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    It's opening night fellas!

    Tampa is going to try to defend their Cup while Dallas is still working on shedding the 'Rona. That waiver wire is about worn out after Tuesday as a bunch of teams maneuvered to get under the cap and get guys on the taxi squads. Only a handful were claimed so the rosters are set and we're ready to drop the puck!

    Games kickoff this afternoon with the Penguins in Flyers in the historic MassMutualTM NHL Eastern Division. Yes, that's right, we have sponsors for the divisions and sponsors on the helmets. I don't blame them though with the loss of revenue. It would be great if that all went away once fans are back in the stands, but we all know how likely that is...
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    Penguins are back.....but with several changes....



    2 time Cup winning goalie Matt Murray is out. Tristen Jarry takes over as the #1.

    it is still the Crosby, Malkin show. As they go...so go the Pens. Guentzel, Tucker and Rust provide the secondary scoring. Def should be better, no Jack Johnson....lol.. Letang, Dumo, Marino are solid.

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    We really need the escape right about now. Will be glad to see my Leafs tonight. Fully prepared to be disappointed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by It's Mike View Post
    We really need the escape right about now. Will be glad to see my Leafs tonight. Fully prepared to be disappointed.
    It shouldn't work..... but hoping Joe Thornton somehow has one last good ride with AM34 and Marner. Everyone stays healthy.... Mathews is a lock for the Rocket Richard trophy.....

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    Philly looks really strong. The Leafs and Habs had a great game last night with TOR coming out on top. Tampa snuffed out the Blackhawks who look like they're going to have a long season. Now it's time to gripe:

    I get we want the nationally televised games, and they like to spread it out among all the markets so everyone can watch opening night. However, what the fuck is with the NHL having the STL/COL game drop the puck at 9:45 CT. , 8:45 MT. That's just dumb. I go to bed usually before the start of that game time. There was no way I was staying up to watch it. Thank god for highlight packages and DVR.

    Ok, end of rant.

    Mike Hoffman apparently had a work visa issue at the last minute so he was out of the lineup. They moved Sundqvist to the 2nd line with Thomas and Schwartz, and oh baby did they have a night. Sundqvist scored twice (not bad for a 4th liner) and Schwartz and Thomas looked great moving the puck around. Not as good as Nathan Mackinnon though. That guy is just on another level

    Binnington looked great last night and the Blues came away with a 4-1 victory. Both teams play again on Friday, so that should be fun.
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    Leaf/Habs was a fun game to watch

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    I'll make an effort to watch the Habs if they make some noise leading up to the first round of the playoffs. I dont feel like watching another wasted season of mediocrity, while the best goalie in the World is in net.
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    Not expecting much out of the Devils in a very tough East division, but looking forward to the season nevertheless

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    Wild win!!
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    In 2012, the phoenix has risen!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raldo View Post
    Wild win!!
    Keep an eye on rookie Kirill Kaprizov from the Wild. 5th round pick that turned into one of the best players in the KHL the last few years. Insane skills.




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    Might need to get me a #97 jersey if he keeps this up.
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    Two games in and already we have Department of Player Safety issues and inconsistency. Sammy Blais was penalized for two minutes for elbowing in this hit below. He didn't actually hit him with his elbow, but his shoulder. Toews goes down immediately. Both guys are going for the puck and Blais actually has the line on playing the puck. Toews seems to lunge towards it, then thinks better of it and starts to pull back. So instead of them both hitting shoulder to shoulder along the boards, Toews--who is bent over at the waist putting his head right in line with Blais--gets nailed. The NHL then suspends Blais for two games for this hit. I don't agree with it, but ok, we'll go with it. Toews was pulled from the game for protocol but ended up being fine and returned later in the game.



    The next day after the NHL suspends Blais for that hit, the same two teams play each other with the same two referees. The hit below happens. Bortuzzo is playing the puck along the boards and Nichushkin comes in the give him the hit. He moves his body at the last minute to lunge up at Bortuzzo's head. His shoulder makes direct contact with Bortuzzo's which then bangs into the glass from the impact. He's clearly dazed, is pulled from the game, and now is out indefinitely with a concussion. No penalty, no fine, no suspension.

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    Why is this so hard for them to get correct? Why can't they at least be consistent? If you're asking me, I think both are clean hits. The first one is hard to even call a hit because it's more of a collision. The only time I think a guy should be suspended is if he's clearly targeting the head of another player. And by that I mean he has other options but chooses to take that route over the others. With these guys flying around the rink at max effort on ice skates and going 15-20 MPH while also trying to play a bouncing rubber puck, it's impossible to ask them to maneuver or stop on a dime in the fraction of a second it takes for a hit to go from clean and solid to dirty and suspendable. Even watching these things at half speed on replay it's hard to determine what's wrong and what's right, so how do you expect them to do it at full speed?
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    And this is only a $10,000 fine, apparently:



    THAT's the kind of hit that should get a guy suspended for multiple games.
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    Wild win!!
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    I love how I can know how the Wild did without even opening the thread. All I have to do is look and see that Raldo posted most recently and I just know.
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