HNIC Open Thread: January 26th

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

This Justin Schultz goal isn’t really anything to write home about. The important part is that it was a goal scored by Schultz and assisted by Eberle and Hall. This is going to happen a lot. You’re on the right track, Edmonton. You still need a goalie, though.

Am I The Only One That Wants To Call Him Deadpool?

This wasn’t on HNIC but is worth a look. Wade Redden got his first goal as a member of the St. Louis Blues tonight. Dude can still shoot. I really hope this is the start of a really great story.


Lundqvist The Best

This is from earlier but it basically just proves that Henrik Lundqvist is awesome. In case you doubted that fact for some reason.


Oilers vs. Flames

I don’t want to talk about the Leafs game. So, in our late game, we have another installment of the Battle of Alberta (just try to read that in any voice other than Gord Miller’s. You can’t, can you?). The Oilers see their first opponent since Yakupovgate in the really-not-very-good Calgary Flames. The Oilers are riding a bit of a high from their win over the Kings on Thursday which gave Yakupov his first taste of Don Cherry-scorn, a rite of passage for any young Russian hockey player. Welcome to the Show, kid. The Flames, on the other hand, are still looking for their first win after falling to the Canucks on Wednesday. As of now, my pick for the Flames to finish dead last in the West is looking pretty good. Because it was something I said, and based on the fact that I’m an idiot, that’s bound to change any time now. And, hey, tonight is Jiri Hudler’s Flames debut.


Edmonton Oilers

Taylor Hall – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
Nail Yakupov – Sam Gagner – Ales Hemsky
Ryan Smyth – Shawn Horcoff – Magnus Paajarvi
Darcy Hordichuk – Eric Belanger – Lennart Petrell

Nick Schultz – Justin Schultz
Ladislav Smid – Jeff Petry
Ryan Whitney – Marc Fistric

Devan Dubnyk
Yann Danis

Calgary Flames

Curtis Glencross – Alex Tanguay – Jarome Iginla
Michael Cammalleri – Mikael Backlund – Lee Stempniak
Jiri Hudler – Matt Stajan – Roman Cervenka
Sven Baertschi – Blair Jones – Blake Comeau

Mark Giordano – Jay Bouwmeester
T.J. Brodie – Dennis Wideman
Derek Smith – Cory Sarich

Mikka Kiprusoff
Leland Irving

A Thousand Words

Sometimes, a picture is so great that it just keeps giving and giving. I don’t even know what I like best about this one. Mike Kostka does not give a single cuss about what’s going on, Carl Gunnarsson apparently thinks the hit was pretty good, but not great, and the unveiling of the Mike Brown DERPface. Hockey is neat.

Colton Gonna Orr

It’s a Leafs game which means it’s also a Colton Orr fight. Orr got into the business with Mike Rupp tonight. Blocking was optional.


I Figure It’s Some Guy’s Name. Some Guy Named Grabbo. 

Mikhail Grabovsky opens the scoring in New York off a great feed from JVR. 1-0 good guys. The best thing about Grabovsky scoring is we get to make this joke. Every time.

(s/t to the great Matt English for this one)


Leafs vs. Rangers

Hi friends.

It’s Saturday night which means, of course, Hockey Night In Canada. We’ll be kicking our open thread off with the Leafs/Rangers game. Come keep us company.



This is not a game the Leafs fan in me is particularly looking forward to. The Leafs are coming off a depressing 7-4 loss to the Islanders which saw them squander a 3-1 lead in a speedy fashion. Ben Scrivens played himself out of a starting spot as James Reimer had to come in after Scribbles allowed 4 unanswered goals. Reimer will be in net tonight and, with a good performance, could find himself in the Toronto net for the foreseeable future (or until the Leafs trade for Luongo. Right? Who’s with me?). The Rangers haven’t quite lived up to expectations yet with their 1-3 record (small sample size, I know) and what better way to get back on the right track than a match-up with the Leafs? The Rangers haven’t exactly had it easy, however, starting their season with games against the Bruins, Penguins, the Bruins again, and then the Flyers. The Rangers also brought in former speed-skater Jason Arnott today, signing the veteran to a one-year deal but he won’t play tonight. One of the things I just said isn’t true, see if you can guess which one. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Let’s get ready to get depressed, Leafs fans.


Toronto Maple Leafs

Clarke MacArthur – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
James van Riemsdyk – Mikhail Grabovski – Nikolai Kulemin
Matt Frattin – Nazem Kadri – Leo Komarov
Colton Orr – Jay McClement – Mike Brown

Dion Phaneuf – Mike Kostka
Mark Fraser – John-Michael Liles
Carl Gunnarsson – Mike Komisarek

James Reimer
Ben Scrivens

New York Rangers

Rick Nash – Brad Richards – Marion Gaborik
Taylor Pyatt – Derek Stepan – Ryan Callahan
Michael Rupp – Bryan Boyle – Carl Hagelin
Jeff Halpern – Benn Ferriero – Arron Asham

Ryan McDonagh – Dan Girardi
Marc Staal – Michael Del Zotto
Steve Eminger – Anton Stralman

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

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