Predators 5, Oilers 3
I didn't catch the first period but on radio, and it was supposed to be rough, but to me tonight just plain looked like we got beat by a team who played our game a bit better than we did.
Before I continue, though: that picture, like the one of the Canes I posted a while ago, both came from the NHL's evidently ridiculous My Stanley Cup campaign from last year. I can only assume from his pose and come hither eyes that Arnott is icing himself down because he just finished having sex with the better part of the Dallas-Fort Worth secretary pool, and this was somehow related to his desire to win the Stanley Cup (pregame ritual: father a child). Anyway, I also wanted to point out that, of the 13 wallpapers available to download from NHL.com, ten involved players who did not make it past the first round of the playoffs, and three (Linden, Carter, and the Kings team photo) were of teams that didn't even make the playoffs. Go marketing department!
Anyway, the other thing I wanted to talk about was the whole back-to-back games thing: obviously, due to Nashville's quick start, talk in the first intermission by CHED's new resident expert Chris Joseph was how, sometimes, teams that play the night before don't actually come out flat, but energized, because they have that energy from before, blah, blah, blah. I played a hunch, and while admittedly it's a small sample size (that is, October) and put together a bit quickly (that is, since I got home), I can find pretty much no correlation whatsoever between the second game in a back-to-back and performance. Certain teams have certain tendencies (Florida has lost the second game every time, for instance), but by and large, there is virtually no noticeable performance change in the second game (teams seem to win/lose at pretty much the same rate), even allowing for things like opposing team quality.
Nor, I think is sort of obvious, should there be, really: back-to-back games almost always come after a longer-than-average break and really, more or less a full day's rest should be more than enough for world-class athletes (the third game in four nights, or something similar, might be more trouble, but I didn't look for that). Long story short: this back-to-back business seems one of those true-because-it's-accepted facts that can be bent any which way it needs to be to give talking heads something to fill space with. As such, expect to hear about it every time anyone plays a back-to-back game, regardless of its relevance.
Aside from that: are we ever going to see Jan Hejda? Who knows? Listening in, it sounded like defensive coverage was the problem that sunk the Oil in the first, and maybe Hejda, who had a fairly solid preseason, deserves a chance to settle that a bit. We still really need a d-man who can break out of the zone, by the way. Oh, and Ales Hemsky is the new porn.
Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Predators 5, Oilers 3
Posted by DMFB at 10:43 PM