Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Monday in Review

Tonight's Three Stars

1. Olaf Kolzig
2. Ryan Smyth
3. Teppo Numminen

Game Thoughts:
* Buffalo continues to fly while Ottawa and Philadelphia continue to lose
* Sabres are now 10-0 on the road
* Numminen passed Kurri tonight for most GP by a European - and he had 3 assists
* Ward has been playing much better recently but was lit up for six tonight
* Latandress is fitting in well with Koivu and Ryder
* Gerber looked good for a while but gave up too many weak goals once again
* The Oilers were lucky Smyth didn't have a serious knee injury - that was a dirty hit by Liles and I expect he'll get a call from Colin Campbell tomorrow
* Smyth had a fantastic game as did Roloson
* Olaf Kolzig has won two in a row, stopping 85 of 87 shots. It's too bad he's been burried on such a bad team - Kolzig is still capable of playing like one of the best over a stretch of games and he'd be a hot commodity around the deadline if he ever wanted to leave Washington (which is doubtful)
* The Kings played probably their best game of the year against a strong opponent. Dustin Brown was all over the ice and Frolov played very well too - Crawford always had a way of getting the best out of his young players
* Philly lost again as the Pens got goals from Crosby, Malkin and Staal
* Philadelphia's PP was a horrendous 4.4% on the road going into the game and they failed to score yet again (0-5)
* The Flyers have won THREE out of 17. To reach 92 points they would need to play .646 hockey the rest of the way (38-19 -8). There is NO chance of that happening - time to start planning for next year (ie starting the bidding for Forsberg)

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