The 2011-12 NHL regular season is a quarter of the way to the finish line. Exactly where did the time go?
Workers are already preparing Citizens Bank Park for the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, and the first week of All-Star Fan Balloting is in the books, with Ottawa chiming in quite loudly. Discussion on playoff and scoring races is getting some traction with most teams having roughly 60 games left to play.
Heck, after Sidney Crosby's virtuoso 4-point performance Monday night in Pittsburgh, more than a few pundits were ready to hand the Stanley Cup to the Penguins.
For us it's a little bit different. I've never been in front of this much media. This is more than we've ever had to deal with in Tampa. I guess we're on a little bit bigger stage now. It's nice, you have to enjoy it. This doesn't happen too often.
— Lightning forward J.T. Brown after his first Media Day experience on Tuesday in preparation of Game 1 on Wednesday