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NHL 2013-14 - Yes, there's a thread for that


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#1 Jabronius Maximus

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 08:06 PM

Seriously I just realized about a week ago that the NHL was starting up. I was pumped about my Oilers, but then our top 2 centres go out with injuries, 1 being long term. So yeah, possibly another long year for the Oilers...

Edited by Hector Salamanca, 26 November 2013 - 02:52 AM.


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 09:27 PM

My beloved Devils don't open until Thursday, but I have the center ice package again this year and just turned on Winnipeg @ Edmonton. Ahhhhh hockey...

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 10:26 PM

There was a parade of goals overall today. That makes me hopeful that this season will be especially exciting. No more 2-1 games!

Edit: I know the resizing of the goalie pads has something to do with it. But seriously more offense is always good.

Edited by Hector Salamanca, 01 October 2013 - 10:36 PM.


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Posted 02 October 2013 - 05:17 AM

My beloved Devils don't open until Thursday, but I have the center ice package again this year and just turned on Winnipeg @ Edmonton. Ahhhhh hockey...

Another Devils fan, right on! I hope they start strong, and get some much needed scoring from Ryder and Clowe, to help fill the void of Kovalchuck and Clarkson being gone.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 01:58 PM

Pretty scare incident last night in the Toronto-Montreal game. Parros got "punched by the ice" as Glen Healy out it. Out cold.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 02:32 PM

I honestly thought Parros was dead for a second. Good to see he's functional at least. And Glenn Healy is a buffoon, I wonder why he still has a broadcasting job.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 03:49 PM

Good game last night, but I can't wait for the number one cop on the force to get back on the case in his new precinct.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 05:04 PM

The Oilers looked good at times but tended to break down defensively a bit too much last night. The Jets weren't much better, but at least went away with a win, and our goalie is somewhat more seasoned. Plus, the Jets managed to capitalize on some poor clearing plays from the Oilers, like Trouba's shot from the point.

It looks like both teams are going to have to work on some things, like the pp and pk when it comes to the Jets. Their special teams last night, while not bad, necessarily, doesn't appear to have improved much since last season. And if they hope to make the playoffs this year, they will have to improve upon last year's league worst pp. The pk I am not so worried about because they improved over the year and if last year went to 82 games, the Jets' pk would have ranked higher than 24th. Both need improvement, but IMO the Jets' pp is more vital.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 05:54 PM

The Jets have a solid lineup top to bottom, so I think they'll figure it out soon enough. I'm still baffled why the Oilers coaches don't put Hall and Yakupov together. Those 2 were magic at the end of last season; they really seemed to bring the best out of each other. But no, they just have to throw Smyth on the top line.

Edited by Hector Salamanca, 02 October 2013 - 05:55 PM.


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Posted 02 October 2013 - 07:57 PM

Man, the Dead Things are all over Buffalo right now, they look really good.

 

By the way, how crazy is it that Ryan Miller is likely to not make the Olympic team this year? He is still good, but man, Team USA might be taking by far the best pair of netminders to Sochi.

 

Interesting thing I heard in the pre-game show, Detroit will be travelling 8,000 less miles and will have 11 more days compared to what they used to have during the season for practice or rest. Gotta think Columbus gets the same benefit. I wonder what effect if any that will have on the two clubs.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 08:14 PM

Might? The States' goaltending depth is completely insane.  They are by far the best in the world at that position.

 

Re: Detroit/Columbus - not only that, they also have a pretty significant reduction in time-zone changes, which should lead to fewer unseasonably late games (IE a 7 PM game in LA starts at 10 PM EST... and Detroit is in the Eastern time zone).



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 09:16 PM

Yeah and for Canada we're stuck with the likes of Luongo, Corey Crawford and Mike Smith. They're perfectly capable in their own right, but they have some issues and are a clear step below the overall group of Quick, Howard, Schneider, Miller, and Anderson. Hell even young John Gibson is turning heads at camp.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 09:37 PM

Yeah and for Canada we're stuck with the likes of Luongo, Corey Crawford and Mike Smith. They're perfectly capable in their own right, but they have some issues and are a clear step below the overall group of Quick, Howard, Schneider, Miller, and Anderson. Hell even young John Gibson is turning heads at camp.

 

It's absurd. Hopefully, before the Olympics we'll just give the job to Luongo or Crawford, rubber-stamp it, and go with it (seriously, Mike fucking Smith!). I know that going from Brodeur to Luongo worked last time, but it as by far the most worrisome thing about that tournament.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 09:48 PM

My beloved Devils don't open until Thursday, but I have the center ice package again this year and just turned on Winnipeg @ Edmonton. Ahhhhh hockey...

 

 

Another Devils fan, right on! I hope they start strong, and get some much needed scoring from Ryder and Clowe, to help fill the void of Kovalchuck and Clarkson being gone.

 

Yes!   :devil:  I think the loss of Kovy won't be too bad since his heart wasn't really in it, and long term...we were able to rid ourselves of that idiotic contract.  Clarkson is going to hurt.  Also...will this be the final year of Marty?  It's going to be so weird without him  :mellow:



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 09:49 PM

So, looking at the countries that will really contend:

 

USA- Quick, Howard

Canada- Lou, Crow

Russia- #1 Cop, Bryz

Sweden- King Henrik, Lehner

Finland- Rask, ????

Czech- Vokoun, ????

Slovakia- Halak and Budaj, maybe?



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 10:30 PM

National goaltending is a total cycle of feast or famine for many countries. Canada is in a down cycle currently. We can't always have amazing butterfly guys from Quebec.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 11:26 PM

You would think we'd have A guy, though, who hadn't been hung out to dry by his team the way Luongo has. I think that's Crawford right now, but even he had a down year only two years ago (if my memory serves).  IDK, I think I just got too used to Brodeur always being there, and a consistent stable of dudes behind him.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 11:27 PM

I still think if Cam Ward could stay healthy, he's our best bet as a starter. When that guy is on, he's nearly impossible to beat. But somehow Braden Holtby got an invite over him.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 11:35 PM

You would think we'd have A guy, though, who hadn't been hung out to dry by his team the way Luongo has. I think that's Crawford right now, but even he had a down year only two years ago (if my memory serves).  IDK, I think I just got too used to Brodeur always being there, and a consistent stable of dudes behind him.

 

And Roy before that.  Man...you guys were spoiled!   :P



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 11:37 PM

 Also...will this be the final year of Marty?  It's going to be so weird without him  :mellow:

I know right. He's been my favorite player since I was a kid, and I'm now 30 years old. His longevity is amazing.