Blackhawks To Raise Banner As NHL Season Begins, NHL News
Published on October 1 2013 6:16 am
Last Updated on October 1 2013 6:16 am
Written by Millie Lange
(Chicago, IL) -- The puck drops on the NHL regular season tonight. The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will open at home against the Washington Capitals. The Blackhawks will raise their championship banner in a pre-game ceremony at the United Center. Head coach Joel Quenneville says he hopes the ceremony isn't too much of a distraction for the task at hand.
Two other games are also on tap featuring all Canadian teams as Toronto skates at Montreal and Winnipeg plays at Edmonton. The NHL has a little different look this season following realignment. The league is switching from three divisions in each conference to two. The Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions in the East have eight teams each, while the Central and Pacific Divisions in the West each have seven teams. The top three teams in each division will make the playoffs along with two wild cards from each conference regardless of division. The switch is primarily to make time zones and travel more even. Under the new format, all teams will visit every arena at least once during the regular season.
Blues Open Regular Season Thursday
(St. Louis, MO) -- With the preseason over, the Blues are looking ahead to the start of the regular season. St. Louis will open at home Thursday night against the Predators. The Blues will play their first five games at home against Nashville, Florida, Chicago, the Rangers and San Jose. The Blues beat the Wild 4-1 on Friday to finish the preseason 3-2-1.
NHL Players Approve Hybrid Icing
(New York, NY) -- The NHL is instituting hybrid icing for the regular season. The NHL Players Association voted in favor of the rule after a trial basis during the preseason. The change is designed to make the game safer by eliminating the full bore races to the end boards for the puck. The linesman can whistle icing if the defending player is clearly ahead of the attacking player in pursuit of the puck.
Tuesday, October 1 Schedule (All Times Central)
6:00 p.m. - Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens
7:00 p.m. - Washington Capitals at Chicago Blackhawks
9:00 p.m. - Winnipeg Jets at Edmonton Oilers