NHL preseason schedule begins with 9 games tonight, NHL Network carries three

Today is a good day to be a hockey fan, even if by the nature of preseason competition, we probably won’t remember these results once the first week of the regular season is over. The NHL’s preseason begins with nine games tonight, three of which will appear on the U.S. version of the NHL Network (although only one is live).

Here’s the games you can see if you have that station, first, from yesterday’s TV schedule. Again, these include the times the games will appear on the network, rather than their actual start times. (I’ll put the actual start times in bold for you.)

(All times listed as ET)

Format: Date, Visitor, Home team, Time, 

Tues, 9/21 New Jersey Devils Philadelphia Flyers 7:00 PM LIVE
Tues, 9/21 Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs 10:00 PM (actual start time: 7PM ET)
Tues, 9/21 Vancouver Canucks Calgary Flames 2:00 AM * (actual start time: 9PM ET)

Here are the six remaining games:

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Atlanta Thrashers, 7PM ET

Florida Panthers vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 7PM ET

Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues, 8PM ET

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Dallas Stars, 8:30PM ET

Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks, 10PM ET (Note: the Flames and Canucks are playing “split-squad” games tonight, according to NHL.com.)

Phoenix Coyotes vs. Anaheim Ducks, 10PM ET

So fans rejoice because the exhibitions will begin. October 7th is right around the corner.

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    Blues’ Shattenkirk suffers lower-body injury

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    This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.

    Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.

    While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.

    There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.

    Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.

    Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:

    It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.

    Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning


    In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

    For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

    Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

    Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

    They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

    Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.