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LEGENDARY KINGS HELP CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON
The Kings started their 50th anniversary season at home with a celebration recognizing players from every era, including those from the inaugural 1967-68 season, The Triple Crown Line, Luc Robitaille and Wayne Gretzky.
Friday’s game against the Flyers came on the anniversary of the first NHL game in Kings history -- a 4-2 win vs. Philadelphia on Oct. 14, 1967.
Unfortunately for the Kings, history would not repeat itself, as the Flyers scored four times in the second period – including two goals from forward Sean Couturier – to take a 4-0 lead they would not relinquish in a 4-2 win over the Kings.
The Flyers received multi-point efforts from Couturier (2-0—2), 19-year-old rookie forward Travis Konecny (0-2—2) – who was skating in his first career NHL game – and forward Nick Cousins (0-2—2). Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov (0-1—1) recorded his first career NHL point in his first game.
McDAVID SHINES (AGAIN) IN BATTLE OF ALBERTA
Connor McDavid recorded 1-2—3, including bursting in alone for a breakaway marker, and Leon Draisaitl added 2-1—3 to lead the Oilers to a season-opening home-and-home sweep of the Flames.
McDavid has recorded 3-3—6 in his opening two games of 2016-17. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Oilers player to record six or more points combined in the opening two games of a season was Wayne Gretzky, who recorded 1-5—6 in Edmonton’s opening two contests of the 1987-88 campaign.
SUBBAN SCORES IN DEBUT, PREDATORS WIN OPENER
Predators defenseman P.K. Subban, who was acquired from the Canadiens in June in a blockbuster trade for captain Shea Weber, scored Nashville’s first goal in his debut with the club, a win over the rival Blackhawks.
Subban, who was awarded the Norris Trophy in 2013, recorded 6-45—51 in 68 games for the Canadiens in 2015-16 and led all Montreal defensemen in points for six consecutive seasons before the trade.
DUCKS SIGN RICKARD RAKELL TO SIX-YEAR EXTENSION
The Anaheim Ducks signed forward Rickard Rakell to a six-year contract extension through the 2021-22 NHL season.
Rakell, 23, has collected 29-49=78 points in 165 career NHL games with the Ducks. The 6-2, 201-pound center led the team in game-winning goals (7) and overtime goals (2) while setting career highs in goals (20), assists (23), points (20-23=43) and games played (71) last season. Rakell also ranked tied for third amongst Ducks players in goals (20) and fourth amongst Ducks players in scoring (43).
Selected by Anaheim in the first round (30th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Rakell has added 3-2=5 points in 27 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.
A native of Sundbyberg, Sweden, Rakell represented Sweden at three consecutive World Junior Championships from 2011-13, winning gold in 2012 and silver in 2013. Rakell was also selected to represent Sweden at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey but was unable to participate due to injury.
FRIDAY’S RESULTS (Home Team in Caps)
NASHVILLE 3, Chicago 2
Edmonton 5, CALGARY 3
Philadelphia 4, LOS ANGELES 2
SATURDAY’S ACTION (All Times Eastern)
Boston @ Toronto, 7 p.m., CBC, NBCSN, NESN
Montreal @ Ottawa, 7 p.m., CITY, TVAS
New Jersey @ Tampa Bay, 7 p.m., SUN, MSG+ 2
Detroit @ Florida, 7 p.m., FS-F, FS-D
Anaheim @ Pittsburgh, 7 p.m., NHLN-US, ROOT, PRIME
NY Islanders @ Washington, 7 p.m., CSN-DC, MSG+
San Jose @ Columbus, 7 p.m., FS-O, CSN-CA
Winnipeg @ Minnesota, 7 p.m., SN1, FS-N, FS-WI
NY Rangers @ St. Louis, 8 p.m., FS-MW, MSG
Nashville @ Chicago, 8:30 p.m., WGN, FS-TN
Dallas @ Colorado, 9 p.m., ALT, FS-SW
Philadelphia @ Arizona, 9 p.m., FS-A, CSN-PH
Calgary @ Vancouver, 10 p.m., CBC
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services