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Game 1: Raise it to the roof

October 6, 2011

Patrice Bergeron poses with the Cup and the Stanley Cup ring he received two nights ago.

It’s back. October 6th, a date I’ve long held on my calendar. And it couldn’t be more sweet: first game of the season, in Boston, against the Flyers. And with a banner to be raised. There aren’t any better home-openers I can think of. The Bs are sure to make the ceremony in great style, and the Flyers couldn’t be a better opponent. Nathan Horton will be making a triumphant return, Tuukka will be tending the net and Milan will be sporting a reconstructed nose. How sweet it is.

The rosters have been finalized, excepting those healthy scratches. Adam McQuaid still seems to be felled by a bug and Bartkowski should be the man. The debate over whether Benoit Pouliot or Jordan Caron get the start tonight rages on, but my inclination is to say that Caron takes it. Then again, with Pouliot being the new acquisition, he could certainly have the clout to seize that spot. But given Caron’s far more productive showing, I think it’s his.

I, for one, am excited to see Mister Jaromir Jagr’s re-debut on the NHL stage tonight. If his preseason is any indication, he could have a dazzling night. Brayden Schenn will be in the minors this weekend for salary cap reasons, but Q-kid Sean Couturier could make his NHL debut tonight. Add to that the fact Ilya Bryzgalov will be between the pipes, giving the Flyers at long last legitimate goal stopping, and you have what is a hugely important game to the Flyers on your hands as well. It should be something. Whether their big-time revamp pays off will be seen.

Then again, there are always those first day of school kind of jimmy jumpers. An odd start is within the realm of possibility, whether it’s quick goals or dirty hits. Even without Carter and Richards, I think the Bs and the Flyers will collide for some excellent play. The atmosphere in the Garden will be electric, both teams will be charged.

Can’t wait.

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