One of the reasons sports is so attractive to the American public mindset is the continuity and consistency these events and their players bring to our daily lives. Sports in our culture isn't just a form of entertainment but an extension of our hopes and dreams combined with a sense of civic pride.
During the mandatory NHL season hiatus, team general managers are still at work trying to find the right pieces to fill their rosters. Trade and draft moves need to be made not only in case this season does resume, but to make sure each NHL team is ready to compete for the Stanley Cup next year as well.
The Minnesota Wild came into Tampa Bay on a hot streak with points in 11 straight games, but the talk surrounding the Lightning after their 5-4 loss was centered around defense and paying attention to details.