Saturday, April 19, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Saturday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Nathan MacKinnon's first playoff goal? Datsyukian. Wow. Then he backed the great Ryan Suter off the line before setting up the second. #schooled.
  • Brent Seabrook's hit on David Backes was ugly. There's no other description. He's not a dirty player and he has no history of this. But he should still have known better. Phone hearing coming up.

NHL Playoff Observations -- Friday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Lift and separate. Divide and conquer. Milan Lucic just has a way of saluting an opponent's manhood, doesn't he? And we think Maxim Lapierre, Matt Cooke and even his teammate Brad Marchand are dirty.
  • Pavel Datsyuk. "Datsyuked." I'm going to just leave it at that. Wow.
Friday, April 18, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Thursday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Welcome to Broadway, Martin St. Louis -- you successfully elicited the patented stink eye and verbal abuse from Henrik Lundqvist after the errant tip of Andrew MacDonald's point shot. He's been doing it for years, only to apparently express some kind of remorse the next day. At some point, you have to think that wears guys a little thin.
  • Mike Brown and Raffi Torres -- what an antidote to the Kings so-called physical advantage. Still, there were 121 hits in that game. Yes, 121. No matter who wins in the West, they'll limp into the Cup final. Yikes.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Wednesday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Six-foot-six isn't tall if you're always on your knees. Stand up, Anders Lindback -- STAND UP! They already know about that glove hand of yours. Don't give them anything else!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

NHL Trade Deadline Blog

Have all the big trades already happened, or will we see a big move today? Is there a chance that either Martin St. Louis or Martin Brodeur will have a new address by the end of the day? Will Vancouver tear it down in the wake of the Roberto Luongo deal?
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

NHL Trade Deadline Eve - Goalie Carousel

I'm not as piped into the trade deadline sources as others, so there was no small amount of shock to see Roberto Luongo get dealt Tuesday for me. What was the point of trading Cory Schneider if they were going to also shed Luongo? Canucks fans, or anyone else, help me figure this out.
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Olympics- USA, Russia Openers

The United States certainly made a statement with Thursday's 7-1 rout of Jaroslav Halak, Zdeno Chara and Slovakia, riding a six-goal second period to a win before Saturday's pivotal clash with Russia. Several things jumped out from the US performance today:

-They're fast. This group of wingers utilized their speed nicely on the outside and some defensemen getting involved as well, notably Kevin Shattenkirk's rush up the ice on one of the team's goals. (I lost count)

-Great forechecking led to several goals in the second period for the Americans. Notably on the second and third goals.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Olympics (Men's) Day 1

-Either Sweden is quite good or the Czechs are rather medicore. I'm thinking it could be somewhere in between.

-Hell of a game from the US and Canadian women this morning. US seemed to have the better of the play for the middle portion of the game, but you give Canada an inch, and they're in the door.

-Loved the acceleration form Agosta on the Canadian's third goal, wow that was a quick first step.

-Hoping the US won't get Finland in the semis with Noora Raty.

-Erik Karlsson looked quite composed on the big rink, as one would expect, but the Swedes overall just seemed a bit faster than the Czechs, especially on Patrick Berglund's goal.

-True the Czechs were without their top option in goal, but the Swedes held on after the Czechs found their game.

-It will be interesting to see how much Henrik Sedin's absence affects the Swedes, but considering Henrik Zetterberg, Gabriel Landeskog and Nicklas Backstrom are guiding the team. They'll be fine.

-Nice to see Nino Nieddereiter get involved in the Swiss attack today. That team is going to be sneaky if Jonas Hiller can steal a game or two. Offensively, I don't see them making much of an impact.

-I ilke what the Americans did with their top two lines heading into Thursday's debut against Zdeno Chara and Slovakia. The line of James vanRiemsdyk-Joe Pavelski-Phil Kessel has to be one of the highest scoring trios in the tournament. The blend of playing styles on the Zach Parise-David Backes-T.J. Oshie is a tremendous combination that can be a handful given the energy with which each of those play.

-Canada should have a walk against the likes of Norway and Austria, but it will be crucial to see how their line combinations click. A potential grouping of Corey Perry-Ryan Getzlaf-John Tavares simply isn't fair.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Canadian Olympic Snubs

All of Canada was glued to the television, radio and internet Tuesday morning to find out who would represent the country at the Olympics. And it will be a point of conversation -- shoulda, woulda, coulda -- until the Games close. Were the right men taken? Are there obvious snubs? Let's discuss.
Monday, July 1, 2013

Blue Jackets Draft Recap

A quick peek at the players drafted by the Blue Jackets on Sunday, and their potential fantasy futures.
Sunday, June 30, 2013

NHL Draft Chat

This could be a very interesting afternoon. Surrounding the strongest draft class since 2003 is a deafening buzz of trade talk. Tyler Kennedy's already been dealt from the Pens to the Sharks for the 50th overall pick, with plenty of other names being bandied about. Multiple teams have multiple picks too, which makes the trade possibilities even juicier.
Monday, June 24, 2013

Chicago Wins The Cup

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • I've always loved prime numbers. I think 17 is my new favorite number. I think both teams were in shock; I know I was. What a crazy turn of events ... but I'll take it!
  • Was the first period the best hockey Corey Crawford has ever played? If not, it's pretty darn close. Well done. But he still shouldn't get a job with Team Canada for the coming Olympics.
Saturday, June 22, 2013

Lord Stanley Advantage Blackhawks

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Bryan Bickell is the perfect foil for Patrick Kane. There's nothing like having a big body to clear space, pick the puck up off the wall and make you look good. Still, Kane sure can snipe.
  • Earth to Claude Julien -- Joel Quennville didn't notice Zdeno Chara wasn't on the bench for several shifts earlier this series, so did you actually expect him to miss Patrice Bergeron if he'd gone to the room? Leaving Bergeron on the bench instead of getting him to hospital a period earlier is a crime, particularly with the breathing struggles he seemed to be having in the first period. 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Lord Stanley Knotted At Two

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Welcome to the postseason, Jonathan Toews -- you finally got off the schnide. You should have probably had two goals and you made the winner possible. Have the Bruins woken the bear?
  • So, what was up with Zdeno Chara? He was frustrated one minute and falling the next. And he was a better door than window for Tuukka Rask on the game winner. I guess he can have one bad game.
Monday, June 17, 2013

Lord Stanley Game Three

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool Joel Quennville four times? Shame on the organization. Zdeno Chara was in the dressing room with a skate issue for at least four shifts and Quennville failed to get Jonathan Toews on the ice for any of them. How does that happen with today's technology?
  • Tuukka Rask. Wow. Great game, but "the ice gets sh$^% at the ends of periods"? NBC's Pierre McGuire seems to inspire swearing, eh? Andrew Shaw got him at the end of Game 1, too.
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Lord Stanley Game Two

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • How many Hawks can a Bruin hit if a Bruin could hit Hawks? Answer? 50. Wow. Hit the ice tubs, boys.
  • Jaromir Jagr and his anti-beard -- so close, yet so far, far away. Maybe the posts have fattened up over the duration of his career.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Lord Stanley Game One

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • I almost went to bed after the third Boston goal. What a mistake that would have been, eh?! Cue the comeback.
  • Marian Hossa will do anything to win. He, Milan Lucic and Tuukka Rask were the best players on the ice through two OTs.
Saturday, June 8, 2013

NHL Playoff Observations -- Cup Runneth Over

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Is Corey Crawford the Rodney Dangerfield of NHL twinetenders? He don't get no respect.
  • June 9 sure is a big day for Patrick Kane. A natural hat trick sends the Hawks to the final. Three years ago, his goal delivered a Cup ... on exactly the same day.
Friday, June 7, 2013

NHL Playoff Observations -- Brooms Come Out

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Best save of the night? Zdeno Chara's backhanded snag in the last minute. That stung, but not as much as it would have had the puck found twine.
  • Tuukka Rask, second-best goalie in the world or just lucky? Discuss.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

NHL Playoff Observations -- Pens on the Ropes

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Soooo ... who would you rather have on your team this postseason? Sidney Crosby or David Krejci? Discuss.
  • Repeat after me -- Jarome Iginla does not belong in black and gold. And that's not because I'm a Flames' fan. He has never fit into the Pens system and looks lost. That whistling sound you hear is the air coming out of his FA value
Monday, June 3, 2013

NHL Playoff Observations -- Conference Finals Monday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Coincidence or not? Sidney Crosby sheds his jaw protector and goes two games without a point, the first time this season he's been held pointless for that duration of time. He looked ... average, at best.
  • The Kings scored 11 goals in five games against the Blues, 14 in seven against the Sharks and now three in two against the Hawks. Their average goals-per-game is on a serious decline. They'd better get serious about scoring goals when they return to La-La-Land.
Saturday, June 1, 2013

NHL Playoff Observations -- Round Three Begins

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • I'm not sure I've seen Sidney Crosby as angry as he was at the end of the second period. He let Tuukka Rask get under his skin and then popped Rask in the chest (twice). And he chirped Zdeno Chara who had his number all night long (hint: he's too big for you Sid). He let them get him off his game. 
  • Why is Corey Crawford the least-desirable goalie in the conference semis? That goal Saturday was a fluke. And he's allowed just a single goal in three of his last four games.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

NHL Playoff Observations -- Round Two Is Over

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. I'm talking about you, Brent Seabrook. It's a rare day when you score the game winner twice ... in the same game.
  • Block the shot or get out of the bloody way. Niklas Kronwall is going to be seeing that one in his sleep for a long, long time.
Monday, May 27, 2013

NHL Playoff Observations -- Round Two Monday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Corey Crawford had the yips for the entire third period. Joakim Andersson and his knucklers can do that to any one. Not.
  • Look who showed up. Marian Hossa had his best game of the series. He's still elite, but he's definitely a buy-out candidate after next year.
Saturday, May 25, 2013

NHL Playoff Observations -- Saturday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Isn't it interesting that the final four could be comprised of the last four Stanley Cup winners? Or four of the last five? Parity has been the catch phrase of the NHL for years, but that smells like dominance to me.
  • Why did it take Joel Quennville until Game 5 to get Jonathan Toews away from Henrik Zetterberg?
Thursday, May 23, 2013

NHL Playoff Observations -- Thursday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Brad Richards, popcorn vendor? I know he has struggled, but there's no way be should be in the press box. No bloody way.
  • Patrick Kane just hasn't been good enough. Three shifts in the last 11 minutes? And the last was after the empty netter? Where's the fire in the belly? He's giving up way too easily.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

NHL Playoff Observations -- Tuesday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Joe Thornton's first period might have been his most dominant playoff performance. Ever. Jumbo? Nope. Larger than life ... including the massive man beard.
  • Stick a fork in the Rangers. That stupid defensive system is sinking them. Bu-bye, Torts. Maybe Patrick Roy is holding out for a gig on Broadway instead of in Mile High.
Sunday, May 19, 2013

NHL Playoff Observations -- Weekend

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Abuse of an official? I guess I went to bed too early. You're a bad, bad boy, Jonathan Quick. I wonder if they have the onions to lay down some supplemental discipline under Rule 39.5. It's a possibility when a game misconduct is called for abuse of an official.
  • Uh-oh. Henrik Lundqvist has an injured shoulder and is undergoing evaluation Sunday night. The Rangers can kiss that series goodbye without the King.
Friday, May 17, 2013

NHL Playoff Observations -- Friday (Thursday, too)

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Four shots, three goals ... and his second career hat playoff hat trick. The third goal was Sidney Crosby's 100th playoff point, a feat accomplished in merely 75 games. Plus he's the fifth fastest to hit that 100-point mark. Who was faster? Just Wayne Gretzky (46 games), Mario Lemieux (50), Jari Kurri (67) and Mike Bossy (74). Now that's elite company.
  • Where-o-where has my Brad Richards gone? Oh, where-o-where could he be? Oh right -- behind the play, struggling to catch up. Sometimes skills trickle away; sometimes they just fall off a cliff. Sad.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

NHL Playoff Observations -- Round Two Wednesday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Patrick Sharp is 31-3 this season. Yes, the Hawks have only lost three times with him in the lineup. Wow.
  • Moths to a light -- the Wings were puck focused all night long. That will change next game ... might not change the outcome by much, though.

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