Meanwhile, TSN has an extra all-Canadian match-up, new faces including Belinda Stronach's good friend and more HD.
As good as all that sounds, CBC added a bonus yesterday when it announced that host Ron MacLean will referee the second period of tonight's Buffalo-Pittsburgh pre-season game as part of a feature that will run on Thursday's Hockey Night In Canada opener.
The feature could be a good one in itself, but the real bonus is that it might put an end to MacLean's tiring and tiresome crusade against the NHL's new style of officiating.
That would be the style that just about everybody but MacLean loves.
The idea of having MacLean, a certified junior hockey referee, handle part of an NHL game came from the league for obvious reasons. Put MacLean in an official's skates and he might end his almost weekly tirades that prompted even Don Cherry to tell him to give it a rest.