Posts Tagged ‘Ottawa

27
Oct
08

TSN’s Shoot-Out For a Million Returns & Ovie Leaves

OK, so I am unsure if anyone inside or out of Canada knows (or cares for that matter), but the details for TSN’s Shoot-Out For a Million were announced today, and wow!

First of all, if you don’t know what the contest is, well here is a little Reader’s Digest version of it. There is a big draw, and whoever gets selected has the chance to go on the ice during the intermission of a game with some buddies. First, everyone shoots pucks from the centre line at an empty goal and depending on how many pucks go in, up to 4 vehicles are given away. Next, the person that won the draw, moves back to the far blue line and shoots 20 pucks in 24 seconds, and if 15 go in, that person wins a million dollars!

I’ve been a huge fan of this since it started a couple seasons ago, this will be the third year. Last year, Darwin Head won the big payout, and the year before Jason Hall barely missed the payout, but only because one of his shots hit a puck that had bounced out of the net.

This year’s shootout will be held at the World Junior Championships during the Canada/USA game on New Year’s Eve, rather than an NHL game like it had been in the past. This, however, is going to be a much larger venue, and will probably have higher ratings than an NHL game anyways. So hopefully, I’ll be on the ice in Ottawa on New Year’s Eve, instead of sitting at home in Lethbridge.

In other news, Alexander Ovechkin has returned to Russia in order to be with his ailing father. It’s only the second that Ovie will miss in his career and breaks his 203 game streak. All the best to the Ovechkin family.

06
Apr
08

Play-off Match-ups Decided & Predictions

Ok, so with my extended absence over, the NHL season is also over and the match-ups have been decided.

Eastern Conference

  • (1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (8) Boston Bruins – Montreal is going to take this without too much effort. Sorry Boston, but I don’t think you have a shot. Montreal in 5.
  • (2) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (7) Ottawa Senators – First of all, could anyone have imagined that the Sens would be seventh in the conference at the end of the season? Because the Senators are the biggest chokers I’ve seen in the NHL, Penguins in 6.
  • (3) Washington Capitals vs. (6) Philadelphia Flyers – I think this is going the best series in the first round. Ovechkin just won’t be happy enough with just making the post-season, he is going to to carry this team through. Washington in 7.
  • (4) New Jersey Devils vs. (5) New York Rangers – Brodeur is going to single-handedly win these series. Sorry Pries, but the Rangers are ‘effed. Jersey in 6.

Western Conference

  • (1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (8) Nashville Predators – The grizzled and experienced Red Wings continue to be the top team in the league, it is unreal. The Red Wings are gonna waltz through the Predators. Wings sweep.
  • (2) San Jose Sharks vs. (7) Calgary Flames – Sorry Flame fans… But the Sharks are going to take this one. It won’t be easy though, the Flames are one of the grittiest teams in the league. Sharks in 7.
  • (3) Minnesota Wild vs. (6) Colorado Avalanche – This is a tough one… I realistically have no idea who is gonna win this one, so I am just gonna pick the Avs because they are my Dad’s team, and they used to be the Nordiques! Avalanche in 6.
  • (4) Anaheim Ducks vs. (5) Dallas Stars – Just because the Ducks finished 4th, doesn’t mean they can’t repeat. They are a better team than they were last year so they have a legit shot. Ducks win in 5.

There… now I just hope that I am right on half of them, because I could see myself screwing it up.

24
Mar
08

Flames Refuse To Help Out Fellow Albertans

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Tonight marked the first time in a long time that Oiler fans were cheering for the Flames, and that Flame fans were cheering for the Oil. One of my buddies (an Oiler fan) sent me a text earlier today which displayed this cheering for a team that he hates.

“I never thought I would say that I want the Flamers to who tonight.”

Ok maybe not the best quote, because apparently T9 Word didn’t know he meant to say win, but I knew. The Oilers did their part in helping the Flames out, by beating the Wild giving the Flames a shot at reclaiming the Northwest division lead. The Flames however, didn’t really sound like they showed up to play tonight. (I listened to the game on the Fan 960.)

It sounded like a boring game, but that could have been because of the endless mistakes the announcers were making… I can’t even recall how many they made. They even claimed that Ottawa had beat the Wild tonight, right after they announced that Ottawa had just lost to Montreal. (First off, the Oil/Wild game was still very much in progress, and second… well you see the error.)

Anyways! So the West is packed right up again now, as 6 points are the difference between being in sixth place, and being in eleventh place. Which brings me to my next thought. I saw this wicked great site today called Sports Club Stats, which does an unbelievable job at calculated the chances that a team has at making the playoffs. Check it out, and look at your favourite team and their chances, and even where they will probably end up in the standings. A great way to look ahead to the draft if you are out of it.

18
Jan
08

Have Sabres Lost 10 In A Row??

Last night, the New York Rangers handed the Buffalo Sabres lost their tenth game in a row, putting them at a record of 19-19-6. Grade 4 math would show that 10 games ago, the Sabres would have been 19-9-6 right?Wrong!

In, fact they were 19-14-1. Allow to be frank, the points system in the NHL is fucking stupid. Out of a possible 20 points, the Sabres have gotten 5, yet they’ve lost 10 in a row. Benny Ercolani, the NHL’s chief stat guy says it’s not even a losing streak, “It’s a winless streak because some of those games didn’t go in the loss column.”

Ugh! So technical! I hate the fact that if a game goes into extra time, the team that ends up winning only gets an extra point, and the team that loses, gets one less point then a team that wins in regulation. I think that a team that wins in regulation should get 3 points, win in overtime or shoot-out earns 2 point, a loss in over-time or shoot-out gets 1 point, and if you loss in regulation, well you sucked tonight, no points.

10 seasons ago, Ottawa and San Jose were able to sneak into play-offs by finishing in 8th place in their respective conference. Ottawa had 83 points, while San Jose finished with 78 points. Last season, the New York Islanders and the Flames sneaked in with 92 points and 96 points respectively.

Where did those extra 27 points come from? The stupid extra points that the NHL gives out points as if they were herpes at a Dutch sex shop, and no one likes those.




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