Archive for the 'Blue Jackets' Category

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 

22
Mar
08

Quick Hits:Lecavalier, MVP, Oil, and Injured Hab

A few quick thoughts before I head to work tonight, and just before HNIC goes on-air.

Lecavalier Out Of World Championships

Vincent Lecavalier is going to find out soon if he will require off-season surgery on an ongoing wrist injury. Although the injury has not kept him from ripping the league up again, and being one of the premiere players, it has been bothering him and he will have it checked out. Even if he does not need to get the surgery, his agent has told the media that it is doubtful that Lecavalier will play for Team Canada. Although there has been talk of if players sit out of the Worlds their chances for making the 2010 Olympic team would be diminished, I doubt that would be the case with this guy. There is no way that he would not be considered for the Olympic team just because he sits out of a tourney 1 and a half years prior.

My Picks For MVP

Yesterday I wrote that I did not think Ovechkin should win the Hart Trophy if the Capitals do not make the post-season. After thinking about overnight (read last 3.5 minutes) I have come into a short-list of candidates. These candidates however are completely dependent on whether their respective team makes the play-offs, and their teams are currently in playoff contention.

  • Joe Thornton –  Could easily earn another one after his 06 Hart.
  • Alexei Kovalev -This kills me, just because his last few seasons have been sub-par, but he is having an excellent season.
  • Roberto Luongo – Let’s face it, without him, the Canucks would be a lot like the Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Martin Brodeur – Has carried the Devils on his back throughout the season. Heck, Weekes got an ovation when he made a save in his 2 minutes of action the other night.
  • Evgeni Malkin – In the absence of some Crosby guy, he has stepped up and led the Penguins into the division lead and in a battle for the conference lead.

Edmonton Oilers Won’t Go Away

After this afternoon’s scoring festival against the Avalanche, the Edmonton Oilers have scraped themselves 3 points outside of 8th place, and if they continue their winning ways, they have a shot. I strongly believe that the Oilers will make play-offs. They are playing better than most teams right now, are actually somewhat consistent, and are only getting better. The other bonus to them winning, is that with every win, they piss of the Ducks. There is no reason for them to try an get into a better draft position, so they literally have nothing to lose.

Mike Komisarek’s Mystery Injury

The playoffs are clearly just around the corner, because Komisarek went down the all too common “Lower Body Injury.” As a fan, I hate that teams do this upper/lower body crap when it comes to injuries in the playoffs. But it does make sense, because when it comes to winning the Cup teams will take any advantage they can get, so if they know that Komisarek has a sprained knee, there is no doubt that that knee would be targeted by opposing teams.

05
Mar
08

Quick Hits Including the Leafs, Flames & more

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The Leafs are Morons

Now I know this is no surprise, but why they continue to think the play-offs are within their reach is beyond me. Mathematically, yes, they have a shot. But realistically? Come on!

Play the young guys that will actually be here next season, I’d even stretch as far as saying to bring up Pogge and play him, put Raycroft in the rafters, and just give the guy some big time experience, what do they have to lose?

  • A play-off spot? Nope, they aren’t making it anyway!
  • Revenues? Nope, hate them or love them, the Leafs will sell out the ACC, its a corporate thing to do in Toronto.
  • Fans? Nope, Leaf fans bleed blue to the point that is out of control, like the Ice Man.

Anderson Shines Again

I hope I am not the only one that is noticing this guy right now. Not that Craig Anderson is a young prospect in the rising or anything. Considering he has been part of 4 NHL franchises already to this point of his career. But to make 53 saves for a shutout and then come out the next game and make 40 saves for a second one in a row is amazing.

Would it be so amazing if Brodeur did that? Not really, I’m sure he’s had two consecutive shutouts in the past, but he plays for the New Jersey Devils. If he had to face 93 shots over the span of 4 games that would be amazing, let alone 2.

Kipper Saves The Day

The Flames cannot be satisfied with the way they played against the Blue Jackets, especially Phaneuf.

Dion should be buying Kipper a case of beer for bailing him out last night. Four 2 minute minors for the defenseman, and one of those came in the last 2 minutes of a 1-0 game.

The Flames were undisciplined all game, and they better shape up for the stretch drive and for play-offs, because if they take nights off like this, they’ll fall out of contention for the Northwest Division quickly, and won’t make it out of the first round.

Ovechkin Looks To Build On 5-point Night

Is Alexander Ovechkin going to score 5 points again tonight? I doubt it. Facing the Sabres who are probably starting to get desperate and are going to have some momentum after last night’s 5-2 win over the Flyers.

This game is huge. Easily the biggest of the night. Two teams currently sitting 1 point (Buffalo) and 4 points (Washington) out of a play-off spot. It has huge implications and it is going to show which team truely deserves to be there, and you can bet that the Sabres are going to be all over Ovie. He won’t be skating in off the point to the back side wide open like he did against Boston. And on that note, are you effin’ kidding me?!

Shame On The Bruins

You on a 6 game winning streak, so you decide to not show up to the rink? 6-0 after one period? The entire team should be buying both Alex Auld and Tim Thomas some beers to say, “Sorry, we effed up.”

Letting Ovechkin skate around the offensive zone like that, hope they weren’t too settled into that play-off spot!