The second day of the NHL season will see 10 more teams play their season opener Friday, as well as two teams who'll be playing Game 2.
The Carolina Hurricanes
will be trying for a sweep of their Compuware NHL Premiere series in Helsinki when they play Minnesota. The 'Canes will be the home team this time, after winning 4-3 on Thursday as the visitors at Hartnell Arena. The game starts at noon ET and can be seen on Versus in the United States and TSN in Canada.
The same two networks will be on hand at 3 p.m. ET when San Jose and Columbus meet at the Globe Arena in Stockholm in the second of the three NHL Premiere series. The third will begin Saturday when Boston and Phoenix face off in Prague.
Eight more teams open their seasons on this side of the Atlantic.
At 7 p.m. ET, John MacLean
makes his coaching debut when the New Jersey Devils
host the Dallas Stars
at the Prudential Center in Newark. It's the first time in more than two decades that the Stars will be starting the season without franchise icon Mike Modano
, who was allowed to leave as a free agent.
The other three games begin at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Modano, a Michigan native, signed with the Red Wings and makes his debut with his new team as the Wings host Anaheim. The Ducks figure to miss captain Scott Niedermayer
, who retired during the summer.
In Atlanta, the remodeled Thrashers begin their season by hosting Southeast Division rival Washington. New GM Rick Dudley brought in a new coach (Craig Ramsay
) and a bunch of new players, including several from the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks
. The Capitals, the NHL's highest-scoring team last season, will be trying for their fourth consecutive division title.
The Ottawa Senators
begin their new season the way they finished the old one -- by hosting the Buffalo Sabres
in a battle of Northeast Division rivals. The Sabres won that meeting on the final Saturday of the season after losing the first five games against Ottawa.