Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 6/22/12
I love you…not… I have a love/hate relationship with the NHL schedule makers. Every NHL hockey season has its perceived positives and negatives even before the puck drops. Today, I take a look at the upcoming season. Love ‘Em Rematches I have to tell you, nothing gets me more primed for a game than when the Canucks play a team that ousted them from the playoffs in recent history.  There are two such games that fit that bill this year. First is the Boston Bruins return to the scene of the crime.  That crime?  Stealing the cup from us on our home ice in game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. In their first trip back to Vancouver on Dec. 29, we will have to figure out a way to make a sarcastic chant of “RA-AASK!” sound as good as “THO-MAAS!”, while Bruins Goaltender Tim Thomas takes a year-long sabbatical from the game (insert obligatory wise-crack about joining the ticket as V.P. with Mitt Romney to help try to take down President Obama here). The other such game pits a more recent...
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