The NHL will start a 48-game schedule for teams on Jan. 19. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The National Hockey League will begin the 2012-13 season on January 19 after the league and the NHL Players Association tentatively agreed to end the lockout over the weekend, reports CBSSports.com.
The league's board of governors are expected to meet on Wednesday to sign off on the new collective bargaining agreement. The league is expected to play with a 48-game schedule.
The 48-game season will be the second in league history. The 1994-95 season was played under the same format after half the schedule was wiped out by a lockout, which contained nothing but intraconference games,