Hockey is back in about three weeks. There will be travel involved and if you are the Dallas Stars about 5000 fans is possible. No Canadian province has guaranteed that they are even going to allow games to happen. Some seem more likely than others, but unless I missed Alberta okaying it (entirely possible), the North Division could end up not playing in Canada. All that aside, the hockey should be good even with no exhibition games to prepare with.
The Winnipeg Jets are going to be in a division with the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, and Vancouver Canucks. This is Hockey Night in Canada’s dream and should bring forward some great games. If I understand correctly, games are only played within the division this year, so we will all hate Connor McDavid by the end of February. It’s a good problem to have.
That’s the beauty of this division: we already hate most of the teams because Canada, so the extra hate that will build up not only between players, but fanbases. This could become a hilariously grumpy time for hockey fans always having to watch the same few teams playing. But that is neither here nor there as this could be interesting to watch to see how tensions grow between teams in repeated short 2-3 game series.
As for the actual teams themselves, that will be discussed and dissected to death at a later date. Please remember that we must laugh at all Ottawa Senators jokes and come up with new things to hate about Toronto. It is essential to our season long struggle of facing the same six teams that we have new and current material to use. We are better than “1967” in response to everything.