Welcome to the 2017-2018 season thread of the National Hockey League (NHL)! The great game of hockey is ready to start yet another season after celebrating 100 years of the NHL last season. Pittsburgh is still the team to beat, having hoisted Lord Stanley's Cup for two successive seasons. Will Pittsburgh reach Dynasty status this season with a third-straight championship triumph? Or will one of 29... uh, I mean... 30 teams challenge Pittsburgh for the title? Yes, we got a new team ready to begin their NHL adventures- the Vegas Golden Knights. Could Nashville maybe return to the Stanley Cup Finals? Teams may also be opening new arenas. One of those teams is the Detroit Red Wings opening Little Caesars Arena apart from their glorious times at The Joe Louis Arena (or simply "The Joe"). So many questions, so few answers, and so many stories. Though, we will answer those questions in time. I am still personally a fan of the NHL though I am not in any way a pro or vastly educated about hockey. Something works to me for the NHL that I don't usually get to do with the NFL, NBA, or Major League Baseball. Either way, I am pleased to continually offer these hockey discussions. I encourage you NHL fans to also share your thoughts and opinions as well. For more on the NHL, visit: https://www.nhl.com Welcome to the new season of NHL hockey! The regular season begins around October 4, 2017. Today marks the releasing of the NHL schedule for this upcoming season.