The week's hiatus is over. I am 80% back to health (as long as I stay indoors), and just in time. The "I don't have a life" section of our work season is about to begin, and when I go in Monday, I start an hour earlier. Plus, I get to train a new person starting Tuesday. So posts might still straggle; but on the bright side, next week's Time Machine is under construction, so there is that.
In the meantime, I want to update the hockey board. We are at a point where it will be easier to keep track of who's still playing amongst my 23 teams, and KCs 23 rivals. And yes, we are keeping a head to head record, with 5 points for a win, 4 for an OT win, 3 for a shootout win, etc. At this point, KC has outpointed me with 39 of the last 56, but I still have a commanding 284-151 lead overall.
And we have each now claimed a league title! Miskolci won the Hungarian MOL liga title for KC, and Tohoku claimed the Asia League crown for myself! In the meantime, here's who's left and where they stand:
In the Czech Extraliga, my Trinec and his Sparta Prague face off today in the start of their best-of-7 semifinal series.
In the Canadian Junior Leagues, my Brandon and Sherbrooke and his Red Deer, North Bay, and Shawanigan are in their opening playoff rounds. Only my Windsor Spitfires (13-40-15) failed to make the cut.
In Norway, my Stavanger team is up 3-0 on arch-rival Valerenga in the semis.
In Latvia, KCs Kurbads open their championship series against Mogo tomorrow.
In the UK, my Sheffield and his Fife open the two-day circus which is the Elite League playoffs against each other today.
In Denmark, my SonderjyskE team has won into the finals, and his Esbjerg are a win away from joining them.
In Switzerland and Finland, it's just my guys. In the NLA, Servette needs to win the next two to upset Zurich and make the finals; in the Liiga, Jyvaskyla is the first to win through to the semis.
In Germany, it's also just me; Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg is down 1-0 in the semis to Adler Mannheim.
And that leaves the four NHL teams, still in the regular season; KCs Columbus Blue Jackets are 11 out of a playoff spot with 8 to play, but our other three seem solidly in. Current standings would have a Pittsburgh (KC) vs NY Islanders (me) opening series, while my Blackhawks would face longtime rival St. Louis.