Posted on: January 21, 2009 5:33 am
Edited on: January 21, 2009 6:04 am

Wings lack focus

In my opinion the Red Wings have lacked focus lately, and especially in the back-to-back losses to San Jose and Phoenix
It's been apparent throughout the season, but it really showed through tonight. When your all-star defensemen and headline-grabbing, offseason signing are making mistakes that I notice then something is definitely wrong.
Nicklas Lidstrom's attempt to clear the puck through the slot on the penalty kill led to one goal for the Coyotes.
Marian Hossa extra stick handling led to a three on one break and a goal for another.
Those are downright horrible mistakes a team with focus shouldn't make.

On the bright side it was the Wings first back-to-back, regulation losses of the season. That's pretty amazing. The All-Star break seems to be coming at the right time for the Wings.

Also did anybody see Dany Heatley's first goal for Ottawa in the Senators - Capitals game last night? I can't believe that goal was allowed as another Sen was in the crease and caused goalie interference. If that would've been Tomas Holmstrom, the goal would've been disallowed.
Posted on: April 9, 2008 10:54 pm

I did that

To be honest central Indiana, CenIn, isn't much better than southern Indiana, SoIn, when it comes to hockey viewing.
Indianapolis has the Ice, but that's probably a very small fraction of the populous here in basketball-land.
Tonight, the start of the 2008 NHL playoff I visited the southside Buffalo Wild Wings. I love that place. One, they serve Molson Canadian, on tap!. Two, they change the station to hockey games for me.
Previously when I've been there I watched games on NBC. Tonight I went there for the reasons stated above. Walking in I was surprised to see hockey on two different screens.  I didn't get much play at one end of the bar, close to a hockey screen, but far from ideal. So I moved to the other end. I watched for a bit and realized it was the NHL Network and not Versus.
"Can you change this screen to Versus?" I asked pointing to one of the TVs near me.
"What's that?" asked the bartender.
"What are looking for?" asked the manager.
"I'm looking for the Penguins - Ottawa game," I said.
OK, this is B-dubs. They should know what Versus is. It's freaking Indianapolis! Sheesh!!
Anyway, after trying the FSN Pittsburgh feed, which they don't get, the manager finds the Versus feed for me.
I'm happy!
Previously, only the NHL Network was on and most there were watching either the Cubs game or the Tigers game. When I left at the end of the second period, the Versus game was on at least three different screens, one that was a huge projection screen. I did that. I was a result of that change. Just call me Johnny Hockeyseed.

So yeah, the Tigers - Red Sox game was on at B-dubs, and it was the FSN Detroit feed. So tomorrow that might be the place to watch the Red Wings - Predators game. Will Indy receive the FSN Detroit feed when the Wings are playing? I hope so.
By the way, the Senators seem lifeless. This could be a sweep unless the Sens find something that will motivate them.
Posted on: February 6, 2008 1:11 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2008 1:21 pm

Ice Girls

Several NHL clubs have Ice Girls, women who during timeouts clean the ice around the nets and boards among other things. Teams I know have them are listed below. There might be more teams that have them, but those are the ones I know for sure. I did a quick check but didn't find any for the other teams. Anyway, since they represent hockey teams, in my opinion, they should be required to wear hockey skates instead of figure skates. Seems like most wear figure skates from what I can tell. So that's my opinion of them. What's yours?

Anaheim Ducks Power Players
Atlanta Thrashers Blue Crew
Boston Bruins Ice Girls
Calgary Flames Ice Crew
Carolina Hurricanes Storm Squad
Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew
Columbus Blue Jackets Power Patrol and Ice Crew
Dallas Stars Ice Girls and their MySpace page
Florida Panthers Ice Dancers
Nashville Predators Goal Girls and Dancers
New York Islanders Ice Girls
Ottawa Senators Power Patrol
Philadelphia Flyers Ice Team
Phoenix Coyotes The Pack
Pitsburgh Penguins Pens Patrol
Tampa Bay /page/TB">Lightning.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NHLPage&id=18837">Lightning Girls
Vancouver Canucks Ice Team

It should be noted not all listed above are strictly Ice Girls, some of these crews, squads, etc. have male participants too.
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