DonaldBrashear Posted July 26, 2013 Share Posted July 26, 2013 Thanks to the NHL, next year we will have all 30 teams in the NHL visit Vancouver for the first time ever. No more waiting years on end to see certain teams. Because of this, there's some excellent games to look forward to. The only thing this list doesn't take into account is Pavel Bure night, because we don't know when it will be. But if it's not on one of these dates, then expect someone to be bumped! without further delay, here's my list of the top 12 home games next season: ----------------------------------- #12) Washington Capitals @ MON, 28 OCT 2013 - The Capitals looked like a mess of a team in the first part of last year. Half way into the season they were well out of the playoffs in 14th spot. There was even talk of Ovechkin being bought out. Then, suddenly, they decided to start playing. They ended up going 11-1-1 in April, won their division, and Ovechkin took home his 3rd Hart Trophy. #11) Philadelphia Flyers @ MON, 30 DEC 2013 - The first home game after Christmas is always a popular one. The Flyers always seem to come to town at the end of December. This will be the first time the Flyers have visited Rogers Arena since December 28, 2010 (see, I told you - December). #10) Detroit Red Wings @ WED, 30 OCT 2013 - We've been spoiled over the years having Detroit, an original six team, in our conference, even though they shouldn't have been. This year the rules changed and Detroit was moved to the eastern conference. This means they will only be visiting once a year now. In other words, demand for Detroit games will only go up. If only it were a Saturday game. #9) New Jersey Devils @ TUE, 8 OCT 2013 - The Devils haven't been to Rogers Arena since November 1, 2010. That's nearly 3 years. And this time, they will be coming with Cory Schneider. How will the "faceoff" between him and Luongo go? Both goalies are highly competitive. Maybe Brodeur will convince Schneider to roll to centre ice and fight Luongo. #8) Edmonton Oilers @ Sat, 5 OCT 2013 - The home opener, on a Saturday, against Edmonton. Nothing wrong with that. Unlike Calgary, the Oilers are not in the process of rebuilding - they are built - to the nines. Expect Edmonton to be a serious contender this year. I see a new rivarly brewing between Alberta and BC... #7) Chicago Blackhawks @ SAT, 23 NOV 2013 - The Stanley Cup Champions role into town. These two teams hate each other, with a passion. There is no love lost here #6) Montreal Canadiens @ SAT, 12 OCT 2013 - Much like the Toronto games, the Canadiens have a strong fan base in Vancouver. Tickets are bound to be expensive for this Saturday CBC game which will pit Western Canada versus Eastern Canada. #5) Pittsburgh Penguins @ TUE, 7 JAN 2014 - Sidney Crosby comes to town. The city goes crazy. Not much else to say. #4) New York Rangers @ TUE, 1 APR 2014 - Awkward much? A highly anticipated game, thanks to some post-season coach drama. Is it a coincidence that this game is on April Fools? Because it seemed like a joke when Vancouver and New York made what essentially amounted to a coach trade a few months back. Coach versus Coach - AV and Torts will square off head to head. It's going to be great. #3) Toronto Maple Leafs @ SAT, 2 NOV 2013 - Anytime the Maple Leafs visit town, it's always a high demand game. It's a favourite of CBC. However, unlike past years, they are coming off a strong season that saw them make the playoffs for the first time in almost a decade. #2) Ottawa Senators @ SUN, 2 MAR 2014 - The heritage classic comes to Vancouver. Fans have often talked about what it would be like to see BC Place filled to the rafters with screaming hockey fans. It will be a once in a lifetime experience in many aspects. But this still isn't good enough for it to rank #1. Sorry, that spot had to go to...................... #1) Boston Bruins @ SAT, 14 DEC 2013 - For the first time in 2 1/2 years, the Boston Bruins will step foot in Rogers Arena. In case you forgot, the last time they visited Rogers Arena, on June 15, 2011, they left with the Stanley Cup. Hearts were broken, cars were set on fire, and people were stabbed. This time, however, the Bruins are coming off their own Stanley Cup Finals loss. Maybe both teams will throw down their gloves and hug it out? "I feel your pain Henrik", says Chara............. not bloody likely. ----------------------------------- That's it! So, what games are you all looking forward to? And what order would you rank these in? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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