I'm really surprised by all the hockey hate in this thread. It's a great sport that combines the best aspects of others – the physicality of football, up and down action of basketball – plus unmatched suspense, athleticism, intense playoffs, and speed. Amazing to watch in person and underrated on television (learn to follow the play and not the puck, and you'll follow both as a result).
I'm excited for to have the NHL back and the short season should make it even more exciting! Sounds like they are hoping for a 50-game season with five matches against the four divisional rivals and three against each of the other 10 conference teams. SUCKS to be Winnipeg, who is still stuck in the Southeast.