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. The season calendar opened with the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on June 22–23, 2012, held at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
|2012–13 NHL season|
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||January 19 – June 24, 2013|
|Number of games||48|
|Number of teams||30|
|Top draft pick||Nail Yakupov|
|Picked by||Edmonton Oilers|
|Presidents' Trophy||Chicago Blackhawks|
|Season MVP||Alexander Ovechkin (Capitals)|
|Top scorer||Martin St. Louis (Lightning)|
|Eastern champions||Boston Bruins|
|Eastern runners-up||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Western champions||Chicago Blackhawks|
|Western runners-up||Los Angeles Kings|
|Conn Smythe Trophy||Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)|
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; 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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, followed three days later by the deal's ratification by NHLPA members, and the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two parties, marking their official agreement on the labor pact. The NHL announced a 48-game schedule, starting on January 19, 2013 and ending on April 28, 2013, consisting solely of intra-conference competition.
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.
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. NHLPA officers expressed a desire to see a draft schedule for the realignment, which the league had not completed.
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.
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.
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's Brooklyn Nets, is intended to be expanded to meet NHL standards.
With the ratification of the new collective bargaining agreement, several rule changes took effect this season.
Originally planned for October 11, 2012, the lockout delay pushed the start of the 2012–13 season to January 19, 2013, with 12 games for the opening night. Each team played 18 games within its division (four or five games for each team) and 30 games against teams in the other division (three games for each team); no interconference games were played during the regular season. The regular season was shortened from 82 games down to 48, canceling 41.5 percent of the full regular season.
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. The game was played instead on January 1, 2014 at Michigan Stadium.
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 had decided not to start the season with games in Europe, because of the upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations and the surrounding uncertainty.
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. 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.
Two games were affected by the Boston Marathon bombings:
Due to the lockout, each team played 48 games this season, all within their conference.
|1||AT||z – Pittsburgh Penguins||48||36||12||0||33||165||119||+46||72|
|2||NE||y – Montreal Canadiens||48||29||14||5||26||149||126||+23||63|
|3||SE||y – Washington Capitals||48||27||18||3||24||149||130||+19||57|
|4||NE||x – Boston Bruins||48||28||14||6||24||131||109||+22||62|
|5||NE||x – Toronto Maple Leafs||48||26||17||5||26||145||133||+12||57|
|6||AT||x – New York Rangers||48||26||18||4||22||130||112||+18||56|
|7||NE||x – Ottawa Senators||48||25||17||6||21||116||104||+12||56|
|8||AT||x – New York Islanders||48||24||17||7||20||139||139||0||55|
|11||AT||New Jersey Devils||48||19||19||10||17||112||129||−17||48|
|14||SE||Tampa Bay Lightning||48||18||26||4||17||148||150||−2||40|
|1||CE||p – Chicago Blackhawks||48||36||7||5||30||155||102||+53||77|
|2||PA||y – Anaheim Ducks||48||30||12||6||24||140||118||+22||66|
|3||NW||y – Vancouver Canucks||48||26||15||7||21||127||121||+6||59|
|4||CE||x – St. Louis Blues||48||29||17||2||24||129||115||+14||60|
|5||PA||x – Los Angeles Kings||48||27||16||5||25||133||118||+15||59|
|6||PA||x – San Jose Sharks||48||25||16||7||17||124||116||+8||57|
|7||CE||x – Detroit Red Wings||48||24||16||8||22||124||115||+9||56|
|8||NW||x – Minnesota Wild||48||26||19||3||22||122||127||−5||55|
|9||CE||Columbus Blue Jackets||48||24||17||7||19||120||119||+1||55|
|Team||Arena||Home Games||Average Attendance||Total Attendance||Capacity Percentage|
|Chicago Blackhawks||United Center||24||21,755||522,619||110.4% |
|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||BB&T 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%|
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.
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|
|(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)|
|6||San Jose||4||Western Conference|
|4||St. Louis||2||5||Los Angeles||4|
|5||Los Angeles||4||6||San Jose||3|
Awards were 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.
|Stanley Cup||Chicago Blackhawks||Boston Bruins|
(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
|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
|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
|Paul MacLean (Ottawa Senators)||Bruce Boudreau (Anaheim Ducks)|
Joel Quenneville (Chicago Blackhawks)
|James Norris Memorial Trophy
|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
|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
|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)
|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.)
|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.
The following players lead the league in points following the conclusion of the regular season.
GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes
|Martin St. Louis||Tampa Bay Lightning||48||17||43||60||0||14|
|Steven Stamkos||Tampa Bay Lightning||48||29||28||57||–4||32|
|Alexander Ovechkin||Washington Capitals||48||32||24||56||+2||36|
|Sidney Crosby||Pittsburgh Penguins||36||15||41||56||+26||16|
|Patrick Kane||Chicago Blackhawks||47||23||32||55||+11||8|
|Eric Staal||Carolina Hurricanes||48||18||35||53||+5||54|
|Chris Kunitz||Pittsburgh Penguins||48||22||30||52||+30||39|
|Phil Kessel||Toronto Maple Leafs||48||20||32||52||–3||18|
|Taylor Hall||Edmonton Oilers||45||16||34||50||+5||33|
|Ryan Getzlaf||Anaheim Ducks||44||15||34||49||+14||41|
|Pavel Datsyuk||Detroit Red Wings||47||15||34||49||+21||14|
|Craig Anderson||Ottawa Senators||24||1420:36||12||9||2||40||3||.941||1.69|
|Corey Crawford||Chicago Blackhawks||30||1760:31||19||5||5||57||3||.926||1.94|
|Sergei Bobrovsky||Columbus Blue Jackets||38||2218:57||21||11||6||74||4||.932||2.00|
|Tuukka Rask||Boston Bruins||36||2104:09||19||10||5||70||5||.929||2.00|
|Henrik Lundqvist||New York Rangers||43||2575:22||24||16||3||88||2||.926||2.05|
|Cory Schneider||Vancouver Canucks||30||1733:19||17||9||4||61||5||.927||2.11|
|Jimmy Howard||Detroit Red Wings||42||2445:44||21||13||7||87||5||.923||2.13|
|Antti Niemi||San Jose Sharks||43||2580:46||24||12||6||93||4||.924||2.16|
|Viktor Fasth||Anaheim Ducks||25||1428:18||15||6||2||52||4||.921||2.18|
|Martin Brodeur||New Jersey Devils||29||1757:21||13||9||7||65||2||.901||2.22|
The following is a list of notable players who played their first NHL game in 2013, listed with their first team:
|Nail Yakupov||Edmonton Oilers||First overall pick in the 2012 Draft|
|Jonathan Huberdeau||Florida Panthers||Winner of the 2012–13 Calder Memorial Trophy|
The following is a list of players of note who played their last NHL game in 2012–13, listed with their team:
|Adrian Aucoin||Columbus Blue Jackets||Played 1,108 games over 18 seasons.|
|Roman Hamrlik||New York Rangers||First overall pick in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, played 1,395 games over 20 seasons.|
|Milan Hejduk||Colorado Avalanche||Second Team All-Star, 2003 Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy winner.|
|Tomas Kaberle||Montreal Canadiens||1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Boston Bruins, Olympic bronze medalist, 4-time NHL All-Star.|
|Miikka Kiprusoff||Calgary Flames||2006 First Team All-Star, 2006 Vezina Trophy winner, 2006 William M. Jennings Trophy winner.|
|Mike Knuble||Philadelphia Flyers|
|Alexei Kovalev||Florida Panthers||1994 Stanley Cup Champion with the New York Rangers, 2008 NHL Second All-Star Team|
|Vinny Prospal||Columbus Blue Jackets||Played 1,108 games over 16 seasons.|
|Wade Redden||Boston Bruins||Won NHL Plus-Minus Award in 2006 .|
|Sheldon Souray||Anaheim Ducks||3-time NHL All-Star .|
|Steve Sullivan||New Jersey Devils||Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy winner, over 1000 games played.|
|Jose Theodore||Florida Panthers||Vezina Trophy winner; Hart Memorial Trophy winner; Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy winner1-time NHL All-Star.|
^ 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.
Stanley Cup Playoffs begin: Tuesday, Apr. 30; Latest possible date for Stanley Cup Final: Friday, June 28
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During the offseason,
the Stars acquired veteran and Pittsburgh Penguins legend Jaromir Jagr after returning to the NHL and playing last season for the Philadelphia Flyers. Due to the lockout, Jagr played only four months as a Star and would be traded to the Boston Bruins, where he would appear in his first Stanley Cup Finals trip since 1992.
The Stars failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the fifth-straight season.2012–13 Detroit Red Wings season
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The Oilers finished the season with a sub-.500 record and failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the seventh year in a row.2012–13 Florida Panthers season
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The 2012–13 NHL lockout was a labour dispute between the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) that began at 11:59 pm EDT on September 15, 2012. A tentative deal on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) was reached on January 6, 2013, with its ratification and signing of a memorandum of understanding on the agreement completed by January 12, 2013, 119 days after the expiry of the previous CBA.The owners of the league's franchises, led by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, declared a lockout of the members of the NHLPA after a new agreement could not be reached before the expiry of the NHL collective bargaining agreement on September 16, 2012. The lockout shortened the 2012–13 NHL season, originally scheduled to begin on October 11, 2012, from 82 to 48 games, a reduction of 41.5 percent. The revised season started on January 19, 2013 and ended on April 28, 2013.At issue for the owners were desires to reduce the players guaranteed 57% share of hockey-related revenues, introduce term limits on contracts, eliminate salary arbitration, and change free agency rules. The union's initial offers focused on increased revenue sharing between owners and a fixed salary cap that is not linked to league revenues. As the deadline for a work stoppage approached, the union unsuccessfully challenged the league's ability to lock out players of three Canadian teams – the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames (in the jurisdiction of Alberta), and the Montreal Canadiens (in the jurisdiction of Quebec).
The dispute was the third lockout in the 19 years since Bettman became Commissioner in 1993, following player lockouts in 1994–95 and 2004–05, with the latter case leading to the cancellation of the entire season. This was also the third labour dispute for NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr who, as head of the Major League Baseball Players' Association, led his union through a lockout in 1990 and a strike in 1994–95.
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The following is a list of all suspensions and fines enforced in the National Hockey League during the 2012–13 NHL season. It lists which players or coaches of what team have been punished for which offense and the amount of punishment they have received. The season was shortened to 48 games due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout. No pre-season games were played.2012–13 Nashville Predators season
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The defending Stanley Cup runners-up were eliminated from the playoff race after a 4–1 loss to the New York Rangers on April 21, 2013.2012–13 New York Islanders season
The 2012–13 New York Islanders season was the 41st season in the franchise's history. The regular season was reduced from its usual 82 games to 48 due to a lockout.
For the sixth time in franchise history, the Islanders tied their longest homestand (of seven games) – beginning on February 24 and lasting through March 9 – in which they earned three wins during that span.The Islanders qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since the 2006–07 NHL season.2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes season
The 2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes season was the franchise's 34th season in the National Hockey League (NHL), the 17th in Phoenix, Arizona and 41st overall, including the WHA years. The regular season was reduced from its usual 82 games to 48 due to a lockout.2012–13 San Jose Sharks season
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The 2012–13 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the 96th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on November 22, 1917. The regular season was reduced from its usual 82 games to 48 due to a lockout.
Due to the abbreviated 48-game schedule, the Maple Leafs played only teams from their own Eastern Conference. Within their division, they played the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres four times each, and the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators five times each. The Maple Leafs played all non-divisional Eastern Conference opponents three times each.
Toronto qualified for the playoffs for the first time in nine years and the first time in eight seasons (as the 2004–05 season was not played due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout. The Leafs lost Game 7 in the first round against the Boston Bruins despite holding a 4–1 lead with 11 minutes to go in the third period, though Toronto had battled back from a three games to one deficit just to force the seventh game. The Leafs would not qualify for the playoffs again until the 2016–17 season.2012–13 Washington Capitals season
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The 2012–13 Washington Capitals season was the franchise's 39th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The regular season was reduced from its usual 82 games to 48 due to a lockout.2012–13 Winnipeg Jets season
The 2012–13 Winnipeg Jets season was the 14th season for the National Hockey League franchise and the second in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The franchise played in Atlanta since the 1999–2000 NHL season, and relocated to Winnipeg following the conclusion of the 2010–11 NHL season. The regular season was reduced from its usual 82 games to 48 due to a lockout.List of 2012–13 NHL Three Star Awards
The 2012–13 NHL Three Star Awards are the way the National Hockey League (NHL) denotes its players of the week and players of the month of the 2012–13 season.Oil Change (TV series)
Oil Change was a Canadian documentary television series, following the Edmonton Oilers. Produced by Alberta's Aquila Productions, Oil Change featured exclusive access inside the Edmonton Oilers organization through the 2010–11 NHL season (season 1) to the 2013–14 NHL season (season 4). Don Metz was the executive producer of the series, Gord Redel was the producer, and Scot Morison was the writer/story developer.
The first season aired on TSN. Season 2 premiered locally on CKEM-DT October 21, 2011 and nationally on Sportsnet October 23, 2011. Each season aired approximately once a month, until the end of the NHL regular season.Aquila Productions announced on October 20, 2014 the series would not return for a fifth season.
The 2004–05 season was cancelled due to a lockout.
2012–13 NHL season