I no longer have to end random Tweets with the hashtag Isitoctoberyet—thankfully because it didn't seem to be catching on. After what felt like the longest offseason of my life, we're set to drop the puck on the 2011-2012 NHL regular season.
While there were plenty of story lines to follow this summer that pried at just about every emotion of every NHL fan, on Thursday night, hockey itself resumes.
After a crazy free agency period that saw the New York Rangers land their star center in Brad Richards, hockey resumes.
After the Flyers overhauled their top notch squad on the fly, and secured their goaltender (finally), hockey resumes.
After the game lost far too many far too early this summer, in their memory, hockey resumes.
There are as many questions as there are answers to start the season. Will Sidney Crosby return from his concussion soon? How badly will the Red Wings miss Brian Rafalski?
And we'll start answering these questions starting on Thursday. Here are 16 games you just can't miss during the month of October. Like you needed another reason to make the jump to NHL Center Ice.