Monday, October 24, 2011

Leafs Look Solid So Far, Canadiens Are Scary Bad

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens seem to have flipped positions this season.

First, the flash of talent and chemistry that the Leafs showed late this past season is showing again early on in this current season.

It's about time. But can it last? And now with their starting goalie down, the Leafs' spurt of solid play seems threatened.

On the Canadiens' side of the world, things look absolutely awful. Injuries and a defense with a whole lot of holes has this team staring at just one win thus far on their record. Moreover, the Habs can't seem to win at home in front of arguably the league's most critical fans.

It's tough to watch. But then again, 24 cups, boo hoo.

Now, to make things a bit interesting, the team is sitting Carey Price and playing Peter Budaj. Of course, I am not surprised by this move at all. The franchise is known for getting uber critical on its goalies.

Price, who I think is a pretty damn good keeper, is getting questioned early on here. But I hope the move to put in Budaj is just a statement for the players, and not one against the goalie.

Saturday's overtime win for the Leafs at the Bell Centre was awesome. That was a great game that showcased two teams with a lot of heart.

I expect both teams to make the playoffs. Montreal will get going soon here, and everyone will forget about the bad start.

What Happened In 7-1 Loss To Caps?

The Detroit Red Wings dropped a rough one to the Washington Capitals, 7-1, Saturday night at the capital.

Ty Conklin started in goalie. Many are wondering why Mike Babcock decided to play Jimmy Howard the night before against winless Columbus and sit him in Washington.

Probably not the best decision considering the differences between Washington and the Blue Jackets -- about 6 wins is the most alarming difference.

I question the team's decision to bring Conklin, who played with Detroit a couple years ago, back to the lineup.

He had a decent season with Detroit that year. But what did he do before and what has he done since?

Not much.

Detroit needs to shrug this one off and figure out what they are doing in the crease.

Of course, the loss can't be placed solely on Conklin. The Red Wings, again, struggled on the power play and couldn't get much going on offense.

That was a game that highlighted some problems this Detroit team has: Goaltending depth, lack of opportunistic play and troubles scoring.

Sort it out, Babcock. Sort it out fast. Otherwise, Holland will have to make that promised purchase a bit sooner than expected.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

2011-12 Red Wings Season Begins Friday

The beginning of the hockey season is always refreshing.

I have been away from this blog for quite some time now, and it seems fitting to return to posting some entries days before the start of the 2011 season.

My life over the past year or so has changed dramatically. I can happily say that most of that change has been quite positive.

Of course, my dedication as a Red Wings fan has remained. And I believe it will for years to come, no matter what I am going through and no matter where I am.

That may sound a bit obsessive, but the truth is life is not full of constants. I consider the Red Wings a reliable, and positive, constant in my life -- win or lose.

Sports -- more specifically hockey -- have always been a great escape from the harsh realities of life. The Red Wings are of course dear to me, as the title of this site suggests, and they have offered me that escape my entire life.

I look forward to the joy that each NHL season brings to me and my fellow fans.