SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
NY Islanders @ NY Rangers, 7 p.m., MSG, MSG+ 2
Boston @ Columbus, 7 p.m., FS-O, NESN
Montreal @ Buffalo, 7 p.m., SN360, MSG-B, RDS
New Jersey @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., FS-F, MSG+
Detroit @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., SUN, FS-D
Carolina @ Winnipeg, 8 p.m., TSN3, FS-CR
Minnesota @ St. Louis, 8 p.m., FS-MW, FS-N, FS-WI
Washington @ Pittsburgh, 8 p.m., NBCSN, TVAS2
Anaheim @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., FS-SW, PRIME
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BANNER RAISING AMONG NIGHT TWO STORYLINES
* The Penguins will open their 50th anniversary season by raising their Stanley Cup banner prior to their game against the rival Capitals. Pittsburgh defeated Washington in six games in the Second Round last year en route to winning the fourth championship in franchise history.
* Forty-four year-old Jaromir Jagr, who ranks third all-time in goals and points, sixth in assists and eighth in games played, will embark on his 23rd NHL season when the Panthers and Devils clash at BB&T Center. Teammate Roberto Luongo sits one win shy of tying Jacques Plante for sixth all-time and needs one shutout to move into sole possession of 11th place all-time.
* Jets forward Patrik Laine, the No. 2 overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, will make his regular-season debut when Winnipeg hosts Carolina in each club’s opening contest. Laine scored 17-16—33 in 46 games with Tappara Tampere in 2015-16 to lead the Finnish Elite League in goals and points by a rookie. He also was named MVP at the 2016 World Championship after collecting seven goals in 10 games to help Finland earn a silver medal.
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Source: NHL Public Relations