Matinee hockey this Friday afternoon isn't really matinee hockey, considering the games are in prime time local over in Europe. But hey, it's a matinee affair for us, and that's all that really matters. Actually, if you're a Kings fan or a Ducks fan, you're experiencing some morning hockey at work this Friday. Enjoy that, because it's obviously pretty rare.
We have a full look at the schedule, including the non-afternoon games, plus starting goaltenders. All times Eastern.
1 p.m., Ducks at Sabres. TSN2, Prime Ticket, MSG Buffalo: Jonas Hiller is fully recovered from the vertigo issues he suffered last season, and he'll lead Teemu Selanne and the Anaheim Ducks into battle against Ryan Miller and the new-look Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo is considered the home team, but in Helsinki, expect most of the crowd to be rooting for Selanne's side.
1 p.m., Rangers at Kings. TSN, Versus, MSG: The Sean Avery-less New York Rangers are in Stockholm to battle the Kings in what amounts to a home game for Los Angeles. It'll be the first game for new Kings forwards Mike Richards and Simon Gagne, and the first regular season action for newly-rich Drew Doughty. As you'd expect, it's Henrik Lundqvist in goal for the Rangers against Jonathan Quick in goal for L.A.
7 p.m., Lightning at Hurricanes. Sun Sports, FS Carolinas: The Lightning, fresh off their run to the Eastern Conference Finals, begin their quest for a Southeast Division title against another divisional foe, the Carolina Hurricanes. Dwayne Roloson will be between the pipes for Tampa Bay against Cam Ward for the 'Canes.
7 p.m., Senators at Red Wings. RDS, Sportsnet East, FS Detroit: The Red Wings open their home schedule against an Eastern Conference foe, the Ottawa Senators. Jimmy Howard vs. Craig Anderson in the season opener for both clubs.
7 p.m., Predators at Blue Jackets. FS Tennessee, FS Ohio: Jeff Carter makes his home debut in Columbus while their other big offseason acquisition, James Wisniewski, serves the first game of his suspension. The Predators will open the year with Pekka Rinne in goal against Steve Mason for the Jackets.
8:30 p.m., Blackhawks at Stars. CSN Chicago, FS Southwest: In the final game of the evening, the Stars and Blackhawks renew pleasantries at American Airlines Center in Dallas. Corey Crawford starts his sophomore season in the Chicago crease against Kari Lehtonen of the Stars.