NHL Opening Night Thoughts

  • The new Pens arena looks amazing. Unfortunately, the ice looked a lot like Verizon’s does during the warmer months….a lot of bouncing pucks which was frustrating for the Pens on the powerplay. They couldn’t get the loose pucks around the net to go in.
  • Impressive win for the Flyers considering they did it with a rookie goalie and no Chris Pronger. Sergei Bobrovsky was pretty damn solid all game and I couldn’t even tell he was a rookie. No wonder they gave him the nod over Boucher. It was a solid from the whole Flyers team, actually. Danny Briere’s goal was really nice. Braydon Coburn looked good. Andrej Meszaros still sucks.
  • Nikolay Zherdev and Jeff Carter hardly made much of an impact other than Carter getting robbed by Fleury towards the end of the game.
  • Liked what I saw from Mike Comrie and Zbyneck Michalek from the Pens. Comrie looked very effective offensively and I think he could have a 20+ goal season on that team. Marc-Andre Fleury had to stand on his head a lot because the defensive pairing of Paul Martin and Kris Letang was absolutely brutal. Definitely need to see better things out of those two if the Pens want their money’s worth.
  • Branden Sutter was on fire in the early game for the Canes
  • JS Giguere made a lot of nice saves tonight while Carey Price is carrying over his poor pre-season play into the regular season which isn’t a good sign for the Habs.
  • The Avalanche looked great tonight. Both of Stastny’s goals were money and he could definitely have a huge comeback year. Adam Foote also kind of surprised me tonight. Made a great pass to set up the Duchene goal.
  • Wonder how long it will take for the Blackhawks bottom-six players to come together because they looked kind of dysfunctional. Sharp, Hossa and Kopecky were all great, though. Their defense outside of Keith and Seabrook played pretty bad, though. Hjalmarsson and Leddy were especially bad.
  • Wonder how many rants Hawks fans will have about Turco this year. He got completely faked out by Chris Stewart on the first goal and the game winner bounced right off his glove. It was a hell of a shot by Stastny but that’s pretty bad to watch.
  • It’s good to have hockey back
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