Whoa, hold up the fun-bus. What?!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Whoa, hold up the fun-bus. What?!
Monday, September 29, 2008
His dislocated shoulder requires surgery and he will be out for at least 4-6 months. We are still really bummed about this news.
Oh the drama. We have it on good authority that Kris Letang was seen paying David Koci after the game. It's all part of his ooge plan.
Blackhawks finally put Nikolai Khabibulin on waivers.
Cristobal Huet celebrated that waivering by letting Columbus score on him seven times.
You know your goaltender had a bad night when Fedor Tyutin was the first star with a goal and two assists.
In the 'Ew, why?' move of the week, the Nashville Predators traded a conditional draft pick to Tampa 'Crazy' Bay for Nick Tarnasky.
We know that Poile had a reason but we just can't figure it out.
Luke Schenn is making a strong case to stay in Toronto. Another mystery in life that we can't figure out.
He scored the shootout winner against St. Louis tonight. We bet he stole Sam Gagner's shootout move.
That picture sent Henrik into fits and eventually she fell into a coma. We aren't sure what Brad Richards was thinking but we sure as hell don't approve.
Now we must attend to Henrik before she goes and offs herself.
It's almost the start of the season. The Penguins are already in Sweden practicing and we can only hope that Mark Eaton can stay healthy cause the Penguins defensemen are dropping like flies.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
And we had a birthday to celebrate so our nights have been a liiiiitle crazy lately. We can't help it really, we like to partay.
Again, things will be different tomorrow. We promise.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
He's a cage-fighter.
AHHHHHHHHHHH! YOU SON OF A BITCH!!!
Whoa, we know Mr. McMahon is calling up those mothers for the WWE DIVAS on USA.
When the season starts, the 'Your Mom' jokes come flying out with a vengenance. We can't help it really, it just happens.
Friday, September 26, 2008
And Henrik went insane when Patrik Berglund scored, Brad Boyes netted two goals and one assist and... Patrick Sharp shot when he should have which resulted in a goal.
We were so psyched that we went out to party and didn't get anything done regarding the games. There should be a recap tomorrow.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
We leave you with this video from the Oilers NHLTV just cause it's pretty neat.
Hehe, they have words written on the palms of their hands. We think it's funny that Dustin Penner has "stronger" written on his.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Being American has its benefits and its drawbacks. Like we do have a superiority complex that helps us live in the Northern South. But we also do not have free health care like those Canadians.Or as fake!Chris Pronger calls them, "...toque-wearing, beaver-hugging, oot and aboot swearing Canadians!"
But we love Canadians and anything that is from Canada. And we have decided that this blog needed a Canadian influence or help with anything that is ultimately Canadian. So we have asked one of our favorite Canadian friends to be a consultant.
And she has said "YES!" So, TheHockeyJunkies has an official Canadian Consultant. We are pumped!
Meet & Greet our new Canadian Consultant:
...is ACTUALLY Canadian
...believes that all NHL rookies and prospects are under her protection
...wishes every night were "80's night at Rexall Place"
...is in a passionate love triangle with Sam Gagner and Robert Nilsson
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Ryan Whitney is crying because his one chance at glory is gone and Kris Letang is stealing it away from him. We have a feeling that Ray Shero is gonna make a trade.
The Penguins beat the Lightning 3-2 last night. Article.
Stamkos was nowhere to be seen again. But we're just being mean to a rookie cause we're bitter.
Tyler Kennedy scored the game-winner and Kris Letang did his best Sergei Gonchar impression while scoring one goal and assisting on another.
Some more news on the Penguins front...the roster was 'trimmed' again. There are only 29 players left.
Kris Beech was sent down, thank god is all we've got to say. Maybe he won't board a youngin' in WBS.
The St. Louis Blues just can't seem to get any breaks lately. Well, no good breaks anyway.
Erik Johnson is going to be out indefinitely because of a torn MCL and ACL. Sucks.
We're gonna start a list of Noodles hubbies and how many are injured this season. She's just bad luck.
Some good news regarding the Blues was the unveiling of their new third jerseys. We are absolutely in love with the new jerseys.
Like, LOVE. Henrik wants one with 'Boyes' and a 22 while Noodles wants a 'Johnson' and a 6. We are so frivolous.
We're gonna be in attendance at the Maple Leafs/Penguins game tomorrow so we should have a recap when we get home.
If we don't pass out, that is.
We're hoping that Luke Schenn plays...keeping our fingers crossed.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Isn't this the best photoshop you've ever seen?
Just a few things that we want to talk about today. And most are just a couple housekeeping things about this blog and what we plan to do in the oh-so-close 2008/2009 season.
What To Watch
We have decided to highlight a game a night as a must see. Not to brag or anything but since we have the NHL Network and Center Ice plus Versus and FSN Pittsburgh, we can pretty much watch any game we want. And we do, like all the time.
So, each night when the season starts we will mention a game and say why we think it's a must see for anyone. Our reasons range from a really hot goaltender or just a sweet match-up like the Battle of Alberta.
It could be listed in the post for that day or if we can get Henrik to do it, in the sidebar. She's the smarter one.
Hottie of the Week
Every Monday we are starting a Hottie of the Week when the season begins. We will pick a player to talk about and say why he's our player duhour that week. It could be for defensive work, making that big save or just getting a really good goal. The reasons will vary and so will the players featured.
We were even thinking of adding up points for players that are picked more than once and then at the end of the regular season we can have the ultimate Hottieof the Year. Might be a little hard but might keep us off the streets.
Best Commercial of the Night
Another feature that will start with the season is the Best Commercial of the Night. Because we watch so many games, we get to see a lot of commercials from other stations and other teams.
For example, last season we saw the Bruins commercials where the two guys rap about Captain Zdeno and Phil Kessel. And we fell in love with those commercials. NESN has the best commercials, seriously.
And another good one was this one from the Carolina Hurricanes where Cam Ward and Eric Staal talked about fruits and vegetables. It was odd yet fascinating.
So, we will highlight a commercial that either makes us laugh or makes us go "WTF?!" each night. Even the FSN Pittsburgh commercials are f-ed up sometimes.
The Ryan Malone Wheaties Award
This award goes to the player who goes the extra mile during a game. It can also be for the player who is an absolutel beast during a game and just dominates every time they touch the puck.
The history surrounding the award is still murky. All we know is that it started during the 2007/2008 season when Ryan Malone finally turned into the player he was supposed to be.
An example would be when Malone scored against the Panthers last season by literally crashing the net and Henrik said, "Man, someone ate their Wheaties."
That's about it for our housekeeping. We're working on a schedule of games to watch and games to avoid before the upcoming season which should be done soon. Then we can go do other better things with our lives.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Now, we understand that this is preseaon and Jeff Jimmerson doesn't wake up until the home opener but it was hard to look at her.
Something else happened in the second period, we are sure. But, eh.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
We scoured the interwebs for this comprehensive list of all the potential rookies on each team. Some teams, like the Anaheim Ducks for example, don't have a single rookie that we can get excited for. Sorry.
Last season we had our favorites: Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.Henrik picked Kane to win the Calder while Noodles chose Toews. We all know who won that bet.
This season, we get to pick new rookies to root for and hopefully see steal the Calder away from Steven "Oren Koules's favorite son" Stamkos.
The boys aren’t in any particular order. It’s alphabetical cause we’re too lazy to make it any other way.
01. Karl Alzner - Washington Capitals '07
Defemseman; All the Capitals need is one more really good and young defenseman. Great. They'll be owning the Penguins in the years to come now. We like Karl because he played for the Calgary Hitmen and that's a cool name for any team.
02. Mikael Backlund - Calgary Flames '07
Center; He's a Swede so therefore Henrik made us put it on the blog. And he's a center and scored the game winning goal in overtime against the Russians at the World Juniors in '07. That's awesome.
03. Niklas Bergfors - New Jersey Devils '05
Winger; The Devils are known for playing old players instead of the young guns. But since the revolution that was Zach Parise, the younger players are getting a look-see at the NHL. And we can't wait to see this Swede score on Fleury on Oct. 11. Not.
04. Patrik Berglund - St. Louis Blues '06
Center; Henrik called dibs when she saw him get drafted. It was love at first Swede. He was a beast at the Prospects Tournament last year and almost made it to the NHL. This year is his year to make it and we couldn't be more excited.
05. Zach Bogosian - Atlanta Thrashers '08
Defenseman; Don Waddell picked the next Shea Weber. Not only does he look like the meanest defenseman in the Central Division but he also acts like it. Niiiiice. We can't wait to see him lay out Mark Recchi when Tampa hits the ATL.
06. Derick Brassard - Columbus BlueJackets '06
Center; It may be because of the hair or it could be because of the exuberant look he has on his face in this picture but we love him. He's a play-making center who is ready for some NHL action and we think that Rick Nash is gonna looooove him.
07. Luca Caputi - Pittsburgh Penguins '07
Winger; Luuuuuuca. He kicked ass as a half-rookie when he was thrust into the AHL play offs with the Baby Penguins. We think he could play in the NHL, at least as a call-up now and then, when injuries hit cause you know they totally will.
08. Cal Clutterbuck - Minnesota Wild '06
Winger; First, what a cool freaking surname he has. Who wouldn't want to be Mrs. Clutterbuck? Second, he's physical and scary when he forechecks. And third, he looks like he could kick our ass.
09. Drew Doughty - Los Angeles Kings '08
Defenseman; Drew is such a cutie and we would kill panda bears to see him patrolling the blue-line with none other than our favorite d-man Jack Johnson. Oh, we do have some delusional moments.
10. Jeff Drouin-Desluariers - Edmonton Oilers '02
Goaltender; An oldie but a goodie. He was bounced around when the Oilers didn't have a minor league affiliate but still put up some pretty good numbers. We expect him to battle Roloson for the back-up position behind the Shootout King Mathieu Garon.
11. Jonas Enroth - Buffalo Sabres '06
Goaltender; Just in case Ryan Miller sneezes and breaks a rib the Sabres drafted this Swede. Another Swedish goaltender, they must be just pumping them out of the Elite Leagues like a Chinese sweatshop. Still, he's pretty good.
12. Nikita Filatov - Columbus BlueJackets '08
Winger; When we first saw him in Ottawa, we thought he was female. And then we felt bad cause he's actually pretty cute for a Russian. He did not participate in the Prospects Tournament because of a leg problem so we hope he still gets some time in the NHL.
13. Cody Franson - Nashville Predators '05
Defenseman; With the departure of Marek Zidlicky, Cody will be in the running to take over the spot he left. It's not like the Predators don't know how to draft d-men so we all know that he's gonna be solid and nasty.
14. Colton Gillies - Minnesota Wild '07
Center; When he was drafted, he was HUGE. A year later and he's even huger. (We don't pronounce the H because Therrien doesn't).
15. Claude Grioux - Philadelphia Flyers '06
Winger; Bitch grows a mean beard for being a youngin'. We like that a lot. The fact that he's a Flyer lessens the love but it will be neat to see him play in the NHL and hopefully make an impact, lol. We sound so boring.
16. Thomas Greiss - San Jose Sharks '04
Goaltender; Doesn't he look like a goaltender? He just has that face, like we don't even know what, but he totally looks like a freakin' goalie. Probably going to be Nabokov's back-up, which means that he will play a max of three games.
17. Zach Hamill - Boston Bruins '07
Center; Henrik loves him and we think she's just blinded by the awesomeness that is the Bruins jerseys. But we don't judge who people like. We think he'll be better than Phil Kessel, which isn't that hard to do nowadays.
18. Darren Helm - Dereoit Red Wings '05
Center; Apparently, Holland is such a genius we are guessing that Helm was a steal at the draft in '05. Nothing against the kid cause we like him but it sucks that he's in Detroit. He'll never get playing time behind all the 'verterans'
19. Patric Hornqvist - Nashville Predators '05
Center; Swedes are only centers or goaltenders apparently. He looks like Mikko Koivu if he got fat. Oh wow, that was kinda mean. Eh, we don't care. Nashville could use a new person in their offensive attack since Radulov left.
20. Nikolai Kulemin - Toronto Maple Leafs '06
Winger; Toronto thinks that they have a diamond in the rough with him. Hell, maybe they do. We are excited to see him play, seems like a cool player to watch. We hope he doesn't hang out with Jiri Tlusty.
21. Brad Marchand - Boston Bruins '06
Center; He reminds us of the poor man's Chris Drury. He always knows when to score that big goal or how to be whatever the team needs at that moment. We like that about him and can't wait to see him in the black 'n gold.
22. Steve Mason - Columbus BlueJackets '06
Goaltender; Mason looks like a complete dork and we absolutely love it. He's going to be Leclaire's back-up in about oh, two days when Leclaire breaks his groins.
23. James Neal - Dallas Stars '05
Winger; A kick-ass player from what we've seen at the Prospects Tournament. He was everywhere, especially in the championship game. He kinda reminds us of Brendan Morrow who the Stars already love.
24. Kyle Okposo - New York Islanders '06
Winger; Controversy was had when he was signed away from his Michigan team during his sophomore year. It's not like it had any affect on him cause he was kicking ass and taking names in the AHL. As well as working it for a call-up.
25. T.J. Oshie - St. Louis Blues '05
Center; One of our favorite alcoholics and jailbirds. He played on the same team as Jonathan Toews (our favorite underager) and both obviously know how to partay. We would love to see him playing on the Blues, finally.
26. Ryan Parent - PHI, trade with NAS, Draft '05
Defenseman; Ryan is the new Paul Ranger. You can't find a decent picture of him that was taken by somewhere we can steal it from. They just don't exist in Google-world. Maybe because he's so defensive people forget about him.
27. Ondrej Pavelec - Atlanta Thrashers '05
Goaltender; He is totally ready to take over lazy Kari Lehtonen's place as the Thrashers #1. We don't want to happen cause Atlanta failing is one of those things that we take for granted. There is also a little animosity for him because he helped defeat the Baby Pens in the Calder Cup.
28. Alex Pietrangelo St. Louis Blues '08
Defenseman; Yet again, Henrik called dibs on him but we let her. She can have the awkwardly cute d-man who "shoots the bull" with his personal buddy "E.J." Nice.
29. Teddy Purcell - Los Angeles Kings Free Agent
Winger; He played a few games for the Kings last season when the NHL regulars either strained a muscle or just didn't feel like getting up in the morning anymore. Should be a beast as a rookie.
30. Bobby Sanguinetti - New York Rangers '06
Defenseman; What a mobster name. Like we can totally imagine him sitting in a smoky bar wearing a porkpie hat with scantily clad women around him. So New York is the perfect place for him.
31. Jack Skille - Chicago Blackhawks '05
Winger; Another call-up for the upstart Hawks. He played a few games in the regular season but we hope to see him as a regular. Which is likely to happen since Martin Havlat hasn't been injured in the last three months and he's due for an injury.
32. Steven Stamkos - Tampa Bay Lightning '08
Center; We wonder if all the hype is where it's at. Soon enough, we'll see if it is, like soon as in Saturday. He's everyone's pick for the Calder but we have our doubts. You never know though.
33. Ryan Stone - Pittsburgh Penguins '03
Winger; It's been a million years since the Penguins drafted him and it's do-or-die time. Well, not really but we wanted to be dramatic. And we love anyone who's been arrested for public drunkenness.
34. Brandon Sutter - Carolina Hurricanes '07
Center; Can we just call him John Madden right now? Or maybe Rod 'the bod' Brind'Amour? Doesn't matter to Noodles cause she's already building a shrine to his awesomeness and he hasn't played a single NHL game yet. Patience, she says.
35. Kyle Turris - Phoenix Coyotes '07
Center; Turris will forever be known to us as "The kid who crapped his pants when Wayne Gretzky called". We know that's old and we are mean for bringing it up, but it's still funny. He is Henrik's Calder choice for '09.
36. Ivan Vishnevskiy - Dallas Stars '06
Defenseman; With the injuries to Zubov and Boucher, it looks like he will be one of the new faces on the Stars defense. Wasn't like he wouldn't have been anyway. We thought he played like a beast in the Prospects Tournament so we can't wait to see him in the NHL.
37. Jakub Voracek - Columbus BlueJackets '06
Winger; Dominated in the Q for a season and is looking to make the big club finally. We hope he does just so that Rick Nash can actually skate without the entire team's offense to worry about.
38. Ty Wishart - TBL, trade with SJS, Draft '06
Defenseman; We were kinda surprised that Doug Wilson would give up Wishart but apparently he really wanted Dan Boyle. It's gonna be surreal seeing Tampa's defense with all the youngings on it. You know that it's gonna be a Baptism by fire.
Well, as we like to say, that's our list and we're sticking to it. We know that there might be a long shot of a player that actually makes the NHL and that some of the guys we highlighted here could get sent back or injured.
But that's what makes predicting thigns fun. When you're right, it's awesome. And when you're wrong, your friends can tear you up. It's a win-win.