Adam Vingan Nashville Tennessean Published 2:10 PM EDT Oct 8, 2018 The NHL revealed Wednesday that the Predators' season will start with two road games in New York before hosting the Calgary Flames on Oct. 9 in their home opener. But the Predators' game at the Islanders on Oct. 6 received a dose of intrigue Thursday when the Islanders hired former Predators coach Barry Trotz, who resigned from the Washington Capitals on Monday after winning the Stanley Cup. An early season meeting against Trotz in his Islanders home debut as well as a rematch one week later at Bridgestone Arena are among the highlights of the Predators' 2018-19 schedule, unveiled in full Thursday. Here are some of the others: Oct. 9: The Predators' home opener will be preceded by a banner-raising ceremony to commemorate their Central Division title and Presidents' Trophy. Oct. 11: The Predators and Winnipeg Jets will tangle at Bridgestone Arena for the first time … [Read more...] about Nashville Predators schedule: 2018-19 NHL season starts Oct. 4
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By Robert Morales | [email protected] | Press TelegramPUBLISHED: October 2, 2018 at 1:36 pm | UPDATED: October 2, 2018 at 1:36 pm It was less than six months ago that the Kings were swept by Vegas in the first round of the playoffs. Although they did not make the playoffs the previous season, short stays in the postseason are not satisfactory for a franchise that won Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014. The loss to Vegas was difficult to take because the Kings scored a measly three goals in four games. With that early exit comes questions entering this season, which begins Friday against San Jose at Staples Center. Here they are: Can Ilya Kovalchuck produce at 35? The Kings signed the Russian forward to a three-year, $18.75 million contract in July. He has 417 goals and 399 assists in 11 NHL seasons – that’s 816 points in 816 games. But he hasn’t played in the NHL since 2012-13 when he was with New Jersey. Kovalchuk played five seasons for SKA St. … [Read more...] about Kings: 5 burning questions before the season starts
Roberto Luongo left no doubt. He’s coming back next season.“Oh yeah, for sure,” he said Tuesday morning after the Florida Panthers cleaned out their lockers. “I’m not going anywhere.”The 39-year-old goaltender will play his 19th NHL season when October rolls around, after a season in which he missed significant time due to injuries. Luongo missed time because of injuries to his hand (six games), groin (27 games) and ribs (one game).Last week, Luongo became just the third goaltender ever to play in 1,000 NHL games and could move into third place on the all-time wins list next season. He has four more years on a contract that ends after the 2021-22 season.When he was healthy this season, Luongo was incredible. He posted a .929 save percentage (his best since 2003-04) to go with a 2.47 goals against average. When the team needed wins during a busy stretch run, coach Bob Boughner turned to Luongo to lead them.“With the run we had and falling short, … [Read more...] about Roberto Luongo, 39, to return for 19th NHL season: ‘I’m not going anywhere’
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Six story lines as NHL season concludes: How many points will Connor McDavid have? Connor McDavid's production (and potential MVP candidacy) is among the story lines to watch as the NHL season winds down. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Kevin Allen, USA TODAY Sports Published 12:48 p.m. ET March 28, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE The NHL season ends in 11 days with a single game between the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins on April 8. Given the tightness of wild-card races, no one would be shocked if that decides the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. As of today, the … [Read more...] about Six story lines as NHL season concludes: How many points will Connor McDavid have?
The place to take the scene all in Thursday night was the highest point of KeyBank Center. This corner is a big fan of the view from the press box, from where it's very easy to watch plays develop on the ice and equally cool to scan the stands. What we saw during this game was stunning. I've been going to Sabres-Leafs games since the 1970s in the Aud and there is no question in my mind there has never been a Buffalo crowd as dominated by Toronto followers as the one we saw here Thursday night. You had to scan with binoculars to find someone in an odd Sabres jersey here and there because they were swallowed up by a sea of Leafs blue and white. The number of Leafs sweaters in the stands was astounding. The Sabres were booed when they took the ice. So was the announcement of their starters. The noise after Toronto goals was clearly louder than when Buffalo scored. The "Go Leafs Go" chants are generally booed and then drowned out by a response of "Let's Go Buffalo". There weren't enough … [Read more...] about Inside the NHL: KeyBank takeover by Leafs fans a low moment in Sabres’ lost season