NHL's Full Slate: Every Team Busy on Saturday Night
For all the high-profile promotions that have been well-received by the sporting public, the NHL should also gets credit for a subtle one.
Scheduling all 30 teams for action on the same night of the league's first weekend was a clever touch.
Lotsa storylines right out of the gate, positioned in a massive setting.
Amongst the features beyond the scorelines:
- Sidney Crosby kept the mumblers mumbling in Leafland, striking for two goals and dishing an assist to help get Toronto off to an unsurprising 0-2-0 start to the 2014-2015 campaign.
- Alex Ovechkin eased Capitals' fans fears about new coach Barry Trotz's plans to shorten his shifts in order to preserve his energy over the long haul. The relentless Russian popped a pair of goals in Washington's victory against the Bruins, who seemed to have forgotten how much he likes sniping from the left wing.
- The 'Yotes generalized their geography and changed owners again in the midst of collecting their first victory as the Arizona Coyotes.
- Colorado and Minnesota shaking hads at the end of last spring's playoff series was as ironic as those rituals can get, and their avid dislike for each other is sure to continue this season, fueled even more by the Wild's sweep of this home-and-home start to the campaign.
- The Rangers and Blue Jackets have interchanged players so often recently, it was an accomplishment they all remembered who was on which team.
- Trading Filip Forsberg was probably the biggest mistake the Caps have made in the past decade.
And here were the day's best: