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11
Nov
08

Toronto Is In Calgary tonight…

and I am lucky enough to go! Toronto is finally in Western Canada for the first time in 3 years, and facing Calgary for the first time in 2 years.

I paid a pretty penny for these tickets, so once again hopefully I see a good game, but once again I have my reservations. Toronto is coming off a huge 6-3 rout of the hated Habs, while the Flames are coming off their own rout, except it was them who got manhandled by the Hawks. For this reason, I’m not expecting a win from the Blue and White. The Flames will probably want to come out flying in order to get passed their showing on Sunday, meanwhile the Leafs will probably come out flat-footed after their huge win.

The only saving grace for the Leafs could be this single fact. Toronto is 3rd in the league averaging 35.2 shots per game,  while Kipper’s SV% is 0.888. So the Maple Leafs should score at least 4 goals tonight, and since the Flames average 2.94 Goals Per Game, this should be a win for Toronto.

Depends what school of thought you belong to I guess.

25
Oct
08

Big Night In The NHL Tonight

Gotta love Saturday nights. 15 games, 30 teams, all ready for action. Couple things to really look forward to however, and we’ll start in the East.

The team everyone loves to hate, and hates to love gets a big addition tonight. The big off-season signing, Jeff Finger finally makes his Maple Leafs debut tonight. Finger’s signing was a shocker, as Fletcher threw a lot of money at the Free Agent even though he’s really only in his second season, and was a healthy scratch at times during the play-offs last year. Ron Wilson and Fletch still contend that Finger is worth the 3.5 million per year. The Leafs also sent Jiri Tlustly down to the Marlies, which would probably mean that the Leafs will get at least 43 shots tonight, since Blake will be in the line-up.

Philly looks for their second win of the season, but if they want to win they’ll have to allow less goals which shouldn’t be too difficult since they are playing the Devils, but then again, it’ll be tougher to score too. Meanwhile Marty looks to inch closer to Roy’s records.

Personally, I think the match-up to look for in the East has to be the New York Rangers facing the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Rangers are off to an unbelievable start, and the Penguins… well, they’re the Pens. Anytime that you get Crosby, Malkin, J. Staal on the ice facing Gomez, Drury, Zherdev, and Naslund, there’s going to be one helleva game.

In the West, the high flying Red Wings are set to face the young Blackhawks in what should be a great Divisional Match-Up. I am torn on this one, but I gotta say, I hope the Hawks come flying out of the gates, and Toews puts up 4 goals, all of which are assisted by Keith and Campbell. That would get me up in the standings in my pool at work. Regardless, should be a good, high-paced game.

Other than that, another Divisional Match-up in the Northwest as the Kid Line and their Oilers take on the surprising Canucks tonight. Gillis’ weird made up team (honestly, what the hell?) are having a slow start to the season after ripping it up in the pre-season are looking to rebound, meanwhile the Oiler squad look are also looking to rebound after a couple losses. Oilers should take this hands down, but then again, anything can happen…

So one game is already underway, and hopefully the next 14 get off without any starting goalies tripping over rugs… Legace, idiot.

16
Oct
08

Hawks’ Coach Fired and Damn You Melrose

Alrighty, I was gonna be selfish today and completely concentrate on Melrose but Savard had to be fired. Not a surprising move by the Chicago brass, because everyone knew when Quennville was first brought into the organization, it was only a matter of time for Denis Savard.

In my opinion, I think it could have waited… I mean yes, the Hawks haved started slow, but give the guy a slim chance. This is totally a move of newish(?) ownership wanting to make it more their team, and not the team of the old man regime. Be it as it may, hopefully this works out for the Hawks, and they can disrupt their slow start and get going, because from what I’ve heard and seen, Chicago is excited for this team for the first time in nearly a decade.

Secondly, this is pissing me off. The Tampa Bay Lightning are 0-2-1 so far this season, with a solid 1.67 GF per game this season. I want Melrose to explain to me his reasoning of playing Stamkos like 6 minutes a game! Admittedly, I have Stamkos in one of my pools, and in those 6 minutes he’s not getting a lot of points. But for God’s sake, the kid went 1st overall with the notion that he would be a contributor to this club. His has a nake for creating scoring oppurtunities, which you are clearly in dire need of because as we’ve all seen in prior seasons, Lecavalier and St. Louis can’t do it all. Hey Melrose, its not 1983 anymore, PLAY YOUR ROOKIE! I need the points, and apparently so do you, its a win-win situation for all…

25
Mar
08

“One Play” Commercial

So I was surfing around randomly just a little ago, and I ran into this commercial. Apparently its the NHL’s newest attempt at promoting the game. I’ll let you have a look at it before I give my two cents.

First off, I effin’ love it. There are so many details to it and it works on so many different levels. It incorporates vintage hockey footage, pond hockey, minor hockey, and today’s hockey. The beginning starts with probably two of the most recognizable faces in hockey, Gretzky and Crosby. It shows almost every team in the league, if not all, shows the stars of the game, the grace and skill needed to play the game and it is shown with great fluidity. The cuts between video clips are great. What ever company produced this commercial did an unreal job in making it seem like it was actually one play.

This commercial is leaps and bounds above the “I Pledge” and “Is This the Year?” commercials. It seems that the NHL may finally have taken a step in the right direction, and just in time for the playoffs. Finally.

DIGG ME 

12
Mar
08

Busy Day For NHL Disciplinarians

The NHL handed down two suspensions so far today and had another hearing last night in order to figure out what actions to take with Chicago’s Wisniewski.

First up, Andrew Peters of the Buffalo Sabres has been suspended for 1 game for an altercation that happened at the end of the 3rd period. Peters, who was on the bench at the time jabbed Colton Orr after Orr delivered a clean hit on Spacek. Peters was kicked out due to the incident. There was also a semi-bench brawl that occurred because of the incident Here is a video of it, along with a fight between the two that occurred in the first period.

Secondly, Steve Ott has been suspended for 3 games following a hit to head of Jordan Leopold. It was a dirty hit, deserves suspension for sure, as Ott literally jumped into the head of Leopold and slammed it against the glass. Here is the video of it. It happens quickly right at the beginning and is followed by the fight. Keep watching it because they replay it.

I currently have not tracked down a video of the incident involving Wisniewski cross-checking Samuelsson in the face, but I will look for it, and upload it as soon as I find it.

DIGG ME

11
Mar
08

Big Hockey Night Tonight (03-11-08)

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With the post-season looming, every night is going to produce some big games, but to this point of the season, tonight could be the biggest.  With 9 games in total, and 18 teams in action, the standings could change significantly, either making everything tighter, or perhaps some teams fall further out of contention. So I will go game-by-game, and make my best educated guesses at the winners and losers.

Colorado @ Atlanta

The Avs should take this one. With 7 wins in their last 10, and making a serious effort not only for play-offs, but also for the Northwest Division title, they can’t afford to lose. Atlanta on the other hand, winning only 1 of their last 10, appear to be heading for the lottery.

Chicago @ Detroit

I like the Wings at home here. With a wicked 23-8-2 record at home, the Wings shouldn’t fall to an away record of 15-15-5.

New Jersey @ Montreal

This is a massive game, winner takes the Eastern Conference lead. Even though Montreal is at home, I am going with the Devils. Brodeur will shine again, like he’s done all week. This is a complete guess though, it could go either way. Look for it to end 2-1 or 3-2.

Boston @ Ottawa

If the Sens lose again, they are going to be really close to the cut-off, although they still have a size-able lead over 9th place Buffalo. However, I think the tide is just about to turn in Ottawa. They’ve finally named their No. 1 goalie, and put their trust in Gerber. Gerber shouldn’t choke until play-offs. Sens take this one.

NY Islanders @ Tampa Bay

The weather must be beautiful is Tampa Bay these days… so nice that I think the team quit early to go play golf, having lost  5 straight. It just so happens to be raining in Tampa today (I checked the forecast), so they might actually show up. Going with the upset tonight.

Philadelphia @ Toronto

I am going with the Maple Leafs, but only because they are idiots, and they still think they have a shot at getting into play-offs. If they win this one, look for Vesa to play again tomorrow, if they lose, Raycroft should get the nod. I believe however that these two team will split this home-and-home.

San Jose @ Nashville

This is a tough one too, big match-up for both squads. San Jose is 1 point out of the division lead, and Nashville just on the out-skirts of play-offs. The Sharks have however won 9 streak games, who knew? I didn’t until now. I think that streak ends tonight though, Nashville wins to make the West more interesting.

St. Louis @ Oilers

The Oil are probably going to play this game into sleep mode, and bring into the Shoot-out to win again. Oilers in a shoot-out.

Anaheim @ Phoenix

I wish I could say that Bryzgalov will come back to haunt the Ducks tonight, but the Ducks are just so powerful, even with Corey Perry out. Ducks to win this one, but look for some fights, no doubt Carcillo will look to add to his 244 PIM.

Digg It?

26
Feb
08

NHL Trade Deadline – Live Update

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I will be running a continuous live update of the NHL Trade Deadline Today (All times are Mountain Time). Trade posts will be headlined with asterisks and bolded, so if you just want to see the trades, look for those by the times. So here goes!!

  • 12:07 AM >> Okay, so honestly I am right about to go to bed, but I thought I would kick start it with the few little things that have happened thus far today.
    • F Vaclav Prospal traded to PHI for D Alexandre Picard, and a conditional pick. (Condition is that, if the Flyers make the post-season, it is their 2nd round pick, if not, the pick is CGY’s 3rd pick.)
    • F Mike Comrie has signed an extension with NYI, essentially taking his name off of the trade list.
    • D Dan Boyle has also re-signed a big extension with TB, which to me opens the door for a F Brad Richards deal.
    • D Barret Jackman has extended his deal with STL, so he shouldn’t have to pack his bags tonight.
  • 8:01 AM >> Bob McKenzie just said the it is known that F Marian Hossa will not be taking the game-day skate with ATL, instead he is going to wait and hear until a trade falls. Apparently the team told him to stay at the hotel.
  • **8:32 AM** >> FIRST TRADE OF THE DAY:
    • D Bryce Salvador goes to NJ while F Cam Janssen goes the other way to STL.
  • **9:15 AM** >> MAPLE LEAFS MAKE TRADE:
    • F Wade Belak has been shipped to FLO for a 5th rounder. Nothing major, but realistically Belak isn’t going to really matter to the Leafs, so I think this is a start.
  • **9:26 AM** >> Another Breaking Trade, this is a BIGGIE:
    • D Brian Campbell and a 7th round pick has been traded to SJ, BUF gets F Steve Bernier and a 1st round pick.
  • **9:36 AM** >> DAL and TB have agreed to a deal, they just need the go ahead from Richards. This is a huge:
    • F Brad Richards, G Johan Holmqvist are gone to DAL, in return TB gets G Mike Smith, F Jussi Jokinen, and F Jeff Halpern.
  • **9:49 AM** >> The Trade out of MON just happened, and its a shocker:
    • G Cristobal Huet has been traded to WAS, for a 2nd round pick in 2009. WOW! G Carey Price has just been thrown into the spotlight!
  • ** 10:15 AM** >> Trade just came out of FLO:
    • FLO D Ruslan Salei is traded to COL for D Karlis Skrastins and a 3rd rounder. Keith Jones joked that this deal would have been done hours ago, but both guys took forever to get off the ice because they skate so slow. Truth hurts!
  • **10:21 AM** >> CHI and CAR make deal:
    • CAR F Andrew Ladd has been traded to CHI for F Tuomo Ruutu. Ladd was supposed to be a key player in the NHL, but hasn’t quite developed the way he was expected. Ruutu has just had a lot of injury issues, which slowed his development too.
  • **10:36 AM** >> OTT makes trade:
    • CHI F Martin Lapointe has been acquired by OTT for a 6th round pick. The panel loves this trade for the Sens, figures he will be a leader in the dressing room. Dutchie makes a crack about Lapointe talking to Emery and shaping him up.
  • **10 :59 AM** >> Deal for CBJ Done:
    • CBJ D Adam Foote has been traded to COL. The return is a conditional 1st round pick, if the Avs make the post-season, it will be an 08 pick, if they don’t, its their 09 pick. Als, there is another conditional draft pick if Foote re-signs with the Avs.
  • **11:12 AM** >> CBJ Makes another deal:
    • CBJ F Sergei Federov has been sent off to WSH for D Ted Ruth. Are the Caps making a push for the post-season? It appears like they are!
  • **11:36 AM** >> VAN is alive!:
    • VAN F Matt Cooke has been dealt to WAS for F Matt Pettinger. Washington is making a serious push, they are not kidding around folks.
  • **11:46 AM** >> Small Trade that happened awhile ago:
    • Rob Davison has been traded to NYI while a 7th round pick goes back to SJ. Whoopie…
  • **12:52 PM** >> Leafs Make Another and Blues Deal too:
    • TOR D Hal Gill sent to PIT for a 2nd and 5th round pick. That’s good, decent return for an older, slower defenseman.
    • STL D Christian Backman has been traded to the NYR for a 4th round pick. Finally the Rangers make a move, this is a positive for the Blue Shirts.
  • **12:58** >> Hossa Finally Traded:
    • ATL unloads F Marian Hossa and F Pascal Dupius to PIT for F Erik Christensen, F Colby Armstrong, F Angelo Esposito, and a 1st rounder. Pierre McGuire is upset about this deal, he thinks the Pens gave up way, way too much for Hossa. He figures there is no way they can afford this guy at the end of the season.
  • **1:10 PM** >> Wild make some late noise:
    • MIN sends a 6th round pick to NYI for F Chris Simon. Wild now have Simon, Fedoruk, and Boogard, I don’t know what they are trying to prove.
  • **1:15 PM** >> LA unloads Defense:
    • LA has sent D Brad Stuart to DET for an 08 2nd and an 09 4th round pick. Wings will look solid when D Lidstrom, D Chelios, and D Rafalski come back.
  • ** 1:18 PM** >> TOR and PHO make some late deals:
    • TOR F Chad Kilger has been sent to FLO for a 3rd round pick.
    • PHO get G Al Montoya, and F Marcel Hossa from NYR for F Fredrick Sjostrom, G David Leveneau and F Josh Gratton.
  • ** 1:21 PM** >> ANA does a little tinker:
    • ANA has acquired D Marc-Andre Bergeron from NYI for a 3rd round pick.
  • **1:29 PM** >> ANA doing more tinkering:
    • ANA picked up G J.S. Aubin from LA for a 7th round pick.
  • **1:34 PM** >>One Last Trade?:
    • WSH F Joe Motzko has been dealt to ATL for F Alexandre Giroux.
  • **1:49 PM** >> Another Late One:
    • TB deals F Yan Hlavak to NAS for a 7th round pick.
  • **2:35 PM** >> ANA pulls one last move:
    • ANA F Brandon Bochenski has been dealt to NAS I believe it was