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Return of the NHL


Well as some of you may have heard Hockey is finally back.  Now I’m not the biggest hockey fan in the world, frankly of the big 4 sports it ranks just above Basketball in my mind.  Its not that I don’t like watching Hockey, I just cant follow it aswell as I can follow Baseball or Football.

Anyways, even though I don’t watch Hockey, I’m glad it’s back.  The lockout went on for way too long, and its about time to let the players get back on the ice.  My friend was pissed off because he’s a huge hockey fan and was convinced that this would be the Ranger’s year… Now we might actually get a chance to find out, as an abbreviated 48-50 Game season is set to start in the next few days.

Welcome back Hockey, it’s a good thing your back, Football is about to end soon, and I need something to watch before Baseball season starts.

~Written by JM

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January 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm Leave a comment

It’s been a while


So it’s been two months since I’ve written anything … no lamenting so here we go!

The Kings vs the Devils in the Cup finals, the Devils (hated rival) broke my Rangers hearts and the Kings have been lighting up everyone they play sweeping or merely losing one game to each team. Now they’ve lost one to the Devils and they find themselves in the driver seat up3-1 heading toward their first Stanley Cup victory. They’ve been ridiculous on the road not losing a game all postseason, so what do you say we close this series out Kings? Connecticut’s own Jonathan Quick has been as close to perfect as you can imagine posting a ridiculous 15-3 record with a 94.8 save percentage and a machine like 1.39 GAA. Good luck beating him twice in a row Devils!

To the NBA, the Thunder await the Heat/Celtics win as they, the Thunder, ran train through the Western Conference except for a road stumble against the Spurs. The Heat and the Celtics are playing one of the best conference finals in recent years and it is certainly entertaining me as Lebron James scored a ridiculous 45 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Heat’s blowout Game 6 win. We head to Game 7 in South Beach where many talents will be taken on Saturday night!

The MLB has been interesting this season already with surprises of the Orioles, the Indians and the Mets. The Yankees and Red Sox struggled to find their stride but seem to be discovering it and rather quickly too. Josh Hamilton is destroying the ball, so was Matt Kemp before he hit the DL … twice. Pujols is struggling, Fielder is fitting in nicely, and Jose Reyes is having trouble getting hits in the biggest (and gaudiest) ballpark. The Mets finally got their no-hitter from Johan Santana, who is most certainly in line to win Comeback Player of the Year. We are only one third of the way through the season but there is much to look back on already.

The most interesting thing since I have last written is the amount of press an off-season of football can receive. The Saints have been put on probation since bounty-gate, head coach Sean Payton has been suspended and so has defensive captain Jonathan Vilma. Junior Seau has paced away after he shot himself in the chest, placing more emphasis on concussion treatment and work for retired athletes. The NFL Draft came with two QBs taken in the first three picks. Free agency came and went and my Giants lost two key members of their offense in Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham, whom both left for San Francisco. Peyton Manning is  Bronco and Tim Tebow is a Jet. I know, I know.

Well I will be most certainly posting more and you should keep checking more to read my take on some of the stories from the Sports world and even some movie reviews!

These are my two cents … cash em in!

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June 8, 2012 at 4:20 pm 1 comment

Simply Rest the Best


Naturally you play you’re best goalie every night when it comes to playing in the National Hockey League. But when is every night too much? The majority of teams discover the answer to this question the difficult way year in and year out. But the Boston Bruins demonstrated to us all last year how to solve this problem, just have a good enough backup goalie that you feel confident not playing your number one keeper night in and night out. Tim Thomas was fully rested and ready for the playoffs, where he could play every game without worrying about fatigue and wearing down. Tuukka Rask started 27 games last year, and has tallied 21 starts this year, enabling Tim Thomas to rest one every three to four games on average. Claude Julien has perfected this art, and one coach is following his lead quite well this season.

John Tortorella, the coach of the New York Rangers has been taking a different approach to his goaltending situation this year. Typically you would see Henrik Lundqvist, one of the best goalies year in and year out, playing at least 70 games. However, this will not even be possible this year, seeing as his backup Martin Biron has started 16 games already this year, and has subbed in well, winning 11 games and posting a 2.2 GAA and saving 91% of the sh ots he faced. The biggest impact he has had has been on Lundqvist though, as he is posting outrageous and unanimous Vezina numbers. Lundqvist is only allowing 1.75 goals, saving 94% of the shots and has won 30 games, yet again. Lundqvist plays lights out night in and night out, and could even have an argument for the MVP Award, only behind Malkin and Stamkos. I applaud Julien and Torts for this approach because it seems to work in favor of your goalkeeper.

So, as all coaches and general managers should learn from these two teams in the past two years now. Resting your starter just about once a week, should keep him healthy and ready for the playoffs. Only time will tell how Lundqvist will fare in the playoffs but by being rested and already posting stellar numbers, he should be more than prepared for a long playoff run with rested legs and no fatigue underneath him.

Those are my two cents … cash them in if you dare!

March 2, 2012 at 2:41 am Leave a comment


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