That’s a view of Ann Arbor this morning, shot from the 12th floor of the lovely Campus Inn hotel. If you look just to the right of those buildings in the middle and squint hard enough, you can almost make out the Big House, site of tomorrow’s Winter Classic between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs.
There’s a light snow falling at the moment, with temperatures around 15F. According to the Weather Network, the forecast for tomorrow is snow during the morning, transitioning to snow showers in the afternoon. The game starts at 1 p.m. ET, meaning the weather could create a pretty compelling scene for both those in the stadium and watching at home.
“In hockey, the success of the Winter Classic started in Buffalo because of that snow,” NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood said yesterday during a conference call. “I think that snow-globe effect is something that people started talking about immediately. The snow-globe could be in full effect come New Year’s Day with 110-some-odd-thousand people around on a beautiful sheet of ice.”
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger