13 goals for Spals this year already. after 8, 10, and 9 the last 3 respectively. Fluke or progression?
It will be impossible to say for sure until next season at the earliest, but he does seem to be in the right spot at the right time lately. Of course that doesn't really tell me if it's a fluke or progress
Catch 22: Trigg County KY. NHL says I'm in the RSN local area so no Center Ice broadcast. According to FS, I'm not. If I want to see the Preds play, it's at Bridgestone.
Those blackouts are stupid. Does Center Ice not show the commercials from the original broadcast? I thought they did. Thus the network isn't losing any money, it is actually costing them viewers. Same thing goes to Game Center. If they wouldn't blackout the commercials.
Smith having a hell of a game. Weber with a good game so far as well. Wilson is still hit or miss as a center with some room to grow ... he'll have a shift like the one leading to the Weber goal then balance it out with a shift where is weak on the puck or makes a horrendous pass. Luckily, the good shifts are starting to outnumber the bad.
Promising game overall so far but we still have a period and a half to go. Stalberg went over 40 minutes before brainfarting last night.
Konopka is a useless plug, but I don't think that hit looks nearly as bad if Stalberg didn't try to jump out of the way. I'd need to see another replay from a better angle to be sure, but I don't think he stuck his leg out.
I hate how the instigator rule gives an automatic 10 minute misconduct. It's perfectly OK if two useless players plan a fight right off of a face off. They each get five, and that's that. But if a player sticks up for his teammate he risks getting an extra 2 and 10.
The NHL needs to just stop pretending like they don't condone fighting. They end up looking stupid.
Can't believe Konopka didn't get a penalty for the knee.
As I said above, I'd like to see it again and will re-watch it during intermission, but it looked like Stalberg's attempt to jump out of the way was more the cause of the knee-to-knee contact than anything Konopka did.
OK having review it a number of times now I think that Stalberg definitely did take a little hop to his right to avoid contact with Konopka, but Konopka was leading with his knee right before impact. He definitely changed the way his leg was positioned at the last minute.
Tough one, but I think it should have been called now that I've seen it multiple times. I'm not surprised the refs missed it, though. They don't have the benefit of slo-mo like I do.