Your useless (?) trivia for the day...
After watching Columbus manhandle Vancouver last night (it was awesome), I realized that Columbus is playing in an awful lot of home openers. Besides their own and in Vancouver's, they also played in Phoenix's, and (of course) they'll be playing in ours.
Columbus is also undefeated (3-0-0) for what that's worth.
Here's a breakdown of the 30 NHL teams and how many openers they're playing in (including their own):
4 Home Openers
- Colorado Avalanche (@ Montreal, @ Chicago, @ Nashville, and vs. San Jose)
- Columbus Blue Jackets (@ Phoenix, @ Vancouver, @ San Jose, and vs. Minnesota)
3 Home Openers
- Montreal Canadiens (@ Buffalo, @ Toronto, and vs. Colorado)
- New Jersey Devils (@ Florida, @ Tampa Bay, and vs. Philadelphia)
- Philadelphia Flyers (@ New Jersey, @ Carolina, and vs. Washington)
- Washington Capitals (@ Philadelphia, @ Boston, and vs. Toronto)
- SAN JOSE SHARKS (@ Colorado, @ Anaheim, and vs. Columbus)
(I'll leave off the list of 2 Home Openers, and skip directly to those teams that are only appearing in their own opener)
1 Home Opener
- Boston Bruins (vs. Washington)
- Buffalo Sabres (vs. Montreal)
- Carolina Hurricanes (vs. Philadelphia)
- Florida Panthers (vs. New Jersey)
- Dallas Stars (vs. Nashville)
- Detroit Red Wings (vs. Chicago; not counting their journey to Sweden)
- Edmonton Oilers (vs. Calgary)
- Los Angeles Kings (vs. Phoenix)
- St. Louis Blues (vs. Atlanta; not counting their journey to Sweden)
Now, I know what you're thinking - "Conico, what does any of this matter?"
Well, one could debate the psychological implications of playing in another team's home opener, such as wanting to appease your home team crowd, or wanting to spoil your rival's home opener. Magnify that times 3 or 4, in the case of 7 teams (including the Sharks) - do they feel an extra "oomph" by playing in more openers, or do they feel extra baggage?
Or is a home opener simply just another game, with a bit of extra fanfare?
I'm going to plead the "recovering from surgery" card, and let you, the reader, offer up your analysis in the comments.