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Well, folks, it's finally over. Months of revolving doors, words like 'cautiously optimistic' uttered left and right to cover for the uncertainty surrounding the hockey world and a batch of reporters taking us for a rollercoaster ride every single day through the lockout. The photo above probably best describes the feeling of every hockey fan upon declaration of the termination of the second lockout in seven years. It's back and, although shortened(48 games), it should be one the greatest, most densely-packed and exciting seasons yet to come.

As usual we enter a season layered with questions. In Toronto, the season starts with the conclusion of the Brian Burke era and questions of whether fans will be cheering 'Louuu' instead of 'booo' by the end of the season. In the Atlantic division, the three-horse race between the Rangers, Penguins and Flyers continues and gets an added boost with the addition of deadly sniper Rick Nash to an already intimidating lineup in New York. Does Bryzgalov have more philosophical questions to tender about the universe or about whether he can handle the role of number one in hockey-crazy Philadelphia? Once again the hockey world will keep a magnifying glass on Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals as yet another coach comes in to revive the fire in Washington. Meanwhile the Caps will look over their shoulders as two Staal brothers are re-united in Carolina along with a familiar face in Alexander Semin.

The conversation in the West starts with perhaps one of the best in the St Louis Blues and whether they can take one of the best goaltender tandems and defense in the league to the next level after a disappointing finish against the Stanley Cup champs. In Detroit, the Nick Lidstrom era is over and the hockey world asks, once again, if this is the final nail in the coffin for the perennial playoff contenders. The Northwest shows potential of being restructured with the blockbuster additions of Suter and Parise in Minnesota and the beginning of what is expected to be a spectacular career in Mikael Granlund. On the other end, the Vancouver Canucks enter the season not only surrounded by Roberto Luongo trade rumors but also questions of how they can overcome the flood of injuries starting with number 2 center Ryan Kesler. And are the Oilers ready to take the next step? And finally, in the Pacific, we are reminded of how uncertain the hockey season can play itself out with tremendous disappointments coming from the Ducks' elite first line, disproving of the naysayers in Phoenix and the second worst offense in the season providing the Stanley Cup champions in the Los Angeles Kings. Questions, questions, questions. No question, however, this short season should be awesome.

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As always...here are your division by division predictions by yours truly. Forgive the lack of editing if mistakes arise and allow me to put the blame on Gary and Donald for messing up with my timing. The thread has changed a bit in recent years as I can't really put up daily news as I once did but you guys are great at keeping the news flowing. Anyways, forget that, read the predictions, tell us your own and enjoy the return of hockey.

..:::svatty's 2013 NHL PREDICTIONS:::..

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EASTERN CONFERENCE

NORTHEAST DIVISION:::-

1.Boston Bruins: Regardless of last year's finish, this is still a deep team that's got itself covered at every position. And with Tyler Seguin ready to emerge as a top line force and Douggie Hamilton ready to hop onto the scene, they're thankful the Leafs helped them out.

Eye On: Tuukka Rask--Thank Timmy for taking the year off for whatever reason but this is officially Tuukka's team now. What some may have forgotten is that he played more than half a season in 09/10 so this isn't new territory for him. He will thrive.

2.Ottawa Senators: Yup, the Sens proved a lot of us wrong last year but with a young stud in Karlsson who posted 25 more points than the second highest defenseman in scoring and the dependable Jason Spezza at the core of an intimidating first line, you can see how this team's breakout year was engineered. This is a young team with one of the richer set of prospets in the league. They'll only get better.

Eye On: Daniel Alfredsson--It looks like this is it for Alfie as the source of much praise in the country's capital will likely hang it up at season's end. After just finishing under 30 goals and 60 points, it'll be interesting to see what he can put up in his curtain call year.

3.Buffalo Sabres: The Sabres saw their #1 center depart this summer in return for the more agitating and gritty alternative in Steve Ott. The center position looks barer but look for 22 year old Cody Hodgson to take advantage and settle in as the #1.

Eye On: Ryan Miller--Last year's version wasn't the kind we're used to seeing with Miller as he showed significant episodes of inconsistency especially early on. Hopefully, in a shortened season, it's the second half form which takes over.

4.Montreal Canadiens: This is still an average team but it's not the brutal last place team in disarray that it turned out to be last year. Don't expect Galchenyuk to hop in just yet but with stud prospect D-men Beaulieu and Tinordi waiting to ascend, PK Subban maturing and the backbone of this team in goalie Carey Price, the defense is in good hands.

Eye On: Michel Therrien--It's not a new face in Montreal but after the mess the coaching staff experienced last season which saw the departure of both head coach Jacques Martin and interim Randy Cunneyworth, the team may be delighted to return to Therrien's grittier no-nonsense style. Whatever happens, the post-game conferences are sure to be juicier.

5.Toronto Maple Leafs: Once thought to be the savior of a misery-ridden franchise, Brian Burke, the one who speaks his mind and has juicy media-friendly blockbuster trade perennially imprinted in his brain, is out. Now it's back to square one and after ridding of Lombardi and knocking Conolly down, there's a bit of cleaning up to do. One of Burke's acquisitions, van Riemsdyk, however, is a vital part going forward and the Leafs are hoping he can help make the offense more than just a Lupul-Kessel show.

Eye On: Jake Gardner--If you hang around Leaf fans or Leaf forums then you've probably heard enough of this kid. After putting his offensive talents already on display by leading all NHL rookie defensemen in scoring, he's ready to stand alongside Phaneuf as the team's top point-getter from the back-end.

ATLANTIC DIVISION:::-

1.Pittsburgh Penguins: The battle against the Flyers was one which ultimately tore the Penguins apart and exposed both defensive holes and in goal but with the acquisition of a bona fide 2-way third line center in Brendan Sutter and an experienced backup who can share time with Fleury, they hope they've at least cleared some of that up. Regardless, this team is still stacked and has arguably the best trio of top two centers and offensive defenseman in Crosby, Malkin and Letang.

Eye On: Brendan Sutter--The acquisition of Sutter is not complete without saying it was accompanied by the loss of capable top 6 forward(also with above average defensive skill) Jordan Staal. When you look at it that way it sounds like a loss but maybe, just maybe, having someone the team knows is comfortable in the #3 hole will be especially important when it's time to lock up the score.

2.New York Rangers: It'll be interesting to see what 21 year old Chris Kreider, the player who was believed to be the deal breaker in the early Nash sweepstakes, looks like playing with the latter to flank the number one center, Brad Richards. You can't go wrong with that kind of size on the wings. With a well-rounded top six, a very capable defense squad key in their conference final run and workhorse Henrik Lunqvist, this team can go the distance.

Eye On: Chris Kreider--How good is this guy? After posting just over a point/game in his championship year with Boston College he came over to the NHL and played like a veteran notching five playoff goals for the Rangers. He's huge(6'3 230), he's fast, he can score. There's some good stuff in store.

3. Philadelphia Flyers: Say what you want about it getting out of hand, you liked that first round matchup against the Penguins. You know it. With an overload of offensive talent and grit, this team not only racks up the goals but also the PIM. Problem is, the goals go for both sides of the ice.

Eye On: Luke Schenn--It goes without saying that this team would be completely different if a)Ilya Bryzgalov can perform better and more consistently than he has played to date in a Flyers jersey and B) if Chris Pronger still starred on this blueline. Unfortunately the Flyers can't depend on either but the addition of Schenn on the back-end might be exactly what both he and the team needs to mature his game into the Adam Foote mold he was drafted to become. There's no doubt the Flyers have been lacking on that front.

4.New York Islanders: It's clear GM Snow had increased pugnacity(thanks for the word Burke) in mind when he added Carkner and Boulton to the Isle but maybe what this team needs best is for their first round picks(not named Tavares) to emerge. Although all are below 25 years of age, no matter how well this team will be led by Tavares and upcoming great prospects, Josh Bailey, Kyle Okposo and Nino Niederreiter will eventually have to prove they were worth their selection.

Eye On: Lubomir Visnovsky--With the termination of the lockout, it looks like Lubomir will be staying behind in Russia. Although it appeared that age was starting to get the best of him, the Islanders will be hard-pressed to fill his void especially on the powerplay from the back-end. More of a reason for top prospect Griffin Reinhart to show us he's worth the ice time?

5. New Jersey Devils: Fun fact: Parise was 3rd in scoring on the Devils roster last year(2nd to Kovalchuk and Elias, respectively). Random note: The Devils will still suffer majorly without their former heart and soul. This was never a team known for filling the net with pucks but with Parise gone, an ageing Martin Brodeur and a lack of elite prospects in the system, the Devils might get a taste of the division floor.

Eye On: Travis Zajac--The 11/12 season didn't treat Zajac all too well(Achilles injury, 15GP) but now that the season is new, look to see him restore his role as the team's number one center and special teams player. So if the team can qualify for the playoffs with Parise in and Zajac out for 65 games, how do they fare with Zajac in and Parise out for 82?

SOUTHEAST DIVISION:::-

1.Washington Capitals: With Semin out and Ribeiro in, the Capitals finally addressed a bare center position but now open up the question of whether there's enough scoring ability beyond Ovechkin on the left wing. Granted, there is very promising goal-scoring talent in the system but as for now the Capitals' focus may be on defense with a very young capable top pairing in Alzner/Carlson and seeing how young goaltender Holtby holds up his fantastic playoff run.

Eye On: Coach Oates--After seeing two coaches come and go for their separate reasons, the identity of the Caps remains, once again, up in the air. With the welcoming of Oates as new head coach, everyone will be expecting a middle-ground between the firewagon hockey brand of the early post-lockout Caps and the more recent offense-sapped gritty defensive version. Whatever happens, we all know which player the spotlight will be brightest on.

2.Florida Panthers: The great success of the Fleischmann-Weiss-Versteeg line came as a pleasant surprise for the Panthers in 11/12 but it'll be interesting to see if that success can be replicated. Thankfully, a secure future top six center in Huberdeau will begin what is expected to be a bright career and with the development of very promising defensemen Ellerby, Gudbranson and Kulikov and goaltender of the future, Markstrom, in the works, the sun is indeed rising in Florida(forgive me).

Eye On: Jacob Markstrom--The AHL numbers aren't as good of late as they were in previous years but all the tools are there to make the team's future franchise keeper. The question is if he hops in this year and for how much time especially in the shortened season. The Theodore/Clemmensen tandem was surprisingly adequate last year but with questions of a Luongo trade lingering, the situation may get more complicated.

3.Carolina Hurricanes: The offensive questions have been addressed with the acquisition of the second Staal brother in Jordan and enigmatic but extremely capable scorer Alex Semin. A line featuring the three could prove to be deadly. But the questions will always come back to defense and this will prove to be, yet again, their Achilles heel.

Eye On: Jordan Staal--For years there has been much talk about what great things Jordan could accomplish in a top six role outside of the shadows of Crosby and Malkin. Well, now's his chance to not only play in that role but work with his elite brother and together serve as the team's offensive engine.

4.Tampa Bay Lightning: The Lightning can score and there's no doubt about that with the deadly St.Louis-Stamkos tandem but like the Canes, defense remains at the heart of their problems. Carle was added but this is more an addition for the offense and powerplay than the defense. And one major difference with the Canes? They don't have a Cam Ward.

Eye On: Anders Lindback--Aside from Carle, the acquisition of Lindback proved to be the major one for a team in desperate search for a number one tender. Lindback has had great performances as the Preds' backup but a) he was a backup and B) this was behind a very stingy Nashville defense. Is he ready to be thrown into a number one role?

5. Winnipeg Jets: It's just not good enough. Olli Jokinen had a good comeback year in Calgary last year and while his addition will help, he is not a number one center on most teams as the position awaits the ascension of one of its promising prospects(Scheifele, Burmistrov). That being said, the offense wasn't so much a problem last year as was...keeping pucks out of the net(sound familiar?). Thankfully there is a young talented goaltender in the crease to assuage the pain.

Eye On: Bryan Little--While the window to take hold of the first line center role may have expired with the team's feeling of a need to acquire Olli Jokinen, where the 24 year old fits on the team roster will be put to question especially once Scheifele is ready for a top six role. That may not happen just yet but this is an important year for him to improve on last year's totals.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

NORTHWEST DIVISION:::-

1.Minnesota Wild: After a surprising jump to the top of the NHL and an epic, albeit widely predicted, collapse back down to earth, the Wild decided to shake things up big time in the off-season by upgrading both their primary scoring(Parise) and top defense pairing(Suter). While there are still questions regarding the secondary scoring(Heatley resurgence?) and a defense which looks very young and inexperienced, this is now a team that should, at the least, sneak in the playoffs. In a division that could see a facelift as early as this season, the Wild may claim it their own.

Eye On: Mikael Granlund--While the big signings were the headlines of the off-season, perhaps the biggest name at the end of the season might be this phenomenal 20 year old. The 2011 Finnish player of the year and SM Liiga's best point-per-gamer is ready to take on the NHL, very likely play first line minutes and quite possibly, take home the Calder trophy.

2.Vancouver Canucks: It's true, the window for the Nucks may be closing. Key defenders have left over the years, the Sedin twins, while still very productive, are getting further and further from the prime years, injuries are thinning them out one by one as the season nears closer and there's no word on when and how well Kesler will return after having conducted both shoulder and wrist surgery. What may be enough to claim the division crown for the 5th year in a row, however, may just come down to the great duo(Sedins) and fantastic goaltending from Schneider...and maybe a bit of Luongo.

Eye On: Ryan Kesler--After coming back early from hip surgery last year, his play clearly showed he wasn't ready(point totals included: 49pts in 77 games). Now after shoulder and wrist surgery, who knows when he'll return. And without Kesler, the Canucks have a big hole down the middle after Henrik. How they fill it for the duration of Kesler's absence will be key.

3.Edmonton Oilers: With a team featuring Hall, Nugent-Hopkins,Eberle,Hemsky and the two new additions in D Schultz and RW Yakupov,yes, they will score...a lot. But we've heard this story before, and yes, the Oilers will likely feel the growing pains originate from an offensively-oriented inexperienced defense and an unproven yet promising goaltender in Devan Dubnyk.

Eye On: Sam Gagner--Everyone's concerned with the 1st line and reasonably so but a lot of the Oilers' success might depend on what goes on when that line comes off the ice and Gagner is pivotal. While he may be regarded as being put on the back-burner with the plethora of young soon-to-be-stars, he could very well play alongside the likes of Paajarvi, Yakupov and maybe one of Hall and Eberle if the offense needs to be spread. There is definitely going to be opportunity for him to prove he's still an essential part of this team.

4.Colorado Avalanche: Too many questions. That's the major concern with the Avs. Will Stastny resurface? Will Duchene bounce back? Is Parenteau capable of nearing last years totals again? Can Erik Johnson take his game another level? Will Varlamov solidify the Avs #1 spot this season? And if Ryan O'Reilly doesn't return from the KHL, the luxury down the middle starts to fade.

Eye On:Tyson Barrie--If there's ever a time the Avs could use some offensive juice from the back-end, it's now. There's Erik Johnson, who while great expectations still await, doesn't seem like he'll ever be a major point producer from the blueline and then there's a bunch of defensive-minded defensemen. There are several offensive defensemen in the system of which Barrie may be most prepared to make the jump. He's small, he's fast and he has the resume. He could start providing some offense as early as this year.

5.Calgary Flames: I don't get it.Whatever vision Jay Feaster has in mind, it is not an easy one to understand. A winger will likely continue centering the top line(Cammalleri or Tanguay), a Czech player who has yet to ever hit North American ice(Cervenka) will probably get a top six role and after three straight years of perpetual mediocrity, Feaster decided to break the bank on two good but not magic bullet answers in left-winger Hudler and defenseman Wideman. There is definitely talent on this team but the denial and unwillingness to utter the 'R word' smells a lot like a certain blue and white team found in the other conference. And we know how many playoff games they're featured in from year to year.

Eye On:Sven Baertschi--Not all is doom and gloom in Calgary as swiss WHLer Baertschi is already considered an early favorite by many as candidate for the Calder trophy. This is a player every team can use: hockey sense, speed, play-making ability, intensity and a great track record. Iginla may soon retire without much post-season success on his resume but at least the Flames have another star winger in the fold.

PACIFIC DIVISION:::-

1.Los Angeles Kings: Featuring the second worst offense in the league, who would've thought the Kings had what it takes to hoist the Cup last year. Well, they did, and they're returning with the same well-rounded group that got them there and their superb starter Jonathan Quick had more than enough time with the lockout to recover from his surgery and get back to posting ridiculous numbers.

Eye On: Jeff Carter--The year didn't start well after injury took him out for a great deal of games and rumors surfaced of his lack of desire to play for the miserable Blue Jackets but luckily for him, he found an escape route to LA and capped it off with a ring. Now that he's back to playing with an elite center in Kopitar for a full season, it should be back to thirty goals for Carter and the Kings' offense should look a little different this season.

2.San Jose Sharks: Perhaps no other playoff team gets more flak than the Sharks for consistently not bringing it to the table in the playoffs. Little movement was made again(re-welcoming of Brad Stuart 8 years later) but there is just so much versatility and diversity in this team's top six that it shouldn't be needed. The big question that keeps resurfacing is how much longer will this group led by veterans Thornton and Marleau be counted on to pull through after so many disappointments.

Eye On: Brent Burns--It may not have been a bad debut with the Sharks but it sure wasn't out of this world. He looked shaky defensively and saw his point totals go down. The Sharks obviously felt they needed backup by signing dependable veteran Brad Stuart so maybe that could help provide Burns with more freedom to put his offensive skills on display.

3.Phoenix Coyotes: For the first time ever in franchise history, the Yotes made the conference finals and thanks to one of the best goaltending performances ever seen in the desert. With a similar framework to the Predators, Phoenix plays by committee on offense, provides a strong defense and backs it up with a goalie who can steal games in 2nd year Coyote, Mike Smith. The one big problem this time around is the breaking up of an unlikely but successful first line with Whitney's departure. Veteran Steve Sullivan was added but he's no Ray Whitney.

Eye On: Radim Vrbata--His whole career Vrbata's been known for having the perfect dose of finesse and hands to make an elite scorer but it wasn't until last season that we saw his first 35 goal campaign and boy was it a thing of beauty. A product of great chemistry on a line with The Wizard(Whitney) and Hanzal, it's hard to see Vrbata duplicate his numbers not only for probability's sake but also the absence of Whitney, no longer there to feed him.

4.Dallas Stars: Indeed, the Stars were not happy with last year's offense and GM Nieuwendyk made sure to fix that.(Out:Ott,Ribeiro, In:Jagr,Whitney,Roy) Nevertheless, the core is still crucial: Lehtonen showed he can be a reliable starting goaltender, Loui Eriksson/Jamie Benn always bring it and Goligoski is poised to up his offensive production. The defense is still shaky but the Stars are hoping two-way forward Derek Roy can help with that.

Eye On: Jaromir Jagr--You have to wonder if this was the best choice for him in his career at 40 years old to go from playing alongside one of the best players in the game(Giroux) to playing alongside yet another great emerging star(Benn) albeit on a team that still has a ways to go. Age is obviously a factor now but moreso in questioning why he left great chemistry on the first line in Philadelphia for yet another tryout in a new city.

5.Anaheim Ducks: Boy things got ugly quick last year. Getzlaf had his lowest goal total in his career, Perry went from Rocket Richard winner to barely 35 goal scorer and Bobby Ryan had trade rumors swirling all year. As for the 42 year old Teemu? He lead the team in scoring. Point is: the first line has to wake up because there ain't enough dollars to pay for other offensively-gifted forwards...well, besides the 42 year old.

Eye On: Ryan Getzlaf--11 goals and 57 points in a full season from the team's captain and a player of his stature is, to put it bluntly, unacceptable. But with both him and Perry ready to be up against a year of trade rumors due to their impending free agent status, the pressure will only increase. You think Luongo has it bad, you just wait.

CENTRAL DIVISION:::-

1.St.Louis Blues: After a couple of years of mediocrity, the Blues finally emerged as one of the best in the league featuring a great young Hitchcock-run defensive squad led by workhorse captain David Backes and a two-headed goalie combo in Halak/Elliott. So why the epic collapse against the Kings in the conference semi-finals? With some steady progression from the youngins(Berglund,Pietrangelo,Oshie) and bounce-backs from the injury-riddled(Perron,McDonald,Steen), the Blues have more to offer.

Eye On: Patrik Berglund--You can call 38 points from this center a let-down but he still is 24 years old and trying to get around issues with consistency, not a foreign concept to most talents his age. With an intimidating frame to suit up after Backes down the middle and a fantastic shot, there is first line star ability here. The Blues await.

2.Chicago Blackhawks: The search for a center to follow up superb leader and captain Jonathan Toews continues but what few forget is this team may feature one of the deepest set of wingers out there: Sharp,Hossa,Kane and the promising under-22 talents Saad and Shaw. The defense is also in good hands with a balance of experience and fresh legs. In goal, well...

Eye On: Corey Crawford--The clock is ticking and the rumors keep surfacing. After a wildly inconsistent and at times ugly 2011/2012 season, it might be the last time the Hawks give Crawford the benefit of the doubt. Emery can play more than your average backup but if reinforcements are needed, the Hawks will look outside.

3.Detroit Redwings: Indeed, the times, they are 'a changin'. This is brand new territory for the Wings as they head in, for the first time in 16 years, without the perpetually dependable and incredibly consistent legend Nick Lidstrom on the blueline. Zetterberg takes the C and while age remains a factor, the offense is still a formidable one and there are capable young players beyond the household names with the likes of Filppula,Nyquist and Brunner. As for that defense, it just doesn't look the same anymore.

Eye On: Niklas Kronwall--If you read the thread last year, you know all to well what this year means for the Kron Wall. A seven year veteran who has, for each of those years, played in the shadow of a fellow Swede, he plays the 2-way game well and hard with a larger tilt towards the grittier aspects on the ice. For the first time he looks to be the number one on the team and it'll be interesting to see how or if he takes his offensive game to another level. Look for rookie Brendan Smith to play a key role early also.

4.Nashville Predators: Don't be fooled, this could very well be a playoff spot and for a team that doesn't do things the pretty fashion, this is not new territory. The story says that the Preds get where they get because of a very solid efensive core capped with one of the best goaltenders in the league but take one look at the offense and you'll find a good batch of not too flashy but effective 15-20-goal scorers(Erat, Fisher,Hornqvist,Kostitsyn,Legwand). This is a team that works by committee and while they may no longer have Suter on the back-end anymore, they have Shea Weber...and the eternal fountain of defenseman that is the Nashville prospect pool.

Eye On: Shea Weber--Everybody wants to know how Suter will do without Weber's bomb back in Minnesota but watching the rocket launcher without the rocket supplier may be just as interesting. That's not to say Weber won't keep launching rockets from the point and being his usual no-nonsense shutdown self but there will be an adjustment...and hopefully one the Predators can live with.

5.Columbus Blue Jackets: It's usually not this easy to guess who will suck dirty pond water(I stole that from Pierre, forgive me) in the conference, but it just very well may be so in the west. The Jackets completely blew up the project they tried to set up last off-season after acquiring Carter, turned it into a bright spot in number one defenseman Jack Johnson and then dealt the face of the franchise, Rick Nash for a couple of secondary components. There are youngsters in line who will take greater responsibility with time(Atkinson,Johansen) but back to the floor for this short season.

Eye On: Sergei Bobrovsky--Either Steve Mason's timer may have gone off or he's gotten a wakeup call by having competition for the starting job. Bobrovsky's never shown the ability to be starting material but if those KHL numbers(18-3-2,1.94GAA,.932SVP) could be at least partly carried over...

HAPPY HOCKEY!!!!!

GO HABS GO AVS GO

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Blah, why is it never as good on the eyes as when I'm editing it. Anyways, glad that's done. :) Please FORGET the other thread and write all hockey news in this one. If you're foreign to these boards, this is basically where all hockey news goes. ANYTHING. Enjoy the hockey season.

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Nice tags. They go well with the formatting.

In any case, WOO. Hockey, and stuff.

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Jets, Jets, Jets, Jets....

Flying, appropriately, to start. Buffy gets the first goal after several crossbars. Man do I hate the Senators. How soon I forget.

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So NBC has paised Crosby, Neil has taken a 5min Major, Anderson has let in a goal....

Yep hockey's back!

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Jets faded quick. Gotta pace yourselves, boys. I can't blame them for riding the crowd, but once you're down to 20 second shifts and the crowd is quiet because the Sens are looking calm and composed...

Kane always looks like he should be a much better player than he is over a season. He's fast and dangerous and creates opportunities, but like Landeskog, doesn't finish with a high percentage. Yet. Yet?

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Can I ask someone to post the scores of the completed games.....NHL.COM will not load for me here.

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@reporterchris: Not that there was any doubt, but Ben Scrivens leads the #leafs on to the ice. Chants of "67!"

And I would like to see a picture of Budaj's hair if such a thing exists.

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I'll try to find one Craig. I checked the Habs site for his official picture but it's still the old ones.

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So far all the games I am watching they are calling everything... Especially interference. Guess the league wants more powerplays.

Peter Mueller sets up Huberdeau for his 1st career goal not even 4mins into the game.

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Huberdeau gets his first NHL goal from a Mueller pass. Mueller also has an exquisite mane.

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Did Svatos get cut from training camp?

Panthers are looking really good. Sellout crowd, too.

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