2012–13 NHL season

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2012–13 NHL season
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration January 19, 2013 – June 24, 2013
Number of games 48
Number of teams 30
Regular season
Presidents' Trophy Chicago Blackhawks
Season MVP Alexander Ovechkin (Washington)
Top scorer Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Boston Bruins
  Eastern runners-up Pittsburgh Penguins
Western champions Chicago Blackhawks
  Western runners-up Los Angeles Kings
Playoffs MVP Patrick Kane (Chicago)
Stanley Cup
Champions Chicago Blackhawks
  Runners-up Boston Bruins
NHL seasons

The 2012–13 NHL season was the 96th season of operation (95th season of play) of the National Hockey League (NHL). The regular season began on January 19, 2013 and ended on April 28, 2013, with the playoffs to follow until June.

The season start was delayed from its original October 11, 2012 date due to a lockout imposed by the NHL franchise owners after the expiration of the league's collective bargaining agreement (CBA). After a new labor agreement was reached between the owners and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), training camps opened on January 13, 2013 and a 48-game season (reduced from 82 games) started on January 19. Similar to the 1994–95 season, the shortened regular season was limited to intra-conference competition.[1] The season calendar opened with the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on June 22–23, 2012, held at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.[2]

League business[edit]

Lockout[edit]

Main article: 2012–13 NHL lockout

On September 13, 2012, all 29 league ownership groups (with the Phoenix Coyotes collectively owned by the NHL) authorized commissioner Gary Bettman to lock out the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) upon the expiration of the NHL collective bargaining agreement (CBA) on September 15. The action marked the fifth labor dispute in twenty years for the league, following a 1992 strike, lockouts in 1994–95 and 2004–05, as well as a referees lockout in 1993;[3] this is more than any of the other major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada during this period. In preparation for the lockout, NHL teams assigned all of their eligible players to their American Hockey League farm clubs.[4]

Although Bettman acknowledged the 2005–12 CBA was fair, he also stated that he was demanding concessions as a result of the late 2000s recession, even though the league experienced significant growth at that time.[5] Sports media reported on July 14 on the NHL's first offer to the players. The offer reportedly included: a drop in players' share of "hockey-related revenues" from 57 per cent to 46 per cent; a requirement that players play ten years before becoming an unrestricted free agent (UFA); a limit on players' contracts to five years in length; elimination of salary arbitration; and an extension of entry-level contracts to five years from three.[6]

The NHLPA made an attempt to strike down the lockout as illegal in Alberta and Quebec;[7] the Quebec Labour Board ruled against the NHLPA on September 14.[8]

The NHL season officially entered a lockout after the expiration of the CBA on September 15, 2012, prior to the planned start of the pre-season. Locked-out players immediately began signing with the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), Czech Extraliga (ELH), the SM-liiga, and the Elitserien (SEL), the last of which largely resisted signing locked-out players.[9][10] The NHL canceled all regular-season games originally scheduled up to January 14, 2013, including the 2013 NHL Winter Classic. The 2013 NHL All-Star Game was also canceled.[11][12][13][14]

On January 6, 2013, after a 16-hour negotiating session, the owners and players union reached a tentative agreement for a 10-year deal. NHL owners ratified the CBA on January 9, 2013,[15] followed three days later by the deal's ratification by NHLPA members,[16] and the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two parties, marking their official agreement on the labor pact.[16][17] The NHL announced a 48-game schedule, starting on January 19, 2013 and ending on April 28, 2013, consisting solely of intra-conference competition.[1]

Proposed realignment[edit]

The relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers from the American southeast to the Canadian prairies, where the franchise is now known as the Winnipeg Jets, in the summer of 2011 resulted in discussions within the league on how to realign the league's 30 teams. Following several months of speculation, the NHL's Board of Governors voted in favor of a radical realignment plan that would have reduced the six current divisions in two conferences into four conferences. The top four teams in each conference would then qualify for the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, while for the regular season, each team would face its non-conference opponents twice: once each at home and on the road. Conference opponents would face each other five or six times each. The plan was designed to better balance each grouping of teams by time zone, as well as to cut the costs of travel western teams face.[18]

However, on January 6, 2012, the league announced that the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) had rejected the proposed realignment, delaying any future changes until at least 2013–14.[19] NHLPA officers expressed a desire to see a draft schedule for the realignment, which the league had not completed.[20]

The league and NHLPA then redesigned the plan, with the four conferences instead being reformed into four divisions within two conferences. Detroit and Columbus, the only two Western Conference teams in the Eastern Time Zone, were added to the Eastern Conference: Detroit moved into the current Atlantic Division and Columbus moved into the Metropolitan. The four groupings were designated as divisions, with the Eastern and Western Conference designations remaining in place. This results in all Eastern Conference teams existing entirely in the Eastern Time Zone. However, one of the Western Divisions will have all but one of the Pacific and Mountain time zone teams. That remaining Mountain time zone team is Colorado which will be with the other division centered around the Central time zone teams. On March 8, 2013, the NHLPA approved the league's realignment plan, with the league Board of Governors ratifying the realignment on March 14.[21]

The four divisions have been organized as follows:[21]

Pacific Division Central Division Atlantic Division Metropolitan Division
Anaheim Ducks Chicago Blackhawks Boston Bruins Carolina Hurricanes
Calgary Flames Colorado Avalanche Buffalo Sabres Columbus Blue Jackets
Edmonton Oilers Dallas Stars Detroit Red Wings New Jersey Devils
Los Angeles Kings Minnesota Wild Florida Panthers New York Islanders
Phoenix Coyotes Nashville Predators Montreal Canadiens New York Rangers
San Jose Sharks St. Louis Blues Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers
Vancouver Canucks Winnipeg Jets Tampa Bay Lightning Pittsburgh Penguins
Toronto Maple Leafs Washington Capitals

Salary cap[edit]

The NHL announced the revised salary cap on June 28, 2012. The salary cap figure is in effect until the end of the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the Player's Association. The salary cap for players' salaries rose $5.9 million (USD) to $70.2 million per franchise. The salary floor, the minimum which franchises must spend rose to $54.2 million.[22]

As part of the newly agreed upon CBA, the salary cap for teams will be $64.3 million per franchise, with a floor of $44 million.[23]

Change of venue[edit]

On October 24, 2012, the New York Islanders announced that the team had signed a 25-year lease with the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, starting in 2015 after the team's current lease for the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum expires. The arena, originally constructed as the home for the National Basketball Association Brooklyn Nets, will be expanded to meet NHL standards.[24]

Rule changes[edit]

With the ratification of the new collective bargaining agreement, several rule changes took effect this season.[25]

  • Officials no longer had to be certain that contact had been made with the hands (as opposed to the stick) in deciding whether or not to assess a slashing minor.
  • Making contact with the opponent's facemask will result in a minor penalty.
  • Both players facing-off are prohibited from batting the puck with their hand in an attempt to win the face-off. Any attempt by either center to win the face-off by batting the puck with their hand shall result in a minor penalty. This penalty shall be announced as a "Minor Penalty for Delay of Game - Face-off Violation."
  • Rule 67 has been changed to prevent players from getting a faceoff by putting their glove on the puck anywhere on the ice and not allowing play to continue. A minor penalty will be assessed for "closing his hand on the puck."

Uniforms[edit]

  • To celebrate 20 years in Dallas, the Stars wore special patches this season.
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning wore special patches to commemorate their 20th season in the NHL. Their alternate uniform was also modified to include the simplified logo they introduced in the 2011-2012 season.
  • The San Jose Sharks wore patches in memory of original owner George Gund III, who died January 15, 2013. Gund was instrumental in bringing, removing and returning NHL hockey to the Bay Area.
  • To celebrate 100 years of hockey on the west coast, the Canucks honored Vancouver's first professional hockey team, the Vancouver Millionaires, who played in the West Coast Hockey League from 1912-1922 by wearing a patch of a re-colored Millionaires logo on their alternate home jerseys. The Canucks also wore throwback uniforms based on the 1915 Millionaires in a game against the Detroit Red Wings.
  • The Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers retired their third jerseys.

Regular season[edit]

Originally planned for October 11, 2012, the lockout delay pushed the start of the 2012–13 season to January 19, 2013, with twelve games for the opening night.[26][27] Each team played eighteen games within its division (four or five games for each team) and thirty games against teams in the other division (three games for each team); no interconference games were played during the regular season.[28] The regular season was shortened from 82 games down to 48, canceling 41.5 percent of the full regular season.

Winter Classic[edit]

The 2013 NHL Winter Classic was scheduled to feature the Detroit Red Wings hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium (the largest stadium in North America) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but it was canceled due to the labor lockout.[29] The game was played instead on January 1, 2014 at Michigan Stadium.[30]

All-Star Game[edit]

Originally scheduled to take place January 27, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio, the All-Star Game was canceled as a result of the on-going lockout.[31][32]

European Premiere games[edit]

In past seasons, selected NHL teams began their season with exhibition games and the first two regular season games in European cities. In March 2012, the NHL announced that it has decided not to start the season with games in Europe, because of the upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations and the surrounding uncertainty.[33]

With the NHL not playing games in Europe, Russia's Kontinental Hockey League (against which the NHL has played several interleague competitions) was instead to come to the United States, with the NHL's blessing; the KHL was to feature two games between Dynamo Moscow and SKA Saint Petersburg at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on January 19 and 20, 2013.[34] However no agreement between the KHL and the Barclays Center had been signed, and the KHL announced the two games would be held in Russia; due to the NHL lockout, the signing of a 25 year lease with the New York Islanders, and pleas from the teams' fans to keep the games in Russia.[35]

Postponement[edit]

Two games were affected by the Boston Marathon bombings:

  • The April 15 game between the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins at TD Garden was postponed due to the bombing of the Boston Marathon earlier that day. The game was rescheduled to April 28, the day after the previous final day of the regular season.[37]
  • The April 19 game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins at TD Garden was postponed to April 20 due to the citywide lockdown as a result of the manhunt for the suspects of the bombings. As a result of the rescheduled Penguins-Bruins game, the game between the Penguins and Buffalo Sabres that was originally scheduled for April 20 was moved to April 23.[38]

Standings[edit]

Due to the lockout, each team played 48 games this season, all within their conference.

Eastern Conference[39]
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 z – Pittsburgh Penguins AT 48 36 12 0 33 165 119 72
2 y – Montreal Canadiens NE 48 29 14 5 26 149 126 63
3 y – Washington Capitals SE 48 27 18 3 24 149 130 57
4 Boston Bruins NE 48 28 14 6 24 131 109 62
5 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 48 26 17 5 26 145 133 57
6 New York Rangers AT 48 26 18 4 22 130 112 56
7 Ottawa Senators NE 48 25 17 6 21 116 104 56
8 New York Islanders AT 48 24 17 7 20 139 139 55
9 Winnipeg Jets SE 48 24 21 3 22 128 144 51
10 Philadelphia Flyers AT 48 23 22 3 22 133 141 49
11 New Jersey Devils AT 48 19 19 10 17 112 129 48
12 Buffalo Sabres NE 48 21 21 6 14 125 143 48
13 Carolina Hurricanes SE 48 19 25 4 18 128 160 42
14 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 48 18 26 4 17 148 150 40
15 Florida Panthers SE 48 15 27 6 12 112 171 36

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

bold – Qualified for playoffs, y – Won division, z – Won best record in conference


Western Conference[39]
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 p – Chicago Blackhawks CE 48 36 7 5 30 155 102 77
2 y – Anaheim Ducks PA 48 30 12 6 24 140 118 66
3 y – Vancouver Canucks NW 48 26 15 7 21 127 121 59
4 St. Louis Blues CE 48 29 17 2 24 129 115 60
5 Los Angeles Kings PA 48 27 16 5 25 133 118 59
6 San Jose Sharks PA 48 25 16 7 17 124 116 57
7 Detroit Red Wings CE 48 24 16 8 22 124 115 56
8 Minnesota Wild NW 48 26 19 3 22 122 127 55
9 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 48 24 17 7 19 120 119 55
10 Phoenix Coyotes PA 48 21 18 9 17 125 131 51
11 Dallas Stars PA 48 22 22 4 20 130 142 48
12 Edmonton Oilers NW 48 19 22 7 17 125 134 45
13 Calgary Flames NW 48 19 25 4 19 128 160 42
14 Nashville Predators CE 48 16 23 9 14 111 139 41
15 Colorado Avalanche NW 48 16 25 7 14 116 152 39

Divisions: CE – Central, NW – Northwest, PA – Pacific

bold – Qualified for playoffs, y – Won division, p – Won Presidents' Trophy (best record in NHL)


Attendance[edit]

First Niagara Center
Tampa Bay Times Forum
MTS Centre
American Airlines Center
Team Arena Home Games Average Attendance Total Attendance Capacity Percentage
Chicago Blackhawks United Center 24 21,755 522,619 110.4% [40]
Montreal Canadiens Bell Centre 24 21,273 510,552 100.0%
Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena 24 20,066 481,584 100.0%
Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center 24 19,786 474,878 101.3%
Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre 24 19,426 466,224 103.2%
Ottawa Senators Scotiabank Place 24 19,408 465,801 101.3%
Calgary Flames Scotiabank Saddledome 24 19,289 462,936 100.0%
Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Times Forum 24 19,055 457,337 99.2%
Buffalo Sabres First Niagara Center 24 18,970 455,290 99.5%
Vancouver Canucks Rogers Arena 24 18,947 454,740 100.2%
Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center 24 18,794 451,075 104.7%
Pittsburgh Penguins Consol Energy Center 24 18,648 447,560 101.4%
Los Angeles Kings Staples Center 24 18,178 436,295 100.3%
Washington Capitals Verizon Center 24 17,734 425,638 95.8%
Boston Bruins TD Garden 24 17,565 421,560 100.0%
San Jose Sharks HP Pavilion at San Jose 24 17,561 421,472 100.0%
Carolina Hurricanes PNC Arena 24 17,558 421,401 94.0%
St. Louis Blues Scottrade Center 24 17,263 414,328 90.1%
New York Rangers Madison Square Garden 24 17,200 412,800 100.0%
New Jersey Devils Prudential Center 24 17,114 410,739 97.1%
Dallas Stars American Airlines Center 24 17,063 409,521 92.1%
Florida Panthers BankAtlantic Center 24 16,991 407,806 99.7%
Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena 24 16,974 407,386 99.2%
Edmonton Oilers Rexall Place 24 16,839 404,136 100.0%
Anaheim Ducks Honda Center 24 15,887 381,308 92.5%
Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center 24 15,444 370,677 85.8%
Winnipeg Jets MTS Centre 24 15,004 360,096 100.0%
Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena 24 14,565 349,558 80.3%
Phoenix Coyotes Jobing.com Arena 24 13,923 334,165 81.3%
New York Islanders Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 24 13,306 319,362 82.3%
Total 720 17,721 12,758,849


Playoffs[edit]

Because of the lockout and delayed start of the shortened regular season, the playoffs did not begin until April 30. The last possible date of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals was then scheduled for June 28.[41]

In each round, the highest remaining seed in each conference is matched against the lowest remaining seed. The higher-seeded team is awarded home ice advantage. In the Stanley Cup Finals, home ice is determined based on regular season points. As the Presidents' Trophy winners, the Blackhawks had home ice advantage in the 2013 Finals. Each best-of-seven series follows a 2–2–1–1–1 format: the higher-seeded team plays at home for games one and two (and games five and seven, if necessary), and the lower-seeded team is at home for games three and four (and game six, if necessary).

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
1  Pittsburgh 4     1  Pittsburgh 4  
8  NY Islanders 2     7  Ottawa 1  


2  Montreal 1 Eastern Conference
7  Ottawa 4  
    1  Pittsburgh 0  
  4  Boston 4  
3  Washington 3  
6  NY Rangers 4  
4  Boston 4   4  Boston 4
5  Toronto 3     6  NY Rangers 1  


  E4  Boston 2
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W1  Chicago 4
1  Chicago 4     1  Chicago 4
8  Minnesota 1     7  Detroit 3  
2  Anaheim 3
7  Detroit 4  
  1  Chicago 4
  5  Los Angeles 1  
3  Vancouver 0  
6  San Jose 4   Western Conference
4  St. Louis 2   5  Los Angeles 4
5  Los Angeles 4     6  San Jose 3  
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.


NHL awards[edit]

Awards are presented during the NHL Awards television specials on June 14–15, 2013. Finalists for voted awards are announced during the playoffs and winners are presented at the awards specials. Voting concluded immediately after the end of the regular season. The President's Trophy, the Prince of Wales Trophy and Campbell Bowls are not presented at the awards specials. The Lester Patrick is announced during the summer and presented in the fall. NHL Network U.S. and NHL Network Canada aired the first part of the awards presentation on June 14, while NBC Sports Network and CBC aired the second part on June 15 preceding Game 2 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals.

2012–13 NHL awards
Award Recipient(s) Runner(s)-up
Stanley Cup Chicago Blackhawks Boston Bruins
Presidents' Trophy
(Best regular-season record)
Chicago Blackhawks Pittsburgh Penguins
Prince of Wales Trophy
(Eastern Conference champion)
Boston Bruins Pittsburgh Penguins
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl
(Western Conference champion)
Chicago Blackhawks Los Angeles Kings
Art Ross Trophy
(Top scorer)
Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning) Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
(Perseverance, Sportsmanship, and Dedication)
Josh Harding (Minnesota Wild) Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Adam McQuaid (Boston Bruins)
Calder Memorial Trophy
(Best first-year player)
Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida Panthers) Brendan Gallagher (Montreal Canadiens)
Brandon Saad (Chicago Blackhawks)
Conn Smythe Trophy
(Most valuable player, playoffs)
Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)
Frank J. Selke Trophy
(Defensive forward)
Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks) Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)
Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings)
Hart Memorial Trophy
(Most valuable player, regular season)
Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
John Tavares (New York Islanders)
Jack Adams Award
(Best coach)
Paul MacLean (Ottawa Senators) Bruce Boudreau (Anaheim Ducks)
Joel Quenneville (Chicago Blackhawks)
James Norris Memorial Trophy
(Best defenseman)
P. K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens) Kris Letang (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Ryan Suter (Minnesota Wild)
King Clancy Memorial Trophy
(Leadership and humanitarian contribution)
Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
(Sportsmanship and excellence)
Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning) Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)
Matt Moulson (New York Islanders)
Ted Lindsay Award
(Outstanding player)
Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Mark Messier Leadership Award
(Leadership and community activities)
Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa Senators)
Dustin Brown (Los Angeles Kings)
Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)
Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy
(Top goal-scorer)
Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning)
NHL Foundation Player Award
(Award for community enrichment)
Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit Red Wings)
NHL General Manager of the Year Award
(Top general manager)
Ray Shero (Pittsburgh Penguins) Marc Bergevin (Montreal Canadiens)
Bob Murray (Anaheim Ducks)
Vezina Trophy
(Best goaltender)
Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets) Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers)
Antti Niemi (San Jose Sharks)
William M. Jennings Trophy
(Goaltender(s) of team with fewest goals against)
Corey Crawford and Ray Emery (Chicago Blackhawks)
Lester Patrick Trophy
(Service to ice hockey in U.S.)
Kevin Allen

All-Star teams[edit]

  Position   First Team Second Team Position All-Rookie
G Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers G Jake Allen, St. Louis Blues
D P. K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens Francois Beauchemin, Anaheim Ducks D Jonas Brodin, Minnesota Wild
D Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins D Justin Schultz, Edmonton Oilers
C Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks F Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers
RW Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning F Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens
LW Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals F Brandon Saad, Chicago Blackhawks

Note: Alexander Ovechkin was listed as a Left Wing but played the majority of his games at Right Wing. Some members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association voted for him at Left Wing while others voted for him at Right Wing and consequently, Ovechkin placed twice on the NHL All-Star team.[42]

Player statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

The following players lead the league in points following the conclusion of the regular season.[43]

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
St. Louis, MartinMartin St. Louis Tampa Bay Lightning 48 17 43 60 0 14
Stamkos, StevenSteven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning 48 29 28 57 –4 32
Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals 48 32 24 56 +2 36
Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins 36 15 41 56 +26 16
Kane, PatrickPatrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks 47 23 32 55 +11 8
Staal, EricEric Staal Carolina Hurricanes 48 18 35 53 +5 54
Kunitz, ChrisChris Kunitz Pittsburgh Penguins 48 22 30 52 +30 39
Kessel, PhilPhil Kessel Toronto Maple Leafs 48 20 32 52 –3 18
Hall, TaylorTaylor Hall Edmonton Oilers 45 16 34 50 +5 33
Getzlaf, RyanRyan Getzlaf Anaheim Ducks 44 15 34 49 +14 41
Datsyuk, PavelPavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings 47 15 34 49 +21 14

Leading goaltenders[edit]

The following goaltenders lead the league in goals against average following the conclusion of the regular season while playing at least 1200 minutes.[44]

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player Team GP Min W L OT GA SO SV% GAA
Anderson, CraigCraig Anderson Ottawa Senators 24 1420:36 12 9 2 40 3 .941 1.69
Crawford, CoreyCorey Crawford Chicago Blackhawks 30 1760:31 19 5 5 57 3 .926 1.94
Bobrovsky, SergeiSergei Bobrovsky Columbus Blue Jackets 38 2218:57 21 11 6 74 4 .932 2.00
Rask, TuukkaTuukka Rask Boston Bruins 36 2104:09 19 10 5 70 5 .929 2.00
Lundqvist, HenrikHenrik Lundqvist New York Rangers 43 2575:22 24 16 3 88 2 .926 2.05
Schneider, CoryCory Schneider Vancouver Canucks 30 1733:19 17 9 4 61 5 .927 2.11
Howard, JimmyJimmy Howard Detroit Red Wings 42 2445:44 21 13 7 87 5 .923 2.13
Niemi, AnttiAntti Niemi San Jose Sharks 43 2580:46 24 12 6 93 4 .924 2.16
Fasth, ViktorViktor Fasth Anaheim Ducks 25 1428:18 15 6 2 52 4 .921 2.18
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 29 1757:21 13 9 7 65 2 .901 2.22

Milestones[edit]

First games[edit]

The following is a list of notable players who played their first NHL game in 2013, listed with their first team:

Player Team Notability
Nail Yakupov Edmonton Oilers First overall pick in the 2012 Draft
Jonathan Huberdeau Florida Panthers Winner of the 2012–13 Calder Memorial Trophy

Last games[edit]

The following is a list of players of note who played their last NHL game in 2012–13, listed with their team:

Player Team Notability
Adrian Aucoin[45] Columbus Blue Jackets Played 1,108 games over 18 seasons
Roman Hamrlik[46] New York Rangers First overall pick in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, three-time All-Star (1996, 1999, 2003), played 1,395 games over 20 seasons
Jochen Hecht[47] Buffalo Sabres Second German-born captain in NHL history (after Walt Tkaczuk) in 2007–08, 833 games played over 14 seasons, named to two Olympic squads (2002 and 2006)
Milan Hejduk[48] Colorado Avalanche 1999 NHL All-Rookie Team, three-time All-Star and 2003 Second Team All-Star, 2003 Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy winner
Miikka Kiprusoff[49] Calgary Flames 2006 First Team All-Star, 2006 Vezina Trophy winner, 2006 William M. Jennings Trophy winner
Mike Knuble Philadelphia Flyers Stanley Cup Winner with Detroit in 1998 and palyed over 1,000 games
Ilya Kovalchuk[50] New Jersey Devils First overall pick of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, 2002 NHL All-Rookie Team, three-time All-Star and two-time NHL All-Star Team, 2004 Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy winner
Alexei Kovalev[51] Florida Panthers 1994 Stanley Cup Champion with the New York Rangers, 2008 NHL Second All-Star Team, Olympic Gold (1992) for the Unified Team and Bronze (2002) for Russia
Jamie Langenbrunner[52] St. Louis Blues Two Time Stanley Cup Champion with the Dallas Stars (1999) and New Jersey Devils (2003), Silver medalist for the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics
Andy McDonald[53] St. Louis Blues 2007 Stanley Cup Champion with the Anaheim Ducks, 2007 NHL All-Star Skills Fastest Skater
Vinny Prospal[54] Columbus Blue Jackets Played 1,108 games over 16 seasons
Wade Redden[55] Boston Bruins Played in NHL All-Star Game 2002, Played in 2005 IIHF World Championship for Team Canada, Won NHL Plus-Minus Award in 2006

Major milestones reached[edit]

2012–13 NHL hat tricks[edit]

A total of 32 hat tricks were scored during the regular season, and 5 were scored during the playoffs.

Notes[edit]

^ 1: Michael Cammalleri had previously scored the 20,000th goal in Canadiens' franchise history on December 28, 2009. Cammalleri's mark included goals from the Canadiens time in the National Hockey Association.[70]

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