By Jack Fenty
Oh, so there’s a stadium series game tonight at 8PM ET on NBC... Who knew? Since the NHL is the worst marketing league in the history of marketing leagues not that many people actually know about this special game. So here I am, having to explain what the game is all about and what viewers should look forward to…
The Washington Capitals will faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. This will not only be a hockey game that means a lot in regard to the playoff picture, but it will also be a time to honor the United States and Canada’s military personnel. Military members will be on the ice for both national anthems and members of the U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team and U.S. Olympic men’s curling team will also be on the ice. (Both teams just won gold at the Winter Olympic in South Korea). This will be the first NHL game to be held at a service academy. Mike Babcock, the head coach of the Leafs and also a dual citizen of both USA and Canada stated in an interview with NHL Network, “If you’re North American, this one is more special because of the men and women that look after you and give you all the privileges you have in your life by keeping you safe and living in a democracy…To me, it’s a special, special thing.”
Besides honoring both countries service men and women this game means a lot for two teams who are currently in a playoff spot in their respective divisions. The Leafs are third in the Atlantic Division with 85 points, one behind the Boston Bruins. Since January 20th the Leafs are 14-3-2, but they are coming off two straight losses in which they lost by one goal in both.
Onto the Caps. As of 2:27 ET the Capitals are in first place in the Metropolitan Division with 79 points. As I write this blog the Flyers are playing the Lightning; if the Flyers end up winning they will jump the Caps by one point. They are 4-4-2 in their last ten games. The difference between getting the first seed in the Metro compared to the second or third can turn out to be huge come playoff time.
Overall, this will be a great event. The honoring of our service men and women and a great game of hockey. That’s what it’s all about. Make sure to watch on NBC!
(You’re welcome NHL for the free marketing).
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