Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Game Time! The L Column solution

Vancouver (10-8-1) at Edmonton (7-12-1)

Hmm, there’s an Oilers hockey game on in 2 minutes. But then, there’s also Yentl starring Barbra Streisand airing on BRAVO. And what’s this? Question Period on CPAC? Shit! Tough decisions.

I don’t much feel like watching a loser team lose, although I guess I’ll still end up watching, as always, wringing my puckhat as those Sedin dinks pad their stats against whatever the Oilers throw at them (the punchline to this is coming...).

The annoyed buzzing sound that you’re hearing from Oilers blogs is chatter over Coach MacTavish’s decision to reward Zack “L Column” Stortini with more ice time… in a checking role… against the Sedins…

Here’s likely tonight’s lines, according to the team's site, as freshly poured from the blender:

12-Robert Nilsson 10-Shawn Horcoff 83-Ales Hemsky

27-Dustin Penner 13-Andrew Cogliano 89-Sam Gagner

14-Raffi Torres 16-Jarret Stoll 46-Zack Stortini

GOIL.

16 comments:

mike w said...

I just realized that the headline is pretty much the same as Andy's. Sorry, Andy.

Looking forward to that glossary...

mike w said...

Sportsnet just had Garon's SVP up as 910 per cent!!!

IT's our game folks.

Ross said...

The Canucks haven't lost in regulation in the NW yet. Crazy.

mike w said...

That's the best period in 10 games. This isn't a 2.05 goals-a-game team for one night.

Chris! said...

HOOOOOOORRRRCOFFFFFFFF

therealdeal said...

I don't get the nickname? What did I miss?

By the way, is Rourke not quite as hot a doorknob as one would expect, or is it just me?

Lord Bob said...

By the way, is Rourke not quite as hot a doorknob as one would expect, or is it just me?

He's a pylon, but he's one of those rolling robotic pylons that you can slowly move to another location!

Par said...

He's a pylon, but he's one of those rolling robotic pylons that you can slowly move to another location!

You mean, a dalek?

Andy Grabia said...

I just realized that the headline is pretty much the same as Andy's. Sorry, Andy.

Looking forward to that glossary...


No worries, dude. Just means it is worthy of the glossary. Which is finished. And ready to go. I'm just waiting a bit, letting the post-game chatter die down. Plus, I didn't even realize you had posted until right now. I would have come by sooner if I had known. We really should take turns or something. Maximize the comments in one place at a time.

the sieve said...

And so the pendulum swings.

You bastards.

Doogie said...

You mean, a dalek?

I'd make a smartassed comment about stairs, but they can fly now, so that's out the window. Damn.

another mike w said...

TSN highlight package this morning:

Missed Oil's first 3 goals, showed all of the Canuck's goals, showed Penner's tying goal - I guess they had to explain how they got to OT... showed Luongo's SO save (HON candidate, even tho one angle showed it crossed the line...), Linden's ho-hum SO goal, and Hemsky's/Horcoff's SO goals (neither of which were HON-worthy? Hemsky's was just SICK.)

While I was a bit shocked with the heavy Canuck bias on these highlights, I guess I'm grateful that they they didn't segway to a panel of Leafs experts to discuss how Vancouver would be a worthly opponent for Toronto in this year's cup final...

Andy Grabia said...

Sportsnet is running a Mike Toth ad about local coverage right now that says, "we're not the Toronto Sports Network," or something to that effect. Won me over right there

Chris! said...

TSN's highlights are crap. I've taken to checking Yahoo's videos first thing in the morning, and I like their packages a lot. Lots of room to breathe (last night's highlight reel was ~8 mins long, showed all the goals, plenty of context on the plays), though they did skip right to the last two SO attempts.

Pleasure Motors said...

I watch Yahoo's highlight packages all the time, too. You essentially get every big play of the game (if it only goes to three rounds, they usually show the whole shootout, too). The only real problem is they rarely show replays.

Also, since there's no time minimum/maximum, they're a pretty interesting metric to judge how interesting a team's games are. The fact the Oilers almost never have a highlight package under 5 minutes, win or lose, says something about how fun they are to watch, if not necessarily cheer for.

Rod said...

Judging by the TSN highlight package 'another mike w' described, OT isn't just for ties anymore. 4-1 Canuck win? No, it's going to OT. What? Pathetic job by TSN, especially for a game involving two Canadian teams.

Pretty sure Sportsnet said they're going to show every shoot-out attempt this season. Regardless, I do like their "We're not the Toronto Sports Network" plug. Classic.