For the sake of this article, I’m going to embody a Columbus Blue Jackets player.
I’ve had all summer to think about how close we came as a team to making the playoffs, and how great it felt to at least be in the conversation. But next year has to be different. I, and my team even more, want true success. I want a playoff run. I want to put this team and city on the NHL map.
These games will mark the first time the teams play each other since March 14, 2012. That game ended in a 5-4 shootout victory for the Avalanche. Prior to that, the teams met on January 4, 2011, with Colorado taking a 4-3 overtime victory.
I can’t seem to pinpoint one single thing that makes me look forward to hockey season as much as I do. Whether it is the excitement of the game itself, the pregame parties on the concourse, the camaraderie amongst the Lightning fans or just the simple desire to scream my head off for my team, but one thing is for sure; there is absolutely no feeling in the world like being at a Tampa Bay Lightning home game.
Recently the Nashville Predators took a stand against one of their most heated rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks. The Predators put a clause in place that is being deemed “keep the red out” that will make it difficult for Blackhawks fans to purchase tickets when their beloved team is visiting the city of music and they want to get a glimpse of the defending champs.