Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Well the Coyotes are 2-3 right now. After 2 wins to start the season at home, they went on the road and dropped 3 in a row to the Blackhawks, Senators, and Canadiens. Now the young Coyotes return home for a 4 game home stand where the competition doesn't get any easier.
Coming in Thursday, Alexander Ovechkin and the high flying Capitals. This is the first trip to Phoenix for Ovechkin since his unbelievable goal he scored 3 years ago. Mikael Tellqvist will get his first start of the season tonight. The Coyotes need to get back on track and beating a difficult team such as the Capitals will certainly help get their confidence back.
Unfortunately, the Coyotes will need to be on top of their game early and need to get some offense from their younger players. Kyle Turris and Mikkel Boedker are the big names but I am sure Coach Gretzky would love to see Viktor Tikhonov and Kevin Porter get on the scoresheet in the goals column. Ed Jovanovski also needs to get going offensively for Phoenix if they want to have an effective offense.
Taking advantage of mistakes made by teams is how great teams are made and Phoenix will have to definitely utilize this mindset against very good teams over the next couple of games. The powerplay has to be effective while the penalty kill needs to shut down the opposing offense. A strong forecheck will promote mistakes among the other team as it will be hard for them to break out and create offense.
The defense needs to stick to their assignments and not just rely on their goalie to keep them in the game. Players like Kurt Sauer and David Hale, who are not really looked to provide offense need to step up and make sure their defense is top notch. Physical play helps but being in position to break up opposing scoring chances is just as, if not more important.
The Coyotes play Washington, Calgary, Pittsburgh, and Minnesota on this home stand and a is an early season test of their home ice play which was not good last season, one of the worst in the league in fact. They need to step it up at home if they want to reach their goal of making the playoffs.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Today was as up and down as the stock market on Wall Street.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
(DANBURY, CT) – The Danbury Mad Hatters of the Eastern Professional Hockey League (EPHL) have announced the signings of forward K.C. Caudill and defenseman Eric Lind. As per club policy, the terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Caudill, 29, is a 6' 3", 210 lbs native of Tustin, CA. He has spent the last 3 seasons playing in Knoxville and Jacksonville of the SPHL. In 165 games in the SPHL, he has scored 49 goals and added 71 assists with 142 penalty minutes. Caudill also appeared in 15 total playoff games in the SPHL scoring 1 goal and adding 2 assists while winning a championship with Knoxville in 2006. Before going to the SPHL, Caudill played one season in the UHL with Kalamazoo. In that season, Caudill had 2 goals and 6 assists with 32 penalty minutes in 42 games.
"K.C. has a history of hard work and strong play," General Manager of Hockey Operations Brendan Tedstone said. "He’s a big, strong player that can play both wings and center, or he can drop to defense if we need. He has 1 year in the USHL, and has 211 pro games under his belt. His 130 points as a pro is probably more than a few of the teams in the league has collectively. He’s one of our 3 vets that players will look to for assistance."
Lind is a 30 year old, 6' 2", 195 lbs native of Stamford, CT. He was drafted in the 9th round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 7 professional seasons Lind has played for Mississippi, Greenville, Reading, and Elmira of the ECHL, Fort Worth of the CHL, Kalamazoo of the IHL, Richmond, Danbury, and Elmira of the UHL, and Valley Forge of the MAHL. Lind has also played 1 season for Manchester, England in the ELITE Ice Hockey League. In a total of 229 professional games, Lind has accumulated 17 goals, 44 assists, and 278 penalty minutes. He has also played in 9 playoff games scoring 1 goal and winning a championship with Greenville of the ECHL in 2002.
Most recently, along with playing professionally, Lind has been an assistant coach for Yale University's hockey team.
"This is a guy that I’ve been working on since day 1 when the Mad Hatters were announced. Anytime you have a chance to pick up an NHL draft pick at this level, you do it," Tedstone said of Lind. "Eric is from the area and is very excited to come to camp. His hockey sense is second to none. He has a cannon for a shot, and is a very smart, fluid skater.
"We just got a ton stronger on the blue line with Eric."
Also, the Mad Hatters have announced that one of their players is taking part in a AA training camp. Mykul Haun has been invited to take part in the Bossier-Shreveport training camp of the CHL. If Haun makes the Bossier-Shreveport club, he will be the first signed Mad Hatters player to have advanced to a AA league.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
The Rangers are off to the best start they could have possibly had. Rangers are coming off another 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in which they dominated the play for much of the game, especially in the second period. But lets look at these 2 games as a whole.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
I can hear it now:
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
What a comeback. I caught the 2nd and 3rd periods of the game vs Metallurg Magnitogorsk and it was unbelievable. We saw the worst of the Rangers and the very best. The comeback that happened is amazing.