The NHL season kicks off tonight, about a week and a half before it usually would because of the Olympics. Lot's of storylines that I can't wait to see play out. Will the Pens repeat? Can Chicago dethrone the Wings out West? Who is hockey's best player? Crosby? Malkin? Ovie? Or will players like Datsyuk, Iginla, E. Staal, or Thornton have something to say about it? Overall it should be a fantastic season.
Opening Night Schedule
Montreal @ Toronto Washington @ Boston (Versus) Colorado @ San Jose (Versus)
Vancouver @ Calgary
Last edited by HisJoeness : 10-01-2009 at 03:00 PM.
Yea I like the Stars as a darkhorse cup contender if healthy and Marty Turco is normal again. It's gonna be hard as hell for the borderline playoff teams in the West to get in though. St. Louis, LA, Columbus, Edmonton all look legit on paper.
I've gone back and forth on TO, getting Kessel was huge. I'm not sold on their secondary scorers. Toskala and the new rough and tumble D should keep in the hunt though.
Rangers and Canadiens fan. With the Rangers, I see no in between. They're going to be either really good, or absolutely horrible. They traded Gomez for Christopher Higgins(not going to make them contenders), lost Morris and Mara, and signed Gaborik(good scorer, but injury prone). If Lundqvist can have a spectacular season, they'll be up there. But with the losses of 2 key defensemen, I don't see them as a playoff team.
Montreal on the other hand, looks better. They have Scott Gomez, a bit overpaid, but an excellent playmaker and can still score 15-20 goals. They have Brian Gionta, though lacking size, can still pot 25-30 goals. They now have Paul Mara, a solid D man and brings size. Mike Cammalleri is also a Hab now, a solid goal scorer and playmaker.
Caps look crisp in the offensive zone. Surprise, surprise. Backstrom is poised to be a top 3 center in this league. Dude is a prototypical center. A young bull on the puck with excellent awareness, patience and vison.
Got some veteran presence in front of the net with Knuble. Caps ready to win the East. Philly worries me most due to their physical style of play plus ading Pronger but they have a goaltender problem. Pitt won't be as hungry