The home opener! Sounds like plenty of goodies are being given away at the first three home games. I get to go to home game #2, but will be watching this one on the moving picture box.
The first game went pretty well. Our boy Justin Schultz (or “Jultz” as he seems to now be dubbed in the Oil universe) had a pretty solid debut. Poise. Oodles of poise. This kid is going to be a hell of a player. Of course, it’s just game one. I was also happy with Yakupov even though most of the Oil world seem to be giving him a hard time on at least one of the two goals against in the Sunday game. I don’t fault him at all. One could be classified as a “rookie mistake” at best – the mistake being not knowing when to make the easy play. This was on the attempted pass to Hemsky when he was in the better shooting position. It led to a turnover, yes, but I don’t blame him. This will come with confidence. Not to worry. The other goal, he was following Sedin into the corner. Sedin passed it out front, past an onlooker in Whitney, to Kassian, who Gagner and Whitney both abandoned in front of the net. You’d be reaching to blame this one on Yakupov.
Anyways, I’m hoping to see more good play from the young guys tonight. Eberle, Petry and Horcoff all seem to be playing pretty inspired, so I’m hoping they keep that going. Hall looks good, but not Taylor Hall good just yet (plus two penalties the first game.. tsk tsk). The Nuge needs to get going, but I have confidence that he will.
Enjoy the game folks! Not sure if I’ll be around for the GDT chat, but please feel free to stop in.. generally people pop in at scattered times, so if you hang in the chat, eventually a few will be in there.