The National Hockey League (NHL) has announced the complete regular season schedule for the 2012-13 campaign. The Anaheim Ducks will open their season on Friday, Oct. 12 at Honda Center against Pacific Division rival San Jose (7:05 p.m). Anaheimís season opener kicks off a four-game homestand that also features visits from Dallas (Oct. 14), Carolina (Oct. 17) and Edmonton (Oct. 19).
Highlights from the home schedule include visits from Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, Jan. 11 (7:05 p.m.), Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, Feb. 13 (7:05 p.m.), Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday, Nov. 16 (7:05 p.m.) and the Winnipeg Jetsí return to Honda Center on Sunday, Feb. 24 (5:05 p.m.). The Ducks will also host the Chicago Blackhawks for their annual day-after Thanksgiving game on Friday, Nov. 23 (1:05 p.m.) and the Colorado Avalanche for the third consecutive New Yearís Eve game at Honda Center on Monday, Dec. 31 (5:05 p.m.). The Ducks will play home and road games versus Tampa Bay, Carolina and the New York Islanders, and take on every other Eastern Conference team once. Other Eastern Conference teams to visit Anaheim in 2012-13 include Buffalo (Nov. 11), Florida (Dec. 5) and New Jersey (Mar. 29). Anaheim will also host its Southern California rival, the Los Angeles Kings, on Sunday, Nov. 18 (5:05 p.m.), Wednesday, Jan. 2 (7:05 p.m.) and Wednesday, Mar. 6 (7:35 p.m.).