Debating if Detroit Red Wings fans actually want another regular season game played this season.
According to a report from Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada and Sportsnet (and via an article from Detroit News), the NHL is discussing a July return in four cities.
The cities currently mentioned include Raleigh, N.C., St. Paul, Minn., and Edmonton, with another soon added in hopes of finishing the regular season this summer.
I’m here to ask, do you want there to be anymore regular season hockey?
When the NHL season paused March 12, the Detroit Red Wings had 11 games remaining – with many tough opponents still on the schedule. Games at Washington, at Tampa Bay, at Las Vegas, at Boston and at St. Louis, among others.
Sure, the easy answer is yes, because we all want some live sports, but what if the league jumped right to the NHL Playoffs, where you’d be able to watch live, competitive hockey night in and night out. Would you rather do that than watch your dreaded last-place Red Wings?
I’m taking the easy answer: Yes.
I know, I know, all that setup to make you think I’d say no, only to say yes. Sorry.
There’s definitely an argument to say no. It’s tough watching the Red Wings regularly get pummeled, but that’s why I’m saying yes.
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This team needs to go through the growing pains and get as much in-game experience as they can get.
We were likely on the verge of seeing prized defensive prospect Moritz Seider make his NHL debut.
Another recall for forward Evgeny Svechnikov was also expected, with a season upcoming that leaves him roster exempt, meaning he’s either on the NHL roster or waived and possibly claimed by another team.
Not to mention forward Filip Zadina was set to return, too. He was playing well before injury and more games this season would do him wonders.
More games for all these guys would do wonders.
Plus, there’s the Justin Abdelkader goalless streak. That’s worth watching in and of itself.