Starting this for the five of us who may participate...

Thankfully the Blackhawks opened against a crap team, allowing them to come from behind in overtime. Without a top tier goalie for now, their inability to clear the puck from their zone will be ugly. 

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One game in and the Rat in Boston is already back to being an idiot again.  Granted Eller shouldnt have showboated in front of the bench, but Marchand is not someone who can say he was taking the high ground for enforcing poor sportsmanship.  Max Domi breaking ekbalds nose becuase he didnt want to fight wasnt much better.

I'm surprised he didnt lick Eller.

Go Leafs Go.

Don’t forget about Tom Wilson. He shouldn’t have been allowed at the banner-raising ceremony if he was on active suspension, IMO. That may have been the strongest possible message. Instead, a knee on knee season ender or bad concussion might be what that scumbag needs.

I'm ready for the 2018/2019 Stanley Cup Champion Lightning to finally play their first game on Saturday against the Panthers.

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csm posted:

Folks in Toronto planning the parade already after a 1 goal win over an awful Habs team.  Hilarious.

That Hawks/Maple Leafs game over the weekend reminded me of the Oilers back in 1980's.  Neither team minded giving up 6 goals because they knew they could score 7.  Fun game to watch as a fan, but the kind of game that will make coaches old in a hurry.

I'll reserve comment on the apparently resurgent Hawks until we see if Crawford will indeed return next week. 

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robsutherland posted:

Yeah that game (and the Stars last night) is very entertaining hockey! I think Toronto will score 300+ goals this year. 

They better, because they are going to give up 290!

Congrats to Jumbo Joe on goal #400.

F Tom Wilson. Once again a continually dirty player gets a suspension reduced. May he take a puck to the face.

F Stan Bowman while I’m at it. 

I watched the Hawks last night.  I can't believe how slow they are and how they don't really want the puck ever.  It was a sad affair despite the fact that they won 1-0

Montreal is a pleasant surprise.  I'm thinking 30% chance of playoffs, but that's much better than I had in mind coming into this season.  They are fast and young and they know how to score.  Too bad Price can't play goalie anymore.

grossie posted:

Too bad Price can't play goalie anymore.

and those 43 saves he made last night to beat the flames were just good luck?  Dont get me wrong - my 2nd favourite team in the league is whoever is playing the habs but Price is still one of the best in the game.  He needs competent D in front of him so he isnt forced to make 43 saves a night.

VeV- Price's best game of the year by far, he stole a game for his team, first time this season.  Other than last night his save percentage has been .892 on the year.  Say what you want about defence, but that is a bad number for a top goalie.  I'm hoping he is turning things around.

Vinoevelo, I'm with you on the 2nd favourite team.

The knives are definitely out for Price around here. I love it when the pundits start pointing fingers, especially when it's a franchise player.

well...  maybe they'll trade him for Luongo... 

(i apologize if there's an older goaltender with a longer more burdensome contract out there, but this was the first guy i thought Bergevin would look to based on that Subban/Weber deal)

billhike posted:

Curious to know if any of those knives point towards Bergevin? 

They were at the end of last season and during the summer, but Price's back is a bigger target now.

Price now has 2 good games in a row, hopefully he'll be back to his old ways.  I don't think anyone is really clamoring for his head just yet, but it's worrisome when your best player is playing that badly.

FWIW I still like the Subban for Weber trade.  How's PK doing in Nashville?  How are his teammates liking him?  Is he getting along better with management?  He is highly skilled but a royal pain in the ass, it's all about the PK show with PK, the problems are well-documented.   It's an interesting situation, I think it's still TBD. 

 

i think i've finally hit the point that i've been so inundated with what Nylander is doing, where he's skating, what he's eating, what airport his agent is at, what his dad thinks, what Babs thinks that i dont even care anymore.  

Mark it dude.

vinoevelo posted:

i think i've finally hit the point that i've been so inundated with what Nylander is doing, where he's skating, what he's eating, what airport his agent is at, what his dad thinks, what Babs thinks that i dont even care anymore.  

Mark it dude.

You won’t have to think about it for six more years. When the time comes, I’m guessing the Auston Matthews watch will be a bit more intense.

billhike posted:

The Blackhawks “defense” is epically shitty. That’s putting it kindly.

They are definitely paying the piper for their Cup run.  Everyone knew it was coming, just didn't expect it so soon.  Looks like they should be sellers at the deadline. 

Yep, we knew it was coming but I didn’t expect such a steep decline. Imagine if we as least had a mediocre defense with the improved play this year we’ve seen from Toews and Saad.

Chris Kunitz has been absolutely useless.

billhike posted:

Yep, we knew it was coming but I didn’t expect such a steep decline. Imagine if we as least had a mediocre defense with the improved play this year we’ve seen from Toews and Saad.

Chris Kunitz has been absolutely useless.

That was a complete head-scratcher.  At least it was only a one year deal on the cheap. 

Moronic to expand this already watered down league. Ottawa should have moved to Seattle if they want a franchise there, coupled with the folding of the Panthers, Hurricanes and Coyotes. 4 divisions of 7 teams with the top 4 in each division making the playoffs. So easy!

billhike posted:

Moronic to expand this already watered down league. Ottawa should have moved to Seattle if they want a franchise there, coupled with the folding of the Panthers, Hurricanes and Coyotes. 4 divisions of 7 teams with the top 4 in each division making the playoffs. So easy!

But then the league doesn't get its $650 million expansion fee.  Ottawa needs a new building or they are dead (Calgary too).  Could see a team in Quebec City (Florida) and Houston (Phoenix) in the not too distant future.  

billhike posted:
vinoevelo posted:

i think i've finally hit the point that i've been so inundated with what Nylander is doing, where he's skating, what he's eating, what airport his agent is at, what his dad thinks, what Babs thinks that i dont even care anymore.  

Mark it dude.

You won’t have to think about it for six more years. When the time comes, I’m guessing the Auston Matthews watch will be a bit more intense.

I've heard rumours, all unsubstantiated of course, that Matthews is lukewarm on re-signing in Toronto.  Wouldn't surprise me to see him elsewhere, especially if he gets hurt again.  With the way Marner is playing, they may have to let one of them walk.  To re-sign, Matthews and Marner, they're going to have three guys north of $10 million AAV.

Matthews OT winner with 3 sec. left last night was a beauty.....  almost woke up the kids.

No sympathy for Tom Wilson after Reaves laid him out.  Drives me nuts when his coach is looking for sympathy for a guy who's built his career on blind-shot elbows to the head.  

I hadn’t heard about the Reaves hit. F Tom Wilson. Just watched the video and damn near got a chub. It’s the only way a scumbag like him will learn. 

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billhike posted:

Hello, is this thing on? Damn near three months since the last post.

Yea, I'm surprised the Toronto folks and bman aren't chatting about the NHL.  I mean, I realize that Boston and Toronto are 19 and 20 points out of first respectively, but they still are #2 and #3 in the Eastern conference.  I guess when Chicago isn't very good, hockey threads go dark .  I'm just playing it low key as I've been optimistic for the past few years that Lightning win another cup....and it hurt when they go so far ahead last year and then had a mediocre last month of season and then lost to Caps in playoffs.  Now they've won 10 games in a row, have 19 point lead in conference, but can they keep their foot on the accelerator?  

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pinotlvr posted:
billhike posted:

Hello, is this thing on? Damn near three months since the last post.

Yea, I'm surprised the Toronto folks and bman aren't chatting about the NHL.  I mean, I realize that Boston and Toronto are 19 and 20 points out of first respectively, but they still are #2 and #3 in the Eastern conference.  I guess when Chicago isn't very good, hockey threads go dark .  I'm just playing it low key as I've been optimistic for the past few years that Lightning win another cup....and it hurt when they go so far ahead last year and then had a mediocre last month of season and then lost to Caps in playoffs.  Now they've won 10 games in a row, have 19 point lead in conference, but can they keep their foot on the accelerator?  

The Bruins have gone 8-0-2 in the past 10 and haven't lost in regulation in 14, but have fallen further behind the Bolts in that period. WTF?? I can't see any team beating TB this year. Gotta hope for a first round upset.

The only thing I'd worry about if I was a TB fan is that they can't help but coast to the finish line.  With such a huge lead on the league, how do you not rest your top players down the stretch?  With nothing left to play for until the playoffs, how do you keep them engaged and in game mode so that they are playing well when it counts?  It will be a shock if they lose, but I've seen stranger things in the past.  I certainly don't see anyone from the west winning the cup this year.

So TB's 10 game win streak (franchise best) came to an end.  Still wish it wasn't the team from that city to do it.

I’m getting a kick out of the “storm surge” celebrations the ‘Canes are doing after home wins. F**k Don Cherry!

billhike posted:

I’m getting a kick out of the “storm surge” celebrations the ‘Canes are doing after home wins. F**k Don Cherry!

Duck Hunt anybody?  I didn't see it live, but I was amused.  The players all looked like they were enjoying the hell out of it. 

Yep - fun stuff. 

We are going to be in Nashville for a few nights in early May with no set plans. If the Preds are home for a playoff game and tickets aren’t too crazy I’ll be tempted to go.

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