Thursday, October 26, 2006
Quick comments on last night's loss. I saw the first two periods.
The difference last night was the goaltending. So it goes. The second period especially was the killer. At one point the Oilers had outshot them 16-6 and were outscored 3-1. That says it all. Considering Roloson's play this year he obviously gets a mulligan. Up to last night he'd be graded as an A+. Now maybe an A. The Shannon goal was a killer.
The Ducks can shut you down at ES, no? Which means Stoll's line has to produce and so does the PP. A little of both but not enough. Looks like Stoll has gotten it together - I would think Pisani is next. He looked dangerous last night. Look for him to score tonight or Saturday.
Smid impresses me.
Greene less so.
Its early but I tell you one place that is looking mighty important right now and that is first in the Pacific. Because likely two of Dallas, San Jose and the Ducks are going to play each other in the first round. Here's hoping Dallas' shootout acumen gets them first so the Ducks and Sharks have to go at it.
Jacques fits in fine. He already looks better then Winchester. He certainly can skate. And having said that Winchester looks alright too. I was going to comment on how the fourth line was doing a job on Getzlaf and then he ends up with two - of course the first was against Stoll's line. Not sure on the second.
Anyhow, Jacques looks good. Nice to see.
Selanne looks like he's hurt and I thought there was a reference to that? They need him - odd to say considering they filled the Oil for six goals but this team doesn't strike me as having a lot of offensive weapons. Getzlaf obviously is coming into his own but Perry was a nonfactor and Penner did little in my books.
Oilers need another Dman though - which of course we all knew.
Overall, a disappointing result. Obviously there were breakdowns here and there and Anaheim took charge. They and Buffalo look to be the class of the league right now.
Finally, I have been changing the channel on principle whenever knucklehead Tie Domi appears on my screen in his new role as hockey analyst but after catching him last night let me just say I have become a huge fan. The guy is so bad he is good. I mean we are talking an Ed Wood movie or Keanu Reeves doing Shakespeare.
At one point he blabs "Hey folks, these guys have more scoops then anybody I know!" When James Duthie begins to try and fill the embarrassed silence that resulted from this outburst Domi talked over him again. "Their cell phones are always ringing with tips.", he blurted. That or some other nonsense.
I was laughing so hard I didn't catch the last bit.
Ahh, TSN, let your advertisers work their wiles on me - I will be tuning in again.
Posted by Black Dog at 8:51 AM