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  1. I'll be watching and getting up for work tomorrow. Therefore, I have just two requirements: a win, in regulation.
  2. He's giving us exactly what we got him for: Selke-level defensive centering, crazy-good PK (as you note), face-off proficiency in all three zones. (Although rumor has it that face-offs are unimportant.) He stays healthy, plays big minutes (as you note), and we'll be glad we have him at playoff time.
  3. Oops. The scary thing? I looked it up first, and typed "Swede" anyway! Thanks Ky.
  4. "Terrible period. Terrible period. We can do better." If that's what we're telling ourselves, we'll be fine.
  5. I won't even begin to defend what Peters did to Michal Jordan or prior to his arrival here, because it is indefensible. But do you (now) also happen to know why the team suffered from all the same maladies you list before he even showed up here? And maybe why Peters (who is clearly unable to manage frustration in a acceptable way) blew up at the end of his second season here? The answer is the guys in the GM's and majority owner's offices, not the coaches--including (much as I hate to admit it) Mo. I don't like the style he plays and coaches, but his ability to make lemonade out of lemons is beyond dispute. The fact he couldn't on his last tour here rests entirely with management/ownership in my book, and I'll venture that the same held for Muller. Meddlesome management is the road to hell. If you're not willing to hire (and sign) guys and let them do their jobs without interfering, you're not a manager. You're the fly in the ointment.
  6. Wallmark is going to play a long time in this league, and has underrated, maybe greatly underrated, upside. Both he and Foegele have taken more games to get rolling than we might have liked, but that's to be expected in anybody's sophomore year. Now they are fast returning to their second-half form of last season. I do think Nino finally busts out on this trip. He's very close, and hopefully being with TT and Aho will help the Swede find some Finnish.
  7. Or, maybe that's why it's the three stars of the week, and not of the game? I get the umbrage over the Canes not getting enough love, but seriously, you don't get weekly honors for one-night performances. SeaBass wore the horse collar in his other two games last week.
  8. Great GDT surf. gocanes called it, McJesus and Slavin will be fun to watch. I just hope we can get that matchup when we need it on their ice. Much as I want to see Peas and Carrots together, Rod may have to hedge his bets, at least on defensive zone draws, and send Jordo or Wallmark out to (hopefully) win the draw and clear the zone, then pull Edmundson or Hams or both of the current third pairing to get that matchup. Of course the question then becomes: do you hurt yourself on offense by taking the top scoring Dman in the NHL off the ice (in the case of Hams) when you're going on the attack? Or reduce your ability to keep Draisaitl in check (and checked) by not having Edmundson out there, is coming into his own a little more each game (at least to my eye). So I won't be surprised if Roddy just shows faith in the D pairings he's got, and rolls with them. Mostly I hope I can stay up for all of this one to find out. I love these Western swings--and I hate these Western swings. LET'S GO CANES!!
  9. That sanctity is completely imaginary, and observed only by the team whose goalie is being pushed around (or punched, or hit, or slashed, or given a snow shower). The same team that takes umbrage when any of that happens to their keeper won't even think twice about doing the same thing to the other team's keeper on the very next shift.
  10. It's a little-known fact but keepers are usually the best skaters on the team. Not the fastest or flashiest, but the best able to shift weight, maintain balance, etc.; they have to be, because they are carrying all that extra, unwieldy weight. Petr knew exactly what he was doing.
  11. You can tell how this team is playing on any given night simply by watching the neutral zone play for about five minutes. When they own it, they win. When they don't, it's gonna be a struggle at best, and at worst, a long night.
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