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TropicalFruitGirl26

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  1. LOL...good question...I'll have to look into it. At this rate, they are playing an AHL 'weekend schedule' By midseason, they may very well have 40 games in hand on everyone else, so you may be right! Problem is...if everyone else is caught up...whom do the Lightning play?????? All joking aside, the are really gonna pay the piper so to speak when the schedule compresses on them harder than the Atlantic on a submarine that has gone too deep...………… yikes...
  2. Bolts have been looking like they've turned things up a notch or three starting with that trip to Sweden where they swept both games against the Buffalo Sabres, then the first game back in North America, dismantle the NY Rangers. Of course, the Winnipeg Jets dealt the Lightning a loss, but even in that game, the Bolts almost pulled it off.... Connor Hellebuyck was outstanding in that one and I think if he doesn't pull the saves he did in that one (really spectacular stuff!), the Bolts complete the comeback and take that one too. Now to temper the excitement of seeing the Bolts play "Tampa Bay hockey", we must keep in mind that teams like the Sabres and Rangers are still rebuilding programs, Sabres allegedly being further along, but still, teams that have not been playoff teams for a bit, while the Jets, even with their off season losses on the blueline, DO have championship caliber, established talent on that team, including the aforementioned WPG goalie. But one thing I do like that I am starting to see the Bolts do more is establish a net front presence. They were mostly satisfied to set up the fancy plays in the past, take perimeter shots and look for the deft deflections around the circles..... but now, I am actually seeing guys stand in front of the goalies, push and shove with defenders, create screens, and generally cause chaos near the crease....and be satisfied with taking the ugly goal. And Pat Maroon is leading those tactics, but he isn't the only one either...Yanni Gourde, Alex Killorn, and even Stamkos could be seen over the last couple games hovering near the opposing crease. Good stuff. Speaking of Stamkos, he achieved a milestone in the Jets game...scored goal number 400 or his career. Really amazing. He hasn't quite hit 30 yet and already has that many! Granted, earlier in his career he was mostly just a pure scorer... 50-60 were never out of the question for him to possibly achieve regularly....but nowadays he plays a more complete game. Likely will never see outrageous goal totals again, but still will score enough, set up others, win face offs, and back check and play D all as part of his regular game. Still nice to see him hit numero cuatro ciento though. Next up, 500? We will see.
  3. I almost took that myself....but still didn't quite trust NJ as a team that they wouldn't let him down too. I hope MacKenzie does well. This league needs some more outstanding young goalies and I don't want to see the organization ruin him somehow. We will really see what Mr. Blackwood is made of.
  4. Honestly, at the time, that was a GREAT deal.... Schneider simply played lights out for a piss poor NJ team and as you know, the hope was the rest of the team needed to catch up competitively so Schneider could really bolster the team into annual contention. Just seems to me the guy just truly fell off a competitive cliff! Whether it really is due to some nagging injury that wasn't allowed to heal right, or like @J0e Th0rnton said, his confidence is just completely gone to blazes, only Schneider, his coaching staff, and his shaman know for sure..... I've always liked the guy. I feel real bad for him and his team is a in a ginormous hole in large part due to his inability to perform. MacKenzie Blackwood is just gonna have to grow up REAL fast, eh?
  5. I can absolutely see that point of view, J0e.... thing is, if a player is that sensitive to fan reaction, then I'd have to question his overall fortitude. I think we can all agree athletes don't live in the same "world" as regular working folk. Even if the fans are wrong, the player can't worry about what negative energy the fans are trying to give him... he has to draw strength from his teammates, his coaching staff, and his own resolve based on him being a professional and his own talents. Not saying he would, but if Kucherov were the type of guy who wilts under the "pressure" of Tampa Bay fans, once again, I will say, he likely wouldn't last very long in a much more rabid hockey market.
  6. Errrr...because someone had the bright idea he was better than Gardiner? I actually thought Barrie WAS an upgrade from Gardiner, although not by much. Barrie has disappointed. I wouldn't say he should have buried Gardiner's presence, but he definitely should have shown Leaf fans the reason he was brought in. Gardiner isn't having a stellar year by any stretch, but without looking at hard, current numbers, I believe he is having the better season over with the Canes.
  7. TK makes me sad sometimes.... I'd still like him on the Lightning though...
  8. TK might have been gassed....tried a weak pass instead of taking the shot, but he looked like he might not have had anything left.
  9. You don't pull on Superman's cape... You don't spit into the wind.... You don't tug the mask of the Lone Ranger... And you don't underestimate a relentless Barry Trotz team.... wow.... Tie game with just under 2 min to go...
  10. The Fly making a mockery of a pretty good defensive Islander team. No TK on the scoreboard though....that disappoints me...
  11. And just like that, Flyers up. @CoachX Try buffstream That's what I am using now...our big screen is not working and wont get one till Monday, so have been streaming games... Buffstream has worked beautifully all day. Not sure if HF wants that stuff littering the threads, so I sent you the direct Flyer link via PM. It has some initial pop ups, but just zap them and then just leave the stream alone and you should be fine.
  12. Trickles through Reimer...but NOT in the net... Yep..sweet jeebus indeed...THOSE are the kinds of things that happens to bad teams like Minnesota. Always close but no cigar....not even a vape....
  13. Commentary on the actual hit.... All SHOULD have been well with it...but like you guys said...Ovechkin DID leave his feet to make it.... And thing is... WHY????? Usually guys leave their feet to hit a larger opponent.. Ovi towers over diminutive Drouin who was scrunched low as it was already....Ovi could have just come in normally and made the same impact. Head didn't seem targeted or even hit, looked like shoulder to shoulder or clavicle on Drouin....but the fact that Ovi did make a jump off the ice...optics on that for him are pretty bad...
  14. Crazy thing about this hit... I wasn't watching this particular game, but I was monitoring my fantasy hockey squad where I happened to have Drouin on my team. Shortly after the hit was made live, my fantasy hockey page showed Drouin as "day to day"... I mean, I won't make light of perceived dirty hits or players health being in jeopardy (I NEVER want to see a player injured especially intentionally no matter who he plays for), but I got to thinking... Man...that must have been a hellacious hit for the app to already be declaring Droin, not MINUTES after the hit, as DTD.... Fortunately for Drouin and the Habs, he was able to continue, and the DTD marking next to his name on my sheet disappeared. I have NEVER seen that before...usually players are marked DTD, Out, or IR after doctors have looked at a player or after the game after full examinations can be made. Ovi smashes a guy and the app immediately goes, "Oh crap...that hurt...Drouin is definitely day to day now.." Just nuts.....
  15. Absolutely! It'll "right your ship" into the rocks and out of the playoffs....and you will be playing against JimmyDozens and CammyCamera in the Junior league next year...
  16. @ruxpin Interesting match up we have going on... you continue to hang with either a tie score, or a one or two category lead. I have most goalie cats locked down, except saves and wins is still up in the air with me holding a slight edge.. When we tie, I need one cat obviously to overturn to my favor....but most cats you DO have you have by quite a bit. I will need to have a bit of an outburst, while your guys quiet down a bit, JUST so I can possibly steal away yet ANOTHER middling 9-8-1 type win... lol.... welcome to my world, The Green Star Middling Blades.... where we sit in middling 5th...doing middling things like, just barely nip opponents on a Sunday...never really doing bad, but never really doing elite...….. just....in...the middle.... As for that PIMs category... was wondering how the heck you ended up with so many...though you might have picked up Andrei Nazarov or Jody Shelly off retirement waivers... but no.... your Brendan Lemieux had been very...errr, Lemieux-like... 19 mins in PIMs just in one game.... for shame...
  17. I agree. Granlund saw steady improvement every year he was on the team. I also don't know about "slowing the game down", unless that means he tried to be playmaker a bit too much at times, but seems to me, he loved playing the north-south game and still tried to help out on defense when and if he could. His trade counterpart, Fiala, other than loving the offense, doesn't seem to be nearly as good as Granny in other aspects. Yes, he is younger, but good lord, those turnovers and decisions under pressure....
  18. Again..no need to be adversarial. Cherry picking comments, putting them out of context doesn't help matters. Basically, and I will leave it at this, is don't be douche to people, and they shouldn't be that way to you. Do what you like, but ultimately, it likely ends up with you finding your way out. Good day and good luck.
  19. Right. Not a matter of seeking approval or not. Not a matter of caring whether a fan of another team has an opinion on yours....you, I and anyone else are free to either interact or ignore that opinion. Wild fans are not the only ones who can "see their team honestly"...and even that is a matter of perspective. Again, because you seem to keep missing the point...I was simply pointing out that fans here do tend to go into any board they want. Nothing more, nothing less. I hadn't realized the comment I quoted had some sort of sarcastic point to it....wasn't evident. I made that clear. Nothing to do with being told 'what to think' or seeking acceptance. It just is what it is. If you really have a problem with fans from other teams commenting on yours, you are free to ignore or block. It really is that easy...I have other 'hints and tips' for you too if you like. Things don't need to be adversarial unless you'd like them to be.
  20. I see. I was just reinforcing the fact that posters here are all over the board in many cases...not just sticking to their "team forums". I missed your sarcasm point...it wasn't evident. My bad.
  21. Be thankful you did. You wouldn't know WHAT to do without me around here. Seriously, who else can possibly understand your madness quite like me? Eh? EH?
  22. Meh...you are just here because you heard hf might have sheep about.....
  23. I seem to remember reading an article from some years ago about how Koivu took Granlund under his wing when Granny first got to North America. Maybe it was a fellow countryman thing...not sure. Granlund had trouble at first with the transition from the larger rink size and speed at which things happen on the ice here, and Koivu not only helped ease him in with the North American game, but also with just life in general as an NHL'er. I wonder if that is part of the reason Granlund is seemingly so lost after the trade to Nashville. I think that trade may have been a shock to the young man, and he IS a professional that has to adapt to wherever he goes, especially being as talented as he is.... but wow...just seems like all of a sudden, Granlund has forgotten how to play hockey since being moved over to the Preds. I don't doubt Koivu is helpful as a mentor type to younger players...now whether he actively seeks them out or just waits to be asked, only those in the locker room know for sure. I too have heard the stories about how Cullen went out of his way, and that is fantastic...one of the reasons I never minded him on the team even well past his prime years...but each vet goes about their business differently, and some young guys may not even WANT a vet poking too much into their business, and then it falls on that same young player to seek help or advice if he really needs it. Different strokes and all that...
  24. @Howie58 Wow...just realized this thread was here! I, of course, don't share any of the memories you have of your old site, the mass exodus here, or some of the nutty characters you guys/gals knew over the years, but I CAN say I certainly am glad for this site as I was a wandering ethernet soul at the time I discovered this place (Nov 2013....which makes me a 6 yr vet here now) and have made it my hockey home. I had been a part of ESPN's message boards (they were awful...I learned to take my bans like a big girl there! Hah!), then bounced around a few smaller sites, usually not sticking around due to the clientele or they simply went the way of the Dodo bird. One particular site, which I modded for, was called The Fanatic dot net, that was a great general sports site, I liked the posters there and in fact, the owner of that site, seemed very much like @hf101 is here...meaning cool, down to earth, and wanting a simple place away from the "corporate sites" where people can just hang out and jaw about sports topics without ads, pop ups, and trolls. In fact, when I discovered this place, I thought I might have re-found that same owner after interacting with HF a bit, but no, wasn't the same guy, as that previous owner was more about baseball and football. The Fanatic owner just decided one day he didn't want to run the site anymore, let it lapse/license expire, and that made me a sad forum orphan left to wander around. Well, anyways, that is my lil anniversary tale. Want to thank all here, not just staff, for molding this place into what it is and special thanks to HF and @Digityman too I believe, for not only starting this and accepting me in, but having faith enough in me to make me part of the staff. Oh, and although I don't share the memories you have of philly.com, I most certainly enjoyed reading what you guys posted about it..... I have similar memories of the ESPN boards and of another place called prosportsdaily (they might still exist) what with all the people there more for aggravating others and just being general clowns rather than for sports. Good stuff all around guys/gals. Long live HF dot Net!

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