October 8, 2003
Today is the beginning of the NHL season, my favorite time of year for sports. I was lucky to be a kid in Philly when the Broad Street Bullies were terrorizing their way to two Stanley Cups. The toothless Bobby Clarke was my hero, whether he was slashing Russian ankles or dishing to Bill Barber or Reggie Leach on the famous LCB line.
Though I'm still a Philly fan, due to geography we see more Nashville Predator games these days, both in person and on television. They're an easy team to like, built around defense, checking and hard work at both ends of the rink. The playoffs are probably a couple of years away based on their thin blueline, but the team is building a contender slowly.
My fearless NHL predictions:
Division winner predictions: Philadelphia, Washington and Ottawa in the east; Detroit, Vancouver and Dallas in the west.
Finals prediction: Philly vs. Vancouver
Stanley Cup prediction: Vancouver
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