24 de Feb de 2020

Nacional

European opener adds sparkle

The National Hockey League's overseas opening and riveting outdoor game proved to be so popular last year they decided to repeat both in...

The National Hockey League's overseas opening and riveting outdoor game proved to be so popular last year they decided to repeat both in the 2008-09 season.

Throw in a 100th year anniversary of the hallowed Montreal Canadiens franchise and the excitement of watching Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin battle for MVP honours and all the ingredients exist for a spirited new season.

It wasn't that long ago that the mighty Detroit Red Wings were hoisting their 11th Stanley Cup trophy after putting away Crosby's Penguins. The Penguins quest to get back to the final begins Saturday in Stockholm, Sweden when they face the Ottawa Senators. The New York Rangers square off against the Tampa Bay Lightning the same day in Prague.

The same four teams play again the next day as the league decided to double the number of overseas games from last year.