That's right. On Friday, November 5th, we're already going there.
We have a good grasp on each team by now. A popular theory is if you look at the NHL standings on Thanksgiving Day, they don't change much between then and the end of the season. Thanksgiving is only three weeks away!
Here are the ten most likely matchups you'll see when you turn on your television in June to catch the Stanley Cup Finals.
Watching the Capitals forwards such as Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin take their shots at Vancouver net-minder Roberto Luongo would be great June drama. It would be the Stanley Cup debut for all three of those stars.
The Flyers had an amazing run to the Stanley Cup finals last postseason without much stability in net. Why not do it with 22-year-old Sergei Bobrovsky?
The Detroit Red Wings haven't made the Stanley Cup finals since—gasp—2009! Talk about a drought. It'd be interesting to see how good-guy Pavel Datsyuk would deal with the likes of Daniel Carcillo for seven games.
This is my personal favorite. I would love to see Alex Ovechkin and Co. try and capture their first Stanley Cup title in Hockeytown.
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin against the Sedin twins. Crosby would be looking for his second Stanley Cup ring at 23. He could win the Stanley Cup on the same ice that he scored the overtime goal in the gold medal game against the USA last February.
Outside of Detroit's net-minder, this would be a legit rematch of the 2009 Stanley Cup finals. Both teams' cores are not too much different than the teams they were 16 months ago.
If Ovechkin really wants that elusive Stanley Cup, he and the Capitals would have to go up against the defending Stanley Cup champions and take their championship belts from them.
The past two Stanley Cup champions would meet in this matchup. Could the Blackhawks make it two straight, or could the Penguins take two of the last three and start up the dynasty talk?
The Penguins and Red Wings had back-to-back finals in 2008 and 2009. Wouldn't it be cool if the Flyers and Blackhawks met up again this year?
OK, this isn't likely. But it'd be nice to see. It could really help the league grow for the long-term if two small-market teams were in the finals. Get some of those rather unknown names out there, rather than the same names like Crosby and Ovechkin getting hammered into our heads over and over.