Betting on the Big Boys The Premiership Transfer Window

The Pre-season Premiership transfer window shut on the 1st September and so now the dust has settled, what do the big signings mean for their teams and the fans…and the punters who bet on the big games. M88 a leading sportsbook betting company feel that this premiership season is going to be more exciting than ever.

Let’s look at the top 3 most expensive transfers and see what the future brings.

Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid to Chelsea)

Diego is 25 and plays for the Spanish International team but was born in Brazil. He is joining Chelsea for reported fee of £32m, on a 5 year deal. Chelsea have been in need of a prolific striker and with Diego they may well have found their man. Let’s hope he can give defenders a tough time and keep Chelsea on top of the Premiership, with 8 goals already this season. He’s already paying off that transfer cost.

Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona to Chelsea)

Everyone knows or has heard of Cesc, even my mum, and the Spanish born attacking midfielder who left Barcelona to move to Chelsea to cover the hole left by outgoing Frank Lampard. He’s already had some assists and is proving to be a great asset in that midfield for Chelsea. Chelsea could well be unstoppable this season.

Calum Chambers (Southampton to Arsenal)

Now this boy is a bargain and interclub premiership transfer at its finest, a mere £11m has secured this transfer from Southampton to Arsenal. He’s a solid right back who can also play left if needs be. He’ll be pushing hard for a regular 1st team position and will probably get it.

The Premiership is going to be exciting this season, with not only the transfers into the UK from other countries but also the managers and general public appetite to have more than three team in the running.

The New Devils for 2013

Kovalchuk

The Devils Will Be Without Ilya Kovalchuk This Season.

With so many changes on the Devils this year, you have to wonder what team you will see.

New Jersey will be welcoming a new top scorer, a new owner and even making a transition in goal this year.

Ilya Kovalchuk is now in the KHL, replaced by the immortal Jaromir Jagr, and Corey Schneider is now backing up Marty Brodeur who is probably in his last season – but one is not putting any kind of sports bet – William Hill -on that.

“I don’t see the challenges of the group,” coach Pete deBoer told the Bergan Record.  “I’m excited about the opportunity to work with them. All I see now is more of the good things I think we’re going to be able to do with this group. I think we’re deep. We’re going to be a four-line team. We’re going to be able to come at you in waves. We’ve got a lot of interchangeable parts. More than the challenges, that’s more of the things I’ve been looking at and am excited about.”

Great, this is a transition year for the Devils but don’t count them out. If Schneider can play up to the level he was in Vancouver and split time with Brodeur, they have a chance to be competitive.

“Those things sort themselves out. Marty’s back,” deBoer said. “Marty’s our starting goaltender and we’ve got a fantastic 1A in Cory Schneider.”

Also the Devils will need Jagr to think it’s 2005 again. The future Hall of Famer will be the primary sniper at the Prudential Center, so he will have to get the scoring touch back.

“I see him as a right winger with us,” deBoer said to the Record. “I’m really excited to see him with our power play unit and what he’s going to bring to the table for us in that capacity. And then from there it’s just going to be finding the right combinations with him to complement him on a nightly basis.”

And so are New Jersey fans who will be looking forward to the 2013-14 season, even with all the changes.

Back From Vacation: Torts Out, Hawks Advance

So yeah, I spent a week in Disney World in the middle of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. I know, WHO DOES THAT RIGHT?? Well, I did but now I am back so let’s catch up on a lot of stuff. I did stay at the All-Star Movies resort and stayed in the Mighty Ducks rooms so I was close to hockey. Plus, I didn’t tune out from the playoffs, just the daily blogging of them.

Rangers Fire Tortorella – I completely agree with this move. Tortorella, during his tenure in NY seems to have been a Tortorella first guy and a team second guy. I never liked the way he conducted himself or seem to treat his players. Maybe it was different on the inside but from the outside it certainly appeared that he lost the respect of a player or two. Go back a few years ago and look at Sean Avery’s tenure. The whole league hated his bullshit but the Rangers always seemed to be a better team with him in the lineup because he got the other teams focused on his bullshit but Torts hated him and the room is split on whether or not maligning Sean Avery was the right thing to do. However, other names that you can add to the list that Torts alienated are: Wade Redden, Chris Drury, Scott Gomez, Brandon Dubinsky, Mats Zuccarello, Marion Gaborik,  Brad Richards, and even the untradeable Chris Kreider. It would appear that Henrik Lundqvist’s name may even be on that list.

Yes, Torts won a cup once but this shot blocking, rely on defense to grind out wins isn’t the style the New York Rangers play with. You have guys like Richards, Gaborik, Nash, Callahan, etc. and they finished 15th in scoring? In fact, the Rangers have never done better in that a 2.7% in Goals For under Tortorella. That’s not Rangers hockey, not a team that once had Messier, Graves, Leetch, Gretzky, and Duguay in their history.

I do believe it was Henrik Lundqvist that put the final nail in the Torts coffin. His exit interview made it sound like he was done with the Rangers and done with Torts. I also believe that if it wasn’t Lundqvist it was the Brad Richards healthy scratch that did him in. Despite his poor play, you don’t bench a former Conn Smythe winner in an elimination game. That does nothing but send the wrong message to your players.

The Rangers are FAR from a Stanley Cup contender in my opinion but firing Torts is a step in the right direction.

Chicago Blackhawks – That certainly was some series against the Red Wings. A fitting end to the Chicago/Detroit rivalry. Maybe one day we will get a Cup Final with these two but for now, the rivalry is done. I do believe that every cup winner needs a scare in the playoffs and if Chicago proves to be the cup winner, this series will have easily been that scare. It’s hard to believe that both Chicago let the series get to a 3-1 lead in favor of Detroit and Detroit failed to close out a 3-1 series lead but bravo to one great series. Had Chicago lost, I have no doubt in my mind that there would be another coach firing to talk about.

Los Angeles Kings – Right now are my favorite to win this…AGAIN. This team is rolling and playing some great hockey behind Jonathan Quick who might just be the best player in the playoffs…AGAIN. I wouldn’t be surprised to watch the Kings just roll over the Hawks on their way to the Finals. Having watched both series in Round 2, the Kings just seem like the better team.

That’s it for now. Sorry for the silence for the week but as I said in the beginning of this post, I was in Disney for a week and there wasn’t a lot of time to post about hockey!! I will be posting both the Eastern and Western Conference Final Previews tomorrow.

Playoff Hockey = Raffi Torres Being an Idiot

Here we go again. Stop me if you heard this one because it’s a familiar story that I am getting tired of reading about. The NHL will be having a disciplinary hearing with Raffi Torres.

Seriously?? Again!!!

In case you missed it, As LA Kings Forward Jarret Stoll is playing the puck, Torres decides to put a hit on Stoll. That hit, that decision was Torres impacting Stoll in the side of his head and shoulder simultaneously.

So is it a dirty hit? Well, if I look back to the last round of the playoffs and the NHL decided that the Eric Gryba hit on Lars Eller was illegal, then this one has to be as well. I’d say 4 or 5 games for Raffi Torres because he’s a repeat offender. I’m just tired of it. What’s this, the third year in a row that Torres is making a questionable hit in the playoffs? Seabrook in 11, Hossa in 12 and now Stoll in 13? At what point do they just tell this clown to go away? Is the hit 100% dirty? No, it isn’t but Stoll was in a vulnerable position and Torres took advantage of it once again and makes contact with the head. He doesn’t learn from his past. He said he had learned when trying to get a reduction in his suspension for the hit on Hossa last year but clearly he doesn’t get it.

Jarret Stoll didn’t return for the third period due to “upper body issues” which is a playoff hockey term for “hurt my brain.”

Fehr’s the Problem

Blame Donald Fehr.

Sure, the owners were the ones responsible for the lockout, but the NHLPA’s head honcho seems to be the one prolonging it.

It’s something Fehr has done in baseball for years and now he’s doing it to hockey.  There are no Super Bowl gambling picks as secure as that one.

As the head of the Baseball Players Association, Fehr oversaw strikes or lockouts in 1985, 1989 and cancellation of the World Series in 1995.

Only a blockade of players led by Tom Glavine in 2002, prevented another work stoppage.

And look at what happened in 2010 or what didn’t happen, Fehr was gone and baseball didn’t even come close to a work stoppage.

So now he haunts hockey. It looks like last week there could have been a deal struck, but Fehr wanted to get his hand in on it, even he said they were close.

“We think we’re either done on the dollars or very close to it with the exception of one issue called transition that we haven’t even discussed yet. It seemed to me that we ought to be able to move forward and try and finish it off,” Fehr told news reporters in Toronto. “So far, at least, they haven’t indicated a willingness to continue discussions.”

But when the owners wanted to finish it off without Fehr, that’s when negotiations broke off.

If we want hockey this season, something has to break but it seems like the players may have to get rid of Fehr before a deal can happen.

In the meantime visit http://www.superbowl360.com/ to pass the time until hockey returns.

Rangers win in Miracle fashion

NEW YORK – As far as predictable goes, these playoffs have been anything but. Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Rangers and the Capitals topped that – this game was unpredictable moment to moment according to the sports betting sites.

The Rangers set the tone for the game immediately, establishing their strong presence and scoring halfway through the first period. Nevertheless, 49 minutes later, despite 33 shots on goal and 24 more shots that were blocked by the Washington Capitals, the New York Rangers were trailing by one goal. With 21.3 seconds left on the clock, Carl Hagelin drew a four-minute penalty for high-sticking, of which three and a half seemed wasteful. On the bench, Henrik Lundqvist was thinking about the next game. By the bench, Carl Hagelin wiped the blood off his face, and hurried back to where the action was. In the stands, the fans were on their feet, and while their hope was dwindling, they were determined to show their belief and support.

“It’s awesome,” captain Ryan Callahan said after the game. “They supported us all night. Twenty seconds left, they’re standing up chanting ‘Let’s go, Rangers!’ That fuels you. That makes you feel good. To be able to get that one for them and hear the Garden explode – I haven’t heard it that loud since I’ve been here.”

With 6.6 seconds left on the clock, the Rangers’ efforts throughout the game finally paid off, and the thirty sixth shot on goal was it.  “I think it’s fitting that Richie (Brad Richards) gets the one to tie it up there,” said Ryan Callahan. Brad Richards is no stranger to final seconds goals – on December 17th, he scored the game-winning goal against Coyotes’ Mike Smith in the final second of the game. So he really did have 6.5 seconds to spare here. “We’ve been talking about it all year,” said goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. “Not only on the ice but off the ice, to have a guy like that – he knows what it takes. You could tell when games are getting tighter, more important, he plays better. I think he likes the intensity in games like that. It just shows what type of player he really is.” Carl Hagelin was in agreement with Henrik Lundqvist’s assessment of Brad Richards: “I think he’s probably been that ‘go to’ guy his entire life. He knows what it takes to win, he IS a winner.”

“Would you take another high-stick to the face if it means two goals?” I ask Carl Hagelin, lip swollen, after the game, and I immediately know the answer, even before he has a chance to respond. His quick skate to the bench and back after being struck said it all. “I didn’t want to get off the ice there, it was a key part of the game. Just try to wipe some of the blood off, and then get going again.”

What seemed like a miraculous comeback was actually the result of the effort that had been there the whole game. “If you look at the blocked shots, we didn’t block many shots because we’ve had the puck,” said coach John Tortorella, pleased with both the outcome and his team’s performance. Henrik Lundqvist had similar thoughts: “The way we played tonight, we worked so hard. It was tough for us to get in front and create real good scoring chances, but we were shooting a lot and had a lot of energy. I definitely think we deserved this win. We worked so hard.”

They also never gave up. “We stuck with it,” said Ryan Callahan. They looked at a power play, an extra attacker, and 21.3 seconds on the clock as an opportunity, ignoring lack of success on the seven previous power plays.  “That’s just the result of working hard and creating chances this whole game. Sooner or later, it’s going to go in, and that’s why we play for sixty minutes. If it means scoring with 5 seconds to go, or 55 minutes to go – it doesn’t matter,” said Carl Hagelin.

Game six of this back-and-forth nail-biting series is on Wednesday evening at the Verizon Center in Washington DC.  On the line is the time of the next Rangers game at Madison Square Garden.

Odds of a Devils’ Stanley Cup Win

Fans of the New Jersey Devils have had a lot to celebrate over the past few regular seasons. They’ve been one of the most dominant teams on the ice leading up the playoffs, giving the home-team faithful months of chest-painting, white-knuckled, devil-shouting opportunities.

When the Stanley Cup Playoffs roll around, however, the Devils have a nagging little habit of being a habitual one-and-done squad.

What are the odds that all changes this year? It’s still very early in the NHL season, but based on the offseason moves, the current momentum the team is carrying, and the weight of the Devils’ competition, it’s the perfect time to lay down the lines and to call things like they are.

New Jersey has an extremely talented team. With their 38-year-old lock-down, never-say-die staple goalie, Martin Brodeur, the Devils rarely have to put up big offensive numbers to win. And forward Ilya Kovalchuk was a great addition when he came along halfway through last season.

They’ve also won four of the last five Atlantic Division titles. But don’t risk it all just yet. This isn’t a casino online; we’re talking about hockey. Sure, the Devils are regular season juggernauts, but out of those four division wins, they’ve only won two playoff series and, out of five straight postseason appearances, haven’t made it past the first round in three years.

Kovalchuk couldn’t get the Devils over the hump last year. Some say the mid-season acquisition was the reason, and that things will flow more smoothly this year. But it’s hard to forget that five-game beat-down New Jersey took from the Flyers.

Overall, the Pittsburgh Penguins are favored to win the Atlantic this year, at -150, but are essentially a .500 team to date. This does leave the door open for New Jersey to knuckle-up and handle business in the regular season, surpassing their +300 odds and taking down the title again, but they have to prove it out on the ice.

To get to the Stanley Cup Finals, we’re looking at a completely different set of odds. The fact that the Devils fall short year after year has to be factored in, even if you’re approaching it through pro-Devil bias. The odds of hitting a big win playing slot online are better; New Jersey is +1500 to get to the Finals.

Nothing is outside the realm of possibility. New Jersey is a great team with a few weak runs on their schedule that could bode extremely well. However, the team has to show up during the playoffs and prove that they’re worthy of a Stanley Cup. Until then, all the odds in the world won’t help the Devils.

(GUEST HOST COLUMN!) Delaying The Game: A U.K. Perspective

… and now for something different!! As I had hoped for, people have begun to step up in the “Guest Host” project I am trying to take, just to mix it up and give you guys something ELSE to read… so please… send more!! And for all those who wanted to complain about the Edmonton, Calgary and San Jose games… here check out THIS story from the other side of the Ocean!!!! So I step aside again and hands the keys over to Barry Meikle…. GO!!

When you live somewhere 5 hours behind Eastern Standard Time, following American sports and the NHL in particular can be a demanding pastime. Sure the internet has made things a little easier, but there is still the little detail of a 7pm face off time translating to Midnight BST.
I first got into hockey in 1989. My dad, a big NFL fan since it had hit UK television in 1982, was keen to do something different on a Sunday evening the weekend of the bye week before the Super Bowl. “Ice Hockey” was suggested and off we went to the local pre World War II rink, one of only a handful or so fit for semi-pro hockey in Scotland at the time, to see a match between the Murrayfield Racers and the Ayr Bruins. I was immediately hooked. The arena was around two-thirds full and I had no idea how much noise 2000 people could make. Through buying programmes at subsequent matches I attended, I realised there was a league in the US and Canada. The match programme would feature results from the NHL. No dates, no match reports, no standings even, just results.
Getting information about a league over 3000 miles away back then was not easy. There was no internet and very little TV coverage. Ice hockey is very much a minority sport in the UK and unfortunately the old clichés about the sport being boxing on ice still exist here today to a certain degree. Newspaper coverage was minimal, almost non-existent with only the broadsheets carrying 2-day old results daily with standings once a week. There was Teletext* which I’m led to believe is a little like Telidon in the U.S. which gave results and standings. That was the best way to keep track of the season and work out the playoff format from seeing which teams played each other in the first round. (*Teletext was how I found out that the Devils had lost Game 7 of the Conference Finals to the Rangers in 1994. “New York 2 New Jersey 1, OT (New York win the series 4-3)”. That was all the information I got. No details, just the horrible news in a blunt, primary colour format.)
As cable and satellite TV became more widely available in the UK in the early 1990’s, the potential for seeing NHL games increased. Before that time we only had 4 channels available and they closed down after midnight. The only TV exposure I had to hockey before that had been Saturday afternoon re-runs of ‘He Shoots, He Scores’ featuring the Quebec Nationals, a fictional team with a distinctly non-fictional logo. Eventually we started to get an NHL ‘Game Of The Week’ which would be a one hour show of highlights from a game from the previous week. My first live TV NHL experience came in the 1990/91 season, a Saturday afternoon face off between the Devils and the Flyers from the Meadowlands with Doc Emrick commentating. Whether it was the novelty of seeing a ‘proper’ live hockey game on TV, even at a time when live soccer games were rare, or the fact that Kirk Muller scored after just 12 seconds, who knows. My decision was made. “That team, the Devils, I like them”.
The 1991 and ‘92 Stanley Cup Finals were broadcast on cable and I prayed in vain for the series to go 7 games so I could keep watching (which is probably why I have an irrational hatred of Mario Lemieux to this day). In 1993 we were down to a one hour show 24 hours after each game of the Finals and by 1994 TV coverage had disappeared altogether (hence the Teletext story above). My dad discovered the NFL on the Armed Forces Radio Network broadcasting from Germany on an old 80’s style hi-fi system he had. During the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals, I decided to try my luck and was rewarded with play-by-play of Game 1. I had to turn the whole thing South-East to get the best reception and for some reason the already unpredictable reception used to fade gradually as the sun came up. The 1am starts during the Finals combined with a 4:30 sunrise during June conspired to make the reception fade completely before the end of the 3rd period. Consequently, I missed the last 3 minutes of the deciding Game 4.
The NHL moved to ‘Terrestrial’ TV in the UK in 1999 which showed 2 live games a week (on Wednesday and Sunday nights) and all the Stanley Cup Finals games live. Great, until you reach game 6 of the Finals between Buffalo and Dallas. Because the game overran its time slot by a good 2 hours due to triple overtime, Channel 5 had to cut away for good at 6am to revert to regular programming starting with the News, resulting in UK viewers missing the Cup winning goal by Brett Hull. The reason for the cut-away was because the two programmes used the same studio.
In 2000, I managed to see every second of the Cup Finals involving the Devils and the Dallas Stars including the marathon game 5 which ended at around 6:00 am BST. That was until I decided that the intermission between the 1st and 2nd overtimes of Game 6 would be a good time to ‘rest my eyes’. I woke up during the player celebrations with Scott Stevens about to be handed the Stanley Cup and I still can’t watch Jason Arnott’s Cup-winning goal to this day. One of the best moments in Devils history reminds me what an idiot I am. I think I must be the only Devils fan in history who has said, ‘Oh no!’ on discovering his team had won the Cup.
Finally in 2003 I got to see a Devils Stanley Cup win. Third time’s a charm. In 2002 a channel completely dedicated to North American sports (NASN, now called ESPN America) started up on cable which now shows live games virtually every night and 2 on Saturdays for Hockey Night In Canada. We can now also access espn360’s NHL Center Ice package online (for around $140 a season), so it is now possible for me to see every Devils game in a season, something which seemed unfathomable 15 years ago (hell, even 5 years ago).
In my 20 years of following the Devils, I have visited the States and Canada 6 times, taking in a dozen Devils games in the process, meeting some really cool people and having some fantastic times. The highlights include:
• Getting tickets to a Private box in the Air Canada Centre after a chance meeting with the President of the Devils fan club at the Hockey Hall Of Fame in 2001.
• Sitting beside and chatting to Mrs Pandolfo and Mrs Mottau during Opening Night at Prudential Center in 2007.
• Sitting 9 rows from the glass during the 2003 banner-raising ceremony in the same corner of the arena that the banner was raised from.
• Being chased through the streets of Toronto by irate Maple Leafs fans for waving a Devils banner after the Devils eliminated the Leafs from the 2001 Playoffs.
• Having an irrational hatred of Michael Nylander after he scored the winning goal in Calgary’s 2-1 win at the Meadowlands in November 1995, ruining my first Devils game.
• Meeting Scott from this very site in December 2009 and sitting in the legendary Section 209.

Thoughts from Sun Tavern (yes i do have a home :p): Devils at Flames: 3/5/2010

Well I’ve been wanting to fool with doing one of these off my blackberry, and if you’re gonna test something you try it before you go live at a devils game right?? And few people in life do I hold a bigger grudge for turning chicken shit and running for the hills more then coach prune-face….so let’s bring the hate and watch Brent Sutter perfect the art of choke-coaching and do it in the regular season!!!

And this game has even more meaning tonight, and yeah this story will take a bit to get to properly but here goes: as some of you know I have a zero-type relationship with my father, long story I ain’t looking for pity, it doesn’t give me a reason for anything in my life and it hasn’t turned me into any kinda headcase….but anyway, my sister found him and he found me and in the process I am getting to know my two half-brothers and two half-sisters and its been good….so in that process I was talking and hounding the oldest about watching some olympic hockey, and finally she caved and watched the 3rd period of the gold medal game….and when parise scored she was like, who was THAT?? I’m like oh he’s one of ours and she goes back, you have season tickets right?? Now three of the four are watching tonight 🙂

  • First Period
  • — Nice touch having free falling on for one of the old Scott Stevens light em up hits!!
    — Kovy down in the corner but as he gets up we resort to Ivan Drago type lines for him declaring revenge on svatos!!
    “Brent, I must break you!!”
    –I kinda wish we still had bergfors for tonight so he could score flip off Sutter and yell fuck you and your 45 seconds of ice time ball bag!!!!!! ….though Andy could do the same here!!!

    (1-0) Parise[29] (Langenbrunner, Greene) {13:37}
    Oh andy you’re back!! ….nice play at the point to keep turn and shoot, Langenbrunner in front tips it
    but kicks it over the net…and its ahhhhhh Parise!! Rebound, scwar!!!

    — all in all a fun first period, very high tempo, and it was nice to see Brian Rolston play like he gave a fuck and a half tonight (even drawing a penalty!!)

  • Second Period
  • — second period, not so good a start :p

    (1-1) Langkow[12] (Higgins, Kotalik) {1:43}
    Wow white and Mottau on for a goal against?? Just for you Brent! Higgins
    behind the net….cycles in front….Mottau doesn’t and Langkow spin-a-roonies
    it past mb30 (not his fault)

    – we’re halfway t where we want ’em now, get them up 2-1 with 90 seconds left and we’re GOLD!!
    — so Staios can pile drive kovy into the boards, but they call him on the reacharound?? CMON!!
    — hrrmm, kipper’s pads look bigger, compensating for an American beat down, fuck yea!!
    — well our guy didn’t do too well on the US either…

    (2-1, Cgy) Glencross [15-sh] (none) {5:41}
    Man Kovy got owned at the point and had a breakaway so clean
    he could map 50 ways to score on mb30 on this one and he owned
    him like a blonde drunk with a keg of Coors light!!
    (clearly the turning point of the night)

    — got ’em right where we want ’em kids!! Now we wait!!!
    — clarkson fights for the Clark-a-like behind the bar!!! Two punches a take down and stunner!!!! Now give Sutter double digits!!!!
    — me “dammit kovy you owe us one for the oopsie before”….ten seconds later rob texts “kovy owes us one eh?”
    — man the flames are all over the front of the net, when did Brent learn coaching 101??
    — umm, 15 years of recaps and I’m stunned….

    (3-1) Nystrom[7] (none) {16:04}
    Canada’s favorite punching bag makes a nice poke check to stop the puck,
    has it with his glove but loses his balance and moves, exposing the puck and
    hellllooo empty netter, feeling our age are we mb??

    — wow, they quit on Sutter this time, irony ….least that period is over!!

  • Third Period
  • — things went ok in the third, but not for long…

    (4-1) Stajan[19] (Bourque, Iginla) {9:29}
    Flames not getting much preesure but it only takes one shift….
    Bourque rips a nice shot that mb gets the shoulder on but the
    rebound was beefier and this one’s DONE….

    — seems goalie interference doesn’t exist anymore

    (5-1) Moss[8] (Hagman, Backlund) {10:02}
    Moss all but puts his junk in mb’s mouth while totalling
    busting into the crease, gets the rebound and holy shit….
    Least this goal is Bob Backlund approved, eh?

    — well least Clarkson whipped some ass, to think I almost went to this :p
    — speaking of blowing even a Brent Sutter team can’t blow this!
    — well I guess we can make em squirm…

    (5-2) Parise[30-pp] (Langenbrunner, Zajac) {16:08}
    Heh, seem familiar kipper??? Parise the long pass across to
    Langs who bombs it, unlike in a Finn jersey, Kipper stops it
    but beefy rebound du jour is there for Zach to tip home…aahhh??

    — well it IS Brent Sutter!!

    (5-3) Kovalchuk[34] (Elias, Zubrus) {17:26}
    Well I was about to say if they get one here they can make em sweat….and Kovy walks over the line…shot…squeaks….through…Kipper and stops just over the goal line!!!

    — make em sweat fuckers!!!!
    — and our best goalie’s in there….empty net!! But it was not meant to be….oh well, they did make it interesting at least…..

    (well unless anyone wants to guest host the Oilers game…. no more recaps till the Wednesday Ranger game… but i’ll try to pop up something to give some kind of discussion on the board…. wanna keep the place active after all!!!)

    Hey Look!!!! We gots us a Devils game!!!!

    But damn I miss the Olympics already (curling… women’s hockey, and not to mention the fun of the men’s tournament… it was all great, but hey all good things must end, and we’ll get it again in 4 years right??)… I just feel I picked up some momentum from the Olympics (I’d love to say the site did, but it’s painfully obvious at this point that I’m two-man all alone ain’t it?)… and I just wanna keep the flow going here…. but I’m not recapping tonight’s game…. tonight’s my favoritest of bar nights and all…. I ain’t giving that up, and my deal was always the home games :p…. not to mention I feel there is too much me going on here anyway as is…. so I figured I’d remind you of my “Guest Host” concept…. you write it… I post it here… just keep it about the Devils…. hell I don’t care if you write 1200 words saying what a douche I am (a certain ninja turtle fan out there will say I welcome it!)…. but I want a second voice, at least, speaking up on this damn site…. so CMONNNNN!!!!!

    However that rant aside, I have almost a year of pent-up anger to shoot off at old coach prune-face in Calgary so I can see me doing some kinda write-up to shoot off on him now ruining my second favorite team as well….. but if you got something to say… holy hell… just SAY IT, I’d say email it to the 2man email…. but… umm…. I don’t think I know the username and password (again if you knew the awkwardness of being handed the keys to the site but I can’t check under the hood or even open the trunk, it’s kinda weird)
    so if you want…. email through the facebook site ( http://www.facebook.com/twomanadvantage ) or just devangel@hotmail.com, I tend to check that enough on my cell phone…. so it’s all good…..

    And oh yeah… get the hell back out there Paul Martin (and CMON LOU, we need a defenseman!!!)
    Let there be NHL Hockey again!