Previews: AHL Bridgeport Opens While NHL Shoots Itself

Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The NHL was quiet and suicidal on what would've been its opening night. Thankfully, the AHL is ready for some hockey.

NOTE: Looks like Friday night's Sound Tigers - Whale game will be streamed live for free by the Rangers. There's another check off my bucket list: The Smurfs have done something for me.

After what feels like a longer wait than normal -- perhaps because of the summer and fall of lockout doom and gloom -- the division champion Bridgeport Sound Tigers get underway this weekend with a game Friday night in Hartford against the Whale (Rangers affiliate) and Saturday night for their home opener against the Providence Bruins.

It's been an entertaining camp from afar: New young blood with Kirill Kabanov, Brock Nelson and Nino Niederreiter, and returning blood like Casey Cizikas, and reunion/alumni blood with the pre-locout assignment of New York Islanders stud Travis Hamonic.

On paper, it sounds like a good mix of strong goaltending, young talent, and experienced but not over-the-hill AHLers. Of course, with the NHL lockout in effect, that's the "on paper" story for a lot of teams. We'll see how it all plays out, beginning tonight.

Previews

Here is a roundup of recent coverage to get you primed for the season, starting with the Sound Tigers' official video preview with play-by-play man Phil Giubileo:


So get ready for some action. Welcome back Micheal Haley, but pity the locked out and suddenly NHL-again Wade Redden.

Streaming audio is free on the Sound Tigers site, but live video requires the AHL Live game package (which can be bought one game at a time or in various other combos).

If you're watching or listening or rehashing, you can use this thread to talk about the game(s) if we don't add a separate dedicated one in the interim.

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