NHL Open Thread for March 31st


After an exciting weekend of Red Wings' hockey, we've got a couple days off to rest, recuperate, watch baseball and I guess root against New Jersey? What an ugly schedule tonight.

  • Take your pick in Carolina vs. Ottawa. We still have one game left against the Canes, so I want whatever happens tonight to increase the likelihood that we'll be able to beat the Hurricanes when we face them on Friday the 11th (note that this is a general butterfly effect kind of hope and not a "gee I hope a few of their guys get injured hurrrrr" kind of hope. That would be a bad hope and Adrian Dater would send the Universe after me for doing that, so I won't).
  • New Jersey is probably the last team with a realistic shot of making the playoffs, so they're the team I'm rooting against. Still, this game is going to be boring and the Devils are going to win.
  • Winnipeg is a terrible place where people get mad at players for being there for the birth of their own children, but you could clamp my balls to a dump truck's battery and I still wouldn't root for Anaheim unless I had to. Go Jets.
  • I'm rooting for Minnesota to miss the playoffs for no real specific reason other than I like it more when Minny fans are upset because they're so precious when they're angry. I don't really care about Los Angeles and still consider them the lesser of the evils among the California teams. I just hope Dustin Brown doesn't kill anybody.

What are you hoping to see tonight?