The Slate: Subban Makes His Predators Debut, Battle of Alberta Continues

Chicago at Nashville, 8

Head-to-head: 3-2 Chicago

Blackhawks player to watch: Niklas Hjalmarsson; Making his season debut, missed Wednesday’s opener finishing out a three-game suspension for a hit on Blues forward Ty Rattie in the preseason.

Predators player to watch: P.K. Subban; dynamic defenseman makes his debut in Nashville uniform.

Storylines

Niklas Hjalmarsson had a hard time watching from the pressbox on Wednesday, but will look to help give the Hawks its first two points of the season on Friday night.

Decisions loom with Hjalmarsson’s return.

P.K. Subban walks back his ‘personality trade’ quote in SI.

ESPN’s Craig Custance among many deeming the Preds blue line to be the best in the NHL.

Quick Hitters

*All three goals Corey Crawford allowed on Wednesday night were powerplay goals. He all 19 five-on-five shots he faced.

*The Predators were 18-9 in games decided in regulation by one goal last season.

Edmonton at Calgary, 9

Head-to-head (2015-16): Calgary 3-2

Oilers player to watch: Kris Russell; returning to Calgary after playing parts of three seasons with the Flames.

Flames player to watch: Brian Elliott; not the debut that was expected from the goalie, allowing six goals on 27 shots.

Storylines

Glen Gulutzan continues to tinker with the defense pairings.

Kris Versteeg in search for a permanent home in Calgary, his eighth organization.

No surprise here – analytics people rip Peter Chiarelli in trades of Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall.

Quick Hitters

*The Oilers scored seven goals twice last season.

*Edmonton scored seven goals in an October game for the first time since 2010 on Wedesday.

*Calgary, last in the league in defense in 2015-16, allowed five or more goals 21 times.

Philadelphia at Los Angeles, 10:30

Head-to-head: 2-0 Los Angeles

Flyers player to watch: Shayne Gostisbehere; dazzled as a rookie, can he follow it up?

Kings player to watch: Jeff Zatkoff; the crease is now his.

Storylines

Ron Hextall’s plan paying off in Philly.

Travis Konency and Ivan Provorov about to make waves for the Flyers.

Quick Hitters

*The Flyers haven’t made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons since 2011-12

*Shayne Gostisbehere is one of six players to play 50 games for the Flyers and finish with a plus rating.

*The Flyers haven’t opened the season with a win since 2011.

*The Kings have lost its first two games each of the last two seasons.

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