I'm watching the Chicago-Vancouver game as I write this and I gotta tell ya, I don't care one whit for either of these teams. I don't really hate either of them but I don't really like either of them either. It's the Battle of Who Could Care Less. I was determined to come into this series with an open mind and heart because there are a couple of players I like on both sides and no one I really dislike - not even ol' Soupy although I do enjoy watching his defensive miscues replayed - but this game is not helping matters. I actually flipped over to the basketball game because it sounded more entertaining. And I do not really care for basketball. Before tonight I had already picked Vancouver in 7 and I'll stick with that.
More about the other match-ups later. I'm exhausted and want to get to bed. Before I call it a night, I just wanna say, how the everlovin' heck is Teppo Numminen not a Masterton finalist? He had OPEN HEART SURGERY! His rib cage was cracked open! His HEART! THE MOST MAJOR OF MAJOR ORGANS! He was playing in the freakin' NHL a year later! That's remarkable. He's also been around forever and is well-respected by pretty much everyone. He's the perfect storm of all the reasons people win this thing and yet nada. I don't get it. I figured Richard Zednik had a pretty good chance of winning but for Teppo to not even be a finalist is outrageous. I am outraged.
ETA: Well, it seems that game got at least somewhat entertaining after I turned off the TV. Darn. Still, hard to get a handle. I was neither happy or nervous when I heard that Chicago made it interesting. Bring on the Detroit and Boston!