The NHL season is here.
But there are still plenty of surprises in store for players, coaches, fans and the media.
Here’s a look at the top storylines heading into this weekend.1.
The Islanders will play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2008, when they won the Cup.2.
The Bruins and Rangers will open their Stanley Cup playoff series in a rematch of last year’s first-round series, which ended in a 1-1 draw.3.
The Predators will host the Penguins for a rematch after losing the first two games in Pittsburgh, while the Blackhawks will host Detroit in the series finale.4.
The Sharks will face the Stars in their first Stanley Cup Playoff game since 2007, when the Sharks defeated the Stars 3-2 in Dallas.5.
The Coyotes will host Dallas for the fifth time in six seasons, and the Predators will play the Stars twice.6.
The Kings will host St. Louis in the NHL’s first Stanley Game in Los Angeles since 2007.7.
The Blues will host Pittsburgh in their only matchup with the Penguins this season.8.
The Stars will host Anaheim in the first game of their Western Conference Final against the Ducks.9.
The Canucks will host Colorado in the Western Conference Finals.10.
The Flames will play Montreal in their final game of the season for the second time this year.11.
The Ducks will play Calgary in the second game of a two-game series.12.
The Maple Leafs will host Washington for the final time in franchise history, with the season finale against the Capitals being played in front of a sellout crowd at Rogers Arena.13.
The Penguins will host Nashville in their last game of last season.14.
The Capitals will host Minnesota in their third game of this season and the Stanley Series opener against Minnesota will be played at the Pepsi Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.15.
The Sabres will play Florida in their second game and the series opener against Tampa Bay will be at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.16.
The Senators will host Winnipeg in the final game and Stanley Cup final game in their home arena.17.
The Blackhawks will play St. John’s in their seventh game and their home opener against the Blues will be against the New York Rangers.18.
The Oilers will play Arizona in their sixth game and home opener will be in Edmonton.19.
The Flyers will play Vancouver in their fourth game and first Stanley Series game will be vs. Anaheim.20.
The Panthers will play San Jose in their fifth game and a home opener vs. San Jose will be the third game against the Sharks.21.
The Lightning will play Winnipeg in their eighth game and third Stanley Cup Final game will have a home tilt vs. Florida.22.
The Rangers will play Colorado in their ninth game and opening of the Stanley Playoffs in Colorado will be with a home game vs. the Kings.23.
The Hurricanes will play Carolina in their 10th game and its third Stanley Series win will be over the Sharks at home.24.
The Avalanche will play Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference Finals and the Eastern and Western Conference Semifinals will be decided by two games apiece.25.
The Devils will play Detroit in their 14th game in the National Hockey League and the second home playoff game will feature an outdoor matchup vs. St. Patrick’s.26.
The Wild will play Buffalo in the First Round of the playoffs and the team’s first game at Rexall Place will be a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.27.
The Blue Jackets will play Edmonton in the Second Round of their first-ever Eastern Conference Final and the winner will face Buffalo in Game 1.28.
The Red Wings will play Minnesota in the Third Round of a First Round Series in which the teams are playing to determine who advances to the Second round.29.
The Canadiens will play Ottawa in the Central Division Final in Montreal.30.
The Nashville Predators will travel to Minnesota to play the Minnesota Wild in Game 4 of the First-Round Series in Minnesota.31.
The Buffalo Sabres will travel on the road to face the Minnesota United in the inaugural series between the teams.32.
The Washington Capitals will play Chicago in Game 2 of the Eastern Division Final at United Center in Chicago.33.
The Toronto Maple Leafs play the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 3 of the Second-Round series in Raleigh.34.
The Columbus Blue Jackets play the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Fourth-Round Round series at Nationwide Arena.35.
The Montreal Canadiens will host Tampa Bay in the Northeast Division Final.36.
The New Jersey Devils will travel across the Atlantic to play Boston in Game 6 of the Atlantic Division Final and will be without defenceman Victor Hedman.37.
The Anaheim Ducks will travel north for Game 7 of the Pacific Division Final to play Vancouver at Rogers Place.38.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will host San Jose and the Sharks will host New Jersey in Game 8 of the Western Division Final