As the Florida Panthers struggle to attain mediocrity, the New Jersey Devils are already there. Sorry. Hockey always makes us mean. In reality, both teams are on either side of .500, making this 7:30 p.m. stickfest attractive for its competitiveness. If you didnt know that, youre probably not a big hockey fan, which makes you the type wed particularly urge to check out ice action. The games are long but go by quickly; the action is strange but surprisingly easy to follow; and few things are quite as beautiful as the red to pink wash of blood spattered on slushy white rink ice. The athleticism is also impressive, especially when you consider these (mostly large) guys are slapping that puck, setting those picks, checking that sucker while on ice skates. Ice skates! The Panthers host the Devils at the BankAtlantic Center tonight.
Mon., Jan. 30