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NHL Playoffs: The Quest for Lord Stanley Begins Tonight

The NHL’s second season starts tonight with the top seeded Vancouver Canucks and Washington Capitals taking their games to a national audience, along with a kick off game between the Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes.

Here is your full NHL Playoff Schedule for tonight:

West

#3 Detroit Red Wings vs #6 Phoenix Coyotes – Versus, 6PM
#1 Vavcouver Canucks vs #8 Chicago Blackhawks – Versus 9PM
#4 Anaheim Ducks vs #5 Nashville Predators – 9:30PM

East

#4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs #5 Tampa Bay Lightning – 6PM

#1Washington Capitals vs #8 New York Rangers – Versus 6:30 (Regionally)

Being fans here in Minnesota, you have to ask yourself, why should I care? You are more than welcome to grab the golf clubs and hit the course. However, the disturbance in the force will not settle itself. Wild fans need to band together to counter the fact that the Canucks are the top seed in the West.

No one wants them to win outside of Vancouver. Don’t be that guy.

Also, and more realistically, this is the best time of the year for NHL hockey. If you deny yourself the pleasure of playoff hockey simply because the Wild aren’t involved, you are giving up an awful lot for a team that gave you nothing in return.

It is your birthright to watch the best hockey in the world. This is the best hockey in the world, don’t deny yourself the privilege. Set aside your petty anger and watch as rivalries are born, disgusting goals are scored, and the Cup is awarded.

You were born to watch hockey.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.