While sitting, well mostly standing, and watching my Bolts lose yet another Shootout to the Las Angeles Kings, I decided that I would write about the things that I like and dislike about this season so far. So here goes…
LIKE: Right off the bat, you have to like the play of Mr. 40 goals Steven Stamkos. My brother and I predicted that he would score 40+ goals this season, and he is already off to a blistering start with his 13 goals, which ties him for 2nd in the NHL. He is 18th overall in the points race right now. His defensive game has improved as well. Enough said. He is a stud
DISLIKE: I extremely dislike shootout loses. I don’t understand them. We have a team that should crush shootouts. Lecavalier, St. Louis, Stamkos, Malone, and Tanguay are all very talented shooters (well most of them are, i’ll get to that later on) Regardless they should be able to put up goals in the shootout. We already have 6 OT losses this season, 4 of those games are ones that we had no business losing, and the other 2 we had no business being in so i’m thankful for those points. We need to find a way to finish games in regulation.
LIKE: I do like how physical of a team we have become. The signing of Mattias Ohlund, Zenon Konopka, and Steve Downie, have turned our team into a club that shows no mercy. Ohlund has unleashed some hits already this year that are highlight reel worthy. Zenon will fight anyone, and so will Downie. Zenon leads the league in penalty minutes, and Downie is in the top 10. Those two guys may be small, but they don’t mess around! This is most likely a direct result of having a guy like Rick Tocchett as our coach. He was a grinder in his day and I wouldn’t expect him to coach any other way.
DISLIKE: Alex Tanguay. Enough said.
No i’m kidding, not enough said, because I haven’t talked about how mad I am that this front office bought out Vinny Prospal (who is 16th in points for the entire NHL) to sign this schmo, who only has 9 points. Tanguays’ 9 points has him tied for 161st in the league. His play has been really garbage thus far. We could have just used the money we payed for him to buy extra trash cans for the ice clean up crew, or new napkin dispensers for the Forum. That stuff is at least useful.
UGH. If you don’t know what UGH looks like it’s this….
LIKE: You have to love the play of goalie Antero Niittymaki thus far in the season. It looks like he might be getting the look as starting goalie until either him or Mike Smith proves that it should be otherwise. Antero has lead the league, or been in the top five for goals against average, and save percentage for the last week. I still have faith in Mike Smith, but there is no reason to pull Niitty while he is hot!
DISLIKE: I don’t really have too many other dislikes. Now that Paul Ranger is on the Injured Reserve, I don’t have to write about how I think he sucks.
I wish our record was better, but picking up points in Shootouts and overtime is better than not. I have faith in our Bolts. Do Work!!