Anticipation fills the air. With the meaningless tune up games drawing to a close, the regular season is almost upon us. Fans will pack arenas, desperate to will their favorite to a victory in their home openers and throughout the season. Let’s take a look at the best home openers, and thanks to our new partners,Ticket Monster, you can be in attendance. We’ll include a link below each game where you can browse ticket prices & availability. Take a quick tour, you’ll love the ease of use of their site. [Note: You’ll always be able to access a team’s tickets via our Team pages found under our Main Menu.]
October 8th: San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings
Pow. Talk about a slap in the face for the visitors. Flash back to last June: the Sharks choke, letting a comfortable 3-0 series lead over the rival Kings evaporate to seering disappointment for the whole summer. The Sharks were billed for the clinic that the Kings put on during the final three game of the series by watching the team that ended their hopes of winning their first title raise another banner into the rafters. Talk about a tough pill to swallow. Emotion will be seething from both sides, with the Kings flashing their new diamonds, while the team in teal plays with a black hole in their stomach. The stars will be out on both sides, from the likes of Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski from the team to the north to Jonathan Quick and Anze Kopitar representing the team from the south. Expect a playoff hockey environment, with hits flying all over the ice and emotions oozing out of the players.
October 16th: Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens
Another matchup of last season’s playoffs, the reigning President Trophy winners will look to enact revenge for last playoff’s shortcomings. And if you think that there are teams that hate each other more than the Bruins and Canadiens, you would probably be the same guy that dismisses the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry. Bottom line: these two squads hate each other. Plain and simple. No other way to put it. Memories that sting fill both sides, from the Zdeno Chara hit on Max Pacioretty to Montreal’s game seven victory in the TD Garden, passion exudes from both sides. A fight filled affair, this game will be a physical struggle and a potential look at two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.
October 9th: Anaheim Ducks at Pittsburgh Penguins
Playoff contenders clash in the Consol Energy Center when the Ducks and Penguins square off. New faces will make their debuts for their respective teams, as both teams look to build on their success from last season. Ryan Kesler, acquired from Vancouver this offseason, will suit up in black and orange for the first time. With Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, the Ducks have offensive weapons. In the steel city, Christian Ehrhoff, Nick Spaling, and Patric Hornqvist all make their regular season debuts for Pittsburgh. Without key contributors such as James Neal, Matt Niskanen, and Brooks Orpik, the Penguins will look different from seasons past. While both teams won their respective divisions and finished with 100+ points, both teams failed to make much noise in the playoffs. A clash of preseason favorites will be an entertaining affair to say the least.
What do you think? Any games that are a must attend over these? Comment below!
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Cam joined The Hockey Writers in July of 2014 as a Los Angeles Kings writer. He has since transitioned to writing about the Boston Bruins. Growing up in Titletown, Cam bleeds the color of Boston sports teams. In addition to writing about his passion, the fastest game on earth, he is the co-founder of Press Room Sports. Cam is a junior at Phillips Academy, where he plays soccer, hockey, and golf.