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Top 10 Must-See Games of the 2014-15 NHL Schedule

Top 10 Must-See Games of the 2014-15 NHL Schedule

Montreal Canadiens VS Toronto Maple Leafs
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From the All-Star game to honoring retirees, the 2014-14 NHL schedule has a lot to offer fans. Here are the top 10 must-see games of the upcoming season.

10. Any Additional Outdoor Games

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10. Any Additional Outdoor Games

Pittsburgh Penguins VS Chicago Blackhawks
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Last season, the NHL hosted four additional outdoor games aside from the Winter Classic and Heritage Classic. Many fans will argue that scheduling extra outdoor games will ruin the authenticity of the Winter Classic and the Heritage Classic. While that may be true, the extra outdoor games proved to be a big hit. So far, only two outdoor games have been announced for the upcoming season, but that could change over time.

9. Oct. 12: Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins

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9. Oct. 12: Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins

Philadelphia Flyers VS Pittsburgh Penguins
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The Penguins and Flyers are like water and oil; they don't mix. Watching these longtime rivals go head-to-head is always a treat for fans, particularly when it's their first meeting of the season.

8. Oct. 8: Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs

Montreal Canadiens VS Toronto Maple Leafs
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8. Oct. 8: Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs

Carey Price
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One of the biggest and longest rivalries in NHL history, the Canadiens and Maple Leafs will battle it out on opening day. The Canadiens will meet with the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre and be the first team to face off for the 2014-15 season.

7. Jan. 13: Ottawa Senators at Dallas Stars

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7. Jan. 13: Ottawa Senators at Dallas Stars

Jason Spezza
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After spending 11 seasons with the Senators, Jason Spezza was traded to the Stars on Jul. 1. Seeing Ottawa's ex-captain meet face-to-face with his former teammates will be nothing less than engrossing.

6. Jan. 28: Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals

Brooks Orpik
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6. Jan. 28: Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals

Matt Niskanen
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Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin have been butting heads since 2005. Now, the Capitals have acquired two of the Penguins' unrestricted free agents, Matt Niskanen and longtime Penguin Brooks Orpik. The Penguins and Capitals rivalry is about to go from hot to blistering.

5. Oct. 16: Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens VS Boston Bruins
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5. Oct. 16: Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens

Boston Bruins VS Montreal Canadiens
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The longest running feud in NHL history will ignite once more on Oct. 16 at the Canadiens' home turf of the Bell Centre. The two teams have competed against each other more times than any other two teams in NHL history. That's 900 reasons for these two clubs to hate each other.

4. Jan. 11: Winnipeg Jets at Anaheim Ducks

Teemu Selanne
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4. Jan. 11: Winnipeg Jets at Anaheim Ducks

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On Jan. 11, the Ducks will pay tribute to Anaheim hero Teemu Selanne by raising his number to the rafters. Selanne played 15 different seasons with the Ducks and helped them to Stanley Cup victory in 2007.

3. Oct. 8: San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings

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3. Oct. 8: San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings

San Jose Sharks VS Los Angeles Kings
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One of the most prominent rivalries in the NHL right now began in 1991. Since then, the rivalry has done nothing but swell into a giant ball of detestation. The Kings beat the Sharks in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, so there's no telling how the first campaign between these two teams will go.

2. Jan. 25: NHL All-Star Game

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2. Jan. 25: NHL All-Star Game

2015 NHL All-Star Game
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The All-Star game was originally scheduled to be played on Jan. 27, 2013, but due to the 2012-13 lockout and players participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics, the game was postponed to 2015. That’s two seasons fans have gone without watching an All-Star game. Not only will this be a fun and exciting event to watch, but it will be Columbus' first time hosting the tournament.

1. Jan. 1: The Winter Classic

NHL Winter Classic
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1. Jan. 1: The Winter Classic

Winter Classic
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The Winter Classic has been a beloved New Years Day tradition for hockey fans since 2008. Every year, on or around Jan. 1, millions of people gather around their televisions to watch the event. Aside from the Stanley Cup Finals, the Winter Classic is the greatest spectacle the NHL has to offer.

Amanda Sklarek is a Pittsburgh Penguins/NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandabukowski, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.