Posted on: October 1, 2008 10:42 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2008 11:08 pm

2008-09 NHL Season

As the birth of a new NHL season is set to unfurl, let's take a look at some of the storylines.

Detroit Red Wings
- What can you say about the Big Red Machine?  A totally stacked lineup, reminiscent of the 2002 pre cap All Star team the Wings unveiled on their way to another Stanley Cup ( Yzerman, Fedorov, Hull, Shanahan, Robitaille, Lidstrom, Chelios, Datsyuk...)
The Wings will dominate the Central...Again!  The only hurdles will be the upstart Chicago Blackhawks and those pesky Predators from Nashtown.

Anaheim Ducks -  Big letdown last season.  This team has a lot to prove, perhaps GM's Brian Burke's last before heading to Toronto.  Losing cap casualty, Matthew Schneider will hurt this team come playoff time, but Anaheim has too much talent to being ousted in the first round again.

Dallas Stars -  Gave Detroit the biggest threat last post season.  Has the grit that one needs in the the playoffs ( Brendan Morrow! )  The addtitions that the Stars have made are curious to me.  It appears they are bulking up for a Pacific Division "Cage Match."  That may be a smart move with the amount of games they play.  To me... with fewer division games and only San Jose  and Anaheim to fight, the spots may be better utilized with skill players.  I could be wrong, it is the most physically demanding division in the NHL.

San Jose Sharks -  New coach, same team?  Some additions along the blueline may help this underachieving team.  They remibd me of the early '90's Red Wings- just waiting to breakthrough.  New Coach...New Hope.

Unless catastrophic injuries take their toll ( which is possible ) the Western Conference will boast the 2009 Stanley Cup Champion.  The East has been weak, although getting better.

Teams like the Panthers  Canadiens, Capitals, Penguins, and Flyers are young, and on the rise.  Unfortunately they lack the depth and skill to really compete for it all.  It is great to see them copete against each other- especially that Ovechkin ( he could be real player, huh?)but against the west they appear to be futile.

Any thoughts?

Posted on: February 15, 2008 5:55 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2008 8:00 pm

Hockey: The Sport Of The Underdog

Hockey...I love it. I live and die with each win and loss. My team is the Detroit Red Wings and has been since I started playing Sega around '90. Yzerman Rocked.

I grew up in southern NJ, suburb of Philadelphia. I attending many games of the Flyboys. Nothing better. My parent used to take my friends and I to "the Coliseum" in Voorhees where the Flyers actually practiced. We would spend our (parent's) money logging ice time in the open skate sessions all the time. Getting our skates sharpened at "Skater's Edge," a tiny little pro shop that you had to walk up a seemingly endless flight of stairs to get to. The foundation for what is to come is built in our youth.

I watch hockey. Not just the Wings. Hockey.

The NHL wants to expand their culture. Fine. Ratings say no one watches. Fine with me. I love it and know people that feel the same way. The majority of people think of hockey as a fringe sport. Fine by me. That doesn't affect my pleasure, in fact knowing what others choose to ignore gives me satisfaction. They are the ones missing out.

Go ahead, put a game on...I'll watch with you.
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