Here's what to watch for this weekend in the NHL:
Best game to watch that features a player who used to play for the other team
Phil Kessel, of course, was traded by the Leafs in the summer for a bunch of players, none of whom will be in the lineup for Toronto. Although the Leafs have already played against former teammate David Clarkson and his Columbus Blue Jackets (another tradet the Leafs made that returned players -- in this case, Nathan Horton -- who's not in their lineup), all the talk was of the Saturday tilt.
"Phil's obviously a good friend of ours," Leafs center Nazem Kadri told the Toronto Sun on Thursday. "He's been in Toronto so long; it's going to be hard to see him in another jersey. It’s going to be a funny feeling."
Best goalie matchup
Give me this one all day long, especially with Lundqvist and the Rangers coming off their beatdown at the hands of Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens and the Devils' Schneider coming off -- the birth of his child? Aw.
Best game that you might not think to watch but could actually be pretty good
Yeah, it's early, but whatever. The reconstituted Stars and their Chicago Blackhawks South approach with Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya bringing all that ring bling are 3-1, as are the Panthers, who are made up of Roberto Luongo Jaromir Jagr and a bunch of kids and have a whopping plus-9 goal differential.
You just know Flames coach Bob Hartley will have his boys give touted rookie McDavid a nice Alberta welcome to the league. And you thought the tar sands were ugly.
Eichel will try to get his third goal of the season against the team that lost in last season's Stanley Cup finals. This will not end well.