DG's Quick Hits- December 8, 2003

This edition, I’m covering everything from the last time I did this (November 8). Coincidentally, it’s my 22nd today too…not that it means anything.

To the mudslinging!-You know, I can’t exactly quite understand what’s everyone’s problems with the on-ice product right now. Maybe it’s just naivete on my part, but the games I’ve seen have been quite entertaining and have definitely improved since 1999. Granted, it’s not 1993 levels, but I don’t think the game isn’t at least watchable.

-There goes the Toronto media again, with another “reality check”: this time, Dave Perkins, the Toronto Star’s sports editor, wrote a piece reminding Toronto Maple Leaf fans about the 7-1 shellacking at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this month. I know it’s early in the season and this streak may just be a blip, but c’mon guys. Write something positive about your team. Trying to sound “hard to impress” is rather boring.

-Ever since the Edmonton Oilers lost the “Heritage Classic”, they have never won. Until the Pittsburgh Penguins played a visit- then the Oilers couldn’t do what they normally do (run up a million shots yet fail to score) because the Penguins will always give you every last chance to get it right. The way Edmonton’s season is going now, maybe they should play Pittsburgh in every game. Hmmnnn….

-Speaking of which, the Penguins are brutal. This is a club whose defence has a lax policy with regards to allowing shots to go through. They’re under the impression that they’ve got the talent to counter the 50 or so shots they’ll give up. Memo to Mario Lemiuex: Dick Tarnstrom ISN’T going to pick up any offensive slack any time soon so please, don’t expect him to do anything. Of course, in all fairness, the Penguins are cash-strapped, so that just may be why they can’t mount an offence. However, defence can come cheap, so the Penguins have some serious explaining to do in those regards.

-Time now to state the obvious: Mike Milbury must go- the “Old Boys Club” thing is the last straw. That, and the fact his New York Islanders recently lost six in a row to blow a pretty good start. This team is spiralling out of control and fast- they need a fix.

-In other news, the Dallas Stars are LAST in the Pacific Division. Yes, LAST. With a sub-.500 record too. Maybe it’s not time for an overhaul, but something’s not right, especially considering that players like Mike Modano has all of 16 points in 28 games and Pierre Turgeon has all of 8 points in 23 games. More is definitely expected.

-Speaking of teams in a bit of trouble, the Vancouver Canucks are showing how much they need Markus Naslund. A loss to the Calgary Flames and a tie with the Minnesota Wild have put the Canucks back into a tie for first place in the Northwest Division, and almost certainly will be in second place after the Colorado Avalanche take on the Washington Capitals. Yes, it’s still early in the season, but the Canucks learned the hard way last year that you can’t take any games lightly- otherwise, they’ll wind up losing the division. Again.

-Of course, Vancouver gets Pittsburgh next. So maybe it’s not ALL lost.

-Looks like the Tampa Bay Lighting WERE for real last year, and that the Atlanta Thrashers ARE for real this year. Both teams are still doing great this far into the season, with Atlanta having 32 points to Tampa’s 31. Key to the Thrashers’ rise is Ilya Kovalchuk, who leads- that’s right, LEADS- the National Hockey League in scoring. Riding high on emotion or not, Atlanta looks like they actually do have talent. Key to the Lightning’s rise is Martin St. Louis, like he always is- the guy may be 28, but he plays as if he isn’t a day over 21. What sparkplug this guy is.

-Finally, what would a DG’s Quick Hits be without something on the New York Rangers? Well, the team’s in a bit of a slump, with one win in their last four, that coming against the hapless Islanders. So the playoff celebrations have been put on hold…unless the Rangers actually decide to buy tickets for their players. May be a cliche, but it’s obvious the Rangers are lacking the one thing money can’t buy- smarts.


8 Responses to DG's Quick Hits- December 8, 2003

  1. The_Conductor says:

    Are we watching the same NHL hockey?

    Ok, maybe there is a difference between watchable and exciting.

    HOw do you see a game that is 1-0 or 0-0 exciting. How do you see a team that plays the trap at 1-0 in the first exciting?

    Exciting games are 4-3, 6-5. Maybe then its just me, wanting to expect more at a hockey game? I mean would you pay $100 dollars too watch a game like the Chicago, or Pittsburgh. Seriously, this game is boring. I still think the NHL has to market like the NFL does.

    I mean there is a difference where no matter the team… its sold out. The only time you see games sold out is when its big named teams coming to a city.

    Either way i still think the NHL has to do soemthing before its too late.

  2. DG says:

    Maybe it’s just me watching from home on TV instead of actually at the games, but the games I’ve seen haven’t been THAT bad. There’s still a fair amount of action on either end (even with the trap), and, yes, while it may not be top notch, I can still watch it. Could be just me though.


  3. The_Conductor says:

    I dont know, the last game I can recall seeing whether at a game or on TV that I enjoyed was Detroit and Edmonton about 2 months ago… when they ended up tying like 4-4 or something like that.

    I sat there at the edge of my seat antisipating the next goal. I left the game happy, and that it was a good effort put out by both teams.

    I just get tired of night after night as I look across the league and see games that just aren’t good.

    I keep comparing NFL to NHL but I just think there needs to be more excitment, in the NHL. (That is my only major point)

  4. habsoverserver says:

    The Bolts have player five fewer games than the Thrashers and trail them by only one point. The Bolts are still for real. The Thrash fade to second place.

    Both teams play great open style offense but the Bolts have the netminding to counter the odd man rushes the other way.

  5. Heinzee57 says:

    You can’t judge whether the league is “exciting” by glancing at the box scores.

    I’ll give you two perfect examples:

    1. The most exciting game the Boston Bruins have played this season was a 2-1 win over Vancouver.

    2. The most poorly played game of the season (in the NHL) was a 5-5 tie with SJ.

    If goals are all you care about, how can you watch the playoffs???

    Trap games are boring. Every low scoring game is not a trap game.


  6. The_Conductor says:

    Your putting words in my mouth. I never said every low scoring game is a trap game.

    As well how can you compare the regular season to the playoffs.

    I mean it obvious not only the atmosphere is exciting but the whole sense of the playoffs is great too. I would go to a playoff game in a heart beat, as well watch it.

    But I was trying to say that how is a 1-0 or 0-0 game where defence is the key… BOO that is boring garbage. I would rather see a game where its back to back goals and it leaves you at the edge of your seat.

    I have seen 2-1 games where I didnt know what was going to happen next. It was fast paced, wide open, and unbelievible.

  7. cwthrash says:

    Tampa should and most likely will take the division. Their next six weeks or so will be quite brutal on them though. Their early schedule was very kind on them playing fewer games total, and many of those at home. With their upcoming schedule, fading is a distinct possibility. But they are good enough, the division is theirs for the taking.

    I like the fact both teams play that open style and score a bunch, but their two meetings so far have only produced eight goals total. They were damn exciting to watch though.

  8. devfanman4 says:

    I agree DG. Maybe it’s because I have the Center Ice package for the first time but I always find exciting games every night. Even my “boring” Devils have play some great games this year (the 2 against both Ott and Colorado come to mind right away).

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