Hockey Stuff: Opening Night Coming Up

The NHL season kicks off with a couple of games in London between between the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings, the first of which begins at noon Eastern time Saturday. The rest of the league’s schedule kicks off Wednesday, including the Carolina Hurricanes’ home opener against the Montreal Canadiens.

There’s been a lot of talk the last couple of weeks about cheap hits in pre-season. Young kids trying to make “the team” are doing their level best to stand out. Often that includes fisticuffs. A game this week between bitter rivals the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders featured a rarity – a goalie fight. You can check out the YouTube video above to see the Isles’ Rick DiPietro go at it with the Rangers’ Al Montoya.

Hockey fans will remember Chris Simon’s slash of Ryan Hollweg last season. Simon got a 25-game suspension. This clip is from the teams’ first meeting since Simon attacked Hollweg. Part of the reason I include it here is to make the point that respect between players has decreased since the lockout a few years back… Hopefully we won’t see any repeats of the Simon/Hollweg incident, but…you gotta love a goalie fight.

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