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The '''2007-08 NHL season''' is the 90th [[Season (sport)|season]] of the [[National Hockey League]]. It began on [[September 29]], [[2007]], and will run through [[April 6]], [[2008]], with the [[Stanley Cup Playoffs]] to follow, culminating no later than [[June 9]], [[2008]]. The [[56th National Hockey League All-Star Game|56th NHL All-Star Game]] will be held in [[Atlanta, Georgia]] as the [[Atlanta Thrashers]] will host the event at [[Philips Arena]] on [[January 27]], [[2008]].
The '''2007-08 NHL season''' was the 90th season of the [[National Hockey League]]. It began on September 29, [[2007]], and ran through April 6, 2008, with the [[Stanley Cup Playoffs]] to follow, culminating no later than June 9, [[2008]]. The [[56th National Hockey League All-Star Game|56th NHL All-Star Game]] was held in [[Atlanta, Georgia]] as the [[Atlanta Thrashers]] hosted the event at [[Philips Arena]] on January 27, [[2008]].
 
   
[[File:07NHLLondon.jpg|thumb|200px|Program from the game in London.]]
 
 
==League business==
 
==League business==
The season features [[Reebok]]'s new Rbk EDGE [[hockey jersey]]s. This is the first league-wide uniform innovation "in the history of any major North American professional sports league".
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The season features [[Reebok]]'s new [[Rbk EDGE]] [[hockey jersey]]s. This is the first league-wide uniform innovation "in the history of any major North American professional sports league".<ref>{{cite press release
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| title = Reebok And NHL To Unveil New Technologically-advanced Uniform System
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| date = [[2007-01-22]]
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| accessdate = 2007-01-22 }}</ref>
   
 
Partially due to the league-wide uniform changes, 7 teams (Boston, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Washington, Ottawa, San Jose and Columbus) unveiled new logos prior to the season's beginning.
 
Partially due to the league-wide uniform changes, 7 teams (Boston, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Washington, Ottawa, San Jose and Columbus) unveiled new logos prior to the season's beginning.
   
On March 1, [[2007]], the NHL officially announced the regular season would open on September 29, [[2007]] with the first of back-to-back games in [[London, England]] at [[The O2|The O<sub>2</sub>]]. They were the first NHL regular season games ever played in [[Europe]]. Both games featured the [[Anaheim Ducks]] - who played their first games in their defense of the Stanley Cup - and the [[Los Angeles Kings]] (who are owned by [[Anschutz Entertainment Group]], the same company that owns The O<sub>2</sub>).<ref name="NHLinEurope">{{cite web|url=http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=332514|title=On your mark, get set ... open datebooks!|publisher=NHL.com|accessdate=2007-07-12}}</ref>
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On [[March 1]], [[2007]], the NHL officially announced the regular season would open on [[September 29]], [[2007]] with the first of back-to-back games in [[London]] at [[The O2|The O<sub>2</sub>]]. They were the first NHL regular season games ever played in [[Europe]]. Both games featured the [[Anaheim Ducks]] - who played their first games in their defense of the Stanley Cup - and the [[Los Angeles Kings]] (who are owned by [[Anschutz Entertainment Group]], the same company that owns The O<sub>2</sub>).<ref name="NHLinEurope">{{cite web|url=http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=332514|title=On your mark, get set ... open datebooks!|publisher=NHL.com|accessdate=2007-07-12}}</ref>
   
On September 17, [[2007]], the NHL announced the first outdoor game in over four years would be played between the [[Pittsburgh Penguins]] and the [[Buffalo Sabres]] at Buffalo's [[Ralph Wilson Stadium]], home of the '''Buffalo Bills''', on January 1, [[2008]]. The event - which will be known as the [[AMP NHL Winter Classic]] - will be the first time an NHL regular-season game has been played outdoors in the [[United States]]. The last outdoor NHL game was the [[Heritage Classic]] played between the [[Montreal Canadiens]] and [[Edmonton Oilers]] at [[Commonwealth Stadium (Edmonton)|Commonwealth Stadium]] on November 22, [[2003]].<ref name="NHL">{{cite web|url=http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=337552|title=Happy New Year! Pens, Sabres to play outside in Buffalo|publisher=NHL.com|accessdate=2007-09-17}}</ref>
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On [[September 17]], [[2007]], the NHL announced the first outdoor game in over four years would be played between the [[Pittsburgh Penguins]] and the [[Buffalo Sabres]] at Buffalo's [[Ralph Wilson Stadium]], home of the [[Buffalo Bills]], on [[January 1]], [[2008]]. The event - which will be known as the [[AMP NHL Winter Classic]] - will be the first time an NHL regular-season game has been played outdoors in the [[United States]]. The last outdoor NHL game was the [[Heritage Classic]] played between the [[Montreal Canadiens]] and [[Edmonton Oilers]] at [[Commonwealth Stadium (Edmonton)|Commonwealth Stadium]] on [[November 22]], [[2003]].<ref name="NHL">{{cite web|url=http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=337552|title=Happy New Year! Pens, Sabres to play outside in Buffalo|publisher=NHL.com|accessdate=2007-09-17}}</ref>
   
During board of governors meetings held on September 18, [[2007]] in [[Chicago]], cities including [[Las Vegas, Nevada|Las Vegas]], [[Kansas City]], [[Seattle, Washington|Seattle]], and [[Winnipeg, Manitoba|Winnipeg]] were discussed as possible expansion destinations. The NHL also discussed the current 'unbalanced' schedule and will vote on a new schedule format at the next board meetings in November, so that all teams will play each other at least once and reduce divisional play in the 2008-09 season. The sale of the Lightning and Predators teams were not completed for board approval.<ref>[http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3026371 ESPN report, retrieved on September 19, 2007]</ref>
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During board of governors meetings held on [[September 18]], [[2007]] in [[Chicago]], cities including [[Las Vegas, Nevada|Las Vegas]], [[Kansas City Metropolitan Area|Kansas City]], [[Seattle, Washington|Seattle]], and [[Winnipeg, Manitoba|Winnipeg]] were discussed as possible expansion destinations. The NHL also discussed the current 'unbalanced' schedule and will vote on a new schedule format at the next board meetings in November, so that all teams will play each other at least once and reduce divisional play in the 2008-09 season. The sale of the Lightning and Predators teams were not completed for board approval.<ref>[http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3026371 ESPN report, retrieved on September 19, 2007]</ref>
   
 
The [[New Jersey Devils]] began playing in their new arena, the [[Prudential Center]] in [[Newark, New Jersey]]. However, since it wasn't ready by the beginning of the season, they began their season with a nine-game road trip.
 
The [[New Jersey Devils]] began playing in their new arena, the [[Prudential Center]] in [[Newark, New Jersey]]. However, since it wasn't ready by the beginning of the season, they began their season with a nine-game road trip.
   
Interconference division play had the Northeast travel to the Pacific, the Pacific travel to the Atlantic, the Atlantic travel to the Northwest, the Northwest travel to the Southeast, the Southeast travel to the Central, and the Central travel to the Northeast.
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Interconference division play will have the Northeast travel to the Pacific, the Pacific travel to the Atlantic, the Atlantic travel to the Northwest, the Northwest travel to the Southeast, the Southeast travel to the Central, and the Central travel to the Northeast.
   
The [[Anaheim Ducks]] and [[Ottawa Senators]] matched up for the first time since the [[2007 Stanley Cup Final]] on March 3, [[2008]].
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The [[Anaheim Ducks]] and [[Ottawa Senators]] will match up for the first time since the [[2007 Stanley Cup Final]] on [[March 3]], [[2008]].
   
[[Mike Cammalleri]] of the [[Los Angeles Kings]] scored the first goal of the season against the Anaheim Ducks on September 29 in the opening game played in [[London, England]].
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[[Mike Cammalleri]] of the [[Los Angeles Kings]] scored the first goal of the season against the Anaheim Ducks on [[September 29]] in the opening game played in [[London]], [[England]].
   
 
==Regular Season==
 
==Regular Season==
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After games played on Wednesday, November 21 [http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?service=page&page=StandingsPage&type=CON]
   
 
'''''Note:''' W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points''
 
'''''Note:''' W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points''
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==Hat tricks==
 
{{main|2007-08 NHL Hat tricks}}
 
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
* [[2007 NHL Entry Draft]]
 
* [[2007 NHL Entry Draft]]
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