Here's everything you need to know about the NHL's 2019-20 season-opening matches, including the dates as well as the predictions for each match.
It has been a very exciting preseason with many players making an impact at training camp and doing what they can to prove their worth to their respective clubs.
The season kicks off on the 3rd of October and it will be Maple Leafs vs Senators who start first, with kick-off time at 01:00 AM (CET).
NHL Matchday 1
Eastern Conference - Atlantic Division
Maple Leafs vs Senators
Time: 01:00am (CET)
Venue: Scotiabank Arena
Maple Leafs host Senators at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto for their first NHL season match. The Leafs’ roster looks significantly different compared to last season and the Canadian side hope this can help them change the season’s outcome. The Senators had a poor season last year and they will have to start over with building the team from scratch. That is one of the reasons why we can see the Maple Leafs as the most likely side to win their season opener here.
Western Conference (Central Division) vs Eastern Conference (Metropolitan Division)
Blues vs Capitals
Time: 02:00am (CET)
Venue: Enterprise Center
The second match of the NHL season will be between the Blues and the Capitals at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The Blues start the season as reigning Stanley Cup champs and they haven’t changed that much for this campaign. However they will be taking on a very strong side, that is the Washington Capitals. The Capitals brought back some familiar faces that made them division champions for the last four seasons. We think it will be a very close-to-call clash but expect the Blues to take home the win here.
Western Conference - Pacific Division
Oilers vs Canucks
Time: 04:00am (CET)
Venue: Rogers Place
Following a substantial management refurbishment for the Oilers, it’s time for them to start the new NHL season. They will do so when they face the Canucks at their stadium, Rogers Place in Edmonton. The Oilers bolstered their forward line with some interesting additions ahead of this season. On the other hand, the Canucks had quite a bad run when it comes to the offence last season and that might be decisive in this matchup. Despite the Canucks’ new additions upfront we still think the home side will prevail here.
Golden Knights vs Sharks
Time: 04:30am (CET)
Venue: T-Mobile Arena
The match that closes of the first day of NHL action will be that between the Knights and the Sharks at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights had a rough offseason by trading away key pieces in Haula and Miller without the ability to retain Gusev. However, they managed to retain their top six which are Karlsson, Marchessault, Pacioretty, Smith, Stastny and Stone. The Sharks, on the other hand, had to rebuild a part of their roster but still remain competitive for the upcoming season. Having said that we don’t think they will be able to win at the home of the Sharks here with the home side, therefore, to start as favourites.