Last October, hockey fans experienced "Super Saturday", the only day of the 2008-09 season that all 30 teams were in action. This season, that rare occurrence will happen twice this month. Today is being dubbed "Face-Off Saturday", the first of two times this season where every team will play on the same day. The next "Face-Off Saturday" will take place on Saturday, October 24th.
The action kicks off today at 12 p.m. ET when the Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers meet again in Helsinki, Finland. The day will end around 1 a.m. ET when the horn sounds at Staples Center after the Phoenix Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings open things up on the West Coast..
To help celebrate the full slate of games and the many home openers today, we here at Puck Daddy would like to mix two of our favorite pastimes: hockey and adult beverages. Like we did last year, we bring you today's "Face-Off Saturday Drinking Game".
Drinking games aren't any fun without interaction, so to help our fellow puck heads enjoy their Saturday chock full of hockey, please contribute your own additions in the comments.
Player Category - drink:
-Whenever the Scott Walker punch on Aaron Ward is brought up during the Carolina-Boston game.
-Each time the size of the Montreal Canadiens top line is brought up.
-For each mention of Charles Wang's Lighthouse Project deadline, which is today.
Coach Category - drink:
-If you can read Ron Wilson's inspiration message on tonight's cheat sheet..
-If Jacques Martin's pre-game interview works better than Ambien.
-Every time you mistake Cory Clouston for an Ottawa Senators stick boy.
-For each time you catch Rick Tocchet looking at his college football betting slips.
-If Jacques Lemaire is replaced by Lou Lamoriello in the middle of the second period.
-Whenever the Penguins score and Dan Bylsma fails to blink an eye.
-Twice if any coach gets pissed off enough to pull a Robbie Ftorek and toss a bench onto the ice.
Television Category - drink:
-If Don Cherry's suit burns your retinas.
-Each time Ron MacLean looks incredibly uncomfortable.
-If you immediately recognize Randy Moeller's goal call (Hint: Today's will be Major League)
-Every time the Hockey Night in Canada cameras pan to Brian Burke.
-If NESN play-by-play man Jack Edwards references any United States war after 1812.
-Any time a color commentator corrects an obvious mistake he's made by saying, "Well, yeah, it was pretty close. Could go either way, that one."
-Whenever one of Rick Jeanneret's goal calls reaches ear-piercing levels.
-At every stupid thing Mike Milbury says. You'll be loaded in no time.-
-Twice each time Mike Emrick's voice cracks during an exciting moment in play.
(Ed. Note: Puck Daddy, of course, in no way endorses abuse of alcohol, consumption of alcohol by anyone under the legal drinking age in their region and, without a doubt, the operation of an automobile or any machine while under the influence of alcohol. These games are listed for entertainment purposes and we don't take responsibility for any result of their application. To sum it up, don't be a knucklehead and have fun!)