When Does Pre Season Hockey Start? [Fact Checked!]

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The start of the NHL season is just around the corner! The puck drops on the 2019-2020 season tonight and although it’s still early in the season, there are already some interesting developments to keep an eye on.

New York Islanders Deal Tied For The Fewest Goals Scored In A Game

One of the most intriguing pre-season storylines revolves around the New York Islanders. A number of high-profile offseason transactions saw the Islanders change almost their entire forward roster. The team also brought in some high-profile coaches and scouts to help them find the right mix of talent.

The team started the preseason very well, winning their first five games. However, they’ve since slowed down a bit, winning just two of their last seven games. On Tuesday night, the Islanders played the New York Rangers in preseason action and it was an interesting statistical moment. The Islanders came into the game with the fewest goals scored in a single game (2). They also only had two power plays in the entire game.

Goaltending played a major factor in this. Ryan Mason had to make 35 saves in the game and the Islanders had just 28 shots on goal. The tandem of Kevin Poulin and Scott Wedgewood combined for 16 shots on goal in the game, but it was not enough to stop the Ranger charge.

This is an issue that has some obvious causes. The Islanders had no goals during the time that Mathew Barzal was out with injury. Since his return, they’ve only scored two more goals in six games. Last year, the Islanders scored 27 goals in their first eight games but they’ve yet to reach that total this season. It’s clear that some of the talent was missing and they didn’t have enough time to gel as a unit. With the preseason over, it will be interesting to see how the team shapes up during the regular season.

Alexandre Forrester’s First Goal As A Ranger

Speaking of the New York Islanders, one of their biggest offseason acquisitions was forward Alexandre Forrester. The former Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs winger was signed for a one-year deal and he made his professional debut with the Rangers on Tuesday night. It was his first game as a Ranger and he scored a goal on his first shot on goal!

Forrester also became the first player in the history of the franchise to score a goal in his first three games as a Ranger. He had six points in those games including one goal and five assists. It was definitely an impressive debut for the 30-year-old veteran!

On Wednesday, the Islanders will play the Rangers again. This time it’ll be in the regular season and we’ll get to see if Forrester can continue to stay hot. Hopefully, we’ll also get to see more of his famous hair.

Hockey Fights Cancer

This season, the NHL will be recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink uniforms during the games. The teams will do their best to raise awareness of the disease and the upcoming ‘FIGHT Cancer’ initiative, which highlights the importance of early detection.

The league-wide initiative, which kicks off on September 19, will see players wear special ‘pink’ jerseys during games. These jerseys will be auctioned off, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Furthermore, the Atlanta Thrashers will be hosting a special ‘pink’ jersey unveiling prior to their game on October 2 against the Winnipeg Jets. The team captain, John Carlson, will be wearing the new jersey in the game and he will be accompanied by nine of his teammates. It’s clear that the NBA, MLB, and NHL are taking the issue of breast cancer very seriously this season and they’re trying to raise a lot of money and awareness along the way.

Staples Center Is Headed For A Complete Redo

One of the most exciting venues in all of sports, if not the world, will be getting a complete renovation this offseason. The building, which holds the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, is actually 34 years old and it’s been completely outdated and under-utilized for most of that time. On Thursday, the Los Angeles Planning Department approved a $30 million plan to completely revamp the arena.

The plan includes adding a luxury club box, completely changing the layout and the interior, modernizing the kitchen, and adding concierge services. The project is estimated to be complete by the 2024-2025 season.

The venue will still be called the STAPLES Center, but it will have an entirely new look and feel. It will be interesting to see how that change affects fan engagement and inter-personal connection, which are such vital parts of any sports experience.

More Than 100 Ligues Denim Jeans Will Be Unveiling

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be expanding their jersey offerings for this season and it looks as though they’ve taken their inspiration from one of the most iconic teams in sports history. On Monday, the team unveiled a new design reminiscent of the ‘80s and early ‘90s, when the logo was a large, white, block letter “T” and the pants were predominantly dark blue.

More than 100 different styles of men’s and women’s jeans will be dedicated to the Leafs, which is the most out of any professional sports team. The list of designs includes classic, designer, and custom washes and, as mentioned by Leafs president and head coach Mike Babcock, the team will have the option of which specific pair they want.

The team has yet to release the exact details of how much the jersey and the pants will cost, but it’s safe to assume that they’ll be quite expensive. It won’t be a bad investment, though. Having the most jerseys out of any sports team will undoubtedly increase sales and the Leafs are already making a lot of people happy by bringing back a retro look that fans have been clamoring for.

With the expansion draft scheduled for next week, it’s clear that a lot can happen in the coming months. Many high-profile players could be on the move and the 2019-2020 season could bring a new look to the NHL. There will always be new twists and turns, but one thing is for sure — hockey is back!

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