One of my friends and another former Thrashers compatriot shot me a tweet last night that kind of highlighted an idea that’d been mulling around in my head for a bit: “I suppose this season is a perfect example of the Law of Hildy. Blues on their way to most points and we don’t have a team at all.”
For those of you unfamiliar with the Law of Hildy, it stated that the Blues and Thrashers were not allowed to win games in the same night. Last season, it was surprisingly accurate. Eerily so, frankly. The Blues and Thrashers only lost on the same night nine times out of 43 games. They both won on the same night only five out of 43 tries. Let’s face it, this law existed — any way for the hockey gods to further illustrate my effect as a walking jinx on teams that I like, well, they sieze upon it. This was probably the most obvious way that it could have been shown… until now.
I’m not sure that the Law even exists any more. I haven’t been keeping track of the Jets/Blues same night records, mostly because I really could give a flip. But my friend’s comment is pointed in its truthfulness. The Thrashers are long gone for the friendly confines of the MTS Centre, and the Blues’re sitting atop the NHL with 100 points — the first team to clinch a playoff berth. They haven’t played hockey like this in more than a decade, and I’m thrilled. But there’s still a pang of guilt in there. Here I am, revelling in the Blues being the best team in the NHL, while I have a lot of friends who can’t bring to even turn on a game anymore, or who are trying to figure out a team to like since theirs was snatched away by massive incompetency. It’s almost unfair, really. But still, if this isn’t a chance to recruit a Blues fan or a hundred, well, what is?
St. Louis Blues Hockey: where ownership issues aren’t quite as terrible. Come for the blue collar work ethic, stay for the best under-the-radar hockey ever.