If only the Stanley Cup Final was like the Super Bowl in that everyone watched and every partisan hockey fan picked a side regardless of whether their own team was involved.
It need not take much convincing for a hockey fan of any degree from any corner of the continent to take an interest in the 2012 championship round between the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings.
After all, this is the last of live professional hockey action before three-plus months of inactivity, and possibly a longer period if a new CBA is not formulated on time. And regardless of when all 30 NHL teams resume play, there is nothing much like watching someone else’s glory to derive inspiration and hope for one’s own team the next season.
More specific to the Cup final, here are four reasons for every NHL market to bolster NBC and CBC television ratings.