Just a couple of weeks ago, people were pining for the start of the 2011-2012 NHL regular season. Now recently, I've seen people complain about how these regular season games don't really mean anything—"It's all about the playoffs."
Playoffs? PLAYOFFS? Easy there, General Custer, let's step back and take a look at what we have in front of us: a bevy of great hockey games to watch. And for the next couple of weeks, until October 23 to be specific, you can watch any and every game with the NHL Center Ice free preview.
Last week, fellow columnist Franklin Steele gave fans 16 games to watch this month. This week, I'll chime in with some suggestions of my own.
Because it's October—the month of Halloween—and since 13 is generally regarded as a "scary" number, let's go with 13 games you should check out on NHL Center Ice while you can...for free.