I honestly don't know where to take this blog format wise. I know thus far it's been a stream of consciousness letter to all of you readers (all...six or so of you, though I can't forget my Asian porn spamming friends that leave random comments here and there), but I don't know if it's worth giving the general run down if so many other lovely, thoroughly detail driven local bloggers are doing it better and quicker than SPC.
I need an angle, dammit, and I haven't given it much thought lately due to all of the events going on outside of the hockey realm of my brain (I know, I'm surprised there is one too). I'll be thinking of that angle more and more because I want to give you something you're not already seeing.
That being said, here's a general run down:
Defense = #RyanEllisProblems - He wasn't that good despite having what seemed like every other shift of ice time. Spitfires...he's yours for a while longer. That being said, Johnson looked quite strong, a #2 that was actually fighting to do something *coughhammercough*, Sulzer quite the opposite. Parent didn't do anything bad or noticeable really.
Capt. Weber...awful debut - left everyone scratching their heads with every move. I wanted him to aim for Backstrom, take him out and hear a collective sigh throughout the arena of everyone with a fantasy league. That didn't happen. Mr. Wilson (Colin, not Kelsey) also didn't do much in the realm of expectations. Well...damn.
If Arnott = half a Halischuk and some change for Lombardi, I wish we had another Arnott to get rid of! #24 with the only notch on the board for the Preds and a nice break away. Lombardi with his Nightcrawler-esque abilities of being on one side of the ice and magically leaping through time and space to the net...I can't wait to see him in full force.
If Lombardi is our fastest player, how's about Lindback as our 2nd fastest? He knows his skill set and wasn't afraid to show it off to the rest of us, and the Cap who thought he had a breakaway chance, but instead had a face full of ice. Also, the one that went by Lindback wasn't over his top glove side, so...that was a bit of a shock despite an overall strong performance. A friend of mine had talked to Rinne recently and said he didn't seem to think Lindback was ready to be backup. If tonight's performance says anything about Lindback, it's "*BeepBeep* Hey Pekka! On your ass!". The back-up decision just got even tighter! I can't wait to see what develops.
Belak...drop the gloves more, have A/V play that montage of yours right afterwards each time, you'll become the fan favorite you think you already are! That being said, you're funny and I can't wait to see you at Zanies again.
The Caps newbies look pretty good. #50 (Cody Eakin) was a pest on the forecheck and showed off some sharp handling skills. Neuvirth looked quite strong despite our only goal against him. Non-newbie Mike Green tried a one-timer, rebounded off Rinne, and they set up the same exact move only he made it...due to the same exact defensive mistakes...so...bully for your patience. Enough Caps love - that's what Ovi does to the Press for the rest of the season.
That's that. I can't wait for Monday. I'm eager to see what Atlanta brings to the table - if it's more rookie-oriented of if they're trying to get the final roster set. I feel they'll actually give the Southeastern division something to talk about, make the playoffs and pull a last season's Phoenix...but that's just me.
See you at Zanies on Sunday or at The Bridge on Monday!