Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reports that Brendan Shanahan has suspended Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andy Sutton “indefinitely” for his hit on Carolina Hurricanes forward Alex Ponikarovsky (video here). Shanahan has offered Sutton an in-person hearing, which means the league can suspend him 6-plus games should they choose to.
This is (potentially) Andy Sutton’s second suspension of the season, which won’t help his cause too much. We will soon find out if Brendan Shanahan is an expert, or not.
After a 3 day break, the Oilers are home to the Carolina Hurricanes. First off, apologies for the awful reminder for the GDT pic. However, there aren’t a lot of good pictures of the Oilers/Hurricanes.
I am disappointed that I won’t be going to this one, because I have some danged training course (that I voluntarily signed up for). Damn it. I won’t even get to watch it live on TV either.
This one should be winnable. I didn’t like how the Oilers liked the last game though, so hopefully that was just one blip on the radar.
Ben Eager returns to the line up, and Devan Dubnyk gets the start tonight.
Prediction: 4-2 Oilers
OILERS LINES (PROJECTED)
The team in general was terrible against Calgary, specifically the power play. Much was made of this online, but specifically how Renney had the 4th line out against Iginla right after an Oilers goal (not a great use of home ice advantage) and how Belanger is manning the point on the power play. Renney addressed the Belanger question today in one of the local rags, saying that they need the left hand shot out there and how Belanger has a bomb. Personally, I’m not going to get too worked up how the team played in just the one game, but if it starts to become a recurring thing we might have a problem; O’Marra got called up and sent back in the past week; Apparently Lowe and Burke were going to fight in a barn…couldn’t make this shit up.
A great story in the NY Times regarding Boogaard here, found the first 2 really good, 3rd one was well done but got a little preachy for my tastes; Re-alignment was the big deal yesterday and today, see our post on that here, or yahoo’s link with a handy pic of the new conferences, and also see the nhl link about how the standings would have worked out last year (including highlighting the depressing number of points the Oilers got last year) and what it looks like this year if the playoffs were to start today; Tootoo suspended 2 games for running Miller; The internet traded Iginla, Luongo and Ryan; Dec 14th people…set your PVR’s people, HBO’s 24/7 is coming!; Was Carlyle fired last MMS? Well, he is now; And Perron returned after his year long fight with concussion symptoms.
Question of the week:
Do you think the Shanaban’s are preventing injuries, cleaning up the league or making the league suitable for a bunch of pussies?
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Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, San Jose, Anaheim, Colorado, Phoenix
Winnipeg, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville, Columbus, Dallas, Minnesota
Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Tampa Bay
Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, NY Rangers, NY Islanders, New Jersey, Carolina, Washington
The teams in 7-team Conference will play each other 6 times. Teams in 8-team Conference will play some 5, some 6 inside Conference.
The first two rounds of playoffs will be played within each conference (1 vs. 4, 2 vs. 3).
EDIT: Correction… the realignment has been voted on and passed by the Board of Governors, but still needs NHLPA approval.
Some new tweets:
Elliott Friedman “1. Re-alignment requires NHLPA approval. 2. Playoff format for 3rd rd and beyond still not finalized. GMs to determine.”
Andy Strickland: “League source: ‘don’t get caught up in two confereces having 7 vs two having 8 teams…NHL may expand to 32 teams and all 4 will have 8 #NHL’”