Thursday, Oct. 2
Los Angeles at Boston (7:30 p.m. EDT). The Kings traded forward Dimitri Khristich and goaltender Byron Dafoe to the Bruins for forwards Jozef Stumpel and Sandy Moger during the offseason.
The 1997-98 NHL season is the first since 1984-85 without Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Mario Lemieux, who retired after 12 seasons. Lemieux had 613 goals and 1,494 points during his spectacular career.
SITTING IT OUT
The 1997-98 NHL season opened with a number of high-profile players missing their teams' openers due to contract disputes, including Detroit's Sergei Fedorov, Anaheim's Paul Kariya, Vancouver's Alexander Mogilny, Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson, Pittsburgh's Petr Nedved and Buffalo's Mike Peca and Alexei Zhitnik.
Ten coaches made their debuts with new teams when the 1997-98 NHL season opens Wednesday: Brian Sutter with Calgary, Pierre Page with Anaheim, Kevin Constantine with Pittsburgh, Alain Vigneault with Montreal, Wayne Cashman with Philadelphia, Ron Wilson with Washington, Lindy Ruff with Buffalo, Jim Schoenfeld with Phoenix, Darryl Sutter with San Jose, and Pat Burns with Boston.
"If I sat out, who knows how long it would have been? It wouldn't have been good for myself or the team." - Phoenix Coyotes captain Keith Tkachuk after ending his holdout Tuesday. Tkachuk refused to play during the preseason while demanding a renegotiation of his contract.