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Storylines abound as all 30 teams play Saturday

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For only the sixth time in NHL history, all 30 teams will be in action on a single day during a 15-game Saturday.

It starts at 7 p.m. ET with nine games and will end on the West Coast with 10 p.m. ET starts in San Jose and Vancouver. During the first half of the 9 p.m. ET hour, 26 NHL teams will likely be playing at the same time.

The last time there was a 15-game day was April 7, 2012, which was the final day of the 2011-12 regular season. That day featured 88 goals, players representing 15 countries and 274,230 fans in attendance.

The first 15-game night in League history was Oct. 5, 2005, with every team playing on opening night after the 2004-05 lockout. It also happened once early in the 2007-08 season and twice in three weeks in October 2009.

This is the first of two 15-game days for the 2014-15 season. The last day of the regular season, April 11, 2015, will also feature all 30 teams playing.

Here is a look at an interesting storyline for each of the 15 games in the NHL on Saturday:

Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. ET -- Barry Trotz is still looking for his first win as Washington coach, but his team had a newfound physical edge in the season opener. That will be put to the test against the bruising Bruins.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. ET -- The first Saturday for the new-look "Hockey Night In Canada" will feature two franchises trying to mold their identity into puck-possession teams. Pittsburgh's new philosophy is a contrast from past years, while Toronto might be undergoing the largest shift in style of any team in the League.

Anaheim Ducks at Detroit Red Wings, 7 p.m. ET -- Each team has star forwards but a lot of the complementary guys up front are very young, and how well those kids are able to support the big guns will be something to watch all season.

Ottawa Senators at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7 p.m. ET -- Each team has several players who were part of a Calder Cup championship. Ottawa's American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, won in 2011 and Tampa Bay's affiliate (then the Norfolk Admirals) won in 2012.

New Jersey Devils at Florida Panthers, 7 p.m. ET -- Watch out for the young defensemen in this game. The Devils have second-year defenseman Eric Gelinas and rookie Damon Severson, while Aaron Ekblad, the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, looked solid in his debut Thursday.

Carolina Hurricanes at New York Islanders, 7 p.m. ET -- This is the Islanders' last home opener at Nassau Coliseum, so expect lots of good memories and highlights from the dynasty in the early 1980s as well as a dramatically improved home team on the ice. The Islanders will be trying to sweep the home-and-home series after winning Friday in Carolina.

Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m. ET -- The Canadiens could be the first team to start 3-0-0, while the Flyers will try to avoid 0-3-0. Philadelphia had a rough start last season, and the Flyers made a better beginning a point of emphasis during training camp.

New York Rangers at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. ET -- Rick Nash playing at Nationwide Arena will probably never stop being interesting. It's also two recent Vezina Trophy winners and two teams expected to challenge the Penguins for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division.

Calgary Flames at St. Louis Blues, 7 p.m. ET -- Two of the best defense pairings in the NHL will likely go head-to-head a lot in this game. Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester have been an elite pairing since the latter arrived in a trade from Calgary, while Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie were breakout stars for the Flames last season.

Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators, 8 p.m. ET -- The Stars played an incredibly entertaining game with the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday. Will the new-look Predators, coached by Peter Laviolette, be able to skate with the speedy Stars?

Buffalo Sabres at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. ET -- If the Sabres' Jhonas Enroth needed an example of a goaltender who had a to wait a long time before earning the No. 1 job and then experiencing success as an NHL "late bloomer," Corey Crawford of the Blackhawks is a pretty good one.

Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche, 9 p.m. ET -- This game had enough juice considering the Stanley Cup Playoff series between these teams in April. Then they played in Minnesota on Thursday night and the Wild demolished the Avalanche, setting a franchise record for shots on goal during a 5-0 win. How will Colorado respond?

Los Angeles Kings at Arizona Coyotes, 9 p.m. ET -- The Kings ended the Coyotes' longest playoff run in franchise history in 2012, and this rivalry has been heated at times since. Each team got blown out in its opener and will be trying to bounce back.

Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m. ET -- The Oilers played well and lost in their season opener against the rival Flames. The reaction to the loss showed the pressure for positive results Edmonton faces this season. Losing back-to-back games against fellow Western Canadian teams is not exactly an ideal start.

Winnipeg Jets at San Jose Sharks, 10 p.m. ET -- These are the two teams that trounced the Coyotes and Kings on Thursday night. Each can score and is leaning on young players to help support its stars. Winnipeg's Bryan Little is one of the most underrated centers in the League, and he'll likely match up with Joe Thornton or Logan Couture for most of the night.

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