Last night consisted of just three NHL games, to kick off the night the Islanders traveled to Columbus, to hear the cannons fire all night. Going down 2-0 quickly the Islanders never regained composure. Blue Jackets prospect Sonny Milano kicked off the night for his first career NHL goal. The Isles looked lifeless losing 5-0. Tampa Bay and Andrei Vasilevsky helped kick off the season on the right foot with a 4-2 win. Ondrej Palat buried two goals and Vasilevskiy made 33 saves for the win. A late night thriller in Vegas as Marc Andre Fleury stood on his head making 45-saves, along with the real deal James Neal scoring two goals, the game-winner off his knees, to lift Vegas over Dallas 2-1.
Colorado Avalanche @ New Jersey Devils
Colorado shocked the world Thursday night with a 4-2 win over the Rangers. Matt Duchene and Nail Yakupov looked to be playing with an edge. A two night’s rest should do the team well as they travel to Newark for the Devils home opener at “The Rock”. Devils get to see Nico Hirschier, Marcus Johansson, and Will Butcher on display. Corey Schneider looks to put last season behind me with a win tonight. Devils get to face Jonathan Breiner in his first game of the year as well. Devils, 4-2.
Buffalo Sabres @ New York Islanders
Buffalo fell short in their home opener vs Montreal, losing in a shootout. Buffalo saw Robin Lehner play to a higher capability, along with Jack Eichel and James Pominville starting to light the flame Thursday night. The Islanders now travel from Columbus to Brooklyn for their home opener. After a tough loss last night, the Islanders shall come out a bit better for the home crowd. With Jaroslav Halak in net, the goalie tandem continues, who will be in the crease all season? Buffalo, 3-2.
Nashville Predators @ Pittsburgh Penguins
Both the Penguins and Predators lost their first game, the Penguins got shelled vs the Blackhawks Thursday night. The rematch of the Stanley Cup is on display tonight, Nick Bonino faces his former team. The Penguins look to put the past two losses behind them as they welcome former Stanley Cup opponents into Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby and P.K. Subban will face off against each other tonight, which shall be interesting. Pittsburgh, 5-4.
Minnesota Wild @ Carolina Hurricanes
Minnesota got upset vs the Detroit Red Wings on opening night at Little Caesars arena. Hopefully, the Wild can put that game behind them as they face the dark horse Hurricanes. The Canes get to see Scott Darling on display and welcome the fans of Raleigh, Carolina for the home opener. The Hurricanes have high expectations versus a tough Minnesota team how will they fare… Carolina 4-3.
Dallas Stars @ St. Louis Blues
Alex Pietrangelo and the Blues held the former Stanley Cup champs off from a comeback win. In a back and forth game, Jake Allen showed signs of sturdiness to help St. Louis win the first game of the season. Dallas took an upsetting loss in Vegas last night as they outshot Vegas tremendously, Stars first line was all over the place and causing havoc for the goalie and defense. After Ben Bishop left the game Kari Lehtonen dropped the ball for Dallas, won’t happen again as Bishop is back healthy. Dallas, 4-3.
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Chicago Blackhawks
Columbus leaves the cannon at the Nationwide arena as they travel to Chicago for a back-to-back, Chicago is riding high after a 10-1 win opening night. Ryan Hartman collected five points for the Hawks Thursday night. The Hawks will not see as much success vs Columbus tonight. In a thrilling win for both teams, the confidence is high on both sides. Chicago, 3-2.
Arizona Coyotes @ Vegas Golden Knights
Antti Raanta gets the nod for Arizona as the Golden Knights go back-to-back at home. Arizona saw their youth on display in their loss to Anaheim. Vegas hopes to get another great game from Fleury and Neal, unfortunately, I cannot see either performing like that again. The young, explosive Yotes, will grab their first win tonight. Arizona, 3-1.
Winnipeg Jets @ Calgary Flames
Let’s hope Steve Mason can bounce back and show some signs of life, against a strong Calgary offense, nothing will come easy for Mason. The Flames dropped the ball Wednesday night getting shutout vs Edmonton. In the home opener, the fans of Alberta, Calgary will fill the sea of red tonight. The Flames will not see another blank on the board, and the Jets hope to turn around for a better all-around game. Flames, 5-4.
Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks
Connor McDavid and Cam Talbot continue to carry the Oilers as McDavid scored three goals on the opening night and Talbot’s 27-save shutout lifted the Oilers to the first win of many this season. Vancouver will open the season as they welcome the fans of Vancouver into the Rogers Arena. Vancouver will see their youth and new guys on display in their first game of the season. Edmonton won’t be shaken by the Vancouver crowd, Edmonton 4-1.
Philadelphia Flyers @ Anaheim Ducks
The Flyers stay on their West Coast trip as they wrap up the California trip with Anaheim tonight. The Flyers split the West Coast trip one a piece and hope to walk away with another win tonight. Brian Elliott seems to be the starter for Philly tonight, with Ryan Getzlaf and an array of injuries on the Ducks roster, Corey Perry, and Rickard Rakell will continue to carry the offense. The Ducks seemed to have no problem vs Arizona Wednesday night and won’t have any problem tonight. Ducks, 3-2.
Worth the trouble?
Rangers @ Maple Leafs: Leafs
Detroit @ Ottawa: Ottawa
Lightning @ Panthers: Lightning
Montreal @ Washington: Washington (Nathan Walker becomes the first Australian NHL player in history during Washington’s home opener!)
Kings @ Sharks: Kings