Sunday, October 19, 2008

Hockey Season!

Well, it's time for a sports centric post instead of a post about being about a sporting event and the people types at said event. The NHL regular season has started and been going on for the past week. If current trends continue, I will be slipping into a deep depression by mid-November. Is this the same Dallas Stars team that was picked by numerous people to win the Stanley Cup this year? It is? Just checking.

This has got to be one of the most abysmal starts I have ever seen. Lets run it down, shall we?
Columbus: 5-4 L(OT)
Nashville: 3-1 L
Nashville: 6-4 W
St. Louis: 6-1 L
Colorado: 5-4 L

So we stand at 1-3-1. Three points in five games. That is just fantastic. Oh I know it's the beginning of the season and there are bound to be bumps along the way. Then again, four of those games are against Central Division teams. The worst division (other than Detroit) in the entire NHL. The first game of the season against Columbus was pretty bad, we came out slow and Columbus jumped to a lead, but in the second the Dallas Stars from last year emerged and scored two goals in the second to take a lead. The third seemed like we decided we wanted to sit on a one goal lead. Columbus was having none of that and they promptly scored three to take a 4-2 lead. Somehow in the last four minutes of the game we managed to score two then we ended up giving up one in the last 21 seconds of overtime to lose.

I would say we just barely pulled a point out of that one.

Then the only victory we have is thanks to an amazing performance by Mr. Fabian Brunnstrom. It was his first NHL game ever and he scored a hat trick. Without that, we lose that game. So it was incredibly lucky that we even got the only win we have. The three points we have this season are absolutely magical.

The biggest problem with this team isn't the offense as you may be able to tell. It would be the goaltending. Marty Turco makes me want to punch a hole in the wall. 4.7 GAA with an .820 save percentage. So it isn't even like the team is hanging him out to dry. He just looks bad and really needs to pull his head out. If this keeps up, he needs to be benched for awhile so he can work whatever is wrong out. Don't let him work it out in the net so the offense will be forced to score upwards of five goals if we want to win.

Also if this keeps up for another week or two, Tippett's time in Dallas is coming to a close. If he does get fired, they need to bring in a hardass coach that will pin the players ears to the wall and isn't afraid to call them out. Make them afraid to make mistakes.

Our Team, Our Time. Right.

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