This godforsaken circus trip was long enough without having to pander to all the West Coast “hockey fans.” Five of these games on this stupid road trip started at 8 PM or later. Two of them started after 9 PM to make sure all the Sally’s in LA could get home and not watch their team play hockey. I probably have around 13 hours of sleep I need to catch up on because the NHL is constantly trying to get California to pay attention to their sport.
That’s why it doesn’t bother me when anyone makes a thing out of the Hawks coming back. Sure, it’s a severely overwritten narrative but I’m just happy I can get some damn sleep. If they play ‘Coming Home’ by Diddy at the UC tonight I might shed a tear. The only thing worse than these trips is when they have to play a West Coast team in the playoffs. The LA series a couple years ago took years off my life.