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PHOTOS BY Getty Images MATCH-UPS Washington Capitals at St. Louis Blues In a battle bet ween the last t wo Stanley Cup cha mpions, the Blues host the Capita ls to open the season w ith a bang. Before the puck drops, the Blues w ill raise their franchise-first Stanley Cup champi- onship banner. Arizona Coyotes at Colorado Avalanche Barring any unforeseen injuries, Phil Kessel will play his 1,000th game in a Mile High matchup with the Avalanche. Missing the first three games is unlike- ly as Kessel is second among active American players for most consecutive games played with 774. N.Y. Rangers at N.J. Devils The top two picks in the 2019 NHL Draft meet head-to-head for the first time on NHL ice as Jack Hughes and the Devils host Kaapo Kakko of the Rangers at the Prudential Center. There are 1,271 games on the NHL docket during the 2019-20 regular season, and here are several dates we've circled on the calendar: WHEN THE PUCK DROPS on the 2019-20 NHL season, all eyes will be on Jack Hughes, the No. 1 overall pick of the New Jersey Devils. The Orlando, Fla., native has been dubbed a once in a generation type of player and com- pared to the likes of fellow National Team Development Program alumnus Patrick Kane, Phil Kessel and Auston Matthews. Only time will tell if he can live up to the hype. In the meantime, there's plenty of excitement to keep hockey fans of all 31 NHL teams on the edge of their seats this season. With popular American players moving to new destinations and others on track to reach career milestones, you won't want to miss any of the action. – Alyssa Hertel A Hughes Year For Hockey MUST-SEE 2 OCT. 17 OCT. 12 OCT. 22 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM 2019-20 NHL Preview K A A P O K A K K O J A C K H U G H E S P H I L K E SS E L

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