2017-2018 NHL Season

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  1. Shadowlight

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    The NHL season got underway last night as defending champion Penguins lost at home. Sid the Kid scored a goal. Also last night Connor McDavid had a hat trick in the Oilers win over the Flames. McDavid is probably the greatest and most exciting young athlete in the entire world today but that is something outlets like ESPN have yet to recognize.
    I urge fans to pick up the Hockey News Yearbook. They do a solid job. Over the past several years Sports Illustrated ( I am a long time subscriber) has reduced their coverage of hockey and their "season previews" are somewhat lacking which is why I buy the Hockey News Yearbook.
    And of course the NHL welcomes in a new team this season the Vegas Golden Knights. They play their first ever game Friday night at Dallas. Their home opener is Tuesday and I believe it is being televised on the NHL network at 10:00 EST. After a disciple of the devil mowed down countless innocent people in one of the worst horror events in American history expect the arena to be loaded with emotion. And rest assured nobody will be taking a cowardly knee.
     
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    Correction on the Vegas opener. It will be televised on NBCSN but my guess is most media outlets will show at least parts of the pregame ceremony. SI's NHL preview issue was beyond a joke. Apart from the feature story on budding young superstar Auston Matthews the so called season preview resembled a long blurb. Why bother? And of course the article made a fuss over Matthew's Mexican heritage (his mom is Mexican).
    Still the Ray McDavid SI cover watch is on. Will SI pull the trigger on one this season? Below is the SI cover of Sidney Crosby after the Penguins ( who got clobbered last night 10-1) won a second straight title last season. Crosby is easily one of the world's greatest athletes the past decade.
    https://i.redd.it/oei0d0oi3h3z.jpg
     
  3. Don Wassall

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    10-1 loss to the Blackhawks, guess the Penguins have a big-time Stanley Cup hangover to start the season, that was quite a humiliating beatdown. And they lost their home opener to St. Louis the night before right after raising the Cup championship banner to the rafters and skating the actual Cup around the ice (they've won all five of their championships on the road). Tomorrow it's a rematch of the Cup final against Nashville at home followed by a game with arch-rival Washington, so if they don't snap out of it pretty quickly they're going to be off to a very poor start.
     
  4. Don Wassall

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    The Penguins decided to start their regular season tonight, defeating Nashville at home 4-0. Nick Bonino, now a Predator, was paid tribute to midway through the first period with a video salute and received a standing ovation, and P.K. Subban was booed all game.

    When this team loses its resilience, I'll start to worry. It was a physical game as Nashville also came to play. Ryan Reaves was in several fights, and kicked ass. I don't care if he's black, white, brown, yellow, or other, Crosby and Malkin and the rest of the team need a physical presence and Reaves may be the best fighter in the NHL.
     
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  5. Don Wassall

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    Alex Ovechkin records a hat trick in both of Washington's first two games, the first player to do that since the 1917-'18 season.
     
  6. Jack Lambert

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    I watched most of the Pittsburgh/Washington game tonight. The Penguins looked very good tonight, grinding out three power play goals against the Capitals and they held on to win 3-2. Patric Hornqvist returned tonight for Pittsburgh, and he scored the Penguins second goal in front of the net. Letang also got his first goal of the new season. All three of the Penguins goals were grind-it-out type goals, with all three of them coming right in front of Holtby. Murray was stellar in goal, as was Braden Holtby. The last 10 minutes of the game felt like a playoff game.
     
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    Why hasn't this been mentioned on CF?

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entr...st-anthem-protest_us_59da1bf2e4b072637c44a114

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  8. Jack Lambert

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    In a move that was speculated for a while over the summer, the Penguins acquire Riley Sheahan from the Red Wings in exchange for Scott Wilson and a 3rd round draft pick. https://www.nhl.com/penguins/news/penguins-acquire-sheahan/c-292157828

    The Penguins needed a center, and Sheahan is only 25 years old. I'm hoping all he needed was a change of scenery from Detroit. He's shown some potential, but hasn't done much this year so far. I think he'll be the 4th center to start with, and may move up to the 3rd line depending on how he plays.

    A few early season observations.

    Edmonton is really struggling so far this year, only getting four points through their first seven games. I've not seen them yet this year, but it has to be disappointing for them.

    The New Jersey Devils are a surprise team as well, sitting in first place in the always tough Metropolitan Division thus far.

    Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh play tonight in a matchup of two of the league's better teams. Hopefully the Penguins actually show up tonight; they've been winning games despite some less than impressive performances.
     
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    I'm just checking out the trade now, the Penguins certainly didn't give up much for Sheahan, Scott Wilson and a swap of draft choices with the Red Wings getting the higher one (3rd vs. 5th rounder). If Sheahan can't get out of his funk there's still plenty of time to find another third line center.

    As far as the way the Pens are playing, yes it's annoying to watch, as they're only playing hard in fits and starts but still managing to win most of their games. Plus you know every team is psyched to play them. All they care about at this point is staying as healthy as possible and peaking as the playoffs get closer. I'd love to see them bring their A game every night but understand why they're aren't. If in say January or February they're struggling to win games and aren't a cinch to make the playoffs, then you know something's seriously wrong.
     

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