Colorado off to flying start
New Colorado coach Patrick Roy got off to a winning start as the Avalanche hammered the Anaheim Ducks 6-1 in their first game of the season.
Ryan O'Reilly scored the only goal of the first period but Steve Downie, John Mitchell and Jamie McGinn all netted in the second with number one draft pick Nathan MacKinnon picking up his first NHL point with an assist on McGinn's goal.
The pair combined again to make it 5-0 and Matt Duchene added another for the Avalanche before Jakob Silfverberg grabbed a late consolation for the Ducks.
Two first-period goals ensured Detroit began life in the Eastern Conference with a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
The Red Wings were moved over from the West during the summer realignment but looked very much at home as Mikael Samuelsson and Pavel Datsyuk handed them a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.
The second stanza was scoreless and Zemgus Girgensons' marker in the third proved a mere consolation for the Sabres.
In Wednesday's other game, the Toronto Maple Leafs made it two wins from two with a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Brayden Schenn put the Flyers ahead but Phil Kessel, who signed an eight-year deal worth a reported
64million US dollars on Tuesday, celebrated his 26th birthday with the equalising goal.
Dave Bolland then scored twice in the third period to hand the Leafs the win.