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Game of the Night 11/15

Posted in Game of the Night with tags , , , , , , on November 15, 2010 by matthewfobrien

After taking a nice, relaxing weekend off, we here at ZelePUCKin are ready to get back at it. Monday’s game of the night is a Pacific Division rivalry game between the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks. The puck will drop at 10:30 at the Shark Tank, or the HP Pavillion for those who don’t know,  in San Jose, California.  Continue reading

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Thornton Suspended 2 Games for Hit on Perron 11/5

Posted in Around the NHL with tags , , , on November 5, 2010 by zelepuckin

Colin Campbell has suspended San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton for a “blindside” hit on David Perron of the San Jose Sharks in a game on 11/4. The hit was covered in Thomas Krulikowski’s Game of the Night Recap (11/4).

Game of the Night (11/4) Recap

Posted in Around the NHL, St. Louis Blues with tags , , , , on November 5, 2010 by thomaskrulikowski

Eh, so maybe T.J. Oshie wasn’t the star of the game last night, but who called that two goal differential?!

The Blues handled the Sharks last night for a 2-0 victory. The unanimous first star was Jaro Halak, who stopped all 25 shots he faced. This guy is in playoff form and it’s only the beginning of November. What a steal for the Blues!

In the opposite end, Niemi got the nod over Niittymaki which I had said in the game preview was unlikely but had wanted to see. Niemi played pretty solid and any time your team fails to score (especially with Dany Heatley, Joe Thornton and the rest of the Sharks offense) it’s hard to win. Niemi made 27 saves on 29 shots, keeping the Sharks in it.

In the game preview I talked about puck control. Well, the Blues owned the puck. Despite going 0-7 on the power play, the Blues’ numerous extra man efforts allowed them to establish offensive presence and rag the puck. On the other side of things, being constantly short-handed, the Sharks could not find their game until the 3rd. But then it was too little, too late.

The key to the game was definitely keeping the Sharks off the PP. The Blues only gave the Sharks 3 opportunities with an extra attacker. And stopped them all.

Joe Thornton was ejected a little over five minutes into the second for what they deemed to be a blind side hit to the head on Perron. Missing Big Joe didn’t help their comeback efforts.

Looking at the replay this morning, I don’t think there was anything Joe could do. Honestly. Perron had his head down and Thornton came in laterally, which is legal, and because his head was down, caught him. But I would guess he gets suspended. They are going to extremes with this new head shot rule. Thornton does have a conference call scheduled regarding that hit, Darren Dreger has reported.

My only problem is that this ruled is being used to protect players who have their heads down. If they had their heads up, it would not be head contact. This year we will see a lot of suspensions while they work out the kinks. Hopefully, they make a clause about players lowering their head and/or the player being checked’s responsibility. If they don’t, we will have guys skating with their heads down all over the ice so they can’t get hit. But enough of this…here is the video of it:

Game of the Night 11/4

Posted in Around the NHL, St. Louis Blues with tags , , , , on November 4, 2010 by thomaskrulikowski

Every night we here at zelePUCKin will try to preview a game that strikes us a THE game to watch.

Our inaugural Game of the Night goes to….The San Jose Sharks visiting the St. Louis Blues @8 pm Eastern

St. Louis is only a point out of the Central Division lead and owe a great deal of their success to their new goalie Jaro Halak. The Blues are a team with a young core, who are finally hitting their stride together. Eric Johnson, David Perron, David Backes, T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund and Alex Pietrangelo compose the core. The Blues are riding a four game win streak, and with their undefeated home record are strong favorites.

It isn’t everyday the San Jose Sharks come into a game as underdogs. But this year things have changed. San Jose sits in the middle of the Pacific Division. They are suffering from a downgrade in net as regular season all star (and playoff disappointment) Evgeni Nabokov left this off-season for Russia. Antti Niemi and Antero Niittymaki are the goalies for the team this year and have let up 26 goals against in 10 games played. It is not the amount of the goals they have let up that is concerning but, rather, the types and times they are let in. San Jose has fallen victim to soft goals at back-breaking times. Expect Niittymaki between the pipes in this one. Although, I would love to see Niemi get the nod.

This game will be won by puck control. Each of these teams likes to control the puck, and by that way control the tempo of the game. Which ever team can dictate puck control and tempo will surely have the better of the game. It should be a fast paced game with both of these teams owning the ability to capitalize on the rush. One big key to this game is the SJ powerplay. With the talent up front and defenseman Brian Boyle quarterbacking, the Sharks can be lethal on the powerplay any given night.

My guess: St. Louis stays out of the box and controls the puck for the majority of the game en route to a 4-2 victory.

Star of the game: T.J. Oshie

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

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