Evgeni Malkin's Pittsburgh Penguins open the season in Vancouver to take on Roberto Luongo and the Canucks, last year's Western Conference Champions. Opening day's late game will pit early favorites from each conference against each other. The Penguins took the only matchup last season 3-1, in Pittsburgh.
For the Penguins, the big story is the return of Evgeni Malkin from a knee injury. In Vancouver, the goal is to repeat last year's regular season success. Look for a spirited battle between two of the most balanced lineups in the league, and keep up with the live blog for more in-depth analysis, witty banter, world-class writing and can't-miss predictions.