The first few games of the playoffs allowed for an insight into the differences between youth and veterans on teams as the young teams stumbled out of the block but aren’t entirely out of it as the first round continues.
This past week the Florida Panthers set a record that nobody wants to set, especially not a struggling franchise. They had an all-time low in attendance when they faced-off against the Ottawa Senators this week. As the teams came out on the ice for warm-ups there was a significant amount of empty seats. As the game began there was not a lot of change to the numbers with a total attendance of 7,311.
The Central division saw a facelift in 2013-14 and with the adjustment of teams it was expected that one would rule them all. The Chicago Blackhawks had been the rulers of the old Central division for years and have been Stanley Cup favourites for the same amount of time. They went into last year as favourites again to win a division with a lot of questions. They seemed like the only sure shot in the division that was full of young teams and unsure talent. Then the season started and a team that many thought as a rebuilding team began to take control of the division.
The playoffs are in full swing with few teams already getting their walking papers for the season. There are many series still going on but then Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings are heading home for another offseason after being beat by the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins. Now these two teams will get ready to take on each other in a classic rivalry series that is sure to be a good one.
The NHL playoff race is coming to an end with only a few games left and one week of the season remaining for teams to make their move. Teams are not in the single digits in terms of games remaining and many of the playoff spots have been taken. In the Western Conference the division leaders have all solidified their spots in the playoffs with only the two wild card spots remaining. Nobody has clinched their division yet though as the race among the best teams in the league continues on for the last week of the season.
It was another week where two games took focus over everything else as the stadium Series continued. The entire idea of the Stadium Series was to highlight the game to the USA by putting them in amazing stadiums. The stadiums became the focus of the series and they would kick it off in one of the most legendary stadiums in North America. Dodger Stadium had played host to some of the best moments in MLB history and in American sports history so it only seemed fitting that it would host a major game in the legendary stadium.
Sports in North America are some of the most profitable industries out there with billions of dollars going through these teams. The NFL takes the cake as the largest with multi-billions running through teams and massive contracts given out to players. Every other league is just trying to catch up to the NFL and make that type of money and that includes the NHL.
The NHL week seemed to be business as usual for all teams until one player on one of the best surprises of the season would change the week. The Colorado Avalanche have had a great season so far as they are among the top teams in the league. The season was never supposed to go like this for the team as most expected them to falter with a number of young inexperienced players. Not to mention that a new coach with no NHL experience in Patrick Roy taking over for his first year.
The new Central Division is not the same as it once was with the top two teams taken away from the group. The Central Division had been built off of the rivalry between Detroit and Chicago but that is no longer there. The Chicago Blackhawks remain in the Central Division while the Detroit Red Wings move to the Eastern Conference.