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Preview: Nov 22-23: ALBERTA at MANITOBA ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (11-1-0, 17-3-0, OHT35 #1) MANITOBA BISONS (5-6-1, 6-9-3, OHT35 #21) Friday, November 22, 2017 at 7:00 at Wayne Fleming Arena, Winnipeg Saturday, November 23, 2017 at 7:00 at Wayne Fleming Arena, Winnipeg Live Links: ➤ Video: [CanadaWest.tv] ➤ Audio: Friday: [UMFM 101.5] ➤ Audio: Saturday: [UMFM 2nd Stream] ➤ Friday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech] ➤ Saturday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech] Manitoba Links: ➤ GoBisons: [Hard work instilled in Keaton Jameson from home life] ➤ GoBisons: [Bisons honour three-year student-athletes and Academic All-Canadians at 2019 Block M event] ➤ Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook] ➤ CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] ➤ LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] Alberta Links: ➤ UofA: [Men's Hockey Site] ➤ Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook] ➤ CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] ➤ LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] Other Links: ➤ USports: [Schedule/Links] ∞ [Standings] ➤ CW: [Home Page] ∞ [Schedule] ➤ LeagueStat: [Media Stats] After a bye week and two weekends away, it has been a long time between home games for the Bisons. This weekend marks the mid-point of the CW regular season. After this weekend each team will have played one regular season series against each opponent. This is the last season where this will be possible, due to the pending expansion into MacEwan and Holy Trinity next year. The Evil Monkeys are running away with the CW standings so far. The rebuilding Bisons have had a credible performance, splitting every series until being swept in Saskatown last weekend. While the Bisons have to be considered underdogs in this match-up, it is worth noting that they are 7-7-2 against the Monkeys the previous four seasons. I don't think anybody in the CIS has done better. Going back over the last 11 seasons, the Bisons have a 12-10 edge. Of those 11 series, 8 have been split. The Bisons swept them in 2017-18 and 2015-16. Alberta's only sweep was in 2014-15. At the start of the season I figured that the Bisons would need to survive the 1st half and would likely improve in the 2nd half. If they could split this weekend, they will be well situated for a playoff run. The Bisons and UBC are tied for 5th and 6th with 11 points each, 3 points ahead of Lethbridge. The Apes have 4 of the Top 20 scorers, and 8 of the Top 40. That's pretty good. They have 57 goals through 12 games, which is one ahead of #2 MRU. But it's their goaltending/defence which has been most impressive. They have given up just 21 goals, way ahead of #2 Sask, with 35. Note that audio of Friday's game is on 101.5FM, and both games are on-line at the links. ELSEWHERE IN THE CW SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (7-3-2, 8-4-2, OHT35 #6) REGINA COUGARS (2-9-1, 3-12-1, OHT35 #35) Links: ➤ UofR: [Men's Hockey Site] ➤ UofS: [Men's Hockey Site] This year's Battle of Banjoland does not exactly size up to be a legendary rivalry. The Banjo-Mutts started slow (3 losses, then an OTL against Alberta) but since then they are 7-0-1. The Bisons were unfortunate to face them last weekend after they found their form. Meanwhile, the Banjo-Cats envy having a streak like that just once in their 9 lives. They faced the Monkeys last weekend. They had a nice performance on Friday but then were skunked 9-0 on Saturday. Is Friday a “trap game”? Sometimes a rivalry game is good for an underdog, or undercat in this case. CALGARY DINOSAURS (7-3-2, 13-4-3, OHT35 #7) LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (4-8-0, 4-11-1, OHT35 #23) Links: ➤ UofC: [Horns next in third straight provincial rivalry weekend] ➤ UofL: [Pronghorns look to rebound versus provincial foe] This is another home-and-home series. The Hørny Ønes are coming off a sweep against UBC where they went from a playoff position to an all-too-familiar position on the outside looking in. Meanwhile, in the Town of Bedrock, the Dinos started the season looking like national contenders, going 4-0-0 after a solid pre-season. They are now treading water, going 3-3-2 the last month. This could be TSN Turning Point for one, or both, teams. U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (4-5-3, 7-8-4, OHT35 #20) MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (8-3-1, 11-5-2, OHT35 #5) Links: ➤ UBC: [‘Birds begin challenging road schedule against Mount Royal] ➤ MRU: [Under Armour and Players Bench Athletes of the Week for Nov 14 to Nov 20] This series probably will not garner much national attention, but I find it interesting. The under-rated Bluegars are a serious threat to claim 2nd place, and the quarter-final bye and semi-final hosting rights which go with that. If they have the proverbial “royal jelly”, they have to get 4 points in a series like this. Meanwhile, the T-irds have recovered from a slow early season injury avalanche. Last weekend the dominated Lethbridge. Now, that hardly ranks as grounds to book hotel rooms for the nationals. But they handled them better than most would have. OUT EAST Wed Nov 20 Laurentian 2 Nipissing 6 Thu Nov 21 Ryerson 6 Guelph 5 Fri Nov 22 W. Ontario at Windsor Fri Nov 22 Laurier at Lakehead Fri Nov 22 Toronto at Waterloo Fri Nov 22 Brock at York Fri Nov 22 UQTR at Ontario Tech Fri Nov 22 Carleton at Nipissing Fri Nov 22 Queen's at RMC Sat Nov 23 UQTR at Ontario Tech Sat Nov 23 Windsor at W. Ontario Sat Nov 23 Laurier at Lakehead Sat Nov 23 Concordia at RMC Sat Nov 23 Brock at Ryerson Sat Nov 23 Waterloo at York Sat Nov 23 Ottawa at Nipissing Sat Nov 23 McGill at Queen's Sat Nov 23 Carleton at Laurentian Sun Nov 24 Ottawa at Laurentian Wed Nov 20 Saint Mary's 2 Acadia 5 Fri Nov 22 St. F.X. at Moncton Fri Nov 22 Saint Mary's at UPEI Fri Nov 22 Dalhousie at New Brunswick Sat Nov 23 UPEI at Acadia Sat Nov 23 St. F.X. at New Brunswick Sat Nov 23 Dalhousie at Moncton Links: ➤ [USp Presto S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R]
  3. So they get a W. Nice. They went with 7 D. Interesting. Voracek zero shots on goal. This guy.
  4. Back in the win column. Hey they can skate.
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  6. It would be better for us Finns to stay off from music and dancing...
  7. Flyers /Canes 11/21/2019. [Hidden Content] presser.
  8. Well, at least our friend Hayes scored....EN is better than nothing. There was gumption to pull out of the first five minute manhole.
  9. Wild Escape With 3-2 Win Over Colorado I tried something different with the post gamer. I'd love to hear some feedback. Sounded like they had another solid effort beyond giving Makar too much time and space in the offensive zone. Full game impression. Iowa Wild highlights and prospect news too! Enjoy and discuss!
  10. That's right.....Boston on Saturday. Well that will bring everyone back to reality.
  11. No worries..Wild would have a long way to go to dig themselves out of the hole they are in. I will just take the satisfaction of a good win and mostly well played game. All I ever really expect from this team this season...just be competitive. If they aren't gonna be good enough, then they aren't, but I want to see the effort there, and tonight it was. FWIW, I thought Minnesota should have gotten more goals out of this, but Grubauer did his job for the most part.
  12. Great win, but I'm getting worried about getting Lafreniere... are we in the not good enough, not bad enough purgatory again...
  13. Gee, you're breaking some guy's poor heart....he's planning the parade right now.
  14. Ugh...heart attack special. Again, glad they won, but I just don’t see this as a Cup contending team...
  15. Remember back in the day, when that guy tried to compare NUMMELIN to flippin' Bobby Orr?
  16. Stalock coming up big. Makar is going to be a star. Comparing him to Lindstrom isn’t far off
  17. So far, the Wild seem to be calmly skating the puck out of their zone when they get it..... looks good...so far..... And now here comes the extra attacker for the Avs.
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    • Vladimir Tarasenko Out 5 Months
      The defending Stanley Cup champion St Louis Blues have just received a dose of bad news.  Teresenko, the superstar that helped the Blues hoist their first Cup, is now to be lost for 5 months due to shoulder surgery.  If they can survive without him and still make the playoffs, it would seem he would return for that.  I believe they are deep enough to do it. 
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    • It's Demko time!!
      Small deal between the Canucks and the Senators today with possible large implications for both.
       
      Vancouver gets: Taylor Pyatt, a 13th forward not much of a player. McKenna, an AHL goalie pressed into duty because of injuries to the Ottawa net and a 6th round pick.
       
      Ottawa gets Anders Nilsson who in two years as a backup in Vancouver went 10-27 and Darren Archibald who has been a meh prospect forever now and who looks like he is just a body to even out the players involved.
       
       A bunch of hot garbage in other words but it may be a sign of things to come for both.
       
        First Ottawa seems almost certain to trade Craig Anderson at some point now and ride out the season with Nilsson in net. A contender wanting a veteran goalie will take a shot at him. 
        Vancouver likely will ship McKenna to the AHL and call up top prospect Thatcher Demko to share the net at the least and possibly become the primary starter after two very successful seasons with Utica in the AHL. Demko is a California boy, a big surfer looking dude who Benning has shown surprising patience with as he developed. Moving Nilsson clears the way for him to get his shot probably moving Markstrom to the backup role for the remaining of the season to see what Demko can do.
       
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    • Post in Paul Fenton has been fired as GM after just one season.
      It's possible. But I think right now your biggest issue is timing. The Wild fired Fenton at a time is year where the replacement pool is such that if the candidate were any good, he'd already be working. 
       
      Leipold should get a lot of "credit" for badly bungling this situation (and it's on him if what you describe is accurate, and I think it is up an extent).  His statements indicate this started at exit interviews. 
       
      First of all, if you did any credible due diligence, you knew this before. But make a decision when you did realize it.  You don't go to the end of July, in hockey's no man's land (we'll call it "Miami," for short) and then make this move. 
       
      Leipold is nearly single-handedly destroying his own franchise. 
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    • To answer your question, what makes a good NHL GM?
       
      You noted player personnel wins and losses... But didn't cover anything else. Understandably, I get it, but IMO there's a ton more behind being a good GM.
       
      Looking at it from a fan perspective player personnel is about the only thing one could care about. But from an operations standpoint, or from an owners standpoint, generating $$ is all they ever put much emphasis on. Business, or rather being a successful business equals follow the money.
       
      Something I brought up several years ago was the Wild, under Doug Risenbrough, were an economically successful team. The team never spent to the Cap but they had sellout after sellout. Contrary to some the previous ownership claimed they were losing money. Where have we heard that with the Minnesota North Stars? Hence, they left for Dallas and won a Stanley Cup, 2 Conference Titles, 2 Presidents Trophies and 8 Division Titles... They're doing well generating revenue. They were bought for $84 million in 1995 and are now valued at $525 million. The Dallas Stars are a prime example of spending more (wisely) can create residual earnings. Which is something the Minnesota North Stars never figured out.
       
      Insert the Minnesota Wild. So under Robert Naegele, Jr., and GM Doug Risenbrough, as mentioned they ran a tight ship on spending. Wild fans here viewed them as cheap. The results as some pride themselves as describing, they're a successful team because they've had so many sellouts in a less than desirable "Hockey Market" because everyone here keeps reminding everyone (nationally) that Minnesota isn't a very good hockey market. (That's something I totally disagree with.) Minnesota probably has more hockey pucks and hockey arena's per capita than any other state or Canadian Providence... To match it's 'Land of 10,000 Lakes' boast.
       
      Granted, it's a bit off-topic talking about Minnesota's hockey market, but in the grand scheme of things no one can match Minnesota's superior high school hockey programs or the number of successful college hockey programs... Fans following them could have gone to more North Stars games, or more Wild games... But why if neither of those teams have anything to show for their efforts except being on the losing end of highlight reels (nationwide)?
       
      Okay, back on topic now that I've eliminated any just cause that Minnesota can't be a major hockey market.
       
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    • The more I'm thinking about this the more I'm coming to the conclusion it's not simply the coach but the result of the coach trying to compensate for the goaltending -- which is ultimately on Hextall. 
       
      The centers ARE a mess. And so is Ghost. Why? Because the centers are not staying low in the offensive zone and--Patrick and Coots in particular--not mucking it up in the slot to cheat back to hedge against being caught. 
       
      Ghost is doing less going low or pinching much for the same reason.  It's possible they're doing this on their own. Whether deliberate or not, it's a natural response to the knowledge that any mistake, any odd man or often even man rush the other way will end up past the incompetent sieves in our net. 
       
      It's just as likely that this is per coach directive much for the same reason. 
       
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      I know he doesn't want a contract that blocks kids and doesn't want to move said kids for it, but that effectively and explicitly tosses this season away. 
       
      Meanwhile, the tickets are still full price. 
       
      You see the results in the stands during the game. The last game, the stands had all the energy of a wake.  
       
      There was apparently zero thought of putting out a quality product this season. And there's no good reason for it. 
       
      I do like what Hextall has done with draft picks.  But it sucks that the most exciting time of year is the lead up to the draft.  Only to keep saying, "boy, in five years!" 
       
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      Do SOMETHING other than punish kids you yourself have damaged only to bring up other soon to be damaged kids.  Wake the hell up and get the lumina out of neutral and go get us some damn halibut! 
       
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    • Why no Canadian NHL team will win the cup
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      This thesis will explain why no Canadian team will win the Stanley Cup until at least 2050.

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