NHL Network Radio Presents Simmer’s 31 in 31: Prologue

31 in 31

Rob Simpson

On Thursday November 15th I depart for Dallas, Texas. On Friday I plan on attending the Stars vs. Bruins game. It will hypothetically be the first of 31 consecutive NHL game nights in 31 different cities. I say hypothetically because there are a number of things that can go wrong: weather, airlines, etc.

There is also a quirk – with no games on November 22nd, American Thanksgiving, I have to make it up by going to two games on December 1st (Ottawa then Montreal).

There are a lot of reasons I’m going in general and a lot of reasons why I’m excited to venture to all of the rinks.  Here is the schedule along with just one thought on each of the visits and venues.  Wish me luck!!

November 16, Bruins at Dallas

Always enjoy talking pucks with GM Jim Nill

November 17, Oilers at Calgary

My first ever Battle of Alberta in person

November 18, Golden Knights at Edmonton

First time in the new building

November 19, Jets at Vancouver

Seeing my Calder pick (now favorite) Elias Pettersson in action

November 20, Oilers at San Jose

Have always loved the noise factor in this building

November 21, Canucks at Anaheim

Can you say warm weather?

November 22, NO GAMES

November 23, Avalanche at Arizona

Are they really the new and improved Coyotes?

November 24, Sharks at Vegas

First time in the building

November 25, Oilers at Los Angeles

Wondering if the Kings will have won another game by then

November 26, Bruins at Toronto

Sleeping in my own bed

November 27, Coyotes at Minnesota

Will be thinking of and remembering Mr. Naegele

November 28, Penguins at Colorado

Three words: MacKinnon, Landeskog, Rantanen

November 29, Wild at Columbus

I want to hear that damn cannon

November 30, Devils at DC

Ovie in the left-wing circle

December 1, Sharks at Ottawa

The challenge of two games in one day

December 1 (part 2), Rangers at Montréal

I love the Bell Centre

December 2, Jets at Rangers

The City so nice they named it twice, my previous home

December 3, Lightning at New Jersey

I’ve actually seen the remains of the original NJ Devil’s house

December 4, Avalanche at Pittsburgh

Haven’t been here since it was “The Igloo”

December 5, Oilers at St. Louis

Fifth game with the Oil’, should know the crew well

December 6, Blue jackets at Philadelphia

Back at what was my home rink for about three seasons

December 7, Blues at Winnipeg

Hanging out with Paul Edmonds, the Jackie Gleason of pbp

December 8, Flyers at Buffalo

Matinee, can stop in T.O. and grab some clothes

December 9, Canadiens at Chicago

Wicked cool Original Six matchup

December 10, Kings at Detroit

One of 10 potential book signings, this one in my hometown

December 11, Senators at Nashville

The party inside and out

December 12, Golden Knights at Islanders

No sleep till Brooklyn

December 13, Leafs at Tampa Bay

My preseason pick for the Eastern Conference Final

December 14, Capitals at Carolina

Love that Southern hospitality

December 15, Leafs at Florida

A chance to see my “no excuse” Panthers

December 16, Sabres at Boston

Finishing up in a happy old stomping ground

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