Posted on: December 29, 2008 10:58 pm
The story of a Stanley Cup Champion. A difficult road of a team with a bullseye squarely on its back.
Suspect goaltending, Poor defensive zone commitment are commonplace to the reigning Cup Champs.
The most disturbing to me is the Detroit Red Wings could be ( clear throat ) tied with the the Chicago Blackhawks in the Central Division come 4 pm on Jan 1rst. The Winter Classic could be the turning point of the season. It WILL BE, in my opinion, for the better.
The Wings need something to push them. The Hawks' impressive play was admirable until they showed they could actually challenge us. We rose to challenge of the San Jose Sharks (6-0) need I remind anyone? We will rise to this and any that may come our way.
Get Well Soon #5 Nick ( #1 In My Book!)
Happy New Year to All
Posted on: November 21, 2008 11:48 pm
Dateline : Hockeytown Saturday November 22, 2008
Through 18 games thus far of the 2008-09 Detroit Red Wings schedule, the team from Motown is sitting pretty yet again upon the hill known as the
1) Power Play - 34.2% (Are you kidding me) The next best team is the St Louis Blues coming in at 24%
2) Penalty Kill - 81.6% Middle of the pack here...the problem I see here is not with any one player- It's the quantity Stop the Stupid penalties! 3) Goaltending - No real problem here. see number 4.
4) Defense - Having trouble holding a lead. I'd rather not get down on the defense players individually ( except Lilja ) since we employ a team defense with forwards playing an integral part. >Back to basics ... Smart play before the pretty play.
Around The League
1) The Dallas Stars at the bottom of the
2) Los Angeles Kings - Third in their division and 11th in the western conference. Way to go...Seriously.
3) Martin Brodeur - No Big time goalie for the New Jersey Devils may mean Big Time problems for the boys from Newark. This opens up the Atlantic Division which is not good for the Devils.
A Happy Holiday Season For All
Posted on: July 1, 2008 2:52 pm
On my long, long self imposed vacation. I'm in my third week on the left coast. L.A. - Rendondo Beach- to be a little more specific. I got a nice little routine going here right now. Jogging in the morning. Beach. Jogging in the evening. Drink. I'll have shedded a few pounds by the time I return -Still have NO idea when I'm heading back to Philly and I am not in any rush. I spend a lot of time in Hermosa Beach as well.
Beautiful Women and their in shape---for the most part.
One would think I would get bored after a few weeks but it's not happening so far.
Today kicks off fee agency in the NHL. Great to see Detroit Red Wings resigned Brad Stuart...not quite so sure about Andreas Liija. I'd like to see them make a run at Brian Rolston, I think he'd be another great "hometown boy" story like Dallas Drake.
A lot of moves occurring league wide. Although it's still early.
Kinda hard getting used to this Pacific Time Zone Thing.
The beach is calling.
Posted on: April 24, 2008 2:26 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2008 2:45 pm
Round 2 Begins Tonight
What can be said of this series that hasn't been said already? About rekindling the "old rivalry."
The history of these two teams made the NHL "must see" television in the late '90's. Sure, maybe there's no Lemieux (Turtle) or Roy, but there's still enough players on both teams that should hopefully make this another classic.
With a few days off for the teams to heal their bangs and bruises, they should be ready to go at a frantic pace. Neither team has any serious injuries to report. My biggest concern here is Brad Stuart going back to LA to be with his wife who is expected to deliver. I'm thinking he could have planned that a little better. I'm sure he thought he'd still be with the Kings and he'd already be on vacation, but c'mon man...It's the playoffs
That being said, the Red Wings should be alright on defense as long as Kronwall stays healthy. The Avalanche has their power play unit going real well in the first round. The Minnesota Wild are a good team...Detroit is an excellent team.
My only other real concern is Detroit's power play. Holmstrom needs to do what he does best (park in front of the net) and we should get some good rebounds.
There has been countless words of the "bad blood " between these two teams, it will hard to live up to hype...but I think it will.
Go Wings Go!
This just in Stuart's wife had a bouncing baby boy...he'll practice with the team Friday and play in Saturday's matinee.
Posted on: February 15, 2008 5:55 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2008 8:00 pm
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.