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Day 2 of NHL Premiere highlights busy Saturday

Saturday, 10.08.2011 / 12:52 AM / Schedule

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Day 2 of NHL Premiere highlights busy Saturday
The pairings will be different but the excitement level figures to be the same on the second day of the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere series.
The pairings will be different but the excitement level figures to be the same on the second day of the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere series, which features the first two games of a 13-game Saturday.

The New York Rangers, 3-2 overtime losers to Los Angeles in Stockholm on Friday, stay in Sweden for a meeting with the Anaheim Ducks in a 1 p.m. ET game that can be seen on Versus in the U.S. and TSN in Canada. The Buffalo Sabres, who beat the Ducks 4-1 on Friday in Helsinki, face the Kings at 2 p.m. ET in Berlin. That game can be seen on TSN2 in Canada.

The action then shifts back to the other side of the Atlantic for the day's other 11 games, including four that begin at 7 p.m. ET.

The NHL Network will be at TD Garden in Boston, where the Bruins host the Tampa Bay Lightning in the teams' first meeting since their 1-0 victory against the Bolts in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals last May. Tampa Bay comes to Boston after a 5-1 win in Carolina on Friday; the defending Stanley Cup champs lost 2-1 to Philadelphia on Thursday in their opener.

The Flyers are still on the road; they visit the Prudential Center in Newark, where the Devils will be playing their opener. CBC's Hockey Night in Canada will be at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, where the Leafs are coming off a 2-0 win against Montreal on Thursday as they prepare to host Ottawa. The Senators opened their season with a 5-3 loss in Detroit on Friday.

Carolina will try to shake off its opening-night loss in Washington, where the Caps open their season.

Three more games face off at 8 p.m. ET. The New York Islanders host Florida in the opener for both teams. Nashville, a 3-2 winner at Columbus on Friday, is once again the visiting team on opening night when the Predators visit St. Louis. The Blue Jackets travel to Minnesota for the Wild's first game.

A half-hour later, the Stars and Blackhawks get together in Chicago in the back end of a home-and-home series. The Stars won 2-1 in Dallas on Friday.

At 9 p.m. ET, Colorado opens its season by hosting Detroit. Prior to the game, the Avs will retire the No. 21 that belonged to Peter Forsberg, a key to Colorado's Stanley Cup titles in 1996 and 2001.

The second half of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada doubleheader begins at 10 p.m. ET when the Pittsburgh Penguins visit Calgary for the Flames' opening game. The Penguins won their opener on Thursday by beating Vancouver 4-3 in a shootout.

The final game of the night starts at 10:30 p.m. ET when San Jose hosts Phoenix in the opening game for both teams. 
Quote of the Day

Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'

— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis