Random Thoughts after a week of NHL action:
- No need to panic but you might want to worry if you are the Flyers or Capitals. Philly is 1-3 and lost Scott Hartnell for up to eight weeks (which is basically the season). The Caps are 0-3 and in a 48-game season and points will be hard to make up. Considering everyone plays in conference and the number of three point games, (when one team get one point for an OT or shootout loss) you don’t want to lose sight of the play-off race.
- If you want to be entertained, stay up and watch Edmonton. They roll out with Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, and Nail Yakupov. All but Eberle are number one overall picks. Eberle is the grey-beard of the group at age 22. They can fly but they don’t play a lot of defense.
- I’m not sure what position he plays but Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien can play on my team any day. Maybe they could create the position of “rover” or “wanderer”.
- Shout out to the old timers! 42 year old Teemu Selanne (2-2-4 in two games), 40 year old Jaromir Jagr (4 point opening night), 38 year old Saku Koivu (1-4-5 in two games), and 40 year old Ray Whitney (2-2-4 in four games), are all showing the youngsters how it’s done. Somewhere Mark Recchi is nodding in approval.
- Rick Nash looks like he is going to score on every shift. He should give thanks every day that he’s out of Columbus.
- Does Nashville’s Shea Webber ever come off the ice? Seriously, flip to a Preds game and he’s out there seemingly every shift.
- Of the Bruins opening night roster of 20, 17 played in the Stanley Cup finals in 2011. Khubodin was also there as third goalie. Only Chris Bourque and Dougie Hamilton were not part of the night of June 15, 2011.
- The Bruins have one American born player on the roster (Bourque). The Montreal Canadians have five (Galchenyuk, Pacioretty, Cole, Gionta, Bouillon). Interesting.
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