The NHL Playoffs are on pause as the players are joining other professional sports leagues in protesting against racism. Games were cancelled on Thursday and Friday, should have been cancelled on Wednesday, and will resume Saturday. The NHL said in a statement that they “support the players’ decision and will reschedule those four games beginning Saturday and adjust the remainder of the Second Round schedule accordingly.”
Hockey’s reputation of having the best postseason of all major sports is well deserved. It’s as entertaining as it is unpredictable. With that in mind, I’m going to attempt to predict the remaining playoff matchups using an entertainment metric. Using Trip Advisor, a mega-popular vacation planning site, I’m going to rank the teams that survived round 1 from the bottom to the top. Not based on their penalty kill or how hot their goalie is. I’m not even considering their coach’s postseason resume. We’re basing this solely on what Trip Advisor ranks as their #1 tourist attraction.
8. Denver Union Station (Colorado Avalanche)
At first glance this looks like an old train station that’s been spruced up with glowing signs and has expensive restaurants and boutique shops inside of it. When you look a little closer you’ll see it’s mostly a hotel. So people who visit Denver Union Station aren’t here for long, much like the Colorado Avalanche.
Colorado crossed Amii B in a big way and she will warn everyone she knows. Avalanche won’t sniff the conference finals.
7.Fenway Park (Boston Bruins)
You follow sports so you already know about Fenway. What you might not know about Fenway is that you can pay one of the richest franchises in sports some money to get a tour of the park. Baseball fans may love learning more about the rich history of the sport in Boston, even if you hate the Sox. Just call ahead so you don’t end up like Angelia here.
Construction everywhere, an unfriendly uninformative tour guide, the Bruins are getting smoked by the Lightning.
6. Shark Cage Charter (New York Islanders)
Okay, hell no I’m not getting in a shark cage under any circumstances. For sure not in Long Island. When you click on reviews, this is what you see: “This tour has not yet been reviewed, but you can read what other travelers have to say about this operator.”
A shark cage charter with zero reviews? Trusting that is like trusting San Jose to win a Stanley Cup.
5. JFK Assassination and Museum Tour (Dallas Stars)
My first visit here a few years ago started from scratch. Despite having family members completely obsessed with the conspiracy surrounding the assassination, I was never inspired to dig in myself. After being on site for about 3 seconds I was approached by someone who claimed he was there on November 22nd, 1963, showed me a blurry picture for proof, and proceeded to explain why there were most definitely multiple shooters that dark day in American history. Before he could finish his second sentence I was sold. Call me impressionable, but you can also call the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Finals.
Ken and Jen obviously didn’t talk to the same guy I did.
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