Doug’s Games to Watch in 2008-2009

As you heard on the July 19th episode of the Puck Podcast there are a number of games that I am already looking forward to watching during the 2008-2009 NHL season. Here’s a list of those games with the reason I am looking forward to it. What games are you looking forward to and why? Post your response here and let me know.

October 4 & 5: Penguins vs. Senators in Stockholm, Sweden and Rangers vs. Lightning in Prague, Czech Republic

October 12: Sharks @ Kings – Rob Blake’s return to Los Angeles and Kings fans will pick up where they left off when he was with the Avalanche…BOO! Also the home opener for the Kings and home debut of new head coach Terry Murray.

October 16: Capitals @ Penguins – Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Niklas Backstrom, Marc-Andre Fleury, Mike Green…you’ve got the last two MVP’s and many of the best young players in the game.

October 20: Stars @ Rangers – Sean Avery’s first game against Rangers in New York. How will fans treat him and how will he treat his old teammates?

November 8: Panthers @ Coyotes – Olli Jokinen’s first and only game against the Panthers

November 10: Lightning @ Capitals – Olaf Kolzig’s first game in Washington as a member of the visiting team.

November 11: Penguins @ Red Wings – Stanley Cup rematch and Marian Hossa’s first game against the Penguins.

November 13: Canadiens @ Bruins – Two original six teams and my favorite rivalry in hockey. With Georges Laraque on the Habs and Michael Ryder now on the Bruins I can guarantee there will be a lot of hits and probably a few fights.

November 22: Rangers @ Senators – Wade Redden’s first game against the Senators.

November 26: Blackhawks @ Sharks – Brian Campbell’s first game in San Jose.

December 13: Capitals @ Canadiens – Jose Theodore in Montreal.

January 1: Red Wings @ Blackhawks – Winter Classic at Wrigley Field.

January 19: Stars @ Lightning – Brad Richards first game against Lightning in Tampa Bay.

February 8: Red Wings @ Penguins – Stanley Cup rematch Part II. Hossa’s first and only game in Pittsburgh.

February 21: Senators @ Canadiens, Canucks @ Maple Leafs & Flames @ Oilers – Hockey Day in Canada.

That’s 20 games that I can’t wait to watch this coming season. I hope you are able to watch them as well and join in the discussion of them once they happen.


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Doug Stolhand is one of the co-founders and co-hosts of the Puck Podcast and has been a member of the NHL media since the show's inception in 2006.