The NHL had cancelled 22 games of the NHL’s 1,230 regular-season tilts through Sunday night because of the lockout.
There will be another 45 games missed this week from Monday through Sunday night as the NHL season entered its first full week and would have ramped up with some interesting matchups.
If there was any more reason to be grumpy about what we’re missing, here’s a look at what would have been the five most interesting games this week:
1. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, Thursday: A rematch of last spring’s heated first-round matchup between the two clubs. Heated, you know, because Sidney Crosby just doesn’t like them.
2. Boston at Montreal, Tuesday: The two old rivals have combined for some fireworks the last couple of years.
3. Montreal at Boston, Thursday: The rematch a couple of nights later in Beantown. B’s fans always have a great reception for Montreal’s P.K. Subban (assuming he had been signed by now).
4. New York Rangers at New Jersey, Wednesday: Another rivalry that has taken on a nasty tone the last couple of years. Don’t miss the opening faceoff.
5. Ottawa at Toronto, Saturday: The Battle of Ontario isn’t what it once was, but the clubs seem to rise to the occasion.