Today's soundtrack: 24 Hour Party People by Happy Mondays -- from the noon Eastern start to the Caps/Thrashers game, that's a full day of hockey and certainly not a bad way to kick off Friday.
Minnesota Wild at Carolina Hurricanes, 12 PM ET (from Helsinki)
The Wild haven't corrected any of their problems from the pre-season. An ugly win is still a win for Carolina as they go for the sweep.
San Jose Sharks at Columbus Blue Jackets, 3 PM ET (from Stockholm)
If you haven't heard by now, Joe Thornton is San Jose's new captain. The team at The Cannon shared their thoughts on the upcoming season (part 1, part 2, part 3).
Dallas Stars at New Jersey Devils, 7 PM ET
The Devils got under the cap with thanks to some IR moves.
Anaheim Ducks at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 PM ET
Ryan Getzlaf is now the official face of the Anaheim Ducks. To win the Central Division, the Wings need to be better at the shootout.
Buffalo Sabres at Ottawa Senators, 7:30 PM ET
Check out Ryan Miller starring in a new commercial. Jason Spezza is a game-time decision due to a groin injury.
Washington Capitals at Atlanta Thrashers, 7:30 PM ET
There's some media controversy over Michal Neuvirth and his reputation. A winless pre-season is not cause for too much concern in Atlanta.