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2017-18 NHL SEASON OPENS WITH DOUBLEHEADER IN U.S. AND CANADA
The 100th opening night in League history features a national doubleheader in both the U.S. and Canada as eight teams drop the puck on the 2017-18 NHL season:

* In the U.S., the Penguins raise their second straight Stanley Cup banner (fifth overall) to the rafters of PPG Paints Arena prior to their game against the Blues, the first of a season-opening doubleheader on NBCSN. The night closes in San Jose where Nolan Patrick, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, is expected to make his debut for the Flyers. The Sharks, meanwhile, aim to become the sixth team in NHL history to win eight consecutive season openers.

* In Canada, forwards Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine – who finished first and second, respectively, in rookie scoring in 2016-17 – are expected to meet for the third time in their careers when the Maple Leafs visit the Jetsin the opening game of the 2017-18 season. The SN and TVAS broadcasts then shift to Edmonton, where reigning Hart Trophy and Art Ross Trophy winner Connor McDavid leads the Oilers against the Flames in the first of five “Battle of Alberta” showdowns this season.

QUICK HITS: SEASON OPENERS
* The Lightning are 15-7-2 (.667) all-time in season openers, the best winning percentage in such contests in NHL history.

* The fastest goal from the start of a season opener was scored by Kent Nilsson of the Minnesota North Stars on Oct. 11, 1986, at 0:10 of the first period against the Quebec Nordiques.

* The NHL record for goals in a season opener is five, achieved by Joe Malone and Harry Hyland on Dec. 19, 1917, the first day of play in the League’s inaugural season, and matched by Babe Dye on Dec. 16, 1922.

* Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews is the only active player to score four goals in a season opener, achieving the feat on Oct. 12, 2016 when he became the first player in the NHL’s modern era (since 1943-44) to score four times in his League debut. Eight other active players have scored a hat trick in a season opener.

QUICK CLICKS: NEWS & NOTES

  1. Golden Knights, NHL make joint donation to Las Vegas first responders

  2. Senators to honor Murray with helmet decal

  3. Eichel agrees to 8-year, $80M contract extension with Sabres

  4. Capitals forward Tom Wilson suspended four games for boarding

  5. New season features intriguing storylines across League (via Dan Rosen)

2017-18 SEASON INFORMATION PACKAGE
The NHL has released its 2017-18 Season Information Package via the League’s Media site. Also now available are all player headshots as well as several NHL publications and all 31 team media guides.

Documents in the 2017-18 Season Information Package include:

Team-by-Team Offseason Summary

Rule Changes

Approaching Milestones

Key Dates

Season Openers

Bye Weeks

Schedule Matrix

Expansion Franchises and Inaugural Season Results

NHL Arena Firsts

2017 SAP NHL Global Series

Outdoor Games and All-Star Weekend

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