Mabus -- Two years ago, I finally got "real" television after years without. Prior to that I did A LOT of really bad streaming that was terribly frustrating or I would hit the bar to watch games (...sometimes problematic in a completely different way... anyway)
Initially I just had regular cable, but along with MSNBC, I had MSG network, as I was living in New York. I spent a lot of time with the Isles (love 'em) and Rags (hate 'em).
...neither the Devils nor Sabres gave me much interest at the time. (The Devils still don't.)
I do still go out of my way to watch Isles games. They were my "hometown" team when Detroit was still in the West. Also, at the start it was also very easy to root for them because they were terribad and when they'd win it was a hell of a lot of fun. When they lost it was really easy to not really care about how they were doing because they weren't really my team.
Two years ago, I had Center Ice and watched entirely too much hockey. Every night. Every team. Flipping between games and not really watching ANY game all the way through.
I'm back in Detroit now and relegated to MSNBC and FSD for the time being. Trying to figure out how to stream CBC because I'd like to watch more of the Jets and Oilers. For now, I'll take what I can get, but I'm tending to watch/focus on whichever team seems to be "hot" just so I can see what's working for them and how different teams make their compliment of players work and matchup against other teams. Knowing how the league works, how other teams operate, and how they play on the ice has become part of my everyday hockey fandom. Wings still matter the most over everyone else, but they're not my end-all/be-all of hockey.