TV coverage shifts to ESPN starting this season. Gulp, hopefully it's not so "woke" as to be unwatchable, very hard to do with the great sport of hockey but ESPN is capable of anything. Tampa is hoisting the championship banner at home right now for the second straight year to launch the new season. Their opponent is the Penguins, the last team to repeat but who begin this season with both Crosby and Malkin out due to off-season surgeries. The expansion Seattle Kraken play their first game later tonight against Vegas. Vegas was far and away the best expansion team ever due to being able to draft better players than previous expansion teams, will the Kraken match their first-year success?