Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Hockey Night Punjabi, taking the world by storm

Well at least we aren't the only ones who think this is awesome. "Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi" is on fire right now. The videos of Harnarayan Singh's goal calls, delivered with Andres Cantor-like breath and exuberance, have gone viral. Here is one of the more adorable responses to their request for fan videos -

So where'd this phenom com from? This NPR interview with Singh reveals some answers.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

How to fix the Capitals?

Three posts in one day from me, I know, wtf? But anyway, we were discussing this conundrum in that car on the way to dinner, and I wanted to capture our thoughts (while I keep one eye on the Stars, Blues second round game 7).

Three observations:

- Orpik screwed up big time. His three game suspension hurt them, along with the other penalties he took when he was in game.

- Many players produced, but not quite enough. Looking at you, Ovie. For a guy that scores 50 goals in regular season, I would expect more. And Backstrom.

- Holtby is a great goalie. He only suffered from not having enough defensive support (see my first point about Orpik). They can use some help there.

How to fix that? Get rid of Orpik. Keep Holtby, and Oshie. Light a fire under Ovie, or Backstrom.

Honorable mention: Beagle. For a fourth line center, he's solid.

Between the Pipes: The number 30

Brodeur during 2005-06 NHL playoffs.
Earlier this year, the Devils retired the jersey of legendary No. 30 - Martin Brodeur. I've always had mixed feelings about Brodeur - respect and admiration combined with dread. Being a Pens fan, he's the reason that I hated watching the Pens play the Devils for many years. With Brodeur, the Devils were a formidable enemy, and it was difficult getting any pucks past him. Otherwise, when I watched Brodeur up against any other team, I could not help but admire his skills. He has some amazing stats, including being the only NHL goaltender to have scored three goals. Yes, you heard me right. Two in regular season, and one during the playoffs.

That being said, I now turn my attention to another goaltender with the distinction of wearing the number 30 on his jersey: Matt Murray. Can you believe this kid? He is ON FIRE. He just helped the Penguins beat the Capitals in six games in the second round of playoffs, at the tender age of 21. He's the "second" goalie for the Pens, and even though Fleury was healthy enough to play game six, Sullivan kept Murray in net because if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I have no issue with Fleury's performance this past season. He is one of the best goalies in the league, but it has been exciting and amazing to see such a young player in Matt Murray aspire to such heights in such a short period of time. I would hate to see the Penguins lose him in the inevitable expansion draft.

While I'm talking about noteworthy number 30s, honorable mention goes to Henrik Lundqvist. Here is another goalie approaching legendary status, and I'm almost sorry (but not that sorry) that the Pens eliminated the Rangers in five games in the first round of playoffs this year. I was impressed with the Rangers deep playoff run last year, and Lundqvist played some incredible hockey, but this year, sadly he seamed to fall apart. We will see how he comes back next season.

Punjabi Hockey Night in Canada is full of WIN

I have almost no words for how incredibly awesome this is. Original post:

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Masterton 2016

In case you didnt hear today.  They announced the three finalists for the Masterton Trophy.  The immortal Jaromir Jagr,  Mats Zuccarello and Pascal Dupuis.

Its my opinion that Pascal Dupuis should be the winner.  There is all ways next year for Jaromir Jagr.  Mats Zuccarello has certainly earned a look.  Again maybe next year.

Pascal Dupuis has faced his share of adversity.  He is still very close to the team.  

2016 Draft Predictions

Now that the 2016 draft results are in, its time for make some predictions.  I am only going to pick the top three. 

First IF you didn't hear the Oilers got #4.  Here is my 2 cents.  They should try to get a defense men with this or trade the draft pick towards a veteran D man.

The Maple Leafs will pick Auston Matthews.   No surprise there.  I must admit that I wish the Coyotes would have won just so they could get the home town kid. 

Jets will pick Patrik Laine.  Again nothing shocking there.

The Blue Jackets will pick Jesse Puljujarvi.  Personally I am more interested in this then any of the other players in the draft this year.

So its likely that the three of them will end up playing on those teams.  But it is entirely possible that they may be traded.  One notable example. Tuukka Rask was drafted by the Maple Leafs.  Never played a regular season game and then was traded to the Bruins.  So hopefully the Maple Leafs will not make that mistake again and retain Auston Matthews.