Returning home after a devastating opening-day loss to the Vancouver Canucks, Mike Cammalleri and Rene Bourque both noticed the added scrutiny in Canada.
Cammalleri toiled in relative obscurity in Los Angeles with the Kings, and Bourque was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks, who only started to capture the attention of their city again last season.
At least a half-dozen cameras here and dozens of reporters went from stall-to-stall for reaction to the blowout.
"There's so much more media in Canada than in Chicago -- it's two different teams," said Bourque yesterday afternoon after practising at the Saddledome. "We expect to win, so to come out in the first game like that is something you don't want to do. I can see the reaction from the fans.
"It's only one game, though. We have to put it behind us and have 81 left."
Cammalleri grew up in the media hotbed of Toronto.
"I remember being that fan, so I understand," Cammalleri said. "I remember being that kid who would do the same thing you guys are doing now every game.
"I think we're pretty excited to get back at them (tonight)."
LINE 'EM UP, COACH
With the lines changing in Thursday's game, expect to see another mix-and-match effort from Mike Keenan tonight.
He did reunite a pre-season fave for yesterday's practice.
Matthew Lombardi was between Todd Bertuzzi and Mike Cammalleri. They had success together in exhibition play, getting people excited about the Italian connection.
"A lot of olive oil out there. We're pretty greasy," joked Cammalleri. "In the pre-season, one of the goals we scored, it was Giordano to Lombardi to Bertuzzi to Cammalleri."
REGEHR, NYSTROM IN?
Mike Keenan said there would likely be changes to his lineup -- on top of the addition of D Robyn Regehr. Bet on LW Eric Nystrom getting in tonight.