Bryan Little is excited and anxious to be preparing to play hockey again.
"I've never been so anxious and nervous at the same time for the opening puck-drop," Little said. "I think everyone's in different situations. Some guys haven't played in a long time, some guys just got back from Europe. But at the end of the day, it's the first NHL game of the season for everyone." He registered 24 goals and 46 points in 74 games in a hot and cold year in 2011-12. Little could be in store for more of the same this season, while skating alongside Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler again.