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Daily Primer, Oct. 1: Plenty of glitz on opening night

Monday, 09.30.2013 / 12:11 PM / 2013 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Daily Primer, Oct. 1: Plenty of glitz on opening night
The Capitals and Blackhawks face off in one of three games highlighting opening night for the 2013-14 NHL season.

The 2013-14 NHL season kicks off in a big way Tuesday, with three games and some big celebrations.

The party starts in Montreal, continues with a championship gala in Chicago, and concludes with some fun in the Alberta prairies.

Here's a quick look at all the action:

Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens -- The first puck of the season drops at Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS) as part of the Molson Canadian Face-Off. The party will include live music and all sorts of entertainment for fans in Montreal. For those watching from home, there will be just as much intrigue as the Canadiens try to build on last season's success, while the Maple Leafs try to persevere without their big offseason acquisition, David Clarkson.

Washington Capitals at Chicago Blackhawks -- This one is set for an 8 p.m. ET start (NBCSN), but you'll want to tune in early to watch the second Stanley Cup banner in four years get raised to the roof at United Center.

Winnipeg Jets at Edmonton Oilers -- The Jets' welcome to the Western Conference comes at Rexall Place against the Oilers (10 p.m. ET). The hope in Winnipeg is the move to a better geographic conference will bring a trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, while the Oilers hope all their young talent will continue to evolve, with the result being a return to the postseason.

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