Kings to raise Stanley Cup banner before Rangers game
The Los Angeles Kings will raise their first Stanley Cup championship banner to the roof of the Staples Center when they open the 2012-13 regular season against the New York Rangers on October 12.
The new NHL season will open on Oct. 11 on four fronts with 2011 champion Boston Bruins visiting the Philadelphia Flyers while the St. Louis Blues will face off against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver.
Among the highlights of the 1,230 regular season games will be the Winter Classic on Jan. 1 featuring an Original Six showdown between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium that is expected to attract a record crowd of over 100,000 fans to the outdoor contest.
The league will break from Jan. 24-28 for the annual All-Star game that will be played in Columbus.
The regular season will end on April 13 with 28 of the league's 30 teams seeing action.