Thoughts Are Mine Only: Outdoor Games Are Great in Moderation

My very thoughts as you begin to realize the Thanksgiving is a month away. Make sure you secure that eighth seed!

*What a spectacle the Heritage Classic is. The outdoor games are moderation, that is.

*On the outdoor games: Keep it to the Winter Classic and Heritage Classic. Don’t need anything more than that. And please, can we not have the Sharks playing the Kings in AT&T Ballpark?

*Edmonton is 5-1 for the first time 1985-86, according to Elias.

*Since allowing six goals to Buffalo last Sunday, the Oilers have allowed just three goals in three games.

*Goal No. 300 for Zach Parise. Great to see, especially from one of the great American players the game has seen.

*What a play by Matt Dumba on the goal, taking it up the middle of the ice on the rush before finding Parise streaking down the left side and setting him up.

*Nobody debates that his game has declined over the past couple seasons, but a nice game for Dustin Brown in the Kings 4-3 shootout win over Vancouver on Saturday, LA’s first of the season. Didn’t look completely like his old self, but close.

*The more you see Nail Yakupov, the more he looks like the guy taken first overall in 2013. He isn’t necessarily lighting up the scoresheet with 2-2–4 totals in six games, but he never looked like this in Edmonton.

*In defense of Peter Chiarelli, it likely behooved Yakupov to have a change of scenery. But you can only wonder what type of numbers he could’ve put up riding shotgun to Connor McDavid.

*The Blues have won nine of their last 11 games (9-1-1) against Calgary.

*The Canadiens have won its last nine games at the TD Garden, and haven’t lost there since January 2012. Not the Bell Centre. The TD Garden.

*Here’s how the Bruins-Candiens rivalry breaks down, by venue, going back to the start of 2011-12: TD Garden – 9-2, Montreal; Bell Centre, a 6-6 tie between the clubs.

*My take on the Boston-Montreal game on Saturday, a 4-2 Canadiens win: It was a team that could compete for a Stanley Cup playing a team that will likely compete for a Wildcard spot. Simple as that. Montreal is a really good team. Boston, well..not so much.

*Early nomination for bizarre story of the season: Predators food poisoning epidemic.

*There was a great game of goalie that went on in the opening minutes of the Predators-Penguins matchup on Saturday. Marc-Andre Fleury and Juuse Saros were the only preventative factors that kept that one from being about 3-3 after 10 minutes.

*The x-factor for the Blackhawks is the Richard Panik-Jonathan Toews-Tyler Motte line. Panik and Motte are beasts inside the house, have been among the best in the league at putting out the trash in the early goings. There’s going to be a lot of defensemen having nightmares about those two guys. And obviously what Toews brings to the table goes without saying.

*Lee ‘Suitcase’ Stempniak leads the Hurricanes with four goals, and tied with Victor Rask and Jeff Skinner in scoring, with six points in five games. It’ll be interesting to see where he winds up when he gets traded for the 79th time of his career in a few months.

*Jimmy Howard status update: Two games, two wins, 62 saves on 63 shots, blanked the defending Clarence Campbell Bowl winners with the 30-save shutout in the Red Wings 3-0 win over San Jose on Saturday. Need we a Petr Mrazek status update?

*Jimmy Vesey continues to walk the walk, with two more goals in the Rangers 4-2 win over Washington on Saturday night. Hey, the kid can play.

*Vancouver finally looked like what we thought they were on Sunday, a 4-2 loss to Anaheim. Ducks outshot the Canucks 37-19 on the day.

*Union forward Mike Vecchione had eight points in two games this weekend, including four goals and an assist in a 5-2 win over Niagara. He has 13 points in six games. Vecchione, a prep standout in Massachusetts originally committed to UNH, won’t be short on interest from NHL teams come the spring.


Bob McKenzie weighs in on the analytics world, which is slowly making its way into the hockey spectrum.

The Heritage Classic an instance of how bright the future is in Winnipeg. Then, of course you discover a Jets Twitter ravaged by Nolan Patrick tweets.

More kind words about Winnipeg.

An interesting read on the ‘Bruin-ization’ of the Edmonton Oilers.

A good look into the offside challenge in the NHL. Simple fix? Get rid of it.

Good news on the Jacques Demers front – the former coach is home from the hospital.


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