CHICAGO - MAY 29: The Chicago Blackhawks face of against the Philadelphia Flyers to start the third period of Game One of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on May 29, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Tomorrow's meeting between the Blackhawks and Flyers at Chicago's United Center is a fantastic story for the NHL to pump up. It's their first NBC game of the year, outside of the Winter Classic, and it was scheduled to be that way since July. A re-match of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final on national television. AWESOME EXCITING COOL GET PUMPED!
I'll be honest, though: I really don't care about tomorrow's game, outside of the fact that it's another game on the schedule. Maybe I'll feel differently when the I see the Flyers skating on the United Center ice tomorrow. Hell, picking the photo for this story and scrolling through all of the photos from last year's Final, I get a little emotional about it.
But in terms of this season and this Flyers team and this season and this Blackhawks team, I really don't care. I get the sense that most of us don't really care, unless we happen to live in Chicago and this is the only game we'll get to see in person this year.
Peter Laviolette seems to have the same attitude about it, too.
"I'll be honest, I haven't given it much thought," said the coach following his team's 3-1 loss to the Devils on Saturday. The players who spoke after the game felt the same way. Some select quotes...
"Honestly, not really," said Danny Briere. "Probably tomorrow when we get to the rink it might get a little emotional, but no. It's not a game that -- I knew this one (against the Devils) was going to be tough today. I think, for the most part, the guys weren't looking too far ahead."
"No," said Kimmo Timonen. "We were sleeping in the first part of the game. I don't think you can think about looking forward. We weren't ready to play."
"I don't think so," said Brian Boucher. "No, I don't sense that. ... I hadn't heard anybody talk about it, so I don't think that's it."
Tomorrow's game is supposed to be a HUGE GAME on the NHL schedule, but really, it's just another game in an 82 game season. Don't let the NHL and NBC tell you otherwise.