I hate to say ‘it’s almost that time of year,’ but with about 10 games left in the regular season, we’ll soon say goodbye to some of our favorites.
And hello to their off-season golf shorts, boats-on-lakes and selfies. Amirite?
Before it’s over, a last look at some players we haven’t looked at in a while.
Someone just asked for more Adam Henrique around here and we are nothing if not obliging. Did you know Adam was named one of the NHL’s Three Stars of the Week twice this month? He was #2 the week ending March 2, with three consecutive multi-point games and the team lead in PPG and SHG. Then he was #2 the week ending March 9, scoring a League-leading 5 goals to round out a 6-game streak with 9 total goals. It took him to the team lead in goals (23), which he now shares with Jagr.
The week ending March 16, Adam didn’t win anything. But he did look like this and we think that’s worthy of applause.
(SI.com: The Devils could still make the playoffs.)
Pound Puppies. From the high to the low – no Oilers are winning any prizes these days, unless it’s a summertime lifeboat trade off the Titanic. Edmonton’s lost their last three by scores of 5-2 (Sharks), 8-1 (Flames) and 3-1 (Sabres). The Calgary game was especially ugly, featuring another fed up fan throwing a jersey onto the ice. And Ben Scrivens throwing it back.
His aim is pretty good – maybe he should be a forward.
Speaking of forwards with good er, bad aim, Taylor Hall slammed a water bottle and soaked coach
David Tennant Dallas Eakins. It looks far less dramatic than it sounds, and why does every Canadian news outlet link to this crappy YouTube? Are you saying even in Canada no one was watching Flames vs. Oilers? Now that carries some sting.
Both #TeamHallsy and Coach Eakins spoke of diffusing the situation [link]. It doesn’t change the numbers (EJ: RNH, Eberle, Ference second-half slumps), the standings or anything but what the team may look like when October comes around again.
Intern Jeff Skinner
Aw, Skins. He leads the Canes with 27 goals, just four off the pace of his Calder Trophy-winning rookie season. Everyone said he scored so many (then sophomore slumped so hard) because defenders realized they needed to defend him. Either they’ve forgotten again or Jeff’s beating them – either way, nice rebound. The off-season could bring big changes for the Canes coaches and players, with Jeff rumored to be on the trading block [link].
A name I haven’t said in ages, Jordan has 15 goals and 39 points. It could almost look good compared to his trade counterpart Brandon Sutter’s 11G/13P. Then you wake up and realize BSutts plays for the Penguins and Jordan is a Hurricane. They were really going to be something, right? I thought them a bubble team at least. Maybe next year, or any one of the other contract years Jordan didn’t want $60 million to play 3rd line Pittsburgh center and ever see the post-season.
Without the Olympics, and specifically ping pong, I might have forgotten about Shea Weber entirely this season. Until playoffs of course, when I will miss his scraggly man-beard and erudite caveman spectacles. He leads Nashville with 46P, and has a team-second 18G. 18 goals from a defenseman (3rd in the NHL) almost leads your team. Oy vey. At least the Predators have the sense to host a wine festival on April 24 – no players advertised to attend though, their season will be long over by then.
Just announced: Bobby will miss the rest of the season for sports hernia surgery [link]. He’s been playing injured since November until a last straw in Saturday’s game vs. Dallas. Still, he leads the Senators with a career-low 23 goals. Read that again. Consider the Ducks’ 99 points and 46-18-7 record. You could have let the guy play in the damned Olympics, at least! Instead Bobby spent the Olympic break getting engaged (sigh) in Paris (double sigh) and then (we assume) reuniting with his cats in a moment worthy of Homeward Bound.
Welp. Even without his season-ending injury in Sochi it would soon be time to say summer to our favorite hot middle school science teacher and part-time model. We leave you with this for remembrance purposes:
(Seriously HOW have I never seen that before?)
Michael Del Zotto
I almost left him off – it’s been a rough year – until he joined Instagram while I was writing this. (Practically true – instagram.com/MDZofficial.) Could this be the man carrying the boats-and-selfies banner? I would not complain. Just watch out for sharks.
While we’d like to see some of these guys play into May or beyond, this is not the time of year to be nice. There’s no room for 3rd and 4th favorites, for interns or Cinderella stories when my heart is full of so much… excitement? Is that what this is? Fear? Hope? Bile the color of Flyers’ jerseys? Just wondering gives me chest pains. Other teams will miss the playoffs (please don’t be the Caps, she whispers) and we’ll talk about them when they do. For now, it’s still anybody else’s game.Tags: adam henrique, bobby ryan, Edmonton Oilers, Intern Jeff Skinner, john tavares, jordan staal, michael del zotto, shea weber