New York Rangers v Boston Bruins

As I wrote prior to the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs:

This may not be the case for all hockey fans out there, but when I turn on the TV to watch a hockey game, my enjoyment of said game is affected by the uniforms being worn, the way they work together, and how they work with the crowd around them. I can barely watch the Panthers, for example, regardless of opponent.

A couple simple things matter:

* Contrast: for example, Oilers/Flames is going to be better than Senators (white/red/black)/Hurricanes (white/red/black).

And…

Simplicity: Clean, two-coloured jersey matchups – say Red Wings/Leafs – is going to be better than busy, multi-colour jersey matchups – say Florida/Colorado or something. (Guh, the thought of that.)

We all have our personal preferences – for me, I find red-on-red matchups less pleasurable than cooler colours, and tend to prefer all of the Original 6 jerseys. So we might not agree entirely on the order of the list below, but that’s only because you probably have bad taste and I don’t.

Wow, I was particularly mean that day. Anyway, obviously home/away sweaters make some difference, so take my opinion as an overview of the teams sweaters minus thirds. For the record, this round was extremely hard.

#4

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators

Ottawa Senators v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game One

Come for the opinion, stay for the AMAZING PICTURE. How is that not a posed photograph? Like, how long did Brooks Orpik keep his stick jammed up against Chris Neil’s goods for? Isn’t the technique to get in and get out ASAP, like a house robbery?

Anyway, the jerseys: The Penguins and Senators are juuuust off having good sweaters.

The Pens really, really need to get back to this, and quick:

pens sweaters

The Senators have pretty fantastic colours, but need to find something more classic than their current iteration which is a lot busy, and still has the apron strings.

I like the contrast between the sweaters, but given the other quality shirts in playoffs, this was a fourth-place no brainer. It gets harder from here.

(By the way, I held an opinion poll on Twitter, and it appears me referring to jerseys as “shirts” is not going to go over so well.)

#3

Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Detroit Red Wings v Chicago Blackhawks - Game One

Two good jerseys, but as I said in the intro: the redredredREDREDRED is searing my retinas. And then all the red in the crowd…I feel like a bull and the game’s the matador. It kinda makes me want to charge.

#2

Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks

San Jose Sharks v Los Angeles Kings - Game One

This is one fiiiine, sexy matchup. For two teams that haven’t been around forever, these two squads have sure settled on great unis. The Kings, which I love, benefits here from playing against a team with a bright, unique colour. Very easy games to watch.

And finally,

#1

New York Rangers vs. Boston Bruins

New York Rangers v Boston Bruins

#1, like #4, wasn’t that hard. Contrast, cleanliness, general sweater perfection. They haven’t met in the playoffs yet this year, but when they do at 7:30 tonight, it sure will be a pretty sight.