Ah, remember the best moment of last year's playoffs? Well, those were heady times indeed, far removed from the slog of an early regular season matchup.
Detroit's off to an okay start (3-3-1) and are coming off of back-to-back losses in which they've been outscored 9-2, taking a whack of penalties along the way. Taking a gander at Hasek's 88 SVP and the aging backend of this Detroit team, along with the loss of Brendon Shanahan, I'm tempted to think this team's finally going to come back down to a more acceptable level of mediocrity. And yet I make that mistake almost every year, so I'll just save myself some time and assume this team will always be good, especially if Nicky Lidstrom is still around.
Meanwhile, webboard nerds have bitten their nails down to the quick, fretting over the lacklustre team play of this de-Pronged edition of the Oilers. The good news is that even though we give up long stretches of play, we've managed to come out on top in a few games thanks to some good goaltending. The power play looks static, our defenceman are erratic, and the Oil haven't really figured out a way to make the most out of Joffrey Lupul. In the last couple of games, training camp walk-on Patrick Thoresen has been the best player, which is good thing for Norway but a worse thing for the Oil. Hopefully, tonight the team will have more zip.
PS: Sadly, my once favourite player, Marc-Andre Bergeron, has become this year's Cory Cross. Ah Bergie, I still love you. I think.