There was hockey on my TV last night!!! Brent Burns (and his bare feet) played! There were two fights, LOL. Marco Sturm, Owen Nolan and Niko Dimitrakos were playing for the Canucks, which was kind of weird. I do have to say I really appreciate being able to watch Sharks games without having to worry about suddenly seeing Heatley's face at any given time, hehe. I know it's just a pre-season game, but when they pulled their goalie for a 6-on-3 at the end it got pretty tense!
Petr was on a line with Elias and Zach Parise in practice! He hasn't been cut yet! Man, I would be so happy if he made the team. :D
Devils looking at a Zach Parise, Patrik Elias, Petr Sykora line
Published: Monday, September 26, 2011, 12:45 PM Updated: Monday, September 26, 2011, 1:08 PM
By Rich Chere/The Star-Ledger
The team coach Pete DeBoer put on the ice for today's first practice session looked very much like it could be an opening night lineup.
Among the missing were Bryce Salvador and Dainius Zubrus, both resting lower body injuries, as well as players such as Matt Taormina, Matt Corrente, Alex Urbom, Cam Janssen and Stephane Veilleux.
Most intriguing was the line of Zach Parise, Patrik Elias and Petr Sykora.
"I was actually nervous," an excited Sykora said after the workout. "I had too much fun today. I can't wait until practice tomorrow. Patty and Zach are two skilled players. You can see those two guys find holes. The little one-touch plays are there."
Elias was a bit more reserved.
"They're going to try different guys," he said. "We had fun."
And his thoughts about Sykora?
"Just a little bit older," Elias said. "I got younger.
"Chemistry is a big thing and we always had that."
Parise is anxious to see where it goes.
"(Sykora) is a good player. He's had a good camp," Parise said. "I'm anxious to try it outin a game."
So is Sykora, who remains focused in an effort to make the team on a tryout.
"This is something special for me, to be on that line with those two guys," Sykora said. "I'm going to do whatever I can to stay there. Nothing changes. I still have a long way ahead of me. Just show up tomorrow."
Sykora looks revitalized.
"I know the scoring is going to be there," Sykora said. "I know if I get a few shifts I'm going to be involved in scoring chances."
Parise, of course, is working his way back into top shape after missing most of last season. It is mostly timing now.
"I wouldn't say I'm completely sharp," Parise said.
I watched the Prime Suspect pilot and liked it a lot, but I wasn't a fan of the hat thing she would do. Maria Bello is great and I'm glad to see Kirk Acevedo in something (although I wish he was still on Fringe) as well as the guy from FlashForward with the Boston accent who's totally recognizable even though he lost the facial hair. Hmm, except he doesn't have a Boston accent! He's actually Irish for real, haha. I never watched the UK version, which is supposed to be better, but I do like this.
The Charlie's Angel pilot was so bad that I forgot I'd only watched it 3/4 of the way through. I watched the rest and they had a guest star who looked 15 years older than the (non-Minka) Angels but was still sexier. :P