Friday, February 20, 2009
Off to Buffalo tomorrow afternoon to catch Les Sabres against the Rangers tomorrow night. The East has become a little bit more interesting, thanks to the freefall of New York and the Habs. Buffalo is in eighth but a win tomorrow and they could find themselves in fifth, just three points out of fourth.
Going with my pal, a rabid Sabres' fan, and it should be great. I have heard that the atmosphere is terrific and that there are a lot of moustaches so the opportunity for mocking may actually be overwhelming, although I have also heard that Buffalo folks are not to be trifled with. This same friend was at a Bills' game years ago and a couple of rows back there was an extremely large, hairy and hammered man who yelled "Marino, you're a pussy!" every thirty seconds from the moment he sat down. Finally, late in the game, my buddy nudges the guy beside him and says "hey, did you know Dan Marino's a pussy?"
Next thing you know buddy is in his face and my pal is pretty well begging for his life, repeating over and over again that he is actually a Bills' fan. Now luckily for him, like Bruce or Dennis he is a bit of a rainman so he knew the third string centre from the 1975 Bills or something like that and was able to prove that he was a true fan. His new best friend gave him a slug of "Clear" Southern Comfort to consummate their relationship and show that there were no hard feelings.
Should be fun, we're staying overnight and while probably the best thing to do would be to go to the game and then go back to the hotel and try and get a good night's sleepin for once the truth is we will do what we have been doing for over twenty years now, drink ourselves into a state of madness and then engage in some brutally rough sex.
The Oilers come back from what could have been a season killer of a road trip and they are still in the playoffs and my TSN ticker tells me the deadline is a week and a half away and so that clinches it, they will be buyers. The Canucks finally look to be doing what we figured they would do and if they keep it up they will separate from the pack. Surprisingly it looks like the BJS may be the other team to do so with Mason back healthy and I would probably not want to face them in the playoffs I would think.
A lot of folks have Dallas as another one to break away and my only concern there would be how the loss of Richards hurts them. Having said that the Stars are like Jersey. Doesn't matter who is out they always just chug along. Tippett is a terrific coach.
So that leaves the Oilers and everyone else and I think its them and the Kings to be honest. the Ducks are fading and the Wild and Predators just seem to be iffier then the Oilers. Plus we know that the Oilers are going to buy. MacT's job depends on it.
If I were the Kings honestly I'd just stand pat, they might make it anyways and if they don't well, hell there were no expectations for this year anyways.
I'm glass half full guy and I will take the .500 record and the spot the Oilers are in right now considering they have Smid and Staios in the top four and young Peckham back there with Strudwick as well. Although Strudwick is 'flawless' according to his coach.
But with this team there are always things that piss you off and MacT is going to play Roli until he drops by the look of it. No surprise but its a terrible plan. Of course if you look at the alternative then you can't blame him. Its some hand he's been dealt.
And now Cogliano gets the Cole treatment and people wonder where the goals are as he drags Moreau around with him. Poor kid looks lost out there. That's bad.
The good news is that the fourth line is scoring a goal a game and these guys are always easy to cheer for and and the big guys are producing as well. I love Horcoff. He's such a terrific player. Having said that though all of the underlying numbers in the world can't hide those fourteen goals. If come April he has over twenty then they're in the playoffs. If not then probably not.
And Stortini continues to make himself into a hockey player and Liam Reddox is going to have a career too, you can bet on it. Ten to fifteen goals a year and a guy who wil take care of his own end. Pisani Jr.
As for Ethan Moreau, no more can be said. Last night was disgraceful and while MacT alluded to a lack of discipline hurting them, the strongest statement he has made about the captain this year, the fact that he has allowed this to go on all season while throwing player after player under the bus for less ... well I just don't know what to say. Moreau is a tough as nails guy and this club needs more guys like that but if anyone else took the types of penalties that he does they'd be roasted in the media. I wonder what his teammates think as they kill themselves trying to kill off his penalties. Probably its fine with them. Being aggressive type penalties its not like they have to do much but coast around out there to kill them
I am without speech.
Posted by Black Dog at 2:41 PM