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Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Islanders 11/11/2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

First order of business: Allow me to apologize for my absence in the past few days. My computer succumbed to a virus on Saturday night during the first period of the Flyers game. It was returned to me with a clean bill of health this morning, so all should be back to business as usual.

Little did I know the team would fall victim to its own version of a virus—lack of focus. And the way this team talks about it to the press (too many examples to choose from for a link), you would think Jimmy McCrossin would have procured some Ritalin by now.

Second order of business: The Philadelphia Flyers play the New York Islanders at 2PM today. As an employee in the private sector, I do not have a holiday this fine Veteran’s Day. I plan to watch the game this evening (if my DVR has not also acquired a virus) and post thoughts at that time.

If you’re watching the game before me, a few things you should watch for:
1. How will Joffrey Lupul respond to being placed on the fourth line? Big hitting? Or hanging out along the perimeter?
2. Will Jeff Carter make it onto the score sheet, or will he show signs of slumping?
3. Will Matt Carle prove that Saturday’s brilliance wasn’t just an attempt to prove Tampa GM Brian Lawton wrong in Friday’s trade?

UPDATED 10:19PM on 11/11/2008
I have a few quick thoughts on today’s game, now that I’ve had a chance to watch the footage. Let’s look at the pregame questions.

1. How will Joffrey Lupul respond to being placed on the fourth line? Big hitting? Or hanging out along the perimeter? Lupul did exactly what he needed to do. He played hard, delivered some hits, and found himself returned to Richards’s wing.  Lupul’s four hits were not highlight reel moments, but they were solid, smart physical plays that resulted in good things for his team.

2. Will Jeff Carter make it onto the score sheet, or will he show signs of slumping? This is a tought question. Carter took plenty of shots, leading the team with 5. The good news is that all were on net. The bad news is that none made it past MacDonald. If he keeps shooting, he’ll be fine. What worries me is the possibility that he’ll lose confidence and start slacking off.

3. Will Matt Carle prove that Saturday’s brilliance wasn’t just an attempt to prove Tampa GM Brian Lawton wrong in Friday’s trade? I thought the Sbisa-Carle pairing looked fantastic this afternoon. Carle came out a plus-one with a team-leading nine blocked shots. It’s quite possible all he needed was a new start. Meanwhile, Carle is exactly the style of puck-moving defenseman Philadelphia has craved since the lockout. Should be an exciting year with our young defenseman.

Also, did anyone else notice that Carle is wearing Primeau’s number? Just a thought.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. John permalink
    Tuesday, November 11, 2008 3:43 pm

    Well, Briere scored again, but Carter hasn’t registered a point yet.
    However, I’m only able to keep up with it via RealTime on NHL.com, so I can’t tell you how well they’re actually playing. Anyway, it’s 1-0 after 2 and the Islanders have a 28-18 shot advantage.

    • Tuesday, November 11, 2008 3:54 pm

      That makes me a little nervous. Althought Scott Gordon does have those Islanders playing a very aggressive attack style.

      Sometimes I wish they would tell you where the shots come from. 28 shots
      from the hash marks looks very different from 28 shots from the perimeter.
      But how do you measure quality in a system designed to show quantity?

  2. John permalink
    Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:02 pm

    Well, I could probably go look up the play-by-play and get the shot distances for you.

    Anyway, the third period is under way and it’s now 29-20 in terms of shots. I’ll go look for the play-by-play now… 🙂

  3. Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:18 pm

    Go Mike Richards! I love those shorties!

  4. John permalink
    Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:21 pm

    How many SHGs is that for Philly now?

  5. John permalink
    Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:29 pm

    There’s no character limit on this comment box, right? Because this could take up some space.. 🙂

  6. Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:35 pm

    Not that I know of. But then again, I’ve never tested it either.

  7. John permalink
    Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:52 pm

    1. Weight, 49′
    2. Guerin, 16′
    3. Hunter, 8′
    4. Guerin, 59′
    5. Guerin, 22′
    6. Guerin, 17′
    7. Hunter, 45′
    8. Bergenheim, 45′
    9. Guerin, 24′
    10. Streit, 65′
    11. Gervais, 66′
    12. Neilsen, 26′
    13. Hunter, 39′
    14. Guerin, 27′
    15. Okposo, 23′
    16. Tambellini, 21′
    17. Tambellini, 158′
    18. Streit, 60′
    19. Weight, 37′
    20. Hunter, 29′
    21. Weight, 9′
    22. Streit, 58′
    23. Streit, 44′
    24. Streit, 60′
    25. Hilbert, 30′
    26. Okposo, 7′
    27. Streit, 19′
    28. Tambellini, 25′
    29. Pock, 37′
    30. Bergenheim, 54′
    31. Guerin, 50′
    32. Streit, 14′
    33. Hunter, 57′
    34. Tambellini, 19′
    35. Sutton, 53′
    36. Hunter, 23′

    For those who didn’t bother to keep count, that’s

    1-10′: 3
    10-15′: 1
    15-20′: 4
    20-25′: 6
    25-30′: 4
    30-35′: 0
    35-40′: 3
    40-45′: 1
    45-50′: 4
    50-55′: 2
    55-60′: 5
    65’+: 3

  8. John permalink
    Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:53 pm

    There, I just tested it for you!

  9. Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:59 pm

    See, these are the things I don’t have time to do when I’m at work.

    Thanks!

  10. John permalink
    Tuesday, November 11, 2008 5:08 pm

    No problem!

  11. John permalink
    Tuesday, November 11, 2008 7:59 pm

    Question: Does it take away any of the excitement watching a game you already know the outcome of? I know Versus shows repeats of their Monday and Tuesday games the next day in the late afternoon, but I never watch them..

  12. Tuesday, November 11, 2008 10:18 pm

    It’s definitely a different experience. It’s not as exciting because there’s no suspense, no tension – you know when a guy rushes down the ice whether he’ll actually score on the play.

    The upside of actually watching a game as opposed to reading the box score is that you have time to catch the little details that matter. Details like Gagne sticking it out in the high traffic areas despite losing his helmet. That’s the story within the game that you can only see by watching the actual game.

  13. John permalink
    Tuesday, November 11, 2008 10:25 pm

    Yeah, that’s what makes hockey one of those sports where you can’t know what happened just by checking the final tally.

    Sadly video games have never managed to capture that aspect. It would make the games much more realistic if they did.. But they’re too busy perfecting the deke controls to work on that I guess. 🙂

    I await your recap!

  14. Tuesday, November 11, 2008 10:32 pm

    It’s up!

    The latest edition from EA sports is actually pretty good in “Be a Pro” mode. But I have to agree that it’s hard to replicate the human element.

    I guess that’s why it’s hockey and not basketball.

  15. John permalink
    Tuesday, November 11, 2008 10:38 pm

    You mean that league where they call a foul on everything except ‘exciting’ dunks? That’s an awesome game!

    Well, admittedly I don’t have that version, but I’d imagine it’s still hard to pull off. It’s like when ESPN tried to do First Person Football Mode in NFL 2K5. It’s just not the same in a video game as in real life.

  16. John permalink
    Tuesday, November 11, 2008 10:46 pm

    It’s amazing how much a change of scenery can help players. I’m sure better chemistry and/or a new mindset are factors in that, but still…

  17. John permalink
    Tuesday, November 11, 2008 10:48 pm

    Anyway, I’m out for the night FF. See you around!

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