Luck is what Nashville's Austin Watson wished to mic'd-up San Jose defender Brendon Dillon during their now-infamous penalty box chat. Luck is what "good teams deserve . . . when they're not playing their A game," according to new Senators winger Viktor Stalberg.
Luck is what Penguins center Evgeni Malkin says it takes for a team like his to perhaps finally end this nearly two-decade drought of a repeat champion. "It's not easy because sometimes there's injury, sometimes there's just not luck," he said. "But we will try to of course win more."
Yes, luck -- and especially that old friend "puck luck" - is a required commodity in the National Hockey League. It's right alongside skill, vision, heart, teamwork, poise, instinct, toughness, endurance, patience and power, and always has been. There are stats to factor in luck, and if you search the word "luck" on NHL.com right now, you will find that pretty much everyone is talking about luck all the time.
This weekend, luck might matter more than ever. It's time for the luck o' the Irish for fans everywhere around here. To celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Friday, the yearly price for NHL.TV All Access has just been lowered to $14.99 for U.S. subscribers and $11.99 for international. The sale ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, so you can sign up now and be on the lookout for more green shirts than usual.
Watch every remaining regular season out-of-market game live on more than 400 supported devices, and see who is left standing when the regular season ends on April 9. There is drama at the top of every division, with the possible exception of the Pacific as San Jose is focused on another crack at a Stanley Cup. Are the Bruins peaking at the right time? Who takes that Blackhawks-Wild battle in the Central? How many times will the Wild Card picture change between now and the end of the regular season?
"Every team is different and in order to have success in the postseason you need luck and you need to stay healthy so hopefully we can get both of those," said Senators forward Chris Kelly, whose team is battling Montreal at the top of the Atlantic Division standings.
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Choose the home or away broadcast so you can embrace tradition and listen to your favorite play-by-play voices. From Joe Bowen in Toronto to Mike Lange in Pittsburgh to Pat Foley in Chicago to Bob Miller in Los Angeles, they are often the irreplaceable voices you grew up with, defining your first love with sport and team.
"Those kind of lucky bounces that you just get, you just take it and ride with it," new Bruins forward Drew Stafford said after a recent game-winning goal, and you can count how many times the word "luck" appeared in Amalie Benjamin's subsequent story on NHL.com (five).
Luck is hot in the NHL, and that applies to fans this weekend as well. The NHL.TV All Access subscription has the best value, and U.S. subscribers will be able to watch archived games throughout the playoffs. In addition, the subscription price for the U.S. Single Team package has been lowered to $11.99.
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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and has covered pro sports since 1982.