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3hScott Burnside

Burnside: Niemi stones Pens; Kessel comes up short

Antti Niemi's debut with the Stars couldn't have gone much better, while Phil Kessel's with the Penguins definitely could have.

Inside The NHL: The season is open, drop the pucks! (8:47)
Parise's hat trick rallies Wild past Avalanche (1:16)

Hockey Today: 2015-2016 Season Preview

Scott Burnside returns to discuss the start of the 2015-16 NHL season and is joined by Craig Custance, Joe McDonald, Scott Powers and Pierre LeBrun.

Crosby: McDavid can handle high expectations (1:42)
SVP: One big thing (2:00)
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2dScott Burnside

Burnside: This is a season for the ages

This game-changing season gets off to a roaring start Wednesday night, with two big-name rookies joining a league readying for expansion, eyeing the World Cup and debuting exciting rule changes.

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Experts' predictions for the 2015-16 NHL season

Which player is going to come away with the big trophy haul this season? Is your team going to win the Stanley Cup? Our experts weigh in with their predictions.

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Grantland: Ready to overreact

The coming NHL season is chock-full of storylines, so why not start overreacting to seven of them -- like Dustin Byfuglien maybe looking to leave Winnipeg -- on opening night?

Which NHL team will be better than everyone thinks? (1:05)
This Is SportsCenter: National Anthem (0:29)
Remember when you were a rookie? (2:24)
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3dPaul Grant

NHL ABCs - 26 lines about 30 teams

To help you get up to speed on what's new before the first faceoff, we've got the ABCs of the biggest storylines you need to know about this season.

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Grantland: Your NHL awards odds

The NHL is flirting heavily with Las Vegas, so what better time to offer some awards predictions based, of course, on the Vegas odds for the favorites, longshots and others.

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Corey Pronman

McDavid, Eichel lead NHL rookie rankings

Which rookies will contend for the Calder Trophy this season? Here's our first look at the race, including the top 10 and some honorable mentions to keep in mind.

Early Hart Trophy predictions (1:33)
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4dNeil Paine and Matt Coller

NHL: Is your team projected to win it all?

Kings, Blackhawks, Kings, Blackhawks. That's so last four years. We're all about the here and now, so we turned to Hockey Prospectus to illuminate the new season that starts on Wednesday.


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The New York Mets' Daniel Murphy and the Islanders' Johnny Boychuk could be identified as separated at birth.

Joe McDonald @ESPNJoeyMac

Patrick Kane on playing in Nassau Coliseum: That was a fun place to go in and play, just like an old barn. It’s sad to see those places go."

Joe McDonald @ESPNJoeyMac

Quenneville admitted Chicago Stadium, the Aud in Buffalo and the old Boston Garden were his favorites.

Joe McDonald @ESPNJoeyMac

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on tonight's game vs. Islanders: "It'll be fun to break in a new building."

Joe McDonald @ESPNJoeyMac

When asked what his favorite English phrase is, Blackhawks' Artemi Panarin said: "What the F_." Of course he said it with a laugh.

Joe McDonald @ESPNJoeyMac

I enjoyed watching hockey in the old building but Barclays has the potential to have a fun environment. We'll have a better idea in April.

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No. 1 & No. 2 picks Connor McDavid & Jack Eichel were 8 years old when Sidney Crosby & Alex Ovechkin made NHL debuts.