Edmonton (7-6-1) at Detroit (9-4-1)
TSN, 630 CHED
How can I tenuously tie the fact the Oilers play the Red Wings tonight to a ridiculous article about captains on NHL.com? Steve Yzerman...retired...was a great captain...played his last game against the Oilers—sure, that will do.
Anyway, Shawn P. Roarke has evidently been taking his blunt objects to the face too early and too often of late, as evidenced by his attempt to name the ten best captains in the league. It's not neccessarily his choices I disagree with—to be honest, I have no idea how one would properly rank captains. Roarke, though, apparently doesn't either.
Markus Naslund is listed as number ten due to the fact he "has missed just 15 games"—a good captain, I will frequently yell at people as I'm walking down the street, has strong knee ligaments and unconcussed thoughts—and the fact the 'Nucks made the playoffs in the first four years of his tenure, "a testament to his abilities." Obviously, of course, the reason the LA Kings have missed the playoffs for the past three seasons is that Mattias Norstrom couldn't lead plague rats to 16th-century London. Except that Norstrom is one above Naslund on the list. Shane Doan, whose team not only hasn't done anything lately, but is now pretty much actively trying to lose, is also above Naslund. Hmmm.
Maybe the most ridiculous comment comes further down, though, supporting Jarmoe's number three spot: "The Flames went to the Stanley Cup Final in Iginla’s first year. Coincidence? We think not." Wow! What a testament to Jarmoe's abilities to lead a team playing in front of the best goaltender in the league! His "emotional leader[ship]" sure meant a lot when the Flames were playing in front of wet paper towels and pure hope in the first half of that season (oh, and, you know, the Anaheim series last year). I'm sure Kipper would have had only two, maybe three shutouts without Jarmoe's emotions helping him make kick saves. Though perhaps we should forgive Roarke some for his justification, since he excluded Brian Rolston, due to his non-full-time status, all the first-year captains (Elias, Brenden Morrow, Forsberg, Chara, Tim Taylor, Chris Clark, Kimmo Timonen, Jaromir Jagr and Lidstrom) and Pittsburgh's captain, since they don't have one, meaning he had about, oh, twelve people to choose from for a top-ten list. Take that, Patrick Marleau and, uh, Olli Jokinen.
But, stupid justifications in deadline-motivated articles aside, these aren't your slightly older cousin whom you've always felt obligated to sit beside at Thanksgiving due to the closeness of your ages even though she tapes CSI: New York and dropped out of an Athabasca University correspondence business program to serve bottles of Corona and get groped in the lounge at the Sawmill Pacific Fish Company's Red Wings: these are the Red Wings who haven't lost a game since we beat them in mid-October. Their team save percentage is now a respectable middle-of-the-league, as is their goal ratio. They are once again on top of their pathetic, essentially two-team division. They are the Red Wings who kick ass and then write the names of more people whose asses need kicking in the blood of the people whose asses they have just kicked!
Despite our recent troubles—I can't comment on last night's game, since I didn't see it—I am strangely unworried about tonight. The Wings always seem to bring out the best of our game, and we'll probably also be facing the decidedly undominating Hasek, who has a lot more games where his save percentage hits the wrong side of .880 than he ever used to. I think this will be the type of tight, fast, hard-hitting game that will spark us to mop the floor with the rest of this road trip. At least, I pray it will be.
Let's say 5-4 Oil in a back-and-forth, spirited affair. Winchester fights Chelios to pick up a Gordie Howe hat trick in the building where he scooped up the octopus, Horcoff has a goal and an assist to start a streak, Sykora, Lupul, and Smyth pots the winner in OT. Goilers.
I JUST READ OTHER BLOGS UPDATE: I haven't seen a good bestiality joke in some time, so it pleases me that Colby Cosh is bringing sexy back, in the form of calling Flames fans sheep-fuckers (scroll to the bottom). Amen, sir.
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Edmonton (7-6-1) at Detroit (9-4-1)
Posted by DMFB at 11:29 AM