If you’re like me, you’re counting the days until the puck drops. Fortunately for all of us, we’re not waiting out a lockout this season. No, this year, we get October hockey. This year, we get 82 games. This year, we get Eastern Conference opponents. And with all 82 games and Eastern Conference teams in play, there are some interesting matchups on the schedule. Let’s take a look at the best ones (in no particular order):
On January 16th, the Boston Bruins travel to the Lone Star State for what should be a great game full of storylines: Seguin against the team that gave up on him, Loui’s return to Dallas, and…uh…well, that’s about it, but those are some damn good storylines that will lead to a wonderful, emotional, and intense game. Can’t wait for that one.
It’s crazy to think that two Eastern Conference teams would take two of the three spots on this list, but here we have it. It’s a unique situation now that the Red Wings are an Eastern Conference team. Nonetheless, this rivalry is now more intriguing with Jim Nill’s move from Motown to Dallas. Nill left what some Detroit personnel described as an irreplaceable piece of the organization and a key element of Detroit’s success. Now, with the Red Wings in the East, the Stars only face them twice throughout the season (once in Dallas, and once in Detroit). Jim Nill gets to travel back to Michigan in early November with his new, young, talented team ready to make a bold statement.
This last one is a no-brainer. It’s not about the game, though the game against the Minnesota Wild should be a good one. March 8, 2014. Do I need to say more? … I will anyways …
Mike Modano, the unquestioned greatest player in franchise history, will have his number retired. The ceremony will be emotional and epic. It’s a can’t miss night. Keep the tissues handy for this one. Oh, and the Stars play a new division rival that night too, just a little added value …