Some opening observations
So what did you learn about your team on opening weekend?
Early results show that the league is as wide open as ever in terms of predicting a winner on a nightly basis. Plus, the influx of young players meant a lot of firsts. Many showed in their first games that their goals and points may not be few and far between.
Here are four things I took away from the opening of the 2010-11 campaign:
In Atlanta, maybe we will give the Capitals a pass, as they had to endure one of the most unsettling sights you can ever imagine in a hockey rink. Thrashers' goaltender
After Pavelec left the ice on a stretcher, the Capitals played a shaky game. They scored first, just a minute after play finally resumed. Yet, they never had much sustained pressure. Sure, the Thrashers played a strong game in winning 4-2, but the Capitals looked flat -- interested only sporadically -- almost as if showing up would be enough to get the job done. It wasn't and they dialed it up the next night, which they certainly can do. But how consistently will they do it every night this season?