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2009-10 NHL matchups to watch

Updated: July 16, 2009, 1:59 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Now that the NHL has unveiled its slate of games for the coming season, which will begin Oct. 1 with four games and finish April 11, here are some games to which we'll pay special attention:

Oct. 1: San Jose at Colorado The Avs won't waste any time in honoring recently retired captain Joe Sakic, as they will retire the surefire Hall of Famer's jersey on opening night at the Pepsi Center. In what figures to be another long season in Denver, this might be the high point.

Oct. 2 and ...

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