The Blackhawks opened up the season with four games against Eastern Conference competition, all in six days, playing the first two at home. The first eight games the Blackhawks played were against teams who had made the playoffs the season before, including the defending champions and the defending runner-ups. Their season-opener was to be against the two-time defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Then, the ‘Hawks would see a familiar face in Artemi Panarin when they faced the Blue Jackets. They would face the Maple Leafs and the Canadiens up in Canada. They would then go on to finally play against Western Conference teams, playing against the Wild, the Predators, the Blues, and the Oilers. Today, however, we will just be looking at the first game, when the Blackhawks hosted Pittsburgh on October 5.
Forward Patrick Maroon was signed on Tuesday to a one-year deal worth $1.75 million. Maroon grew up in the St. Louis area, playing for the St. Louis Bandits of the North American Hockey League (a top-level junior league in the United States).
Former Kings and Sabres forward Jordan Nolan signed a league-minimum one year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues. Continue reading
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The Dallas Stars signed veteran defenseman Roman Polak to a one year deal worth $1.3 million. Continue reading