Sitting here watching Leafs-Oilers while waiting to see if the Senators can keep their unbeaten (in regulation time) streak alive against what many believe is the best team in the NHL at the moment.
First, a thought about the Oilers: How come they haven’t made a trade for a defenceman or two? Their blue line is horrible. Surely, a Nail Yakupov could fetch them a veteran or two who know how to defend. I keep hearing how bad Devan Dubnyk is … but he’s been left alone at ACC more often than the night watchman.
Secondly, Don Cherry is still must-see TV. Notice the group of reporters at ACC crowded around the press box tube watching Coach’s Corner? I’m sure the same thing was happening at neighbourhood parties around the country.
Thirdly, Joe Thornton deserved to be exposed. If he was just making a joke, tossing out a one liner for a laugh, then his comment should have been kept in the dressing room. But the whole “have any of you ever played hockey?” stuff was garbage. Duncan Keith looked like a fool when he asked that question to a female reporter last year in Vancouver. Thornton does now. His crassness can be forgiven. His ignorance can’t. What, you need to have played the game to understand it, or be qualified to ask questions about it? If only former NHLers were allowed to be part of the hockey media, well, there would be a lot of missed deadlines, at the very least.
And finally, Robin Lehner isn’t exactly being eased into his sophomore season, is he? The 4-0 Sharks are the highest scoring team in the NHL. And Lehner has not only never beaten a Western Conference team (0-2-0) but he has a .882 save percentage and 4.40 goals against average versus teams from the West.
Of course, that’s just a “small sample size”, as some radio friends like to say. Lehner should be all right as long as his team mates show up for the first period, which they did not do Wednesday in Los Angeles.
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