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Hockey Today: And so it begins

A pair of franchise saviors take the ice for the first time tonight, and the ESPN experts are here to talk about Jack Eichel, Connor McDavid and many more storylines as the season gets underway.

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Tracker: Connor McDavid vs. Jack Eichel

Now that Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are both playing on the biggest hockey stage, follow the two rookie superstars as they look to live up to the hype and try to win the Calder Trophy.

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P.K. Subban 'good' after injury scare

P.K. Subban gave the Canadiens a scare when he crashed into the boards in the first period after a dangerous push from behind.

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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?

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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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Fabbri leading next wave of Blues talent

The Blues' secret to success this season could be getting a young wave of talent to produce, led by Robby Fabbri. Craig Custance explores.

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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.


Craig Custance @CraigCustance

Good look right there for Connor McDavid, blazing speed sets up first career shot on goal early in the third period.

Scott Burnside @ESPN_Burnside

The Kessel/Crosby/Kunitz unit, playing often against Jamie's Benn line, has generated chances on a pretty consistent basis. Still 2-0 Stars.

Down Goes Brown @DownGoesBrown

By the way, NHL record for assists in a game by a goaltender is three by Calgary's Jeff Reese. (I don't know what color my wife's eyes are.)

Down Goes Brown @DownGoesBrown

I think we all correctly assumed that one of the big offseason acquisitions in tonight's Stars/Penguins game would have a multi-point night.

Scott Burnside @ESPN_Burnside

Wicked shot by Ales Hemsky through Rob Scuderi's legs over M.A. Fleury's right shoulder on PP. Niemi, scoring dynamo, earns his 2nd assist.

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

Tough shift there for the STL kid pairing on D. Edmunson's failed outlet turned that into a minute + in their own zone.

Sabres goalie leaves game

Robin Lehner won't return to the game against the Senators with an apparent left leg injury. Lehner allowed one goal on 12 shots, and Ottawa has a 2-1 lead in the third. Follow live


Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Shots 11-3 Sabres in the third period, Buffalo pressing to be sure. And now they're going to another PP, hooking call on Bobby Ryan

Down Goes Brown @DownGoesBrown

Every time the Jets have scored I'm like "OK, but it was against Boston's third pair". Then I realized that tonight they're all third pairs.