The playoffs are almost here and we're all checking out potential playoff match-ups. The Penguins have secured the top seed in the East, so they'll meet the 8th seed in round one.
If you look at the current standings, that means the Pens will likely face off against the New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets, Ottawa Senators or possibly the New York Islanders in the first round.
So here are the storylines that you can expect the media to drive into the ground for each of those match-ups.
New York Islanders: David Volek, 1993, 1975, Crosby vs. Tavares, the Brawl on Long Island and – if everyone gets desperate enough – how Matt Moulson was drafted by the Penguins.
Ottawa Senators: The "forensic investigation" into the Matt Cooke/Erik Karlsson incident. Maybe the complete report will be released during the series and the CSI team will become the real stars. We just hope the Pens hire Gary Roberts to stand outside the CEC and scare the Senators away.
Winnipeg Jets: OMG THIS CROWD IS THE ONLY CROWD IN THE NHL THAT CAN FULLY UNDERSTAND, APPRECIATE AND SUPPORT THIS GAME AND THIS WONDERFUL TEAM. Also, Eric Tangradi.
New York Rangers: There are fewer storylines for the Rangers this year, so everyone will have to jump on the Tortorella "one of the most arrogant organizations in the league" comments from last year.
And that's just round one! Potential opponents for future rounds should the Penguins move on?
Toronto Maple Leafs: Mecca versus Not-Quite-Mecca. You decide which is which.
Boston Bruins: The Iginla/Jagr situation and Matt Cooke's assassination of United States Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
Washington Capitals: Just the sound of NBC executives exploding with joy.
Montreal Canadiens: Michel Therrien, Penguins players who are from Montreal and how really knowledgeable fans boo everything all the time forever. Maybe even some Halak references.
So there you have it! The 2013 playoffs are shaping up and, honestly, it feels like they're going to be ridiculously exciting.
Just the idea of Hockey Night in Canada intros makes us excited.