The new National Hockey League season started Wednesday with Montreal defeating Toronto in Overtime 4-3, Calgary outgunning Vancouver 5-3, Washington knocking off Boston 4-1 and the Colorado Avalanche celebrating Joe Sakic's retirement with a crushing 5-2 win over the highly fancied San Jose Sharks.
Also opening the NHL season over the next few days - the Detroit Red Wings play the St.Louis Blues in Stockholm, Sweden and the Florida Panthers taking on the Chicago Blackhawks in Helsinki, Finland. The game has now played season openers in countries outside of Canada and the USA for a few seasons and the only downside to it all - is people aren't sure WHEN the season actually starts.
But started it has. The reigning Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins will open their defence against the New York Rangers at home on Friday Night.
Pittsburgh came back from a 3-2 deficit in the Stanley Cup Finals against Detroit to claim the Cup and enter the year with expectations that a possible dynasty is underway in the Steel City.
Here is all 30 Teams in Predicted Order of Finish in each Conference (after the regular season).