One of the best nights of the week for hockey is Thursday night. There’s almost always a full slate of action on tap, and the weekend is right around the corner. The second Thursday of the season features 24 teams playing in twelve games starting at 7:00pm. It’s going to be a fun night of hockey!
Among tonight’s games, the New Jersey Devils and Edmonton Oilers both play their second game of the season after their trip to Sweden over the weekend, while Vegas pays a visit to Pittsburgh after a tough loss in Washington last night.
- Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet posted his weekly ‘31 Thoughts‘ piece yesterday. This week, he touches on the NHL embracing a more fun mentality this season, along with the latest on William Nylander, Sam Bennett and Alex Edler. This, of course, is required reading for hockey fans.
- Ilya Kovalchuk is officially back. The Russian sniper fired home his first goal of the season last night in Winnipeg against the franchise that drafted him when they were in Atlanta at the turn of the century. Damien Cox has more on the first Kovalchuk goal in the NHL since april, 2013.
- Brady Tkachuk scored his first NHL goal last night against the Flyers. What was without doubt a very cool moment for him and his family is also a moment that puts his family in a rare spot.
- Did the NHL drop the ball by sending Connor McDavid and his Oilers to Europe to start the season? What’s up with the three game road trip AFTER the trip to Sweden? More from TSN.
- Tonight, the Montreal Canadiens will honor the 1993 Stanley Cup winning team. Ahead of the celebration, star goalie Patrick Roy answered questions in a Q&A format. Dave Stubbs of NHL.com gives you the details on Roy’s thoughts.
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