Why did they have to put four good hockey games on at the same time? I decided to record the ESPN feed instead of FSN for the Ducklings/Avs game, because I figure they usually get the better interviews and I miss Barry and Bucci a bit, and was rewarded with a cute little segment on Paul Kariya! Basically, the entire thing consisted of him being made fun of by the guys. :P They made fun of his cheap shoes or something, and he "retaliated" by making fun of Sakic's socks. Umm, okay. Then Cummins made fun of Paul's love for Lexus, saying that it's for old people or women, and all Paul did was grin.
Oh yeah, the game. JS was looking really good last night. *spits on analysts who'll say he wasn't because they lost* The Ducks D was better, in general, than some of their recent games. More what I was used to from them last season. More settled and calm, getting to rebounds first. And... okay, I think I've seen enough. Petr is the only Duckling who gets mauled and molested and fondled when he scores goals. What the hell is he doing to/for his teammates? *suspicious*
Rangers/Sharks. Okay, I predicted that the refs would lean heavily towards the Rangers side. This is what I saw in both games last season, so I expected the bias. If anything, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, and this is taking into account the knee on knee hit with extreme leg extension by Lundmark at Center Ice that wasn't called and took Korolyuk out of the game. But I digress. I was either going to be very relieved at the first home win and believe that things would get better, or give up (i.e. still support, but not be as invested) if it was a loss. But it was a tie! No resolution! I mean, I'm glad that the Sharks came back to tie it, and it's no longer a foregone conclusion that we'll lose when we are down 2 (or even 3!) in the third period, but still, a first home win would have been nice. So I have to delay my judgement until the Preds come to town this Saturday? Blah.
After some Google searching, I've come to the conclusion that there's enough groin content in the NHL to support a Groin Status of the Week feature! My plan is to have a poll every Wednesday where you get to vote on your favourite groin status! So, here we go! The nominees are:
- "There's been a lot of people saying it might not be the groin," Granato said. "It's a groin injury. He may have soreness in other parts, including his stomach, but it's coming from his groin injury. The medical staff and I have talked at length about this. Because of compensating for the groin injury, he may have some soreness in other parts of his body." Peter Forsberg, Avalanche
- He left practice early Monday with a groin problem, but Trotz doesn't think he is overworking the youngster. Dan Hamhuis, Predators
- "Arvedson's groin is still bothering him and he's playing with it every day." Magnus Arvedson, Canucks
Who has the groin status of the week?
So please choose your favourite groin status, and feel free to discuss the choices at great length! :)
I have an Google News alert to keep me informed of interesting developments in the groin status world, but if you run across any exciting groin conditions, please let me know!