The first weekend of the regular season had plenty of action and a few surprises. The Avalanche going 2-0 and the Red Wings 0-2 surely fall into the surprise category. So, what did we learn, exactly, as everyone got busy with all 30 teams in action on Saturday in four countries?
While the Wings were finding ways to lose, the Stanley Cup champion Penguins got just enough pop at the top to win twice. Neither victory was a classic -- 3-2 at home versus the Rangers and 4-3 in a shootout on Long Island. Trailing entering the third period against the young Islanders, the Pens tallied twice in the third period to force the extra session and
Two teams expected to be in the East's top four proved those prognostications have merit, with both the Capitals and Flyers turning in strong performances while opening their campaigns at 2-0. Like the Pens, these two teams saw their stars lead the way, with
From an individual player perspective, first overall pick
And if you think it is too early for all of this, consider that the Wings and the Maple Leafs are are 0-2 due largely to subpar goaltending. The Wings' will give
The Leafs don't have the same expectations as the Wings, but solid goaltending must pave their path to renewed competitiveness.
Urgency in game three. Gotta love it.