Cup Rematch: PPG Paints arena will be rocking in a rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup Final. The surprisingly 0-1-1 Penguins, who got hammered 10-1 against Chicago will take on the 0-1-0 Predators who lost a tough game against the Boston Bruins. This game comes almost 4 months after the last game of the Finals in which the Penguins beat the Preds 2-0 to capture their second straight, and 5th overall Stanley Cup. The Preds and Pens both searching for their first win of the season will make this a marquee matchup for tonight’s’ games.
Golden Knights Shimmer: The Golden Knights won their first ever game last night against a good Stars team 2-1. James Neal scored twice in the affair, and Marc-Andre Fleury looked strong making 45 saves on 46 shots on goal. A solid outing for a team still in turmoil having to demote Theodore, Shipachyov, and Tuch to their AHL affiliate the Chicago Wolves. The Stars did not look bad, and got good goaltending. Ben Bishop’s injury does not look serious, but this offense will be able to carry them a game or two if he must sit out to Lehtonen. Vegas has a home and home against the Coyotes (one Saturday 10/7 and home opener Tuesday 10/10). Next up for Dallas is a game in St. Louis Saturday.
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie; Oi, Oi, Oi: Australian Nathan Walker will become the first Australian born player to make his NHL debut for the Washington Capitals against the Montreal Canadiens. Walker has played the last 4 seasons in the AHL for the Hershey Bears and made the team out of camp this year. This is a major step for Australian players looking to break into the NHL. The AIHL is the professional league in Australia that contains 8 teams across the country. The travel is less than sub par, and they play in less than professional rinks. Hopefully this makes strides in growing the game in another part of the world. With the expansion of the game sin China during the preseason, and now Walker’s debut, the NHL has publicity in 5 continents across the globe and will grow the game. With players like Ben Simmons in the NBA, who is also from Australia, America now sees the athletic growth from the land down under. For more information about the AIHL and what Australian hockey is like, look up Sasky Stewart who is the digital media consultant and employee of the Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as an ambassador for the growth of the women’s pro league CWHL. This is a great stride for the Australian game and will create more publicity for the NHL worldwide.