Sunday, January 17, 2010

Quick Hits For 1/17/10

With the whole ref debacle, hits to the head, and other nonsense going on, it has been a busy 24 hours.


-TSN and the Boston Globe are both reporting that the Bruins are scheduled to open up play in Prague for the 2010-2011 season. Their opponent will be the Phoenix Coyotes. I can't really say that is an interesting opening night game, but it's not for us, it's for them.

-For any of those of missed the Ryan Wilson on Patrik Elias hit from last evening, the clip is below. Wilson claims it was a clean check, and that Elias simply had his head down. Maybe so, however, it doesn't mean that it won't add fuel to the fire on trying to ban hits to the head. Wilson followed "the code" later in the game by accepting a fight challenge from Mark Fraser. Speaking of "The Code", everyone should check out that book. Very rich and compelling stuff.

Wilson hit on Elias:

-With the Olympics this year, that means no All-Star game. TSN came up with their starting line-ups for each squad should thereof been a game. Cannot really disagree with those names. At first, Chris Pronger was a question mark to me. I had no idea that he is having a ridiculous season in Philly. Posting 6 goals and 26 assists, which would make him a shoe-in. Not to mention he is +18. As the article mentions, Mike Green was left out, but Tyler Myers has been outstanding as a rookie. He is a serious contender for the Calder trophy, pending Tavares or Duchene do not go on scoring tears. Nevertheless, one must realize that Myers is a defenseman; he is not going to post 60 points.

-Rick DiPietro received a loud ovation for his return to Long Island last night. He was able to pick-up the victory in a thrilling 3-2 shootout win over Buffalo.

-Earlier this week we touched on the upcoming movie, The Tooth Fairy. Well at the Staples Center yesterday, the film's star, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson made an appearance by dropping the puck at a ceremonial faceoff. You can also go hear what The Rock has to say about the movie as well.

-The NHL donated $100,000 to UNICEF for Haiti relief. A classy move made by the NHL. For those of you who wish to donate, or would like to help those in need in Haiti, click here. The NHL headquarters were not the only ones helping either. Teams from all around the league were helping out in one way or another. Through 50/50's, collections, and raffle money; teams found a way to help.

-Interested in seeing whom the fan's thought the decade’s best in the NHL are? Well has that list and more.

I was going to post some predictions for the remaining games tonight to try to help Buottes career prediction record! However, I did not want to do that without his approval. So, maybe another night I shall do just that. Look out for Buotte's Olympic Preview: Group C and more Nonsense tomorrow!

Good night.

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