HNIC Open Thread: February 2nd

Stranger Things:

So, that game somehow became interesting in the final 60 seconds. The Flames took a 2-1 lead with less than a minute to go and then Marion Hossa did this to send it to overtime, then a shootout, then a Hawks victory. Hockey is neat.

It’s A Barnburner:

This is a picture of Andrew Shaw colliding with Mikka Kiprusoff. It’s a perfect metaphor for this game so far.

Good Trade:

I know this wasn’t on HINC. I just really like Rick Nash.


Blackhawks vs. Flames:

Well that Leafs game was soul-sucking. Hope Andrew Raycroft is having a good day. Meanwhile, out west, the Chicago Blackhawks are off to a roaring start this season (I swear some idiot on a podcast predicted this) though they have dropped two straight after starting the season 6-0-0 including a super entertaining loss to Roberto Luongo the Canucks last night. And what better way to fix a slump than playing the Calgary Flames? The Flames are not what we would call a good hockey team. And I just spent the last three hours watching the Maple Leafs so I know a bad hockey team when I see one. (Sorry, that game made me sad). The Flames haven’t played since Thursday when they got beat 6-3 by the only team potentially worse than them, the Colorado Avalanche. But, hey, at least they’re still paying Jay Bouwmeester $6.6 million this season, right?


Chicago Blackhawks

Brandon Saad – Jonathan Toews – Marion Hossa
Patrick Sharp – Andrew Shaw – Patrick Kane
Travis Bickell – Marcus Kruger – Viktor Stalberg

Brandon Bollig – Michael Frolik – Jamal Mayers

Duncan Keith – Brent Seabrook
Johnny Oduya – Niklas Hjalmarsson
Nick Leddy – Sheldon Brookbank

Ray Emery
Corey Crawford

Calgary Flames

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

Mark Giordano – Jay Bouwmeester
Dennis Wideman – T.J. Brodie
Derek Smith – Chris Butler

Mikka Kiprusoff
Leland Irving

Phil Kessel Returns:

Phil Kessel just came back to the bench. I can now.

Phil Kessel Leaves:

Phil Kessel just went to the dressing room. I just can’t.

Don Cherry Says Things:

Don Cherry took to the airwaves to do what he does. If you can make it through all six minutes and 28 seconds of this, you are a stronger person than I.


Mark FrasDERP:

With Mike Brown out tonight, Mark Fraser stepped up and gave us the fantastic debut of FrasDERP.

Jussi The Best:

This isn’t really HNIC related or even NHL related but Toronto Marlies goalie Jussi Rynnas went a little crazy after the Marlies beat the Hamilton Bulldogs this afternoon. I have no idea why he’s so happy but I very much enjoy it.


HNIC Intro:

Man, those kids are really excited. I wish I still had the ability to love things.



Leafs vs. Bruins

It’s Saturday, you know the drill.



Another night, another feeling of dread creeps over Leafs fans as the boys in blue find themselves playing the Boston Bruins. Damn those schedule makers doing their jobs. There’s a few storylines to keep track of today. How will James Reimer play? Will Phil Kessel score? Will Matt Frattin continue to be the best thing since the best thing since sliced bread? For their part, the Bruins are coming off a 7-4 beatdown at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres which saw Tukka Rask look like the goalie that all Leafs fans hope he becomes – not a very good one. Of course that means he’s going to pitch a shut out tonight. The Leafs are coming off a win over the Washington Capitals which saw Matt Frattin Matt Frattin Matt Frattin…sorry. The Leafs will be without Clarke MacArthur, Carl Gunnarsson, and Mike Brown tonight. Two of those absences should affect the team a lot more than the other. They will, however, be with Frazer McLaren who was picked up on waivers this week to…I don’t know, fight Milan Lucic or something.

Now let’s all start preparing ourselves for the Phil Kessel/Tyler Seguin articles that will overwhelm our common sense tomorrow.



Toronto Maple Leafs

James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Nikolai Kulemin – Mikhail Grabovski – Jay McClement
Matt Frattin – Nazim Kadri – Leo Komarov
Frazer McLaren – Dave Steckel – Colton Orr

Dion Phaneuf – Mike Kostka
John-Michael Liles – Mike Komisarek
Mark Fraser – Cody Franson

James Reimer
Ben Scrivens

Boston Bruins

Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque – Chris Kelly – Rich Peverley
Lane MacDermid – Jamie Tardif – Gregory Campbell

Zdeno Chara – Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg – Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference – Adam McQuaid

Tukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

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