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NHL Premiere games highlight Friday's schedule

Thursday, 10.06.2011 / 8:31 PM / Schedule

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After a three-game appetizer, the NHL season gets into full swing on Friday.

The first two of the day's six games will take place in Europe as part of the Compuware NHL Premiere. The New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings face off in Stockholm, Sweden, while Finnish hero Teemu Selanne is sure to get a tremendous reception when he and the Anaheim Ducks play the Buffalo Sabres in Helsinki. Both games start at 1 p.m. ET; TSN and Versus will air the Rangers-Kings game, while TSN2 will show the Ducks-Sabres game in Canada.

The action then shifts back to this side of the Atlantic for four more openers, three of which get under way at 7 p.m. ET.

In Raleigh, the Carolina Hurricanes will try to do what they couldn't do on the last night of the 2010-11 regular season -- beat the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Hurricanes' lose to the Bolts on the last night of the season in April cost them a playoff berth. The Lightning went on to get within one game of the Stanley Cup Final.

Ottawa's new coach, Paul MacLean, will feel right at home in his first NHL game as bench boss -- he'll be leading the Senators into Joe Louis Arena for a meeting with the Detroit Red Wings, for whom he was an assistant for the past six seasons.  That game will air on RDS in Canada.

In Columbus, the Blue Jackets begin the season by hosting Nashville. The Predators have won 10 of the last 13 meetings between the teams.

In the evening's final game, the Chicago Blackhawks visit Dallas for an 8:30 p.m. ET game that's the front end of a home-and-home series. The teams will meet again at the United Center on Saturday night.

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game