Unfortunately I'll miss this game due to work, as I suspect will happen quite a bit this year. Excited to have hockey back, though. Remember the rules, folks, keep things on topic and we'll all get along nicely.
So NBCSN is calling this a rivalry game. So I guess the word rival is officially meaningless.
I hope Kronwall and his defensive partner rival Ericsson have a strong showing.
Maybe Weiss and his rival winger Franzen can get into gear early.
It has been for a while. Like most other terms, marketing has completely ruined meaning of words in general. Remember the Minnesota-Detroit "rivalry game" on NBC last year?
I also don't like that entities try to "make" rivalries. They happen when they happen. I don't expect a rivalry to open with Buffalo tonight, but I do expect some to evolve between Boston, Toronto, maybe Montreal.
But if they want to spark a rivalry tonight, I'm all for it!
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