The Chicago Blackhawks are in town to face the Sharks in what should be a great rivalry game. And it will be, for the 17,562 in the building who apparently never ever leave.But lets be honest here nothing tells more lies than a November hockey game. This isnt a big game at all except for the two available points you dont have to chase later, and one other thing.We need talk about all 82 games as though they each have their own significance, because, well, thats what we do.
But frankly, if you can draw any longterm conclusions from tonights game, it means either you or your team has planned not to change in any way between now and April, and theres only two kings of teams for which that would be true.The Columbus Blue Jackets and the New York Islanders. Look up the standings to figure out their connection.There is no longterm psychic value to this game for either team. There is no proof of ones superiority over the other. There may be some value in seeing that Martin Havlat, the former Blackhawk, wants to show his old team, and his old linemates with the Sharks, that he is better than a third-line wing, but that would be true under any circumstances.In short, this is a fine amusement for the day before American Thanksgiving, and who doesnt like a fine amusement before Americas Tryptophan-And-Football Bacchanal? Besides, Randy Hahn might follow up his now-classic Now thats one hot pickle remark with something even more titillating for the holidays. The man has a gift, after all.As for the bigger picture, have a beer. There are miles to go on this before anyone sleeps.