Originally posted on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 10/4/13
Thursday was the first seriously busy night in NHL this season. Here is what we learned:Marc-Andre Fleury pulled himself together. He has been an awful postseason goaltender. He didn’t look great during the preseason. The loss of back-up Tomas Vokoun really put his start in focus. And he opened the season by shutting out the depleted Devils.Radim Vrbata can still finish. And the Coyotes will still be a handful this season. With Vrbata finding chemistry with Martin Hanzal, Dave Tippett should muster a nice two-line attack.Aleksander Barkov is the real deal. He dominated men as a 17-year-old in Europe. He gives the Panthers a whole new look. The Calder Trophy will be compelling, because Nathan MacKinnon (Avalanche) and Seth Jones (Predators) are also very, very good.The Kings aren’t backing into this season. They banged out a 3-2 shootout victory at Minnesota. Goaltender Jonathan Quick was spotty all last season until the playoffs started. This season he looks healthy and locked in. Jaroslav Halak has star
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