I’m not going to write an entire introduction about the regular season because it’s over an you are either:
a) Pumped about the playoffs
b) Pissed your team didn’t make it
Still, it was a fun regular season. Some upstart teams like Minnesota, Dallas, Colorado and Buffalo showed promise.
The Leafs looked like they might make the playoffs (sorry to rub it in).
Boston looked unstoppable. New York and St. Louis had breakout seasons.
Phoenix and Florida won their first division titles in league history while the Sharks and Capitals slipped and almost missed the playoffs.
Oh, and in case you missed it, New Jersey accrued 102 points and entered the playoffs red hot.
Yet, then again, the regular season is over and all hell breaks loose in the playoffs.
Will the Rangers bring home their first Stanley Cup since 1994 or will the team they took it from in that series, the Canucks, finally win it all?
Can Florida make their first major playoff run since 1996, when they went to the Stanley Cup Finals, or will New Jersey, the team that swept them in their last playoff appearance (1999-00), take them out?
The St. Louis, San Jose matchup is intriguing. Both teams are perennial playoff teams (St. Louis made it every year from 1980-2004, the Sharks 2003-present) that have never won a Cup.
Oh yeah, and that Pennsylvania showdown.
That. Is. Going. To. Be. Ugly.
Those two teams do not like each other.
It’s playoff time, baby!