Five for fighting: Games to watch

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The home opener always has that clean-slate feel, but this year expectations are higher than ever. Expect some noise.

Oct. 30 vs. Pittsburgh

The defending Stanley Cup champs and Sidney Crosby only make one stop in Nationwide this season.

Nov. 4 vs. San Jose

A homecoming for two beloved former Jackets, as Manny Malhotra joins enforcer Jody Shelley on the Sharks this season. They're both class acts and will get a warm welcome from Columbus fans, even in the opponent's sweater.

Nov. 11 vs. Detroit

When a Red Wings fan threw an octopus on the ice at Nationwide during Game 3 of the playoffs, it made the team you love to hate even more hated.

Dec. 28 vs. Detroit

It's the only Jackets home game on national television (Versus). Let's make sure there isn't any red in the stands.