:
--Northeast Division hosts Pacific Division and visits the Northwest
--Atlantic Division hosts Northwest and visits the Central
--Southeast Division hosts Central and visits the Pacific
Division vs. division assignments will rotate annually.
The new schedule has more division rivalries; division rivals played each other six times under the previous schedule.
The new schedule still has conference-based playoff format; each club continues to play 40 games against non-division, intra-conference opponents.