NHL: A Look at Opening Night For the 2020-2021 Regular Season

NHL Opening Night is officially here. The 56-game NHL season will begin on Wednesday night with a slate of five games. It is going to be a fun ride and there will be regular season games for 116 consecutive days, until the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin in May.

The NHL Opening Night of the Regular Season is always a sense of optimism for fans in believing they are going to win the Stanley Cup. Last season, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars in six games in the 2020 Stanley Cup Finals.

The divisions are realigned just for this season because of the coronavirus. It will feel weird to see it on NHL Opening Night, but it is going to be just fine at the end of the day.

We will miss the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference side of things this season, but hopefully the Stanley Cup Finals can be an east team vs an west team.

On NHL Opening Night, their will be five games on tap.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Philadelphia Flyers

The first game on the schedule will be the Pittsburgh Penguins vs the Philadelphia Flyers.

Puck drop will be at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Sidney Crosby is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is looking to win his fourth Stanley Cup Title with Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang. Malkin would be the first Russian player to win four Stanley Cup titles ever.

Claude Giroux and Carter Hart are looking to get back on track for the Philadelphia Flyers after losing to the New York Islanders in the second-round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Final Score: PIT 4 PHI 3.

Montreal Canadiens vs Toronto Maple Leafs

The second game of the night will be the Montreal Canadiens vs the Toronto Maple Leafs. Puck drop will be at 7 p.m. ET on Sportsnet.

This Canadian rivalry will be renewed. The Canadian Division will have teams playing each other either nine of 10 times this season.

Montreal and Carey Price want to continue on their postseason success from last season.

Toronto and Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and John Tavares want to win a playoff series for the first time since 2002.

Final Score: TOR 5 MTL 2.

Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning

The third game of the night will be the Chicago Blackhawks vs the Tampa Bay Lightning. Chicago is going to be one of the worst teams in the NHL this season and they don’t even have their captain in Jonathan Toews.

Puck drop will be 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will be raising the Stanley Cup banner for the first time since 2004. That was when they defeated the Calgary Flames in seven games.

They will not have Nikita Kucherov for the regular season. However, Tampa Bay will still have captain Steven Stamkos, Brayden Point, Victor Hedman, and Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Final Score: TB 6 CHI 1.

Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers

The fourth game of the night will be the Vancouver Canucks and the Edmonton Oilers. Puck drop is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET on Sportsnet and Sportsnet1.

Vancouver will look to continue success from the postseason bubble. Captain Bo Horvat, Brock Boeser, Elias Pettersson, and Quinn Hughes are some of the Canucks key players on the roster.

Edmonton will look to get help from other resources other than Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Goaltending maybe an issue for them once again this season though.

Final Score: VAN 4 EDM 3.

St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche

The fifth and final game on NHL Opening Night will be the St. Louis Blues vs the Colorado Avalanche. Puck drop will be at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

St. Louis is looking to rebound with Jordan Binnington net and they are going to need offense. Alex Pietrangelo left in the offseason for the Vegas Golden Knights via free agency.

The most important thing is that Colorado and Nathan MacKinnon is on a mission to win the Stanley Cup. This might be the Colorado Avalanche’s best team since 2001, where they won the Stanley Cup in seven games against the New Jersey Devils.

Mikko Rantanen, Gabriel Landeskog, Bowen Byram, and Cale Makar will be four of the other key players on Colorado this season.

Final Score: COL 5 STL 4.

NHL Opening Night is finally here and I hope you all enjoy the regular season everybody!

Stanley Cup Prediction

Colorado Avalanche over Pittsburgh Penguins.

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