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Friday Morning Skate: Ladies and Gentlemen, Start your rituals!

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Elsa

Playoff gameday morning is a different morning than all others. The playoffs are an emotional time and game days doubly so. Combine with not having had coffee yet and staying up late to watch a couple of whatever teams go to OT (2OT or further if you're lucky).

I don't know about y'all, but it's a recipe that has me an emotional mess before I even unlock my front door. So, we do things to mitigate it. Offerings to the hockey gods. Rituals that have to be done a certain way or the team may suffer. Sure, it's unhealthy on a number of levels, but so is soul food. Both make you feel better.

So please, join us all in the warm embrace of the playoffs. For game one is upon us, and today is the day that the reckoning begins. It may be short, it may be long. Try to hang on for the ride.

Just make sure you're holding on with the correct hand.

What's on tap, y'all?