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Sabres' Eichel set to face Crosby; Bylsma back in Pittsburgh
Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel said he's looking forward to his first NHL game against Pittsburgh Penguins centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, while his coach Dan Bylsma makes his first trip to the Steel City.
Oilers' Draisaitl to make season debut vs. Canadiens
Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl will make his season debut Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens on a day the team placed forward Jordan Eberle on LTIR and announced defenseman Justin Schultz would miss 2-4 weeks with a back injury.
Blackhawks aim to get untracked offensively at Jets
The Chicago Blackhawks play their first Central Division game this season when they visit the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday at MTS Centre.
Gaunce to make NHL debut as Canucks visit Stars
Center Brendan Gaunce will make his NHL debut Thursday for the Vancouver Canucks when they face the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.
Blue Jackets' Johansen eyes Friday return; Saad out
Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen is feeling better and could play Friday, according to the Columbus Dispatch, while teammate Brandon Saad will miss the game with an illness.