Relax, it’s an 82 game season

- Every hockey fan at some point in their lives.

How many times have you heard or said that sentence?

We use it at our convenience. When we don’t agree with someone’s views we say it; when they disagree with ours we hear it.

For me, I have lost count. When fans and media jump all over a team or player for a poor start to  the season, I say it.

When people get to excited about a great start, I scream it.

I’ve even said it as last as the All-Star break when a team that everyone expected to be a basement dweller are somehow in the playoff race.

But just because I say it, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to be one of those people who try to analyze things WAY to early in the season. We are only 12 days in, but I still have 5 things that have surprised me, and 5 things I’m not surprised about at all.

Surprised that…

1)  The Colorado Avalanche have got off to this kind of start. I know they have a good young core, and #2 pick Gabriel Landeskog has 2 goals and 3 points in his first 6 games…but sweeping a 5 game road trip? Really?

2) Pre-season:  9 suspensions in 10 days totaling 60 games.
  Regular season: 1 suspension in 12 days totaling 2 games (I think Shanahan is busy in his office playing NHL 12)

3) Phil Kessel has 6 goals in 4 games and no story has been written about the possibility of 50 goals in 50 games. The writers in Toronto are slipping, I mean he IS on pace to score 123 goals this season.

4) Tim Thomas is ranked 18th in Save Percentage, 15th in GAA, and doesn’t have a shut out yet. I heard the NHL already engraved his name into the Vezina, what will they do with the trophy now?

5) We (and by ‘we’, I am definitely including myself) still get so riled up at everything Don Cherry says. When will we learn???

Not surprised that…

1) The Penguins are playing without Crosby AND Malkin. That’s like being surprised at all the talk about headshots, we should be used to it by now.

2)      Phil Kessel has 6 goals in 4 games. Forget the logo on the front of his sweater, we all know one thing about Phil Kessel, he can score goals. It’s been proven by his three straight 30+goal seasons.

3)      The Canucks are 5 points back of the division lead. Last year they lost 5 of 7 to start the season and finished with 117 points

4)  Matt Cooke has behaved himself. Not only has he not driven someone head first into the boards from behind, but he has 3 goals in 7 games.

5)      The teams that started overseas played poorly in their first game back. Why am I not surprised? Because I told you it would happen. The Rangers, Sabres and Kings all lost. The Ducks were the only winners and they had to squeak out a 1-0 win over the Sharks.

There you have it, I am one of those guys now. All together now…Relax, its an 82 game season

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Lets see what else is going on

Marian Hossa could be back on the ice tonight (nhl)

Teemu Selanne may not be human, but he is climbing up the all time goals list for humans that played in the NHL (Pro hockey talk)

Remember when Matt Bradley said in July that Alexander Semin “just doesn’t care”…well…..(Washington Post)

Doc Emrick has been covering pro hockey since the day before forever. The Devils will honour him later this season (Fire and Ice)

Are the Islanders playing Nabokov to entice some trade offers?? (The Hockey News)

Is getting hammered and making fantasy hockey trades a good idea? Ask the guys at Dirty Dangle

Score Nation breaks down the rebuilding of the Ottawa Senators

Who knew going to an Oilers game could be this dangerous? (Puck Daddy)

And if you like hitting, Spector’s hockey says its alive and well