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A Few Random Observations, 10/18/10 October 18, 2010

Posted by CapitalSpirit in Uncategorized.

I’d rather see the Caps sleepwalk on their way to 4-1, than work their tails off on their way to 1-4.

Perfect PK through the first 5 games. Raise your hand if you saw THAT one coming.

Neuvirth’s performance through the first five: Jose who?

Snark aside, congrats to Jose Theodore for finding a new team. Thanks for being a Cap, and Godspeed.

The faceoff performance on the 2nd and 3rd lines will improve. It has to. It can’t get much worse, can it?

The Maple Leafs are in 1st in the Eastern Conference, while the Devils are in 15th. Rod Serling, you may step out from hiding now.

Pittsburgh was in 15th a couple of days ago, and 2 wins have them up to 7th. Such is October hockey.

The Minnesota Wild failed to sell out a regular season home game for the first time in a long time. What happened? Was the marquee advertising a Timberwolves preseason game?

James Wisniewski was recently docked about 80 grand for making an obscene gesture at Sean Avery. That’s how you know the NHL has it backwards–anyone who makes an obscene gesture at a professional pest like Sloppy Seconds ought to get a bonus, not a fine.

Tim Thomas on the are-you-kidding-me stop he made on Kovalchuk early in the second period Saturday night: “I was trying to respect (Elias’) shot but when he passed it over to Kovy, it was kind of like ‘uh oh.'” If I had to guess, I’d say “uh-oh” is a heavily sanitized version of what Thomas actually thought…and also what Kovalchuk thought after Thomas made the save.

Back to the Caps for a moment. Late in the Sens game, John Erskine decked Jarkko Ruutu with one punch, and Ruutu got sent to the sin bin for unsportsmanlike conduct. Erskine got robbed. Anyone who can put Ruutu on his wallet with one swing, and not send his team short-handed as a result, deserves a Star of the Game somewhere.

San Jose lost its home opener to, of all teams, the Atlanta Thrashers. The Thrash are no joke, as the Caps found out in the season opener. But try telling that to Sharks fans, who witnessed only half a dozen regulation defeats in the Shark Tank all of last season. That’s not exactly getting your home slate started on a good foot…or fin, if you’re the Sharks.

Or perhaps I’m thinking of “sour notes.” St. Louis heads to Chicago tonight for a Central Division showdown. Chicago has only won one game at home; the Blues have yet to win on the road. Well, SOMEBODY has to win this…

Both ends of the Caps’ home and home with the Bruins are going to be nationally televised in the US: Tuesday’s game on Versus, and Thursday’s on NHL Network. This could be a potential playoff preview, and both games might be surprisingly intense for October hockey.

Meanwhile, Saturday’s game against the Thrashers will air on CSN and…nowhere else, apparently. Atlanta fans will either have to watch the Caps’ broadcast if they can get it, or be relegated to listening on radio. Radio only? This is the 21st century, right?

Festival before the game on Saturday should be a lot of fun for DC hockey fans. DC drivers, not so much.

And happy birthday to Kjell Samuelsson, long-time Flyer and 1992 Stanley Cup champion, born on this date in 1958; as well as Blues scout Mike Antonovich, born on this date in 1951. While I’m at it, happy 50th to Jean-Claude Van Damme.




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