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Report: Bruins to open season against Rangers


Rick Nash and the New York Rangers get to start their season on the road.

The Boston Globe reports the Boston Bruins will play host to the Rangers on January 19 and it won’t be lacking for storylines.

For Boston, it’s Tuukka Time all the time as Tuukka Rask takes over for Tim Thomas as the team’s starting goalie. There’s also the return of Nathan Horton from a concussion last season and Switzerland’s big scorer Tyler Seguin gets a chance to improve on his big season last year.

The Rangers, meanwhile, look to bounce back after their disappointing finish in the Eastern Conference finals with Henrik Lundqvist back in goal. Marian Gaborik is joined by Nash as well as playoff sensation Chris Kreider. That’s not a bad way to start the season.


Report: Ducks open in Vancouver, Blue Jackets in Nashville

Report: Kings host ‘Hawks on opening night

Report: Red Wings, Blues face off in season opener

Report: Potential openers for Avs, Wild, Leafs, Sens, Habs, and Jets revealed

Report: Ducks open season in Vancouver, Blue Jackets in Nashville

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The NHL schedule isn’t out yet, but more season openers are getting leaked out.

The Vancouver Canucks will open their season at home against the Anaheim Ducks according to Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times.

It was rumored earlier today that the L.A. Kings wanted to raise their banner against the Ducks in a Southern California rivalry game, but the Ducks declined the invite. Instead, they’re rewarded with having to face the Sedin twins. Good work, guys.

Meanwhile, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports the new-look Columbus Blue Jackets will start on the road against their division rivals, the Nashville Predators. The Jackets will then have their home opener two nights later against Detroit.

Keep in mind, these games are still tentative as the schedule is still being tinkered with.


Report: Kings host ‘Hawks on opening night

Report: Red Wings, Blues face off in season opener

Report: Potential openers for Avs, Wild, Leafs, Sens, Habs, and Jets revealed

The wacky Patrick Kane at center experiment continues

Pittsburgh Penguins v Chicago Blackhawks

Instead of being a cute preseason distraction, the Chicago Blackhawks plan on keeping Patrick Kane at center to start the season.

That’s the word from CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers, who revealed that Kane is starting to embrace his return to the pivot position. (Apparently Kane grew up playing at center in his younger days before evolving into one of best right wings in the NHL.)

Even Kane seemed reluctant to move to the middle, especially considering the challenges related to a wrist injury that troubled him this summer. It’s hard to imagine Kane winning many faceoffs and a jump in defensive responsibility doesn’t sound like the best idea, either.

Then again, there are appealing perks: it should help him get the puck more often and also accounts for Dave Bolland’s injury. Oh yeah, it also allows the Blackhawks to roll out two one-two punches that will make defenses weep: Kane-Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews-Patrick Sharp.

It’s a flawed but potentially productive idea in theory, but we’ll begin to really test Joel Quenneville’s hypothesis during the team’s season opener against the Dallas Stars tonight.