Your Olympic Medal Thread and Preview!

I’ve been a busy boy since the weekend and I’m going to be out and about for the US game today (and to be honest the only game that is really recap-worthy today would be the Russia-Canada game, but I don’t think I’ll be near a computer for it)…. so instead of writing it up… I’ll just preview it and let you guys talk about it as it happens…. I can think for sure I’ll be doing a period by period write up like I did for US/Canada Sunday… one for the Bronze…. one for the Gold (and for God’s sake people… root on my Finnish goalie as she goes for the Bronze! — tomorrow 2pm, DO IT!)….but this thread’s all about the men, cause it’s all about the NHL here… so let’s get ready for some A-List hockey!!

3pm EST (ask NBC it’s the only time zone that matters)
USA vs Team Swiss:
Yes the US Team got the “weakest team in the pool”… but be CAREFUL with this team… they took Canada to the skills competition, but also in that they needed a shootout for Belarus and let Norway score 4 goals on them… but yet here they are… and I did say to be wary of this team in this spot in my preview last week… Jonas Hiller is good enough to steal any one game on any one night, but an American loss here DESTROYS any good will or momentum (or any chance of NBC showing the games… you know… on NBC, and not showing curling re-runs instead)…. and when you go 3-0, even when expectations were low coming into the Olympics, you GOTTA medal at least… and that means winning THIS game here, from what I’ve seen of both teams I do think the US is going to take this like 5-2… but I’d not be shocked to see the Swiss up 1-0 at sometime in this game and make the Americans EARN it (and damn I am rooting for them, it’s nice to have an American team that is dirtbag-free, yes I look at you Chris Chelios, Jeremy Roenick, Keith Upchuck, and Mike Modano and his $3000 a month dog food :p)… get out of work early… and be sure to tell your West Coast friends EVERY detail since the game will be on tape delay (do they still use tape for that, really?? It’s 2010, CMON!) for the lesser coast!

7:30pm EST
Russia vs Canada:
The REAL Main Event of the day…..it’s Crosby vs Ovechkin version 2.0 (again), it’s the big bad Russians with their stacked forwards against an ENTIRE NATION crammed into a hockey rink, and a stacked team, that maybe had that big exhale and found it’s own hockey game last night in beating German like a bastard child (hell my line of the night last night was Canada let a beatdown on German people not seen since the BearJew from Inglorious Basterds!)… this is a tough game to judge… you have mister choke artist in Nabby for the Russians (the dude never seen a playoff series that he didn’t like to fold in)… against a man maybe playing the biggest game of his life (well until the NEXT game if they win) in Luongo ….and yes you guys know I fully endorse the humbling and benching of mb30 for him… he looked lost and average, something we’re all too used to in even best of 7 tournament-type play. I think people are selling Canada short and ignoring the psychological edge they got in feeling better from an easy win… and that this year while the Russians would love to win now… the NEXT Olympics they get home-ice, THEY get what Canada wants to do this year… and the Canadians seemed more settled with Luongo in net as opposed to being forced to adapt to mb30’s game (this too could be a small issue we’ve had in Jersey the last few years), and I really like the home team to win here and turn the pressure from going against them to being motivated having a passionate hockey NATION in their back pocket!

10pm EST
Finland vs team Czech:
Boy did the Czechs look shaky last night??? (Well Canada aside all the qualifiers struggled and now they play AGAIN 24 hours later, in a way that’s good… no time to think about it)…meanwhile Finland has been quietly dominating sitting in the shadows while everyone pays attention to Canada, Russia and now the US team…. this Fin team is dangerous (unless they play Sweden, then they just roll over and die), and it’s no secret that I am a big Kipper fan (and of his wonderful female counter-part)… Jagr is still feeling the effects of Ovechkin owning his soul in the MORTAL KOMBAT body check of the season! The Czechs are good and solid… but I think it might be one game too many for Vokun here (I can say the same for Hiller above), but I also think their gas tank will be running low…and it’s gonna be tough to follow that Russia/Canada game from a watcher’s perspective….but I do like the Finn’s here

Midnight EST
Sweden vs team Slovak:
Again the Slovak’s struggled mighty (maybe I pissed off Norway slamming them for being a country of ice and not being able to put a hockey player worth a Rat’s damn eh?? Probably not, the only player I ever really unnerved was Bobby Holik…. well Jason Arnott too), but they got there… and Halak’s not gonna be as shaky two nights in a row as he was last night… and the Swedes are deep, talented and rested (and they won their 3 games pretty easily)… and I am putting a big premium on this less deep teams playing that extra game and them running out of gas right here and right now… this again is one of those nights….it’s a tournament designed to favor the teams that do well in the prelims, and this game will be no exception…. Fret not East Coast, you should be in bed about 1am knowing this game’s in hand for the Swedes and with Kenny Albery and Joe Micheletti calling a Henrik the THIGH PADS OF DOOM Lundqvst, the Ranger shill may put you in a coma by the 2nd intermission :p (I had to by rule throw a Rangers shot in there!)

ENJOY THE GAMES TODAY!! This is why the NHL takes two weeks off for this kind of hockey!!!!!

Thoughts from Section 209….Caps/Lowell (almost close to Trenton!)

That was a nice little train wreck tonight wasn’t it?? Lots to talk and share about here

— I’m disappointed in the season ticket sales guys doing a bad nanananana… LAPMAN song to me (though I like having a theme… CMON LAPMAN…. could be SO MUCH BETTER)… they gotta work on that! Kinda funny to see Dave take breaks too look around every 2-3 laps (re: he can’t hack it!)
— Things I liked tonight:
FIVE GOALS !!! Sweet Christ, that was fun and out of control!! The Devils played a bad goalie and made him LOOK BAD… thank God!
LANGENBRUNNER DIDN’T SUCK TONIGHT!
WELCOME BACK Patrik Elias!!!
Travis Zajac….still wanna trade him people?? (like him and Parise with Elias too FINALLY)
Nick Bergfors is gonna play his balls off till this idiot coach gets it!
Can you say the D played good despite giving up 5 goals??? … More on this in the bad…..
I got to beat a sellout crowd to the car because of the skills competition! (I was still pissed it went to OT though)
Power play was good… well despite the shortie allowed…. the Devils as a whole mostly controlled the play, the effort and the tempo which was nice… they kinda NEEDED this one!
Good HOT crowd that showed up (cheap bastards that you are coming for $1 hot dogs!!) close enough to a sell out for my liking

OK, now the BAD:
$1 hot dogs, means up the price on EVERYTHING ELSE 75 cents (my water was up at least), don’t make me have to start smuggling bottles in assholes!!!!!!
Brookbank for Vrana?? CMON BRENT!!! (and even worse how is Bergfors going to add ANYTHING with Brookbank, who is the first graduate of the David Clarkson school of wraparound I see, and Mike Rupp as his linemates??)
Scott Clemmensen… people will forget you were awful all game because of the one on one post-game skills show…. your first period was HORRID and then some… and watching shots come on you scares me much like a Met fan when a call to the bullpen is made….(and it is a FLAT OUT DISGRACE that Kevin Weekes did not start tonight… you bring the guy in to be a fill-in starter and the guy to be the guy if the guy ain’t the guy (tribute to Tropic Thunder much?)…. and then you throw the guy UNDER THE BUS AFTER A WEEK??? Jesus! I still get annoyed at how unacceptable that is!).. just thank God their sieve was more sieve like then ours!!!!
No Pandolfo on the ice (I’ll get Patrik was put in to get the hat trick with an empty net) and the Devils can’t clear the zone… I know the checking line is failing… but that’s kinda telling isn’t it???
And I was kinda disappointed in 209 tonight… the group of regulars seemed out of it… guess none of us like a packed arena eh?
Madden a -3?? Again… the checking line is epic failing…..

Don’t get me wrong I am happy and feeling this team has bottomed out and can turn this around and my God win the next two home games (and maybe in an actual team sport style, please?)…. but I still see so MANY issues with this team… and I’d like to see us beat someone you know who can.. um… tend goal and play defense?? But I will TAKE IT!!

Devils/Bolts (11/5)… Thoughts from Section 209

Before I start… for everyone I keep bumping into telling me stuff about this here… please keep it up… I am a complete whore and will totally pander to my audience… even if they sit in the wrong corner of the building 🙂

Anyway… just a reminder to those who don’t remember my CRASHER line days….I don’t do shootouts… I don’t acknowledge them… I am only grateful that they get me to my car faster… so I saw and left a bit annoyed at 3-3 tie, and I usually get to my car in enough time to hear the winner of the skills competition… so keep that in mind here (and yes I know he scored in the shootout.. I’m still blasting him tonight :p)

— Was a strange night for me… since I’ve been a fan of this team since 1993… I’ve really only, truly known ONE top goalie on this team and it’s #30 (on his back and please NO MORE on the mask)… and it’s going to be BIZARRE for a while to accept the AGE OF WEEKES… I don’t know how anyone else feels about this
— My pre-game laps are taking a life of their own now.. a dead arena got me 14 laps (yes that’s 3 1/2 miles folks)… and now people are getting into it… least the staff is… hey there was more staff then fans there… a few of them almost joined me… and the highlight (well besides the new cigar girl who replaces… well my favorite… who 14 times asked me if I wanted a cigar, not seeing how counter-productive that is to 14 laps around the concourse!)…. was also the City Girll people seeing me at about lap 12 and yelling YOU NEED THIS and throwing me a soda like a marathon runner… that’s just awesome stuff!

now.. on to the game stuffs…

— Pandolfo-Madden-Elias… oddly enough I tried this combo in NHL 09 this morning not knowing… and hell it worked there too…Elias has taken a step back yes… but he can hang with these guys and adds enough offense to make these guys dangerous again (hence the Pando goal.. more on that to come)
— Tampa is a BAD team folks… with all the offense.. LAST on the pp?? Wow the coaching of Melrose… cmon he took the job so he can pat young boys in the fanny (I even heard he’s so scared of Newark he moved the team outside the city… man up you greasy-goat-lover…. I annoyed two old people dropping Farooq-Bombs about Melrose… ah well!!)… and not to mention it would have been NICE to see the Devils D get more invovled since Tampa’s idea of defense is THROW ALL FIVE GUYS AROUND THE GOALIE AND HOPE ONE OF THEM GETS IT…Melrose may not make it till new year.. so we need to play them soon and often!! (I feel bad for Mike Smith… he deserves better then this group of stiffs in front of him!)
— God Jamie Langnebrunner was BAD tonight (yes he scored in the non-hockey part of the hockey game…. that’s as effective being a rookie and scoring a goal in Sutter’s eyes)… I think I even began calling his shot the LOGO-BUSTER… but it never actually got over the pads…
— Vrana: 7:31, Bergfors: 4:20… Langenbrunner: 21:10.. Least Elias, Madden, Salvador, Mottau and Oduya earned their obsence ice times tonight, Oduy in particular… he was the only D with some drive tonight (Salvador was good… the ppg by St Louis was being Langenbrunner was the Rated R-Tard who couldn’t cover EITHER point or get back to help in front)
— David Clarkson’s goal very well could be THE most important goal scored by a Devil this year… you can see it on the bench… you could feel it in the crowd… it kinda gave you the feeling.. YES WEEKES WE CAN!!!!
— Elias with a BEAUTY on the power play too… that was old school 2000 looking Elias there… we need more please Patrik!!!
— Pandolfo’s goal while HUGE was a comedy of defensive errors we are so used to seeing out of Brookbank (can we get Mark Fraser the hell up here please??)
— Colin White is our top offensive defenseman… like REALLY…oy!
— Gionta and Zubrus… were the awesome again tonight…TRADE THEM RIGHT NOW 1111!!!1111!!!! (yes that IS sarcasm :p)
— Kevin Weekes was again a hundred stars tonight the one thing we need not worry about on this team is goaltending (well until Clemmensen plays a game… but knowing this team Weekes will play every second till number 30 takes his cast off and leaves 209!)
— Crowd was kinda sterile tonight… but I guess we are getting used to #1 being #1
— all in all a gutty gritty effort to get to the skills competition… but here comes Detroit now… oy vey!!!

(and on a programming note… I do not go to home games on Football Sundays, my bartenders would find and hunt me down… so my next lovely thoughts will be for the Ranger game next week… and since I am whoring away again… anyone need a ticket for Nov 20 vs Florida?? I gots ones for sale!!!)