RSSArchive for November, 2009

Habs host Caps as injury situation improves

Habs host Caps as injury situation improves

The Washington Capitals visit the Bell Centre tonight as Jaroslav Spacek makes his return for the Habs — Could Scott Gomez and others follow? www.thecheckingline.com

All the Kings Horses & All the Kings Men

All the Kings Horses & All the Kings Men

It’s been some time since there has been really good news on the injury front for the Pittsburgh Penguins and while I wish no ill to Derek Engelland or Ben Lovejoy, I am also very happy to hear the news this morning that they are headed back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned defensemen [...]

Hot and Cold Kings

Hot and Cold Kings

Back to back road games on back to back nights are always tough.  For the Kings, it was a hot and cold pair of events. I would just like to question why Terry Murray continues to give Jonathan Quick the abundance of the starts.  Wednesday night against the Oilers, Quick played good enough to lead [...]

A Disaster In Tampa Tonight

A Disaster In Tampa Tonight

Good evening everyone.  Tonight’s game, if you want to call it that was the 2nd one of a 3 game road trip in Tampa, FL against the Lightning and they managed to come out, not show up and get absolutely smoked.  Tonight, there were zero great moments as nobody played well to the frustration of [...]

Game 26 preview - Heatley, Hemsky, and hopelessness

Game 26 preview – Heatley, Hemsky, and hopelessness

There are two major storylines for the Oilers/Sharks game tonight. There is the fans in Edmonton getting their chance to boo Heatley (which I don’t agree with) storyline and there is the Oilers beginning life without Hemsky (which depresses me immensely) storyline.

They’re Baaaaack – Canucks Dethrone Kings 4-1.

They’re Baaaaack – Canucks Dethrone Kings 4-1.

After two months of injuries, sporadic play and a constantly evolving line-up the Vancouver Canucks actually looked like themselves last night. It was a breakout game for the Canucks, not because the Kings are an overly challenging team and not because they played their best hockey, but a few Canucks had breakout performances last night. [...]

Indeed, what a terrible accident has befallen the referee of last night’s game.

Indeed, what a terrible accident has befallen the referee of last night’s game.

I’d hate for that sort of thing to start happening on a regular basis. Hypothetically speaking, of course.

Thoughts on booing Heatley

Thoughts on booing Heatley

It’s going to be a loud night tonight at Rexall Place. For the most the noise won’t be the fans cheering for the home team as much as it will be the fans booing Dany Heatley each and every time he steps onto the ice.

Leafs Hunting for "Moore" Panthers

Leafs Hunting for “Moore” Panthers

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times and it was the most idiotic decision in Dominic Moore's career. From a player who was initially claimed by the Maple Leafs off waivers from the Minnesota Wild, and became the ether to Jason Blake's resurgence last season, it seems either greed, a [...]

New York, New York, New York - 3 games, 4 nights

New York, New York, New York – 3 games, 4 nights

An up-and-down November will end for the Penguins with a whirlwind trio of games all against the New York-based teams.  After Wednesday night’s 3-1 home win over Montreal, the Pens flew to Long Island to prepare for a holiday Friday matinee against the Islanders.  The Penguins will return home on Saturday evening to host the [...]

Predators Continue Hot Streak, Win 7th Straight

Predators Continue Hot Streak, Win 7th Straight

A team that had once been written off, the Nashville Predators came back to defeat Colorado 4-3 in overtime in the Pepsi  Center for their seventh consecutive victory and 12th win in their last 15 games. A team that was dead last in the NHL after a 3-6-1 start is now 6th in the Western [...]

Desperately Seeking Stanley

Desperately Seeking Stanley

Of all the current Canadian teams the Vancouver Canucks are the only one to have never won a Stanley Cup. The closest the city of Vancouver has ever come to winning the coveted silverware was during the 1914 –15 seasons, when the then Vancouver Millionaires won The Challenge Cup as it was known at that [...]

The Ovechkin Hit on Kaleta, Is the NHL sending the Wrong Message?

The Ovechkin Hit on Kaleta, Is the NHL sending the Wrong Message?

Here is video of the Alex Ovechkin hit on Patrick Kaleta which earned OV a 5 minute boarding call and a game misconduct during last night’s Capitals 2-0 shutout win over the Sabres. Is it suspension worthy? You be the judge.

Game 25 review - From bad to worse?

Game 25 review – From bad to worse?

Things here in Oil Country haven’t been all sunshine and roses lately. The team is losing more often than they’re winning and most night the team seems to lack the intensity or focus to win games. It’s been bad so far and it easily could be getting worse very very soon.

Andrei Markov skates; UPDATE: Could return before New Year!

Andrei Markov skates; UPDATE: Could return before New Year!

The injury depleted Montreal Canadiens may have some good news coming off their 3-1 loss to the Penguins last night, as Andrei Markov skated for the first time since October 1st. www.thecheckingline.com

Rask & Bruins Outlast Wild, Sweep Road Trip

Rask & Bruins Outlast Wild, Sweep Road Trip

On a flight home from Minnesota, wrapping up an undefeated road trip, the Boston Bruins have plenty to be thankful for. The B’s marched into Atlanta, Buffalo, St. Louis and Minnesota and returned to their roots of what’s made them so successful, along with the return of a few sorely-missed faces. The road trip marked the [...]

Avalanche Have Great 2nd Period Against Nashville

Avalanche Have Great 2nd Period Against Nashville

The Colorado Avalanche got a point tonight in another up & down game.  With the Nashville Predators in town for a pre-Thanksgiving game, the Avs decided to take the first period to work on tomorrow’s menu.  Just 3 minutes into the period the Preds were on the power play and made good on it for [...]

Penguins fans must be thankful for many things

Penguins fans must be thankful for many things

This morning, American hockey fans will wake up to the smell of a carefully basted and stuffed turkey slow-roasting in the oven, sharing space with a sweet potato pie and reluctantly, a small sprig of vegetables for conscience’s sake. While this Canadian writer celebrated Thanksgiving six and a half weeks ago, there is no reason [...]

The NHL Media Goes Gay: Coming Out In Vogue

The NHL Media Goes Gay: Coming Out In Vogue

Whether it is the Justin Bourne excellent introspection of how he and others carry themselves in locker-room and the need for gay slurs to be stopped, or the well-done heart-tugger of John Buccigross’ ESPN piece on Brendan Burke’s coming out of the closet; many bloggers and mainstream media have been buzzing on the subject since. [...]

Whaddya Know, 2 in a Row!!!!

Whaddya Know, 2 in a Row!!!!

Well, good evening folks tonight marked the beginning of a 3 game road in Sunrise, FL against the Florida Panthers and they came out on the positive end of a 2-1 (SO) win.  One important thing to mention is that this was a fast moving low scoring game in which the Rangers controlled the play [...]