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A quick look at ESG after 59-60 games.
After seeing many playoff series do a 180 once the officials put their whistles in their pockets,
I always pay attention to ESG stats.
Here’s a prediction for all you frustrated with the re-entry waiver process for players who were free agents returning from a non-NHL professional team. Watch for Chris Oswood to retire at season’s end and for the Wings to sign Nabokov once free agency begins on July 1. He will be a great experienced back-up for Jimmy Howard. Ken Holland and Jill Nill knew he would be taken in the waiver process. This was all about building good will toward next year.
On Friday night during the Wings/Flames game, Brad Stuart sustained a broken jaw that will require surgery. He will be out indefinitely. The injury resulted from a blindsided, vicious hit to the head with a deliberate intent to injure by Tom Kostopoulos. Unbelievably, Kostopoulos only received a two minute minor for roughing. Stuart left the game hunched over and bleeding. How did four on ice officials miss the severity of this deliberate intent to injure?
Well, now it’s up to Colin Campbell. If we want to get blindsided hits to the head out of the game, here is your clear textbook opportunity to do so. This action deserves a ten game suspension. Maybe that will wake up the players to knock it it off. Someday, I hope that the discipline becomes that you are out as long as the injured player is out. That will hit them hard on games lost and in the pocketbook.
Paul recently posted about a speculative trade of Versteeg for Filppula. Although interesting, I think Filppula offers far more to the organization over time. Versteeg could boost the Red Wings’ offense and offer some scrappy, physical play on the wing, but I think Versteeg’s potential is at best a second-line winger on a poor offensive team.
Filppula, on the other hand, is a center that is being given a growing role as the team’s number two centerman. He is slowly filling into that role, being given a regular opportunity on the power play and playing on the second line. He began last season on the third line with Leino and Jason Williams, an unproven NHL rookie and a gamble forced on Holland by Hudler’s departure. When he returned from his hand injury, he was soon given an opportunity to play on the first and second line wing and now started the season as our second line center, alongside proven NHL veterans Franzen and Bertuzzi. Babcock’s belief in Filppula is reflected not only in the line combinations but his post-game comments. Everyone knows Filppula is always being encourage to shoot the puck more often, and we’ve heard that he is like a mini-Datsyuk. To be compared to one of the star forwards is no small compliment.
Hello fellow hockey fiends.
I know there are a few of you out there who hail from the Portland, Oregon area presently. I also know you’re probably into watching a Winterhawks game or two.
It turns out there are now about 15-20 of us getting seats together at club-level to watch the Winterhawks play Seattle, a match-up which tends to get frisky. After which we’re ringing in the new year with skating in the rink with the players afterwards. The concourse is going to have a rock-climbing wall, skeeball and shooting of some kind. Apparently since we’re doing this in a group, we even get three messages of our choosing on the jumbotron. I’m still trying to figure out the most inappropriate thing you can say in front of a few thousand families without getting arrested.
If you’re interested in joining up with our posse, email me at hippydave at gmail dot com and I’ll clue you in.
Happy new year!
Chris Osgood won his 400th game tonight with a 4-3 overtime win versus the Colorado Avalanche in Colorado. Osgood was the #1 star of the game turning away 46 of 49 Avalanche shots. Osgood was stellar during the second period.
Tonight, Osgood became only the 10th goalie to ever win 400 games.
Ozzie has won three Stanley Cups, of which in two of them (1998 and 2008), he was the starting goalie.
Of the other nine to win 400 games, seven are in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Only two, Curtis Joseph and Marty Broudure (still active) are not in the HHOF.
Is hockey’s Rodney Dangerfield (I get no respect! ) Hall worthy? Is 400 wins equal to 500 or 600 goals? Should three cups and 400 wins make him automatic entry to the HHOF?
Roberto Luongo has for a long time has been discussed as one of the premier goalies of the game. He has a gold metal to his name backstopping Team Canada in the Olympics earlier this year. He also is the #1 goalie for one of the best teams in the NHL, the Vancouver Canacks. On the flip side of the coin, he has not been able to lead his team over the Blackhawks the last two years in the Stanley Cup playoffs and his play can be inconsistent.
Last night in Detroit, the Canucks lost 5-4 to the Red Wings in overtime. Two of the Wings goals, including the game winner in overtime, were shots that any NHL goalie should make. The first ugly goal was a backhand shot from Zetterberg from the side of the net from an impossible angle that went in past Luongo. The second bad goal was a Zetterberg slap shot from the top of the circle with no screen in front. Rubbing salt in the wounds was the fact just moments before, Jimmy Howard made a game saving save in overtime stopping Sedine from the top of the slot.
I recognize anyone can have a bad game. However, I have long thought that Luongo was overrated. Do you think the Canucks are happy they have a big, long term contract with him?
Do you think he is overrated or do you think I’m full of fxxxxxx xxxx as the Washington Capitals coach might say?
Avangard gets mobbed 6 seconds into play. Avangard and Vityaz squared off last year as well in a teamwide brawl. Here’s the story from Russia Today via Scott Baker from TheBlaze.com:
Top KHL squad Avangard managed to finish their home game against league underdogs Vityaz, 3-2, despite a mass brawl. The incident occurred almost immediately after face-off. The Vityaz players went on the offensive after only six seconds of play. Avangard’s management says the brawl was a pre-planned act against their team. They have demanded that Vityaz be excluded from the KHL, and also want a lifetime disqualification for the club’s management. In January 2010, a similar brawl occurred during the clubs’ meeting in the Moscow region. Back then, the game was suspended, while Vityaz were considered to have struck the first blow, but avoided serious sanction from the KHL.
You can watch the video here :http://www.theblaze.com/stories/hockey-fight-russian-teams-throwdown-six-seconds-into-match/
On Friday night, an original six match-up occurred between the Habs and Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena in Hockeytown.
This battled featured a battle of two of the best young goalies in the game, Cary Price and Jimmy Howard.
The Red Wings won the game 4-2. The Canadians were down 3-1 after two periods, yet put on a strong push in the third period and outshot the Wings 20-3 and cut the lead to 3-2 late in the third. An empty net goal by Patrick Eaves sealed the win for the Wings 4-2.
Jimmy Howard was the first star of the game and stood on his head, especially in the third period.
The Canadians played shorthanded most of the first period. They were leading 1-0 and nearly fought off a 5-3PK until Nick Lidstrom scored with a little more than a second left in the first period.
Nick Kronwall and Paval Datsyuk scored for the Wings in the second period. Datsyuk’s goal was another highlight reel goal as he broke in on Cary Price and put a backhand shot past Cary Price on the short side.
The Wings literally held on in the third period as the Canadian dominated the play. Jimmy Howard stole this game for the Wings.
I think everyone would agree on eliminating head shots from the game is a good idea. We need to protect our players from hits to the head that can result in concussions or even more serious injury that can affect player’s careers or even the ability to lead a normal life. These headshots are now in the process of being eliminated at all levels of our game.
While this is good news, I watch the game and still worry that we are not doing enough to protect defensemen.
Two areas are concerning: touch icing and goalies being unable to play the puck outside of the trapezoid that put defensemen at risk.
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