RP-29's Comments

Posted Wednesday April 23, 2014, About: Youthful Red Wings are rattled
I didn't notice any unusual "trying not to get hit" instances, but I definitely noticed the team was not in synch. Credit the B's for much of that.

I did notice this though:

http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/4/22/5641892/brad-marchand-grabs-wrong-knee- brendan-smith
Posted Wednesday April 23, 2014, About: Youthful Red Wings are rattled
I didn't see "rattled" last night. The Wings weren't hacking and slashing and giving cheap shots and throwing temper tantrums and taking bad penalties because things weren't going their way (like certain other unnamed teams).

The Wings were just sloppy. You could count tape-to-tape passes on one hand and when those passes did the recipient's stick he'd fumble it. Mix that in with a few poor decisions with the puck and a few positional mistakes by the young defensemen and you've got the recipe for a loss, no matter who you play. Meanwhile, the Bruins played a flawless game in the neutral zone and defensive zone and were strong in the offensive zone. ...Thus, the 2-0 + empty netter score.

Game 4 the Wings will not be as sloppy and the Bruins will make a few mistakes of their own. This game is going into overtime. We'll see who the hockey gods provide with the lucky-bounce game winner.
Posted Tuesday April 22, 2014, About: An outdoor game in Big D?
For sure, but I'm sure the Jumbotron over the field is not built for freezing temps or snow and I'm sure internal snow removal was not part of the plan when the stadium was built.

If they're going to keep the roof closed or open it right before the opening faceoff, then it isn't really an outdoor game; it's an overpriced hockey game on a football field with terrible sightlines.
Posted Tuesday April 22, 2014, About: An outdoor game in Big D?
Jerry is going to open the roof in the middle of winter for a hockey game?
Posted Monday April 21, 2014, About: Columbus crowd rooting for Pens?
I think we all could take Kessel... He turtles behind his buddies when it's time to man up.
Posted Monday April 21, 2014, About: Gomez defiant after latest bench-clearer
Professional athletes are also entertainers. This Gomez incident was entertaining and turned an otherwise boring and monotonous game into a conversation piece.

Thank you, Gomez, for bringing a pinch of flair to the game while simultaneously intensifying an otherwise lame divisional rivalry.
Posted Friday April 18, 2014, About: Threat of roster overhaul looms in Phoenix
Their lunch pail brigade style is a necessity for competitiveness because they have no scorers.

I'd expect Dave Tippett would get better quality hockey out of Malkin than Bylsma has.
Posted Friday April 18, 2014, About: Threat of roster overhaul looms in Phoenix
Only once in the history of the Phoenix Coyotes has the team had an 80-point scorer. Tkachuk did it their first year in Phoenix. Yandle led this year's team with 53 points in 82 games played.

The only seasons of his career Malkin has NOT hit 80 points is when he's played less than 70 games. He had 72 points in 60 games this year.
Posted Friday April 18, 2014, About: Threat of roster overhaul looms in Phoenix
Trade Keith Yandle, Martin Hanzel and a 2nd round pick for Evgeni Malkin?
Posted Friday April 18, 2014, About: Most important matchup in Wings-B's
"if there's one Red Wing who can turn Chara's stick into a 65-inch feather duster, it's Gustav Nyquist."

...or Pavel Datsyuk or Darren Helm or Tomas Tatar or ...
Posted Thursday April 17, 2014, About: Will Miller crack?
Bullschlitz. There's no hockey on SportsCenter.
Posted Wednesday April 16, 2014, About: The NHL's model franchise?
That's cool... To each his own. You can like your Captain Caveman. I've always preferred Bugs Bunny.
Posted Wednesday April 16, 2014, About: Packers ready for Favre reunion
Classy.
Posted Wednesday April 16, 2014, About: Packers ready for Favre reunion
Didn't you know? He's wearing Levi's now and it's got Wrangler fans whipped into a raging frenzy.
Posted Wednesday April 16, 2014, About: Cup drought weighing on Sid
Would you prefer to have the Pens get knocked out right away against Columbus to have a better shot at a coaching change?
Posted Wednesday April 16, 2014, About: Cup drought weighing on Sid
Think Trotz will wait til the Pens get knocked out to see if he can inherit this team?
Posted Wednesday April 16, 2014, About: The NHL's model franchise?
Wow. Bouwmeester would've been a nice addition to the Wings defensive corps, but I'm definitely pleased that trade didn't happen.

That said, Burke & Co would've probably ruined both players' careers and wasted the draft pick on a Russian.
Posted Wednesday April 16, 2014, About: Packers ready for Favre reunion
Packer fans' reception of Favre will be directly proportionate to how he presents himself to us cheeseheads.

If he casually walks onto Lambeau wearing Levi's and a neutral-colored tee shirt, fans will perceive that as he's still holding a grudge against the organization and the reception will not be very warm. If he walks out wearing Levi's and a Packer polo, the reception will be mixed. If he runs out of the Packer tunnel wearing his #4 jersey in full pads with his helmet in his right hand raised over his head, all will be forgiven and Packerland will roar.
Posted Wednesday April 16, 2014, About: The NHL's model franchise?
"more physical defensively unless Niklas Lidstrom comes out of retirement"

Note to the Boston Globe: Lidstrom was not a physical defenseman. He utilized his superior hockey intelligence to perfectly position his body and stick to nullify scoring opportunities.
Posted Tuesday April 15, 2014, About: For Hertl, beating L.A. is personal
While some of this is true, there are some significant oversights as well. Here are a couple more major differences.

NBA - You can win multiple championships with two or three great players plus a collection of scrubs.
NHL - You can win multiple draft lotteries with two or three great players plus a collection of scrubs.

NBA - Entering the season, only about 6 teams have any chance at a championship.
NHL - Entering the season, only about 6 teams have no chance at a championship.
Posted Tuesday April 15, 2014, About: For Hertl, beating L.A. is personal
I'm in the same boat with Pavelski. One of the best two-way players in the game; clutch; born and raised in Wisconsin; lead the Badgers to the 2006 NCAA Championship... but he plays for the Sharks.
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