First things first: It is way too early to determine where each team stands based off of one game.
As I’m sure many of you saw, a lot of teams are rusty, and a few are missing players from overseas. That’s not to say that Saturday’s results were meaningless, but we definitely will see better—and more meaningful—hockey in the future.
Also, piggybacking off of that notion, this is the time of year where everyone overreacts to everything that happens.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have a winning record in the first month: They’re going to the Stanley Cup!
The Vancouver Canucks have a losing streak: They’re going to be disappointing once again!
The Los Angeles Kings have a winning streak: It’s a dynasty!
I’m as happy as you are that hockey is going to be played and that I can write about actual results rather than my own speculations. One of the joys of the hockey season, at least for me, is that something unexpected always happens.
I never saw the Ottawa Senators putting it together like they did last season or the Phoenix Coyotes taking out both the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators in the playoffs, and I certainly did not think that the Kings would win it all as an No. 8 seed.
Hockey’s back! (It’s about damn time).