The New York Islanders organization is about to undergo sweeping changes, including their zip code, but that doesn't mean the team is waiting to turn the page on the disappointment of the last 20 years.
The Thursday-night schedule is stacked with great season-opening games. From the Avalanche and Wild resuming their Central Division rivalry to the season debuts of new coaches Barry Trotz and Mike Johnston in separate games, it should be a great night.
Dustin Byfuglien will remain at forward for the Winnipeg Jets, while Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks heads back to defense. As two of the most versatile players in the game, they'll be tested in their new/old roles