NHL News October 7 2017
Home Team in Caps
COLUMBUS 5, NY Islanders 0
TAMPA BAY 5, Florida 3
Vegas 2, DALLAS 1
NEAL, FLEURY LEAD GOLDEN KNIGHTS TO VICTORY IN FIRST GAME
James Neal scored two goals in a span of 6:49 of the third period and Marc-Andre Fleury made 45 saves to lead the Golden Knights to a 2-1 victory in the franchise’s first game.
With the Vegas victory, expansion teams improved to 7-16-3 in regular-season debuts (3-8-2 on the road).
HOCKEY COMMUNITY RALLIES AROUND LAS VEGAS
Prior to puck drop, the Stars stood in unison with the Golden Knights during a moment of silence to send a message of support for the city of Las Vegas.
Representatives from all 30 NHL clubs also recorded a video to send a message of support to Las Vegas.
FIRST WEEKEND OF REGULAR SEASON OPENS WITH 15-GAME SATURDAY
Saturday’s schedule features 30 of the NHL’s 31 teams in action, marking the ninth time in NHL history that 15 games will be contested on the same date (first time since Saturday, April 9, 2016). Some highlights include:
The Penguins host the Predators in a Stanley Cup Final rematch, marking the first meeting between the clubs since Pittsburgh’s six-game triumph to capture back-to-back championships.
Hockey Night in Canada returns with a five-game slate featuring all seven Canadian teams.
Nico Hischier, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft, is expected to make his regular-season debut when the Devils host the Avalanche to open their 2017-18 season. Hischier – the first Swiss-born player to be drafted first overall – tied for the team lead with 4-3—7 in four preseason appearances.
Ken Hitchcock – who is in his second stint with the Stars, holds franchise records for games coached and wins, and led the team to the Stanley Cup in 1999 – faces the Blues for the first time since coaching the club for 413 games across six seasons from 2011-17 (248-124-41).
THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Oct. 7 1992: The brand-new Tampa Bay Lightning put on a show for their fans in their NHL debut as the Lightning rolled to a 7-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Expo Hall.
Today’s NHL schedule
Colorado @ New Jersey 2:00 PM ET
NY Rangers @ Toronto 7:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Ottawa 7:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Florida 7:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ NY Islanders 7:00 PM ET
Nashville @ Pittsburgh 7:00 PM ET
Montréal @ Washington 7:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Carolina 7:00 PM ET
Dallas @ St. Louis 8:00 PM ET
Columbus @ Chicago 8:30 PM ET
Vegas @ Arizona 9:00 PM ET
Edmonton @ Vancouver 10:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Anaheim 10:00 PM ET
Winnipeg @ Calgary 10:00 PM ET
Los Angeles @ San Jose 10:30 PM ET