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Daily Primer Oct. 5: Saturday night [hockey] fever

Saturday, 10.05.2013 / 3:05 AM / 2013 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off

John Kreiser - Columnist

The first Saturday night of the new season brings 11 games, with the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks playing their home openers.

It will be the first game behind the home bench at Rogers Arena for John Tortorella, whose Canucks were beaten 4-1 by the San Jose Sharks in their season-opener two nights earlier.

Both the Islanders and the Maple Leafs come home without a loss -- the Islanders won 4-3 in a shootout against the New Jersey Devils on Friday, while Toronto fans were ecstatic when their team started the season with road wins against the Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers.

Here's a quick look at the full slate of games Saturday:

Daily Primer Oct. 4: Everyone onto the ice

Friday, 10.04.2013 / 9:12 AM / 2013 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off

John Kreiser - Columnist

By the time the six games on the schedule Friday will have concluded, all 30 teams will have opened their seasons. The four teams that have yet to take the ice -- the Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders, Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes -- all open their seasons. Ottawa and the Islanders start on the road, while the Blue Jackets and Hurricanes get to open in front of their home fans.

Here's a quick look at Friday's action:

Daily Primer Oct. 3: Old faces in new places

Wednesday, 10.02.2013 / 10:16 PM / 2013 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off

John Kreiser - Columnist

The new NHL season gets underway in earnest Thursday with eight games; 15 of the 16 teams will be playing for the first time in 2013-14.

As John Tortorella and Alain Vigneault were at the start of the 2012-13 season, they will be behind an NHL bench; however, it won't be with the same team they were running last season. Tortorella, who coached the New York Rangers, will make his debut as coach of the Vancouver Canucks when they visit the San Jose Sharks. Vigneault, who was fired by the Canucks after a first-round sweep by San Jose and is now running the Rangers, will coach his first game with New York when the Rangers begin a season-opening nine-game road trip against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena.

Here's a quick look at Thursday's action:

Daily Primer, Oct. 2: Maple Leafs look for two in a row

Wednesday, 10.02.2013 / 9:47 AM / 2013 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off

John Kreiser - Columnist

Day 2 of the 2013-14 NHL season will see five more teams play their opening games, as well as the Toronto Maple Leafs trying to make it two wins in a row after beginning their season with a 4-3 road victory against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Here's a quick look at Wednesday's action:

Toronto Maple Leafs at Philadelphia Flyers -- The Flyers open their season trying to bounce back after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2012-13. They're relying on newcomers like goaltender Ray Emery and defenseman Mark Streit, as well as holdovers such as Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell. Jonathan Bernier will get his first start with the Maple Leafs after James Reimer got Toronto off to a winning start with 34 saves in Montreal. Phil Kessel had an assist for the Maple Leafs hours after signing an eight-year, $64 million contract extension.

Buffalo Sabres at Detroit Red Wings -- The new season's first edition of Wednesday Night Rivalry (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN/TSN2) marks the Red Wings' return to the Eastern Conference following the NHL's offseason realignment. It will also mark the Detroit debut of offseason acquisitions Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss. The Sabres, who named Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott as co-captains on Tuesday, are trying to rebuild after back-to-back non-playoff seasons.

NHL Face-Off brings music and hockey fans together

Tuesday, 10.01.2013 / 9:01 PM / 2013 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off

Emna Achour - Staff Writer

MONTREAL – The Place des Festivals was a melting pot of hockey and music fans coming together to create a party-like atmosphere and raise the curtain on the 2013-14 NHL season at Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off 2013, hours before the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs dropped the puck a few blocks to the west at Bell Centre.

Families, business people, tourists and obviously a boatload of hockey fans stormed the city's concert district to take part in interactive games and get some autographs from Montreal Canadiens alumni such as Guy Carbonneau, Vincent Damphousse and Chris Nilan.

Music fans were reserving their spots at the main concert stage hours before the festivities began with Toronto rock band The Beaches to warm up the crowd for the headliner Kings of Leon to take over about 30 minutes before the season got underway at Bell Centre. The second intermission was reserved for Quebec hip hop group Loco Locass, who actually had one of their songs performed beforehand.

Maple Leafs name Reimer opening-night goalie

Tuesday, 10.01.2013 / 4:47 PM / 2013 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- Round one goes to James Reimer.

The battle for the Toronto Maple Leafs' starting goaltending job that will be a topic of conversation all season long has its first chapter Tuesday night, and the incumbent Reimer was tabbed as coach Randy Carlyle's choice over newcomer Jonathan Bernier to face the Montreal Canadiens in the season opener (7 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS).

And while the competition is something Reimer acknowledged being in the back of his mind, he made it clear it was not at the forefront.

Opening rosters feature no shortage of young talent

Tuesday, 10.01.2013 / 3:03 PM / 2013 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

The 2012 NHL Draft featured 13 defensemen taken in the first round, and as the 2013-14 season opens, seven of those players will make their NHL debuts.

Chief among them is Ryan Murray, the second pick by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Murray likely would have been with the Blue Jackets last season, but a shoulder injury sustained in November while playing junior hockey with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League ended his season.

Healthy and ready to go, Murray will play a key role on the team's blue line, where he likely will be paired with veteran James Wisniewski.

"He's very calm," teammate RJ Umberger told "That's been the M.O. on him, that he's very poised, calm and ahead of where he should be. He looks good so far. He's still learning, but he's going to be a tremendous player."

First-rounders prominent on opening-night rosters

Tuesday, 10.01.2013 / 2:19 PM / 2013 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Many experts called the 2013 NHL Draft one of the deepest, most talent-rich groups in a decade. So it's not much of a surprise that eight members of that draft class have made their respective team's opening-night rosters.

Among those staying are five of the first players picked and seven of the first 10.

"I think there was a realistic chance that a number of those kids would be able to go and make their teams at the start of training camp," Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr told "I think they all had a legitimate shot at making their teams out of training camp. The players nowadays are far more prepared for that opportunity to make a team at training camp. It's not a surprise. It's a credit to the kids, it's a credit to the teams where they've been playing and developing."

While Marr wouldn't call defensemen Seth Jones of the Nashville Predators and Rasmus Ristolainen of the Buffalo Sabres making their teams a surprise, he said anytime a defender can make an NHL team as a teenager, it's an impressive feat.

NHL announces opening-day rosters 2013-14 season

Tuesday, 10.01.2013 / 1:40 PM / 2013 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off

NEW YORK -- Following are NHL club rosters, as of Noon, Eastern time today. Some players who recently have agreed to terms with their respective clubs but whose contracts had not yet been approved by the League are not included. The 2013-14 regular season begins tonight with three games.

NHL Face-Off 2013 to bring Canadians together

Monday, 09.30.2013 / 7:13 PM / 2013 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL – Just about any game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens is a tough ticket, but it will be even tougher to get into the Bell Centre on Tuesday night as two iconic Canadian franchises will drop the puck on the 2013-14 season.

But those not among the lucky 21,273 to be watching the game will still have a unique way to experience the first game of the season, and it will be just a few blocks away from Bell Centre.

NHL Face-Off 2013 will provide fans with a day full of activities in the Place des Festivals sector of Montreal, with interactive games and activities starting Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET, concerts by the Kings of Leon, Quebec hip-hop group Loco Locass and Toronto rock band The Beaches later in the evening. The game will be broadcast live on several big screens throughout the large downtown venue that hosts such world-class events as the Montreal Jazz Festival.

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