The preliminary bout between the Sabres and Penguins is over. Now it's off to the main event.
The hype is there, but will the game match it? People will be talking about the spectacle of Tuesday's Winter Classic for years. The game itself could lapse into oblivion within minutes. I asked Ty Conklin how the actual game was when he played in the Heritage Classic in Edmonton, and he said, "It was a fun event."
What can happen to make the game worthwhile? And what players will rise to stand on the grand stage? The guess here is Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby answers the call and shows he's the best player in the world, while Thomas Vanek scores twice and is Buffalo's best player.
I just hope there are more scoring chances for both teams than what we saw Saturday.