The hockey playoffs start soon, and the matchups are seem pretty close this year: my preferred team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, are up against the long-hated cross-state rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers. Defending Stanley Cup champions the Boston Bruins are playing perennial chokers your Washington Capitals. The remaining two Atlantic Conference teams, less the lowly Islanders, are in the hunt as well, with the Rangers up against the lucky Senators and the New Jersey Devils are matched up against the, uh, Florida Panthers? Yes, the Florida Panthers.
A lot of stuff is going on the the Western Conference, but I have no idea what.
In fact, when I say "seem pretty close" above, that's more or less what I mean--sadly, I have paid very little attention to non-Penguins hockey this year. Not that I normally have a voracious appetite for NHL-wide news and developments under normally circumstances, but usually I have at least a vague idea of what's going on around the team. This year, the Hartford Whalers could have been the #1 seed as far as I knew. And I'll be perfectly honest when I say I haven't paid much attention to Penguin-centered hockey this year, too.
So it's probably sad that I'm not overly impressed with hockey this year. It just seemed like a slow season; I watched very few games, and there is no particular reason as to why. I watched it with Sidney and without, and I watched during the (many) losing streaks and the (many) winning streaks they've had this year. We've gone to at least one game these last two seasons--and I think a few seasons before that as well--but we were unable to do it this year. Thankfully, with a series-long boxing match for the first round of the playoffs, things should get very interesting very quick.