What, no hockey fans? - Page 16
I certainly won't argue the outcome. This looks like a different team, much more hustle, more aggressive offensively, hell even Gonchar and who was it Eaton?? teamed up for an oddman goal by two defensemen. The stars are being stars and the sentiment that Stall should be traded is gone. Crosby is making things happen and Geno is still playing at a high level. This is the kind play I expected after last season. Let's go Pens!
Therrien refused to give up on the defensive 1-4 trap style of play. It doesn't work when your roster is full of speedy offensive minded players. Bylsma is using the players to their strengths and letting them run it wide open and aggressive.
Bylsma has also been a pretty good X's & O's kind of guy. He juggle lines only when it makes sense at key times in the game and seems to counter the other coaches moves quickly. This is the other area MT failed miserably in. I can't wait to see how he does under the pressure of playoffs.
I fully expected Staal to become a victim of the cap era in the offseason because who can afford to keep a $4M a year 3rd line center? If he keeps playing the way he is, we keep him and his third line becomes an affordable scoring line. 3 effective scoring lines and a 4th line that cycles effectively? the other teams in the league would kill for that.
No worries, send him here to play with his brother
I started typing that same thought then deleted it. I think they'll be OK as long as they stay away from bachelor parties in the boondocks. That was some funny stuff in the stories about that fiasco in northern Minnesota.
Gotta set my DVR. I'll be at the bridge crossing ceremony. My boy is crossing over from the Cubs to the Boy Scouts. I told you it was the March of the Penguins. The Division championship is still on the table. Scratch my back with a hack saw.
I'd like to, but we have the ski school banquet at 6 and I still have a 50' pine tree laying in my yard from the big windstorm that happened back during ski season. I guess I should take care of that. Besides, the skis are packed away and the MTN bikes are out. It's time for a new sport for awhile.
Division champ is pretty much locked by NJ, unless they lose all of the remaining games which is unlikely. Marty won't stay ice cold for much longer. I'd bet they get the title by 1-2 points. 3rd through 8th is up for grabs.
Just get in anywhere in the bottom 6 and I like our chances. 2 months ago, we were a dead team that nobody was afraid to play. Not so much anymore. We can handle the East (not as easily as last year mind you, because the East is deeper this year) and we've handled the Western teams pretty well too.
We're deeper and far more well rounded than last year (Screw Hossa) and have a more tactical coach now too. I really like our chances this year. Bring on the playoffs.
Well, Hossa would still look good in a Pens uniform but that didn't happen so screw the Wings. I didn't think that Kunitz would make a difference but he has. Just as there's a chance that the Pens could win their division (very slim, I know) there is still a chance that they won't finish in the top 8. I think they will and it would be nice to grab that 4th place spot. It should be a fun run to the Stanley Cup. If the Pens can keep up the pace they set in March then a Cup back in the burgh is a real possibility. I'll keep my smack talk low keyed for now.
As for skiing, I can understand how you're ready for another sport but I can't let go of the season. I'll be at Timberline tomorrow and that will probably be it for me. If Vermont gets dumped on next week with a shot of cold behind it that could all change. Easter is late this year and Spring is early, again. One powder day would so make my season. Hell, one day of bumps in trees sounds real good to me.
We're actually better off w/o Hossa. Had we signed him we never would have been able to bring in the new depth or re-sign some of the current players we have. We are far more well rounded and physical, 4 lines deep than if we had kept Judas. Besides, he's not even in the top 25 for the scoring race. We're better off without him.
High energy game last night, good we picked up a point but bad we lost in OT. That was a fun game to watch. You're right, the Pens seem to have more depth as all 4 lines play well. Kennedy has added some scoring to his high energy play, Cooke looks good, Staal is scoring, what 22 goals this year after last year's drop?
So, the Wild come within 50 seconds of stealing a point, maybe two from the Wings, just to show what a hot goalie can do to a team. Queston for the Wings is which Osgood will show up during the playoffs? The one that gave up a ridiculous goal to Clutterbuck to let the Wild back in to a game when they were getting totally outplayed or the one that made a great save at the end of the game on Koivu to prevent the Wild from taking the lead? Or do the faithful just count on lightening striking twice and Conklin will do to Osgood what Osgood did to Hasek last year?
As for the Wild - very disappointing season, but tempered by the fact that the team hasn't been healthy at all. Too many players have been hurt too often this year. OK, they are not mathmatically eliminated yet, but it would be a minor miracle if they snuck into the playoffs now. Will be a challenging off-season with Gaborik as a free agent.
Think we'll see Detroit vs. San Jose for the Western crown? That would be a good match-up to watch.
Edit: Just an afterthought, fishch, shouldn't you, as a good Ohio resident, be pulling for Columbus making their first playoff appearance?
Edited by Tag - 4/6/2009 at 07:03 pm
Don't ask questions about the performance of a team the guy admittedly only watches during the playoffs.
Definition: bandwagon fan.
Columbus could very well end up being a large upset in the West this year. I'm curious to see if Mason can hold up under playoff pressure. He's certainly been interesting so far this year. He could be the real deal at only 20 years old.
Well speaking of fair weather fans, the Wild have managed to sell out every single home game they have played so far. Detroit is lucky to fill half the seats at the Joe.
It is probably a lot more economical to go see a Blue Jackets game.
The crazy thing? CBJ has $10 SRO tickets. You can't even get to a wheeling nailers game for $10. That will change once CBJ makes the playoffs and the fan base increases. I still can't believe they managed to hang on to Nash for this long. Regardless of the playoff outcome, CBJ is poised to make a major move in fan base and probably players. Too bad, I was hoping RJ Umberger was going to die a slow career death there, lol.
Actually, the entire NHL is really starting to level out with the new salary cap and the way farm teams are developing. It's amazing how close the playoff race is and even how well the teams far out of the playoffs are suddenly playing.
The Wild should be rolling in the dough yet refused to sign any proven goal scorers and let ALL of their free agents walk in last year's free agent signings. While Detroit plays for half-filled stadiums in a nearly empty city and they can find the money to sign the likes of Hossa, etc. The Wild may have the longest current/active sell-out streak going in the NHL right now, but it will not last if they don't find a way to bring in some better offensive talent and score some goals. Having the second best goals-against average in the NHL doesn't do much for you when every other team but two scores more goals than you do. Only Boston has given up fewer goals than the Wild, but Boston scores goals as well. The result? Boston sits on top of the east and the Wild will be out of the playoffs.
You guys play the defensive trap very, very well. The end result is very few goals against and unfortunately, the most boring hockey in the world to watch.
Tough team to play, but I hate watching the Wild play. It's like watching paint dry. The old Devils team used to impliment a similar system.