2013–14 NHL season
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||October 1, 2013 – April 13, 2014|
|Number of games||82|
|Number of teams||30|
The 2013–14 NHL season is the 97th season of operation (96th season of play) of the National Hockey League (NHL). This season features a realignment of the league's 30 teams from a six to a four division format. The regular season began Tuesday, October 1, and will conclude on Sunday, April 13. The Stanley Cup Playoffs will be held from April 16 to mid-June.
- 1 League business
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Standings
- 4 Player statistics
- 5 Milestones
- 6 References
- 7 External Links
The relocation of the former Atlanta Thrashers franchise to the current Winnipeg Jets in 2011 prompted the league to discuss realignment. On December 5, 2011, the NHL Board of Governors approved a conference realignment plan that would eliminate the current six-division setup and move into a four-conference structure from the 2012–2013 season. Under the plan, which was designed to better accommodate the effects of time zone differences, each team would have played 50 or 54 intra-conference games, depending on whether it is in a seven- or eight-team conference, and two games (home and road) against each non-conference team. On January 6, 2012, the league announced that the NHLPA had rejected the proposed realignment, citing concerns about fairness, travel and the inability to see a draft schedule before approving, and that as a result, it would not implement the realignment until at least 2013–14.
Upon NHLPA rejection of the previous realignment, a new joint NHL-NHLPA plan was proposed in February 2013 as a modification of the previous plan with both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings moving to the East and the Winnipeg Jets moving to the West. This revised plan also adjusted the previously proposed four-conference system to a four-division, two-conference system, with the Eastern Conference consisting of two, eight-team divisions, and the Western Conference consisting of two, seven-team divisions. A new playoff format was also introduced to accommodate the new proposal, with the top three teams in each division making the playoffs, along with two wild-cards in each conference (for a total of 16 playoff teams). The NHLPA officially gave its consent to the NHL's proposed realignment plan on March 7, and then the NHL's Board of Governors approved the realignment and the new playoff format on March 14, to be implemented prior to the 2013–2014 season. The league then announced the new names of the divisions on July 19: the two, eight-team divisions in the Eastern Conference will be the Atlantic Division and the Metropolitan Division, and the two, seven-team divisions in the Western Conference will be the Central Division and the Pacific Division.
The new alignment is as follows:
Canadian TV deals
The league's Canadian broadcast agreements with CBC and TSN/RDS will expire at the end of the season. During negotiations, budget cuts had decreased CBC's chances of maintaining rights to Hockey Night in Canada, while Bell Media expressed interest in acquiring more games to broadcast on TSN and possibly air on CTV.
On November 26, 2013, the NHL announced it had sold twelve seasons' worth of exclusive national broadcast rights to NHL games to Rogers Media, who will broadcast games across its numerous platforms, including Rogers Sportsnet, Rogers Sportsnet One, and Citytv, at a price of C$5.2 billion. Hockey Night in Canada will continue on the CBC for the next four seasons; the CBC will give Rogers six hours of free airtime each night to air the broadcasts but will pay no rights fee for the privilege of airing NHL games. French language broadcasts will move to TVA Sports. The moves leave Bell Media shut out of NHL broadcasts except for its regional properties.
- A requirement for all players with fewer than 25 games experience to wear visors. The additional penalty for starting a fight with a visor was removed. The players are now subjected to an extra two-minute minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct if they remove their helmet prior to engaging in a fight.
- Jerseys tucked in will now result in a two minute minor, as will other uniform infractions.
- The nets are now shallower and narrower by 4 inches on each side. The overall width was reduced from 96 to 88 inches and the depth of the goal was reduced from 44 to 40 inches.
- Attainable pass rule wiped out which required officials to wave off icing only if a player touches the puck.
- Goaltender's equipment has been modified. Leg pads can't go higher on his leg than 45 percent of the distance between the center of his knee and pelvis. The pads can go no higher than nine inches above the knee for goalies with an upper-leg measurement of 20 inches.
- Hybrid icing has been adopted. The hybrid-icing system allows the linesman to blow the play dead and call an automatic icing if he determines that the puck will cross the goal line and the defending player is not behind in the race to the end-zone faceoff dots in his defensive zone.
- The Dallas Stars debuted a new logo, featuring a star with a letter D on it, as well as redesigned uniforms. The green on the uniform is restored as the dominant color, and it's the team's original shade -- which means people can actually make out the green color without it being camouflaged into the black.
- The Nashville Predators add a slightly tapered gold stripe to the pants and they reverse the color pattern on their road socks. Previously, the color pattern matched that of the ends of the sleeves. Now, it's reversed.
- The Anaheim Ducks will introduce a replica of their inaugural 1993–94 jersey to wear for some regular season games and for the NHL Stadium Series against the Los Angeles Kings. They are wearing special patches to commemorate their 20th season in the NHL.
- The Carolina Hurricanes debuted a new uniform design that features different striping patterns on the home and away jerseys.
- The Boston Bruins are wearing special patches to commemorate their 90th season in the NHL. It features six stars, representing the six Stanley Cups the franchise has won.
- The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings will also wear specialized jerseys for the 2014 Winter Classic.
- The Florida Panthers are wearing special patches to commemorate their 20th season in the NHL.
- The Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins retired their third jerseys.
- The San Jose Sharks modified their home and away jerseys.
- The Minnesota Wild changed their away jersey.
- The Buffalo Sabres added a new third jersey, featuring a gold front and navy back.
- The Calgary Flames retired their throwback third, and added a new third jersey partially inspired by Western wear.
- The New York Islanders unveiled a new jersey featuring a chromed logo for the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series.
- The Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks will wear specialized jerseys for the 2014 Heritage Classic.
- The New Jersey Devils will unveil a replica of their inaugural 1982-83 jerseys for the Stadium Series.
With realignment, a new scheduling format will also be introduced. Among the new features, the scheduling of interconference games will ensure that all 30 teams play in all 30 arenas at least once per season. Each team will play 50 or 54 games within their conference, depending on whether they are in a seven- or eight-team division, and two games (home and road) against each non-conference club.
There will be no all-star game this season, due to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. NHL, IIHF, and Olympic officials reached an agreement to send NHL players to the Olympics game. The league will be shut down on February 9 and then resume play on February 26. All players participating in their respective national teams will gather in four airport hubs and fly out to Sochi on February 9–10.
The 2014 NHL Winter Classic is scheduled to be held on January 1, 2014. The game, the sixth Winter Classic, will feature the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The game was originally planned to be played on January 1, 2013, as the 2013 NHL Winter Classic, but was postponed due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout.
HBO will once again produce a four-part documentary chronicling the preparation of the two teams for the Winter Classic as part of its sports series 24/7 The special will also air in Canada on Sportsnet.
Heritage Classic returns
The 2014 NHL Heritage Classic will feature the Ottawa Senators facing off against the home team Vancouver Canucks at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. This will be the third outdoor game held in Canada following the Heritage Classic in 2011 when the Calgary Flames defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4–0 at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. BC Place is a retractable roof venue, and it is unknown if the stadium has the capabilities to keep its roof open during inclement weather (several stadiums of the type explicitly cannot be kept open in such an environment due to drainage concerns).
Debut of the Stadium Series
On May 1, 2013, the NHL announced that the Chicago Blackhawks would host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field in Chicago on March 1, 2014, as part of the new NHL Stadium Series. The league's announcement also stated that other outdoor games would be announced at a later date. The NHL announced an unprecedented six outdoor NHL games for the 2013–14 season: one Winter Classic, four Stadium Series games, and a Heritage Classic game.
For the two Stadium Series games they are involved in at Yankee Stadium, the New York Rangers will be the away team due to contract obligations with Madison Square Garden as they can't receive income from other venues in New York as the home team.
The six outdoor games are as follows:
On November 18, 2013, the league announced NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other: a new seven part series showing behind the scene footage of top NHL players during the season. The program will follow multiple players as they compete in the regular season, the Stadium Series, the Heritage Classic, and the Sochi Olympics. Unlike 24/7, language by players and coached will be censored. The program will air in the United States on the NBC Sports Network starting on January 22, and in Canada on CBC starting on January 23.
|3||Detroit Red Wings||31||15||9||7||15||85||82||37|
|R||(Top 2 qualify for playoffs)||Div||GP||W||L||OTL||ROW||GF||GA||Pts|
|1||Tampa Bay Lightning||AT||29||17||10||2||14||80||70||36|
|2||Toronto Maple Leafs||AT||31||16||12||3||12||86||87||35|
|3||New York Rangers||ME||31||15||15||1||15||69||80||31|
|4||New Jersey Devils||ME||31||12||13||6||12||69||77||30|
|6||Columbus Blue Jackets||ME||29||12||14||3||11||72||80||27|
|9||New York Islanders||ME||30||8||17||5||5||75||104||21|
|9.5 !10||Buffalo Sabres||AT||30||6||22||2||3||51||91||14|
Divisions: AT – Atlantic, ME – Metropolitan
After games of December 8, 2013
|2||St. Louis Blues||28||19||6||3||16||98||66||41|
|2||San Jose Sharks||29||19||5||5||16||100||72||43|
|3||Los Angeles Kings||30||19||7||4||14||79||62||42|
|R||(Top 2 qualify for playoffs)||Div||GP||W||L||OTL||ROW||GF||GA||Pts|
Divisions: CE – Central, PA – Pacific
After games of December 7, 2013
The following players lead the league in points following the conclusion of games played as of December 7, 2013.
|Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby||Pittsburgh Penguins||31||15||27||42||+2||18|
|Malkin, EvgeniEvgeni Malkin||Pittsburgh Penguins||29||7||30||37||+1||30|
|Getzlaf, RyanRyan Getzlaf||Anaheim Ducks||29||16||20||36||+13||13|
|Kane, PatrickPatrick Kane||Chicago Blackhawks||31||16||18||34||+1||10|
|Perry, CoreyCorey Perry||Anaheim Ducks||32||18||15||33||+11||30|
|Steen, AlexanderAlexander Steen||St. Louis Blues||28||20||12||32||+11||14|
|Tavares, JohnJohn Tavares||New York Islanders||30||11||21||32||-7 −7||28|
|Thornton, JoeJoe Thornton||San Jose Sharks||29||5||27||32||+8||2|
|Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin||Washington Capitals||27||22||9||31||-10 −10||18|
|Kunitz, ChrisChris Kunitz||Pittsburgh Penguins||31||17||14||31||+12||24|
|Harding, JoshJosh Harding||Minnesota Wild||24||1360-511360:51||16||4||3||34||3||.938||1.50|
|Scrivens, BenBen Scrivens||Los Angeles Kings||15||769-41769:41||7||2||4||20||3||.943||1.56|
|Andersen, FrederikFrederik Andersen||Anaheim Ducks||9||518-24518:24||8||1||0||15||0||.938||1.74|
|Talbot, CamCam Talbot||New York Rangers||9||502-54502:54||6||2||0||15||2||.934||1.79|
|Giguere, Jean-SebastienJean-Sebastien Giguere||Colorado Avalanche||9||523-15523:15||7||1||0||16||2||.940||1.84|
|Schneider, CoryCory Schneider||New Jersey Devils||14||855-44855:44||4||6||4||27||2||.920||1.89|
|Rask, TuukkaTuukka Rask||Boston Bruins||24||1447-501447:50||15||7||2||46||2||.934||1.91|
|Price, CareyCarey Price||Montreal Canadiens||24||1442-591442:59||14||8||2||47||1||.938||1.95|
|Bishop, BenBen Bishop||Tampa Bay Lightning||22||1274-111274:11||15||5||1||42||2||.934||1.98|
|Gustavsson, JonasJonas Gustavsson||Detroit Red Wings||11||648-40648:40||8||1||1||22||0||.930||2.03|
The following is a list of notable players who played their first NHL game during the 2013–14 season, listed with their first team:
|Nathan MacKinnon||Colorado Avalanche||First overall pick in the 2013 Draft|
The following is a list of players of note who played their last NHL game in 2013–14, listed with their team:
|Martin Biron||New York Rangers||One of four players in league history to play for all three teams in the state of New York (Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders and New York Rangers), played 508 games over 16 seasons.|
Major milestones reached
- On October 17, 2013, Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall broke Wayne Gretzky's franchise record when he scored twice in eight seconds against the New York Islanders. Gretzky had held the franchise record for fastest two goals by one player since Dec 18, 1981, when he scored twice in nine seconds against the St. Louis Blues.
- On October 19, 2013, Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith became the 11th goaltender in league history to score a goal, when he scored against the Detroit Red Wings.
- On October 29, 2013, New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr scored his 119th career game-winning goal, surpassing Phil Esposito's 118 as the most game-winning goals since the 1967 NHL expansion.
- On November 19, 2013, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis participated in his 1,000th NHL game.
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- Dan Rosen (March 14, 2013). "Realignment plan approved by Board of Governors". NHL.com.
- Dan Rosen (July 19, 2013). "NHL introduces new division names with schedule". NHL.com.
- "CBC has much at stake in next NHL television rights negotiation". The Globe and Mail. October 11, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
- "CBC's Hockey Night in Canada window set to close". The Globe and Mail. August 2, 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
- "Rogers reaches 12-year broadcast deal with NHL worth $5.2-billion". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- Hybrid icing tops list of rule changes for 2013-14. NHL.com Retrieved September 30, 2013.
- "Behind The Scenes: The Creation of the Stars' New Logo and Uniforms". NHL.com. June 4, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
- "Hurricanes Introduce New Home and Road Uniforms". NHL.com. June 4, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
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- "2013–2014 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
- "Player Stats: 2013–2014 Regular season: All Skaters – Total Points". National Hockey League.
- "2013–2014 - Regular season: Goalie – GAA leaders". National Hockey League.
- TSN.ca staff (October 29, 2013). "BIRON ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT AFTER 16 NHL SEASONS". TSN.ca. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
- "Hall breaks Oilers team record for fastest two goals". National Hockey League. October 17, 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
- "Detroit Red Wings at Phoenix Coyotes". National Hockey League. October 19, 2013.
- "Jagr sets modern record with 119th GWG, Devils top Lightning". The Sports Network. October 29, 2013.
- Gordie Howe holds the record for most game-winning goals in league history with 121.
- "Martin St. Louis Skates In 1,000th Career NHL Game". Tampa Bay Lightning. November 19, 2013.