In what I hope will be the first of many game day posts, this is going to be a simple little break down of each game.
- Once again the NHL starts its season off in Europe, pairing the most boring team who just happens to have finnish stars, against the 'Canes, who's only Fin I can name off the top of my head is one of the Ruutu's.
- It wouldn't be right without the Battle of Ontario to kick off the season. These two classic rivals tied the season series last season at 3 wins each. With no 90 minute pre game 100th anniversary ceremonies, the Canadiens might not know what to do with themselves. (Ed. Note - they'll make a 90 min video of them almost making it to the Cup Finals last season)
Philadelphia v. Pittsburgh 7:00 ET from Pittsburgh
- First, a fun fact from NHL.com 'The Flyers and Penguins tied 1-1 in their first game in Pittsburgh on Nov. 4, 1967, when 4,179 showed up at the Igloo. Nearly four times that many, 17,132, were on hand for the final home game there between the teams last March 27.' Neat. Last season the Pens owned the Flyers, winning their season series 5-1. Oh right they're also opening the state of the art Consol Energy Centre. This is one of my favorite rivalries in all the NHL.
Chicago v. Colorado 10:00 ET from Denver (PKLC Biased Game of The Night)
- The Hawks begin their cup defense the same night the Avs will be honouring the 15th anniversary of their first cup. I'll be looking forward to not only the game, but the pre-game ceremony. These two teams produced some amazing hockey to watch last season, with all but one of their 4 games needing a shootout to determine a winner. Big measuring stick for the young Avs team right out of the gate. (This will also be our first Biased Game of the Night, look for our biased take of this game either later tonight or tomorrow)
|I thought it looked cool, okay?! (awildermode.com)|
- Both of these teams begin the season fresh after seasons they'd both like to forget. Calgary's off season moves might look familiar, as they brought back both Alex Tanguay and Olli Jokinen. (bringing us the great #SutterLogic hashtag on twitter) The Oilers officially started a rebuild, bringing youth in the form of #1 overall pick Taylor Hall, Canadian Jr. star Jordan Eberle and Swede Magnus Pajaarvi. (all of the above expected to be in the line up) To say this season series was lop sided last season would be doing the Oilers a favour, they were dominated for 6 games and were outscored a combined 25-11. The Battle of Alberta has lost a lot of what it once was, but seeing these two teams go at it is always fun.
Enjoy the games tonight! Let us know which one you're most looking forward to. We're not sure what we're going to do tomorrow for tonight's games, so stay tuned for fireworks.