Referee Bill McCreary drops the puck for the opening face-off between Tomas Plekanec of the Montreal Canadiens and Brooks Laich of the Washington Capitals. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
It's a date that's been circled on my calendar, so it's kind of nice to have it here and get it over with (Thursday). This is a little bit of the closing of the book on the move. That's kind of how I'm looking at it.
— Stars forward Jason Spezza on returning to Ottawa for the first time to face the Senators