In one of those weird and quirky behaviors of professional sports leagues, the season started on September 29 in London as the Los Angeles Kings and Stanley Cup Champion Anaheim Ducks played the first of back to back games. For the fourth time in the history of the NHL, the season started outside of Canada or the United States with the other three times coming in Japan (1997, 1998 and 2000). The O2 Arena played home to the two Southern California teams for two days. I mention this all only as a reference point to the season to come.
A 4-1 win by the Kings, FI Todd Bertuzzi was unexceptional in his Duck debut while fellow FI Derek Armstrong had a slow start with LA.