October 06, 2011
Almost every night there are hockey games. Some of them will be compelling. Some of them will suck. Your friends at Puck Daddy break down one game each day that we feel will be worth your time and icy beverages, for Your Viewing Pleasure …
Why You Should Care: The last time the Canucks played a meaningful game at Rogers Arena, they watched the Bruins skate with the Cup and things get a little out of hand in their fair city. (No word if riot police will be deployed on opening night, despite the presence of Matt Cooke(notes).) The Penguins open the season without captain Sidney Crosby(notes), still recovering from last season's concussion(s), and with Evgeni Malkin(notes) in Beast Mode.
Pay Attention To This Guy For Pittsburgh: Steve Sullivan(notes). The former Nashville Predators veteran was hired on the cheap by the Pens and should man one of the points on the first power-play unit while also playing on Malkin's wing.
Pay Attention To This Guy For Vancouver: Alex Burrows. The always entertaining scamp will once again skate with the Sedins, see first-unit power play time and also kill some penalties. Watch your fingers.
Bold Prediction: Malkin notches a hat trick on Opening Night, leading everyone who picked him for the Hart to pat themselves on the back emphatically.
If You Must Flip Around: This is the lone late game on Opening Night, but maybe you can catch the replay of the Leafs and Habs on Center Ice.