1) The day we NHL die-hard fans have been waiting for since we saw Z-Chara accept the Cup from Gary Bettman 3 1/2 months ago. The seemingly never ending off season is now over and real hockey is back. Their is a relatively small slate of games starting tonight with couple of of marquis match ups. One that could be a Finals preview and another that easily could end up being previews of The Conference Finals. In the East power houses Boston and Philadelphia will face off in TD Garden while out West we will see The Crosby-less Penguins play the Cup runner-ups/President's Trophy champ, Canucks at GM Place. We will also see an Original 6, and one of the NHL's longest/biggest rivalries in the Leafs-vs the Habs at the ACC.
2) Also due to popular demand we will again do our weekly Saturday picks. For new readers, last season each Saturday (usually the NHL's busiest day) we would pick the winners of every game and do One Lock of The week. Some might think its easy to simply pick a winner of a game. We challenge anyone out there to do what we did and do it better. Our goal is to stay above .500. Last time we finished the year with a 176-127 record for a solid .580 winning %, or 49 games above .500! On those 'Locks' each week we had an impressive 20-6, record or winning 78% of those weekly picks. We'll be hard pressed to match those figures in both categories, but we'll give it a shot. Look for it this Saturday when 26 teams will be in action. Yes, 13 games in all including games in Europe (Rangers-Ducks) and (Buffalo-LA)).
Game On Baby!
3) Post script: Look for the final preseason preview post tomorrow as we extrapolate the playoffs next spring based upon our preseason predictions posted earlier this week. Always an interesting posting. Additionally FR2 tells me he has a post concerning no-touch icing due out next week. A very exciting time for us at Fauxrumors, as it is with all NHL hockey fans.
As always, keep it here for all the latest!