The 2017 NHL regular season kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 4 with the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the St. Louis Blues. There will be four games on that first day of the season, including the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Winnipeg Jets, the Calgary Flames at the Edmonton Oilers and the Philadelphia Flyers at the San Jose Sharks. Opening week will also be highlighted by the NHL's newest franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights, visiting the Dallas Stars on Oct. 6. The Golden Knights will play their first home game Oct. 10.The NHL preseason started this Saturday with a Vancouver Canucks win over the Los Angeles Kings. Some of the big moves of the offseason included Karl Alzner signing with the Montreal Canadiens, Ben Bishop signing with the Dallas Stars and Kevin Shattenkirk signing with the New York Rangers. The Tampa Bay Lightening added Mikhail Sergachev and the Canadiens got Jonathan Drouin in one of the biggest deals of the offseason. ? This year's Winter Classic will feature the Buffalo Sabers and Rangers facing off at Citi Field, marking the 10th year of the tradition. The regular season will conclude April 7, 2018.
I have two friends who love Spike Ball. I’d never even contemplated the idea of such a game, let alone even heard of it. Then I discovered they were playing it just about every day at Kits Beach. Maybe you saw them. Anyway, the kids love it. More on Spike Ball in a moment. Let’s get skating. The Home Team Ok, tonight, the Left Behinds are in Calgary. This is a solid looking Utica squad: — Olli Juolevi says he’s here to prove a point. “There aren’t many 19-year-old players playing defence in the NHL — I want to be one of those guys,” Juolevi said Tuesday following a practice in preparation for Wednesday’s pre-season game in Calgary. There were six 19 year olds who skated in an NHL game last year. Three
The NHL’s crackdown on slashing isn’t even a week old, but the league’s director of officiating believes the tougher approach is already having the desired effect. “It’s early, but so far there’s a real buy-in,” Stephen Walkom said over the phone Thursday morning. “Even the players on the competition committee were concerned about this area. “I think (the referees are) applying the standard we want them to apply, relative to the hacking and whacking around the hands. And I’m already seeing player conformance and a lot of players haven’t even played two games yet. The players seem to be adapting and thinking out there, but old habits die hard.” To read the remaining 752 words of this article.