NEW YORK -- Following are the opening-day rosters for the four clubs who launch the 2008-09 NHL regular season this weekend in Europe. Bridgestone NHL Premiere 2008 commences Saturday in Prague, Czech Republic, with the New York Rangers taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning (noon, ET), followed by the Pittsburgh Penguins facing the Ottawa Senators in Stockholm, Sweden (2:30 p.m., ET). The same teams meet at the same venues Sunday, also at noon and 2:30 p.m., ET, respectively.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday