Archive for January, 2009

Back to work – and some quasai new faces

By at 27 January, 2009, 7:14 am

Andy Hilbert, Trent Hunter, Doug Weight, Chris Campoli….
Come on down! You are the next contestants in the Islanders wheel of lineups!
Glad to see you back!
With the 5+ days to rest and relax, the boys should get back to practice today, ready to hit the ground running to their next game, Thursday in Atlanta. […]


Picture of the day (and All-Star thoughts)

By at 24 January, 2009, 8:47 pm

Okay who didn’t love Alexander Ovechkin’s final chance in the trick shot competition earlier tonight?  Countryman and former blood rival Evgeni Malkin even helped with the props, which included using two sticks, wearing dark glasses, a dopey straw hat and a Canadian flag on top.  I’m sure the last of those props guaranteed Ovechkin’s second straight win […]


First Half Thoughts

By at 23 January, 2009, 1:42 am

It’s the All-Star Break and that means no games until after the big weekend in Montreal as part of their Centennial season.
With some time off, here are a few observations on the 2008-09 first half:
-Zach Parise has eclipsed Martin Brodeur as the Devils’ most valuable player. This isn’t to take away from the future Hall […]


An accomplishment to be proud of

By at 21 January, 2009, 10:55 pm

Flash back to November 15, 2008 for a minute, Devils fans.  Martin Brodeur had gone down to injury just two weeks before and would be on the shelf for the next 3-4 months.   Few thought this proud organization could sustain such a loss for so long a period.  I was just hoping the team would […]


Ducks – Islanders 1/21/09

By at 21 January, 2009, 8:30 pm

Kyle Okposo — 1/21/09
Franz Nielsen –1/21/09
Yann Danis 1/21/09
Gordon Presser 1/21/09

Got here at game time, and by the time I got the computer running, Kyle scored a brilliant PP Goal just over 3 minutes into the contest.
What a wicked shot by […]


Betts leads Rangers past Ducks

By at 20 January, 2009, 10:04 pm

He’s the quiet man who performs his role well without much fanfare. That’s Blair Betts to a tee whose valuable penalty killing often flies under the radar while anchoring a fourth line of Freddy Sjostrom and club enforcer Colton Orr.
While lone All-Star Henrik Lundqvist (32 saves), Markus Naslund (goal, assist) and Scott Gomez (GW PPG, […]


Sabres Report: Skills Competition Success Paying Off

By at 20 January, 2009, 5:56 pm

If any of you know me, you know that I loathe the shootout. When the shootout was first introduced to the NHL, I supported it and decided to read and react to how it looks in the new NHL. And after further review, it feels as anti-climatic as ever.
And the shootout can also adversely […]


Yes He Can!

By at 20 January, 2009, 2:08 pm

 You just knew it would happen! The great players always seem to find a way to rise to a special occasion.
Precisely what Brendan Shanahan in his much anticipated return to his first ever team, the Devils helping lead them to a 3-1 road win over Nashville and into first place for the first time all […]


Shanahan’s spectacular debut leads Devils into first

By at 19 January, 2009, 10:20 pm

With all the hoopla surrounding Brendan Shanahan’s insertion into the Devils lineup tonight in Nashville, it would have seemed impossible for his debut to live up to it.
Then again, there’s a reason Shanahan has scored over 650 career goals and is going to the Hall of Fame.
Looking nothing like a player who hasn’t played competitive hockey […]


Devils lineup changes in Nashville

By at 19 January, 2009, 2:56 pm

Well the question has finally been answered as to who’s sitting in favor of Brendan Shanahan for tonight’s game – somewhat surprisingly it’s Jay Pandolfo. Not surprising because of performance sadly enough, Pando looks like he lost a step he couldn’t afford to lose after the injury last year and with the dissolution of the checking line, […]