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by IwoCPO on 01/09/13 at 03:33 PM ET
The mid-January forecast in St. Louis? Bitterness with a touch of jealousy, sprinkled with torrential downpours of paranoia and insecurity, mixed.
The Detroit Red Wings are expected to open the season at St. Louis on Jan. 19 and then play at Columbus on Jan. 21.
That's Khan(!) and it's interesting.
Obviously with Gary's schedule calling for all Western Conference and mostly Central foes? Every game in the division is chock full o' drama.
In case you'd forgotten, we don't like the Bitter Bitch Blues and their simpering fan base...winners of nothing. Ever. But we do respect the team and it's tub of a coach. In fact, we respect the whole division except for the BJs, which makes no sense because how can you not...you'll catch on. Baby steps.
Nobody will have a tougher time making Gary's fake playoffs then every team in the Central. Nobody. Even when you consider only 18 games will be played against divisional opponents, I would bet nobody wins more than 28-30 games and that's going to spell big time trouble, sister. Big time. Because the rest of the conference doesn't measure up, not even close. It's going to be a blood bath every night in our division while LA coasts through the Pacific and Vancouver lays waste to the stupid Northwest. Oh, I know...the Wild. Right.
No scoring, no character, but so happy at home. If Parise lets him Ryan Suter is prepared to consult with his (their) agent about whether it would be a good idea to imagine what Minnesota's schedule will be. That decision is still pending, though, until Parise gives the final ok for Suter's foray into independent thought.
For all of us who wondered what it was like to be a Blues fan all those years and stress about just making the playoffs? Welcome to Gary's World. It's about to happen. Not just for us, but for all Central fans. The only way we see three teams from hockey's best division make the playoffs is if the Central completely lays waste to the other conferences while playing it out pretty close to evenly amongst themselves.
The competition between the four big kids will be so ferocious that the postseason will have the intensity of an all-star game compared to what they all went through for three months prior.
Oh and when it comes to how opening night was scheduled, JJ called it a couple days ago. Back to their old tricks, the assholeleaguerunbyfucktards had no problem going back to the red and white well.
...looking at scheduling in seasons past and how the Red Wings have been used as the league's biggest road draw, I would not be at all surprised to see the Wings heading to Nashville, St. Louis, or Columbus on the season's first Saturday night.
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