2006-04-26

Home Stand

Now for a two-game home stand. But is home ice an advantage? So far, with the higher seeds (and supposedly better teams) having bulk of home games, the home-road record is split evenly, 10-10.

Jack Todd writes about the mindspace the Habs should be in with a 2-0 lead.

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Souray is a maybe for game 3 tonight.

Steve Begin says:

"The guys are winning, so there's probably no rush for me to step in."

Think again, Steve. The sooner the better.

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Okay, I think I've got it: the Big Spreadsheet is drunk.

After the Red Wings' loss last night, the Habs are now Cup Favourites at 21.9%. Detroit is number two, at 15.6%.

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Couple of jewels from Gibson:

"Brett of course had hemorrhoids and then surgery. Today it would be described as a "lower body injury, that may or may not require surgery" That sounds a bit better."
and
"Mike Tyson's favourite player, Ehrhoff, had three assists last night as San Jose beat the Predators 4-1."
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I've been watching the Ottawa-Tampa (Martin Havlat is the best 2nd liner in the league) and Detroit-Edmonton (Chris Chelios is the most skilled diver in the league) series pretty closely. Last night I woke up on the couch, wiped off the drool, squinted at the glare off Peter Mansbridge's lustrous dome on TV and gasped as I realized that I missed my first overtime goal this year. Hopefully, that will be the last. I just gotta keep giving 110% and taking it one game at a time.

With the Oilers' win, a Calgary-Edmonton series inched a little closer to fruition. Colorado will have to beat Dallas for it to happen in round two. If the planets align and we get treated to a Real Battle of Alberta... hooooo boy! After the entire province is laid to waste, the other surviving team (Col/Nas/SJ) should have a cakewalk to the final.

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Tom Benjamin caught game 2 of the Car-Mtl series, and started yet another discussion of the penalty calls.

Obviously, many observers are in favour of the new standard. The point Tom is making (which I agree with) is not that these little calls are made, it is that for every borderline one-handed ineffective hook that is called, there are a dozen more just like it or worse on *every shift* that are not called. People want it called tight, and people want consistency. If we had both right now, we would be watching 59 minutes of 3-on-3 hockey (or, even worse, 5-on-3 hockey) every game.

3 Comments:

Anonymous kazmojo said...

Now that's laugh out loud funny. So would the drool count as an upper body injury?

4/26/2006 6:42 PM  
Anonymous Par said...

I think you're right about the Big Spreadsheet. Somehow, of the four Canadian teams, Ottawa has the worst chance of winning the cup. I'm an Oilers fan, somewhat blinded by my home team's unexpected success early on here, and even I know that that's stupid.

4/27/2006 12:36 AM  
Blogger Jeff J said...

Those Albertans... I know they're not too fond of Ottawa, but this is getting ridiculous!

4/27/2006 11:27 AM  

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