2017-2018 NHL Season

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  1. Shadowlight

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    The NHL season got underway last night as defending champion Penguins lost at home. Sid the Kid scored a goal. Also last night Connor McDavid had a hat trick in the Oilers win over the Flames. McDavid is probably the greatest and most exciting young athlete in the entire world today but that is something outlets like ESPN have yet to recognize.
    I urge fans to pick up the Hockey News Yearbook. They do a solid job. Over the past several years Sports Illustrated ( I am a long time subscriber) has reduced their coverage of hockey and their "season previews" are somewhat lacking which is why I buy the Hockey News Yearbook.
    And of course the NHL welcomes in a new team this season the Vegas Golden Knights. They play their first ever game Friday night at Dallas. Their home opener is Tuesday and I believe it is being televised on the NHL network at 10:00 EST. After a disciple of the devil mowed down countless innocent people in one of the worst horror events in American history expect the arena to be loaded with emotion. And rest assured nobody will be taking a cowardly knee.
     
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    Correction on the Vegas opener. It will be televised on NBCSN but my guess is most media outlets will show at least parts of the pregame ceremony. SI's NHL preview issue was beyond a joke. Apart from the feature story on budding young superstar Auston Matthews the so called season preview resembled a long blurb. Why bother? And of course the article made a fuss over Matthew's Mexican heritage (his mom is Mexican).
    Still the Ray McDavid SI cover watch is on. Will SI pull the trigger on one this season? Below is the SI cover of Sidney Crosby after the Penguins ( who got clobbered last night 10-1) won a second straight title last season. Crosby is easily one of the world's greatest athletes the past decade.
    https://i.redd.it/oei0d0oi3h3z.jpg
     
  3. Don Wassall

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    10-1 loss to the Blackhawks, guess the Penguins have a big-time Stanley Cup hangover to start the season, that was quite a humiliating beatdown. And they lost their home opener to St. Louis the night before right after raising the Cup championship banner to the rafters and skating the actual Cup around the ice (they've won all five of their championships on the road). Tomorrow it's a rematch of the Cup final against Nashville at home followed by a game with arch-rival Washington, so if they don't snap out of it pretty quickly they're going to be off to a very poor start.
     
  4. Don Wassall

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    The Penguins decided to start their regular season tonight, defeating Nashville at home 4-0. Nick Bonino, now a Predator, was paid tribute to midway through the first period with a video salute and received a standing ovation, and P.K. Subban was booed all game.

    When this team loses its resilience, I'll start to worry. It was a physical game as Nashville also came to play. Ryan Reaves was in several fights, and kicked ass. I don't care if he's black, white, brown, yellow, or other, Crosby and Malkin and the rest of the team need a physical presence and Reaves may be the best fighter in the NHL.
     
  5. Don Wassall

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    Alex Ovechkin records a hat trick in both of Washington's first two games, the first player to do that since the 1917-'18 season.
     
  6. Jack Lambert

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    I watched most of the Pittsburgh/Washington game tonight. The Penguins looked very good tonight, grinding out three power play goals against the Capitals and they held on to win 3-2. Patric Hornqvist returned tonight for Pittsburgh, and he scored the Penguins second goal in front of the net. Letang also got his first goal of the new season. All three of the Penguins goals were grind-it-out type goals, with all three of them coming right in front of Holtby. Murray was stellar in goal, as was Braden Holtby. The last 10 minutes of the game felt like a playoff game.
     
  7. foreverfree

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    Why hasn't this been mentioned on CF?

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entr...st-anthem-protest_us_59da1bf2e4b072637c44a114

    John
     
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  8. Jack Lambert

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    In a move that was speculated for a while over the summer, the Penguins acquire Riley Sheahan from the Red Wings in exchange for Scott Wilson and a 3rd round draft pick. https://www.nhl.com/penguins/news/penguins-acquire-sheahan/c-292157828

    The Penguins needed a center, and Sheahan is only 25 years old. I'm hoping all he needed was a change of scenery from Detroit. He's shown some potential, but hasn't done much this year so far. I think he'll be the 4th center to start with, and may move up to the 3rd line depending on how he plays.

    A few early season observations.

    Edmonton is really struggling so far this year, only getting four points through their first seven games. I've not seen them yet this year, but it has to be disappointing for them.

    The New Jersey Devils are a surprise team as well, sitting in first place in the always tough Metropolitan Division thus far.

    Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh play tonight in a matchup of two of the league's better teams. Hopefully the Penguins actually show up tonight; they've been winning games despite some less than impressive performances.
     
  9. Don Wassall

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    I'm just checking out the trade now, the Penguins certainly didn't give up much for Sheahan, Scott Wilson and a swap of draft choices with the Red Wings getting the higher one (3rd vs. 5th rounder). If Sheahan can't get out of his funk there's still plenty of time to find another third line center.

    As far as the way the Pens are playing, yes it's annoying to watch, as they're only playing hard in fits and starts but still managing to win most of their games. Plus you know every team is psyched to play them. All they care about at this point is staying as healthy as possible and peaking as the playoffs get closer. I'd love to see them bring their A game every night but understand why they're aren't. If in say January or February they're struggling to win games and aren't a cinch to make the playoffs, then you know something's seriously wrong.
     
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    Polls show that Vladimir Putin consistently has the support of over 80% of Russians, and is in fact the most popular leader in the world, far more popular than any U.S. President has been in recent years. But given how the childish American fake news media thinks Putin has cooties, this story seems to have been published to put Ovechkin in a bad light. Keep scoring, Alex!

    Capitals' Alex Ovechkin voices support for Vladimir Putin

    http://triblive.com/usworld/world/1...ex-ovechkin-voices-support-for-vladimir-putin

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  11. Don Wassall

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    Ottawa and Colorado are playing back to back games in Sweden. It's a first as far as I know, didn't even know about it until channel surfing upon it just now.

    The NHL is the best suited of the four big pro leagues in North America to integrate into Europe and Russia. Would be cool to have like 16 Euro teams and maybe a half dozen Russian ones. The North American teams and Euro teams would mainly play each other for long stretches before competing against the teams from the rival continent to save travel and wear and tear on the players. Those games would be intensely popular. Just a pipedream I know, as the less-than-visionary NHL won't even let their players compete in the upcoming Winter Olympics next year.
     
  12. Don Wassall

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    Penguins DWFs were happy when the team traded a first round draft pick to get Ryan Reaves, but not anymore. He's a very good fighter, but fights are becoming close to extinct in the NHL, as are goons in general. Reaves as a hockey player is garbage, no talent whatsover, but he is still getting minutes each game on the Penguins' crap fourth line. It was ridiculous to trade a first rounder for him. Wouldn't surprise me if he's traded or sent to the AHL at some point, but that might be admitting they made a huge mistake in obtaining him in the first place.

    The Penguins in general are a big disappointment so far with the regular season nearly half over. Their third and fourth lines have AHL level scoring ability if that, and the team seems incapable of putting together more than 20 or 30 minutes of focused hockey in a game. I wasn't worried about it in the beginning of the season as it seemed like it could be excused as a slow start after winning the Cup back to back, but now it's getting close to the point of worrying about whether they'll even make the playoffs this season.
     
  13. white is right

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    Interesting note on Reaves he is the son of a CFL near legend in Willard Reaves who would have probably been a hall of fame player if he didn't try and to establish himself in the NFL. I'm also assuming Reaves like most Canadian Black players is half White as his father was very dark and African looking.
     
  14. Jack Lambert

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    I agree. It's been ridiculous this year. Defense is still nowhere to be seen. A lot of the games this year have seen Pittsburgh giving up 4-5 goals. When they somehow don't, the offense goes down the drain. Pittsburgh is currently is out of the playoffs. They need to call up some of their AHL talent like Daniel Sprong. I haven't been watching as much this early in the year, but guys like Reaves and Kuhnackel need to be scratched at the least. It's clear that some changes in the lineup need to be made, or like Don said, Pittsburgh might not even make the playoffs. I'm seriously doubting whether they'll "flip the switch" and come on strong like they have in previous years.
     
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    The Penguins problem is that they have far too many overachieving lunchpail-carrying crackas. If they just went out and traded for Dustin Byfuglien, P.K. Subban, Justin Bailey, Devante Smith-Pelly, Trevor Daley, J.T. Brown, Joel Ward, etc. then they would be exciting, dynamic, electric, explosive (insert superlative here).
    They can then change their logo/mascot to the almost all-black King (Kangz) Penguin: [​IMG]
     

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