Posted on: February 7, 2009 11:15 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2009 11:16 pm

Poor play, poor team

The Red Wings flew high Saturday and weren't mired in Oil with a resounding 8-3 win .

DETROIT (AP) — The Red Wings scored three times in the first six minutes and Brian Rafalski, Maria Hossa and Pavel Datsyuk each had a goal and an assist to lift Detroit to an 8-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

So is the poor play of the Wings over or did they just play a poor team? No disrespect to the Oilers but the Wings seem to match up well with Edmonton this year. Wings won 4-0 and 4-3 in two November games.
Is this finally the start of the Wings playing like a team ready to repeat or just an aberration?
Although the Wings won Monday and Wednesday they didn't look particularly strong doing so, and they certainly didn't look like a team wanting to repeat as Cup champions.

Lidstrom's late goal gives Wings 5-4 win
"It's not the way we want to win but we're still able to win games," (Nicklas) Lidstrom said. "We're still working at details in our game that could be better."

Anyway, Sunday's game at Pittsburgh, as the second half of a back-to-back, might be a better indicator for the Wings, not that the Penguins are playing particularly well, but they should be more rested than the Wings. It will be an interesting game.

Posted on: July 26, 2008 9:27 pm

NHL and the IRL

Watched the Rexall Edmonton IndyCar race today.
Unfortunately to watch it I had to discontinue my ESPN boycott, but I only watched it while the race was on. So that's good. What's not good is I went just 11 days on my latest ESPN boycott.
While watching I discovered the NHL's /page/EDM">Oilers sponsored one of the cars" style="font-family: arial;">Edmonton Oilers sponsored one of the cars, Graham Rahal's.

Bob Jenkins and Scott Goodyear announced the race, and Rahal had some trouble early. When that happened, they mentioned the Oilers sponsorship - on ESPN! Amazing! I was very surprised. The NHL and one of its team mentioned on the four-letter.
So Rahal was able to come back, and toward the end of the race he was in another collision. Again Jenkins mentioned, no emphasized, the sponsorship.
"See the engine cowling there that's the Oilers of the NHL logo!"
That might not be an exact quote, but it's close.
Leave it to a Hoosier - Jenkins is from Liberty, Ind. - to do that right thing. It helps he's not a full-time employee of the four-letter network.

Another NHL and IRL connection, of which I'm aware, happened two weeks ago at the Nashville race. Predator goalie Dan Ellis was the race's grand marshal. I heard his interview prior to the race. He and the interviewer made a comparision between auto racing and ice hockey. I don't know what was said exactly has it was hard to hear the PA system.

As a fan of the NHL and IRL, which I am, it's great to see this cross promotion.





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