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Kings banner raising, Selanne tribute among games to watch in NHL this season

Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, right, is congratulated by Anaheim Ducks winger Teemu Selanne, of Finland, after the Ducks were defeated by the Kings in Game 7 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series, Friday, May 16, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. The Kings banner raising and a Selanne tribute game are among the games to watch in NHL this season THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Mark J. Terrill
October 05, 2014 - 9:12 AM

Here's a look at 10 games to watch in the 2014-15 NHL season:

1. Oct. 8, Sharks at Kings

The San Jose Sharks will endure the Stanley Cup banner raising at Staples Center in Los Angeles on opening night in the NHL. The Kings became only the fourth team to win a playoff series after trailing 3-0 when they ousted the Sharks in the first round in April.

2. Jan. 11, Jets at Ducks

Teemu Selanne will have his Anaheim No. 8 jersey retired as the Ducks play host to the high-scoring Finn's first NHL team, the Winnipeg Jets. Another jersey retirement will see defence great Guy Lapointe's No. 5 go up in Montreal on Nov. 8 vs Minnesota.

3. Oct. 16, Bruins at Canadiens

In the handshake line after Montreal eliminated Boston in seven games in the playoffs, the Bruins' Milan Lucic reportedly told Dale Weise and Alexei Emelin "I'm going to kill you next year." This will be Lucic's first chance.

4. Jan. 1, Blackhawks at Capitals

The NHL Winter Classic will be held at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. By that time, it should be clear what success new Caps coach Barry Trotz has in turning goal-hungry Alex Ovechkin and Co. into a defensively sound squad.

5. Jan. 29, Stars at Senators

Jason Spezza was named Ottawa's captain, then requested a trade at the end of the season. He vetoed a deal to Nashville, then was dealt to the Stars. After 12 years as a Senator, it will be Spezza's first game in Ottawa in a rival jersey.

6. Feb. 21, Kings at Sharks

The NHL Stadium Series goes to Santa Clara, Calif., for another spotlight game between Los Angeles and San Jose.

7. Nov. 29, Blackhawks at Kings

Some feel the Stanley Cup was really decided in the Western Conference final between Los Angeles and Chicago. Both are favourites again, and their first meeting of the season will be a can't-miss matchup on Hockey Night in Canada.

8. Nov. 29 Sabres at Canadiens

Two key leaders on the Montreal team that went to the Eastern Conference final, Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges, pay their first visit to the Bell Centre as members of the Sabres. If Montreal fans are true to form, they'll get booed. The teams will be coming off a meeting the night before in Buffalo.

9. Oct. 8, Canucks at Flames

Willie Desjardins, who reportedly turned down a job in Pittsburgh to sign with Vancouver, makes his Canucks coaching debut, trying to restore order after John Tortorella's er ... interesting year behind the bench.

10. April 11, Flames at Jets

The final night of the regular season could see a showdown for a playoff spot if both teams lift their game a notch this season.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Staples Center.

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