Chicago 4 @ Florida 0
Vokoun can't stand on his head every game! Backup goalie Niemi gets it done with his first career NHL shutout (I think) and here we go with goaltending controversy 2.0 in Chicago. Pat Kane is beating up on other teams like they're cab drivers.
Detroit 3 @ St-Louis 5
Are the Wings hungover from 2 cup runs in a row or are the Blues for real? I would go with the latter.
Vancouver 0 @ Colorado 3
Craig Anderson standing on his head for the Avs so far. They could do very well this season now that they have a goaltender who actually stops pucks. Matt Duchene is a lock for rookie of the year if he keeps playing the way he has.
Carolina 2 @ Boston 7
Watching the Habs - Leafs game last night, I came to the realization that Mike Komisarek is a douchebag. He probably always has been, but it was harder to notice when he was playing for my team.
I'm sure glad he's with the Leafs now.
Speaking of powerplay opportunities, there were a few calls last night that made my blood boil. When a guy gets deliberately pushed into the other team's goaltender... How can that be called goaltender interference? It happened twice last night and was REALLY obvious both times... How do the refs always disregard that it's almost impossible to stop when you get pushed at the same time? Stupid.
If you're going to be an idiot and send the guy pushed onto ...
Here are my bold predictions for the upcoming NHL season. I'd love to here all of yours as well.
Ducks: will not make the playoffs
Thrashers: Kovalchuk scores at least 100 points for the first time in his career
Bruins: Will be fighting for a playoff spot
Sabres: Drew Stafford will score at least 60 points
Flames: will win the Stanley Cup
Hurricanes: will begin to regret the contract they gave to Cam Ward
Blackhawks: will make it to the Western Conference Finals
Avalanche: Duchene will win the Calder Trophy
Blue Jackets: will make it past the first round of the playoffs
Stars: will be a bottom five team in the league
Red Wings: will not win the Centr...
So we're almost there and I'm starting to get jittery. I've indirectly told my boss that I won't be getting much work done until I get my hockey fix tomorrow night. And I'll certainly be plugged in the entire day... websites, radio, any news on line-ups and strategies and fickle fanbase fighting I can get my hands on, I WILL be on top of, and I will be posting a preview on the site before the Canadiens - Leafs game starts.
But as for today, I will be posting some general stuff... to start, my standing predictions, which come a little while after I revealed who I thought would win each division. I was a little off the wall in who I thought would be the six top teams in the league, and I st...
This is a helpful guide (hopefully) for fantasy hockey owners regarding 2009-2010 Fantasy Hockey Forwards, including which players I think are being drafted too early, which ones are being drafted too late, and which ones you can steal late in your draft. I will also give you my Top 50 ranking.
First things first, if you have the 1st overall pick, don’t be an idiot, take Ovechkin, the guy is a goal scoring machine and the fact that he’s a left-winger makes him the best fantasy hockey player to own in history. As for #2 and #3, trends show that Malkin is being taken 2nd overall with Crosby going 3rd and these are pretty much the only picks that are set in stone. One thing to reme...
The team to watch this year is the Coyotes because if you don’t who will? But in all seriousness, the big factor here is the “star struck” factor. Opposing players will be star struck on the ice when they get to meet the stars of last year’s ever popular soap opera. The season premiere did not disappoint with disgruntled coach Wayne Gretzky being killed off. But don’t get too excited, the Coyote’s season finale is usually in the middle of November. Based on these factors expect the Coyotes’ to go nowhere this season…except for maybe Hamilton.
Next stop is New Jersey, a team that will greatly benefit from the Snooze Factor. The Devils, already annual hosts of the...
A lot of teams have made changes this past off-season, which is going to make for an interesting season in every division this year. For the first time in a long time, the Central division is competitive from top to bottom. The Northeast, Atlantic and Northwest divisions will be intense, as always. Even the Southeast is tough to predict, with both Washington and Carolina having legitimate shots at winning the division, and Atlanta, Florida and Tampa all improving to the point where, while they may not make the playoffs, at least 2 of them might be able to come close. The only real ''gimme'' division seems to be the Pacific division, and even then, it could go to either Anaheim or San Jose.
I've been watching some preseason games... well those that were on TV anyway.
Is it just me or does no one seem to care about preseason anymore? From what I could remember it used to be a bigger deal for younger players.
The young Habs sure don't seem to care much. I haven't seen much fire from anyone yet, except perhaps from David Desharnais (who's amazing, too bad he's 4'5).
Jaroslav Halak has been the most solid bleu-blanc-rouge 'tender. Anyone surprised? Didn't think so. When will he get a chance to shine? Poor guy has been labeled a #2 since... well since forever. Habs' management seem to be testing Sanford in pre-season games so far... If he looks the part, will they package ...
Didn't watch the Habs/Panthers game last night (seeing as I couldn't... you'd think RDS would get the idea considering they sold out a pre-season game against the Panthers, but anyway...) but I caught the highlights and the boys looked good. O'Byrne was feisty and ready to go, Gomez and Cammalari scored and made a statement (and a case towards why either should be captain), Latendresse was hitting everything, and D'Agostini showed why he belongs next to Lapierre and Latendresse. Really enjoyed his goal. Lots of people seemed to shine last night, but unfortunately, it looks like they kind of shut down after 2 periods. I hope that doesn't become a problem this season, as we've had issu...
The Brian Burke - Kevin Low feud of the past few years has been well-documented. A lot of people would say, too well documented. But for those who don't remember the story, let's rehash, shall we?
Lowe can't sign players to play Edmonton (I wonder why...).
Lowe sees Dustin Penner. He thinks Penner will be a good fit on his team, so he extends him an offer sheet. Everything he does is well within his rights and the laws of the NHL CBA. He does the same with Thomas Vanek, offering both over-inflated contracts that they may not deserve, except in Vanek's case, it doesn't work, Buffalo matches. But Penner ended up moving to the Oilers and receiving a 5 year, $21 million contract for h...