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Hope for the Game

from the State News (Michigan State University
), It's the middle of the summer and the beginning of August, so it's tough to get excited about the upcoming hockey season, but why not be excited about it? After this weekend, the National Hockey League has a full schedule, rookies from not one year but two - seeing as there was no draft last summer - and the rules are going to be different. Opening night is Oct. 5 and features some good ol' fashion hockey matchups - and some crappy ones. Boston-Montreal, New York Rangers-Philadelphia, Pittsburgh-New Jersey, St. Louis-Detroit and Ottawa-Toronto - now that's what I'm talkin' about, solid hockey rivalries. What I'm not talkin' about on opening night is the San Jose and Nashville game, Columbus and Washington or Atlanta versus Florida. The league needs to make one more change and ax two of three franchises between Atlanta, Florida and Nashville. Hockey in the south is not cool and even the defending Stanley Cup Champions Tampa Bay Lightning should be considered, since they couldn't fill seats in the 2004 Cup Finals.


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