As soon as the NHL schedule was released it didn't take long for people to circle notable games on their calendar, whether it was a rival coming to town or a can't miss matchup such as the Florida Panthers vs. New York Islanders. Well we like to think outside the box and will fill you in on some of the more interesting dates on the NHL schedule you might have overlooked. Here are the games we're looking forward to watch this NHL season:
Date: October 7, 2011
Teams: Anaheim Ducks @ Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers @ Los Angeles Kings
Why: NHL Premiere! Nothing better than watching a game with an exhibition feel, but actually means something for your fantasy team... and getting day drunk!
Date: October 31st, 2011
Teams: Nashville Predators @ Chicago Blackhawks
Why: It's Halloween and the Hawks know how to dress up. Let's hope they keep it going, but leave out the controversial blackface.
Date: November 5, 2011
Teams: Edmonton Oilers @ Phoenix Coyotes
Why: Nikolai Khabibulin returns to the desert where he camped out in Tent City. Will the 1,000 fans at the game organize a pink out to mock his prison garments?
Date: November 12, 2011
Teams: Ottawa Senators @ Toronto Maple Leafs
Why: Hall of Fame Game. Fans in Toronto will finally pay to see some decent hockey players on the Air Canada Centre ice.
Date: December 1st, 2011
Teams: Phoenix Coyotes @ Winnipeg Jets
Why: The original Winnipeg franchise playing against the Jets? It's mind boggling, but happening.
Date: December 29th, 2011
Teams: Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins
Why: Maxime Talbot and Jaromir Jagr return to Pittsburgh, should be a warm welcome.
Date: December 31st, 2011
Teams: 3/4 of the NHL
Why: There's no better pregame for New Years Eve celebrations than watching puck all day.
Date: January 2, 2012
Teams: New York Rangers @ Philadelphia Flyers
Why: Yes, we know it's the Winter Classic, but we're excited to see if the It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia gang makes an appearance.
Date: February 26, 2012
Teams: Tampa Bay Lightning @ New Jersey Devils
Why: Is this Zach Parise's last game at home in a New Jersey Devils uniform before the NHL trade deadline?
Date: March 17th, 2012
Teams: Nashville Predators @ Los Angeles Kings
Why: St. Patricks Day? Mike Richards? Will he be drunk for the game after boozing like a college student all day?
Date: April 7th, 2012
Teams: All 30 NHL Teams
Why: Last day of the regular season and the NHL has every team scheduled to finish on a Saturday - going to be a great day.
What game are you most excited for this NHL season?