2013 NHL Season: Things That Hockey Fans Would Love to See
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Hockey fans are some of the best in sports, but they have been mistreated by those who run the league several times in the past few years. However, those who stay could be rewarded with some terrific hockey this season.
There are a few things that all hockey fans would love to see happen this year, and even if they are unlikely, nothing is impossible. Let's take a look at these things that would make this season even more special.
Bruins-Rangers Playoff Series
Wow, the Bruins and Rangers sure have provided for some great playoff series haven't they? I remember that one time when...
Wait a minute. Why can't I remember these two ever playing in the playoffs? They're two of the elite teams in the East, Original Six rivals and its Boston-New York. Am I losing my memory already?
Nope. They haven't met in the postseason since 1972. Look it up.
This series has been long overdue. This is one of the best rivalries in the league, and these two are currently the top two teams in the East; maybe in the entire NHL.
A Canadian Stanley Cup Champion
Fans of American teams wouldn't enjoy seeing this, but a team from the country where it all started has not won the Stanley Cup since 1993. That was before I was born.
It isn't too realistic this season, as Vancouver is the only team that is really a playoff lock, but teams like Ottawa and Edmonton could surprise people. Remember, all you need to do to have a shot at the Cup is make the playoffs.
Sidney Crosby Healthy
I don't care if you don't like the guy (I personally don't). Crosby is one of the most talented players in the game and no fan should ever want to see anyone hurt.
Crosby may not have the best attitude, but if you enjoy hockey, you enjoy watching someone as skilled as him on the ice every night. That's a fact.
Hopefully Sid will put his concussion problems behind him this season and return to being the player that fans love to watch.
Columbus in the Playoffs
Alright you can stop laughing now.
As improbable as this is, imagine what a story it would make if it did happen. There is nothing guaranteed in this shortened season, but Columbus finishing last in the West is as close to a guarantee as you can get.
However, if the Jackets somehow pull off a miracle and make it to the postseason, the fan base will be rejuvenated and it will be something very fun to watch. Hockey fans are great in Columbus, believe me. They just haven't had a chance to prove it.
Penguins-Red Wings Threematch
The last time Sidney Crosby was on the ice against the Detroit Red Wings, his face was in Jimmy Howard's glove. That was in March 2010.
These two will not meet again this year unless it's in June.
They provided two of the best Stanley Cup Finals we have seen in recent years, and they were in back-to-back seasons. Detroit won in 2008 and Pittsburgh won in 2009. Since those years, neither team has made it to the third round of the playoffs, and Pittsburgh has only won one playoff series.
Even fans that do not like either team would love to see the great hockey that would occur if these two met in the championship round for the third time in six seasons.
White Jerseys at Home
It has been nine years since teams have regularly worn whites at home. Time flies doesn't it?
While some teams like Detroit will occasionally wear their white sweaters on home ice, most home games look the exact same to fans. If you're a Flyers fan, every home game is orange vs. white. If you're a Kings fan, every game is black vs. white, and so on and so on.
White jerseys look so much better in front of home crowds than colored ones, and it makes more sense to wear white at home for teams like Pittsburgh and Phoenix, who are known for whiteouts in the playoffs.
Chances are that this will not happen this season or any other one in the near future, but it doesn't hurt to hope.
Toronto in the Playoffs
The Maple Leafs are located in the world capital of hockey. Their fan base is arguably the best in the league, packing the house every single game no matter how embarrassingly bad the team is.
But Toronto has not seen a playoff game since 2004.
Sure, it's fun to watch the Leafs struggle if you're a Senators or Canadiens fan, but as a hockey fan, you have to admit that watching the Leafs in the playoffs after nine long years would be great for hockey as a whole.
An All-out Brawl on the First Day of the Season
Saturday is rivalry day, and nothing would quench our dehydrated hockey thirst like some good old-time hockey fights on opening night.
If there was a perfect stage for something to happen, it would be today. The league is trying to draw fans back in, players have had an extra few months of bitterness towards other teams that they would like to shake off, and some of the league's top rivalries are taking center stage.
An All-Original Six Stanley Cup Final
Obviously, you wouldn't like to see this if you are a fan of a non-Original Six team, but as a hockey fan in general, you would have to admit that this would be great to see.
Montreal and Toronto do not have great chances of getting to the Final, but the Rangers, Bruins, Red Wings, and Blackhawks are all potential Cup contenders. A Stanley Cup championship series between two of these teams would be amazing, and it is definitely possible this season.
Even better, imagine if the Rangers and Bruins played in the Eastern Conference Final, and the Wings and Hawks played in the Western Conference Final.