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The NHL has taken a liking to opening its season outside North America. Expect the same for the 2008-09 season.

The league will usher in next season in Prague, Czech Republic, with a two-game set between the Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins, The Hockey News reported Wednesday on its Web site.

This regular season opened in Europe -- London, a first -- with a two-game series between the Los Angeles Kings and defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks. The Sept. 29-30 games at the O2 Arena were sold out.

The series represented the fourth time the NHL has begun its season outside North America, with the other three in Japan (1997, 1998 and 2000).

The 2008-09 opener would also start a "compressed" schedule, according to the Hockey News' report, that would push the regular season back a week to begin either Oct. 9 or 10 and do the same with the early portion of the schedule to avoid the season running a week longer.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3058531

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This would have been good for the Devils to play in Prague with Patrick Elias sure to be a fan favorite.

Maybe one day they will play games in Moscow now that will be strange.

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I thought that the Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins would play in Prague for 2008/09 and now this is news to me.. Ottawa vs Pittsburgh?? wow... I have enjoyed seeing the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings in London on tv back in late Sept and thought why not a few games in Europe? now it might happen.. good.. let's hope it will be nice to show the NHL to Europe and Asia more...

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This would have been good for the Devils to play in Prague with Patrick Elias sure to be a fan favorite.

Maybe one day they will play games in Moscow now that will be strange.

After watching part of this 9 game road trip I don't want them to go oversees.

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