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It’s Here! Go Time for the NHL’s 2010-11 Season

So, it might be taking place a half a world away…

And, sure, those of us burdened by the demands of troublesome day jobs might not get to take in all of today’s matinee action…

But, finally, hockey’s back in a little less than one hour.

The Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild kick off the NHL season from Helsinki, Finland at noon in the East today and four other games are scheduled this evening meaning that, once again, all is right with the world.

It’s exactly what I’ve needed, personally… ‘Cause I’ve been in a bit of a funk.

Don’t get me wrong. Between the arrival of my second son last Wednesday, the 10th anniversary of my 21st birthday last Friday, the company of family and friends celebrating these momentous occasions, the New York Jets rising to the top of the NFL’s AFC East, my roaring success in weekend football pools, argumentative dominance on The Bolts Beat (that’s right, boys. You heard me!) and the New York Mets ridding themselves of inept leaders in GM Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel, much has been going my way of late.

(Plus I got to witness a postseason no-hitter, thanks to Roy Halladay yesterday, though that Met fan in me was kind of hoping for quite the opposite, initially. Later, my attitude righted itself. Division rival or not, that was something special!)

I guess you could say I’m on one hell of a roll in the last week or so.

But, without hockey – actual regular season, NHL hockey – it’s been tough to get on that type of roll, so far as my craft goes, to finally fully settle in here at my new home.

Of course, the delay of the site’s relaunch (as Paul touched on this morning) has something to do with that. Without a living, breathing Beasts of the Southeast section to call my own, it’s been tough not to feel like merely a guest since coming over (open-armed welcomes from the boss man, colleagues and readers alike notwithstanding).

And the aforementioned major events in my life have been slightly distracting as well, if I’m being honest.

But now with the highly anticipated drop of the first puck, oh, 45 minutes away as I type these very words, actually, it’s go time. And how about that? A Southeast team involved in today’s opener. Just perfect (well, except for that pesky work thing, that is…)

I’m thankful right now for the wonderful innovation of DVR, so I can zip through commercials and catch up on whatever I miss when I get home today.

And I’m excited to see what Carolina brings to the table today. Cam Ward is tops in the Southeast in goal, if you ask me, several Hurricanes are looking to bounce back after an injury-plagued 2009-10 campaign and pundits everywhere are raving about upstart center Jeff Skinner. I see the ‘Canes as a wild card in the Southeast as their dependence on a return to health and production for many key vets as well as a reliance on several young contributors is an all-or-nothing formula for the upcoming season. They’ll either really impress… Or not…

Most of all, I’m just elated that our game is back in T-minus 30 minutes from now.

If you’re reading this and you’re

not

saying the same, check your pulse.

Game freakin’ on!

Happy hockey season, folks.

JJ
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AMEN!!!! GO BOLTS!!!!

Posted by TBL FAN on 10/07/10 at 01:02 PM ET

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