I would agree and the NHL could even make that not hurt as bad by having Minnesota play a team that WILL bring in the rankings. Didn't they JUST play Chicago in the playoffs? *shock face*
They did but it was a boring series to say the least. The old rivalry we had with Minnesota was when they were the North Stars. Once they moved to Dallas and Minnesota got another team (Wild) the rivalry was gone. Pretty much when we face Minnesota at home those are the games I sell - along with Columbus, Nashville, and Edmonton. If it's any consolation Blues games are one of my favorites to attend cause both teams are really good.
My wife and I are planning to bring the kids to the Sat 10/27 game - last road game I went to was in March 2008 in St. Louis. The place was nice and there was good food there. And it's fun to see another team's opening on the jumbotron and compare it with your own.
Yea I hear you. I guess my point is that if the NHL is overtly concerned about the ratings of the game (which, admittedly, they should be) I still think they should be letting in a "non powerhouse" team, but then just match them up with a team that you know will bring in the ratings, such as a Penguins or Rangers.
And I agree with the earlier comments in this thread that Ovechkin is losing his luster and I don't understand the Capitals selection much. No rivalry, and obviously selected just because of Ovechkin. NHL is also assuming Ovechkin won't get injured leading up to the game
because then there's NO storyline. At all.
Blues and Hawks would be insanely awesome.