PMS 2.0 054 – Rich Eisen, John Clayton, & Riveting Stories From The Road

On today’s show, Pat and a few of the guys record live from a hotel room in Pittsburgh right after coming back from WWE Monday Night Raw. They recap their roadtrip from Indiana to Cleveland to Pittsburgh and everything that they did along the way including WWE Fastlane, some of their dining experiences, and beating the inclement weather that was on their backs. Also included in the show is Pat’s interview with Rich Eisen on the NFL Network Free Agency Frenzy as he discussed Antonio Brown going to Oakland, who some of the best free agent punters are, and Rich gives him another push to keep the #McAfeeForMNF train rolling (28:54-36:08). Later, an absolute legend in the game, an NFL Hall of Famer, one of the most recognizable faces in NFL media, The Professor, John Clayton, joins the show. They discuss everything free agency related and how AB almost wound up in Buffalo, he gives a couple of ideas where he thinks certain players might land as teams are handing out insane amounts of cash, he dives into what his work weeks are like during these types of hot beds in the NFL calendar, gives his Super Bowl pick for next year, and chats about whether or not the pony tail is real (41:48-1:03:10.) It’s a fun one. Come and laugh with us, cheers.

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There’s never enough #HockeyTalk coming out of this office so Pat, Gorms, and I decided to do something about it out. We’re going at it, debating the trending topics on and off the ice in a new weekly segment dedicated to finding the best, raw, unfiltered, takes from around the NHL.

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NHL Weekly Things to Think About

Weekly ramblings, musings, and thoughts to ponder about every team in the league.

Anaheim Ducks – Hanging on to a wildcard spot currently the Randy Carlyle effect has started to take hold as the Ducks have cooled off. John Gibson is doing everything he can to drag this team into the playoffs on his back but they are currently the only team with a ticket right now who have a – goal differential (-18). 

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Arizona Coyotes – Coyotes President and CEO Ahron Cohen addressed several rumors surrounding the team and thanked fans for their support in a letter to season-ticket holders. “Arizona is our home. We love it here. And we love playing for you, the very best fans in the NHL.” New Year, Same me for the Yotes, still trying to find a long term solution and stable ownership. It’s beyond time this team moved to another market with a supportive and capable ownership group.

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Boston Bruins – Bergeron is back and the B’s get a big win at the Winter Classic in South Bend.

https://twitter.com/NHLBruins/status/1080471273438957568

Good news for the league too in showing the Winter Classic still has huge appeal.

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The B’s currently sit 3rd in the Atlantic. Tough to see them overtaking the Leafs unless they go into a big time slump and they’re battling with Buffalo for final divisional spot vs a wild card. Either way this is a playoff team but this division has become a powerhouse.

Buffalo Sabres – Jack Eichel got hurt in their game on Monday, seems like it’s day to day and he shouldn’t miss too much time. Goes without saying but Buffalo can’t afford to have Captain Jack miss much time this year, his line is basically their entire offense. Also his game day routine is insane and he hates “shitty apples.” Don’t we all.

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Calgary Flames – The Flames are making people believers and are rewarded with an outdoor Heritage Classic game against the Jets next year in October. Despite the success it’s not all sunshine and rainbows as Michael Frolik is fighting for playing time and his agent sounded off claiming the Flames are trying to run him out of town. He aint what he once was, but Fro would be a solid depth addition to any team looking to make a run.

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Carolina Hurricanes – What?

https://twitter.com/NHLCanes/status/1079915666591895552

Chicago Blackhawks – Though they lost at the Winter Classic they take advantage of a floundering Peter Chiarelli in Edmonton and sent Brandon Manning up north.

https://twitter.com/PeteBlackburn/status/1080170543280730112

Manning has a history with Edmonton captain Connor McDavid, too. Two years ago, Manning broke McDavid’s collarbone with a hit and later admitted intent in causing the injury, prompting McDavid to call Manning “classless.” Good work Peter. The Hawks get Drake Caggiula to help out on the wing in return and vet D man Jason Garrison for depth on the blue line.

Colorado Avalanche – You get an outdoor game! You get an outdoor game! You want one? You too! Colorado will host a stadium series game at the United States Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs in 2020. No opponent named in that game yet. The Av’s are looking a little vulnerable lately but can’t afford to let up, they only a small lead over the Stars in the standings. The offense has dried up a bit as they have 2 goals or less in 6 of their last 7. Rantanen finally relinquished the overall points lead to Kucherov (65), but still sits 2nd (62) with MacKinnon in 3rd (59). I’ve been saying these guys are going to top 100 points and now it looks like they might have some company at the end of the year.

Columbus Blue Jackets – With Pittsburgh right on their heels in the division CBJ have stayed hot going 7-2-1 in their last 10. For years the Jackets have been struggling to find that true #1 center to match up with the talent in their division and Pierre-Luc Dubois is drawing some favorable comparisons to show he can be that guy.

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Dallas Stars – Interesting few days for Dallas. Currently in a wild card spot their two best forwards Benn and Seguin get ripped by the team owner. “They are fucking horseshit, I don’t know how else to put it,” Lites said to The Athletic’s Sean Shapiro. “We are a stars-driven league, and our stars aren’t getting it done,” he said. “It’s embarrassing, and no one writes it. Write it!”

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“(Benn is) the leader of the team, he stirs the drink, but he’s not doing it. He’s got to get it done,” Lites told The Athletic before turning his attention to Seguin. “He’s hitting posts, ‘wah-wah.’ That’s what I say about hitting posts. Get a little bit closer to the action, actually go to the spot where you score goals. He doesn’t do that, he never does that anymore. He used to be a pest to play against, people hated playing against Tyler Seguin, they don’t anymore.”

Thing is they’re not actually playing as bad as Lites’ tirade makes it sound. If you’re into numbers you can see those here.

I would argue the Stars bigger problem is lack of quality depth and a sub par blue line. 

On the bright side they also get an outdoor game as they host the 2020 Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl, opponent tbd… My vote? the Vegas Golden Knights ORRRR hear me out… The Houston Coyotes…

Detroit Red Wings – Dylan Larkin has 7 goals and 10 assists for a 14 game point streak. Detroit started out this year terribly, then rebounded stringing a bunch of wins together. Water has found it’s level as they’ve settled into mediocrity now but that’s ok! They’re in an incredibly tough division right now and a major roster overhaul. They need to stay the course, keep collecting draft picks and prospects, and hang tight til Stevie Y is running the show next season.

Edmonton Oilers – Interesting thought here from Justin Bourne

https://twitter.com/jtbourne/status/1080460890086899712

and with injuries to Klefbom and Russell now the pressure multiplies. Bringing in Brandon Manning and Petrovic from Florida is a stop gap move and Edmonton is LONG overdue for a #1 D man. I understand they don’t grow on trees but its very apparent Adam Larsson isn’t the guy they hoped they were getting when they shipped Taylor Hall out.  

Florida Panthers – Florida finds itself 7 points back of the Habs for the final wildcard position in the East with 44 games left. I’m calling it, they’re dead. Bold move I know, but they just don’t have the horses to get it done. They have a solid group but without a superstar this team seems like it’s destined to just be perennial middle of the road fodder.

Los Angeles Kings – Still waiting for them to blow it up. I love ‘em, but the Kings stink so here’s a list of every player’s choice for an individual goal song.

Minnesota Wild – I’ve been saying for weeks now the Wild need more from their guys up front and only having 1 guy in the top 50 scorers in the league wasn’t going to cut it. Well it gets worse now with Matt Dumba out for 3 months after surgery. Dumba was having a killer year with 12 goals from the blue line.

Montreal Canadiens – Tomas Tatar has been the just the rebound the Habs needed to get over Max Pacioretty the break up. He’s been outperforming Max this year and is on pace for a career high in points.

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Nashville Predators – The Preds were slumping and limping out of 2018 with a 6 game losing streak (losing their last 10 road games!) but 2019 is already looking up. Sometimes you just need to come across someone else is a little more down on their luck than you to appreciate what you really have and that’s just what the Preds did shutting out the Flyers 4-0. Once this team heals up they’ll be fine.

New Jersey Devils – The Devils have won 3 straight and managed to climb out of the gutter without Taylor Hall on the heels of back to back shutouts by Mackenzie Blackwood. Though I think it’s a bit early for headlines like “Devils may have found their franchise goalie” after those shutouts came against Vancouver and Carolina.

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New York Islanders – History has not been kind to the Isles recently so let’s take a look back at something fond for the fans to remember.

https://twitter.com/mikecommito/status/1080496438830804994

Also a fun fact for you RIP Mean Gene:

https://twitter.com/simmonssteve/status/1080494414898843649

New York Rangers – Jimmy Vesey is the 4th leading scorer on the team with 10 goals, 10 assists. Jimmy Vesey is a healthy scratch tonight against Pittsburgh. Go ahead and figure that one out if you can. Not sure how much longer until the Rangers are open for business but I would expect Vesey, Shattenkirk, and Zuccarello to all be wearing new uni’s in February.

Ottawa Senators – Congrats Ottawa! After a somewhat surprising start and a sudden 5 game L streak the Sens are now bottom of the bucket in the East. Honestly not terrible at home but absolutely abysmal on the road going 4-14-1. Mark Stone apparently called the team out in practice for how bad they’ve been which is interesting considering he’s in the midst of contract talks and may not even be there after the deadline.

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Philadelphia Flyers – Not a lot of bright spots for the Flyers this year outside of the promising start of young Carter Hart’s career. Things are about to get even tougher.

The Flyers play 13 games, 6 away and 7 at home, in the first month of the new year. Three of those games take place against opponents who are leading their respective divisions. Two of those games take place in the first 8 days of the month, and are only three days apart.

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Pittsburgh Penguins – The Penguins have finally woken up. 8-2 in their last 10 on a 6 game win streak and just 3 points behind Washington for the division lead. There are still questions about the blue line but the goaltending seems to have solidified… for now. Murray now has a .959 save percentage in his first five games since returning to the lineup. Those are outstanding numbers. So outstanding that it is the highest save percentage he has had over any five-game stretch at any point in his career.

San Jose Sharks – The Sharks were none too happy with this hit from Sam Bennett on Simek with 25 seconds left in the game against Calgary. Pavelski called it “gutless” but there is no further discipline coming from the league.

https://twitter.com/Sheng_Peng/status/1079969412701073408

St. Louis Blues – The Blues have taken over the distinction of worst team in the west but they did get awarded the 2020 NHL All Star game…. So that’s cool right?

Tampa Bay Lightning – The Lightning led the League in wins (57), points (119) and goals for (313) in regular-season games in the 2018 calendar year.  Over the past 25 years only two teams (the 1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins and 2005-06 Ottawa Senators) have scored more goals than Tampa Bay’s 154 through 37 games. Not sure if they even lost a game in the month of December. Pencil them in for another trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Toronto Maple Leafs – Mitch Marner is currently on pace for 100+ points with 53 in 39 games. He gets more expensive every game as the Leafs will have to find enough money to go around to make everyone happy.

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Vancouver Canucks – Elias Pettersson (39pts in 36 GP) is the only rookie to lead his team in points, while 11 players age 23 or younger are their team’s leading scorer in 2018-19. Sixteen of the League’s top 30 point-getters this season are age 25 or younger.

Vegas Golden Knights – MAF led all goaltenders with 44 regular-season wins since Jan. 1 (44-22-7 in 73 GP), marking the third calendar year in which he has recorded 40 or more victories (also 46 in 2009 and 45 in 2013). He also recorded his league leading 6th shutout.

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Washington Capitals – Ovechkin has already came out and said he’s skipping the ASG to rest and recover. After the offseason he had I don’t think anyone can blame him.

https://twitter.com/VogsCaps/status/1080495476707913729

Tough for the league to stomach as Ovi is a personality you want on a stage like that but it does give a chance for some of the young guys to shine. Alex is committed to going back to back. 

Winnipeg Jets – Byfuglien is out with a leg/ankle injury until around the ASG and this is the type of adversity that can galvanize a team. If they can rally around losing the big guy and keep stringing wings together it’s going to make them a much tougher out come playoff time. Also just thought this is weird, Blake Wheeler is 10th in points in the NHL with only 6 goals, but he has 44 assists. Shoot the puck Blake!

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PMS 2.0 033 – An Incredibly Jolly Holiday Conversation/Celebration

On today’s show, Pat and the guys recap their Christmas breaks as Pat chats about his food preparations and getting his Shelby restored, Todd gives a scathing review of Holmes and Watson, and Digs breaks down his Christmas from hell. Pat also talks about calling the Packers and Lions game at Lambeau on Sunday and tries to learn a little more about the guys he’ll be calling the game with. They also look at this weekend’s NFL slate and decide which games are important in terms of playoff implications including Pat sending potential bulletin board material to the Titans before their tilt with the Colts on Sunday night, the guys debate about Tom Brady’s injury and whether or not the Patriots will be able to continue to run all over everybody. To close out the show, Pat asks people to send in phrases they’d like him to use on Sunday, with the best recommendation winning a $100 gift card to the store at patmcafeeshow.com. We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. It’s good to be back. Come and laugh with us, cheers.

The Steelers Are A Phoenix

The Steelers were dead but last night they rose from the ashes to take down the evil empire and bring life back to Steeler Nation and show us the light like Little Foots Mother did at the end of Land Before time. 

Shame on me for not having faith last week, being broken, and not listening to myself when I knew exactly how this season was going to go. I tweeted this during preseason because I have seen this movie so many times. 

https://twitter.com/Digz/status/1027550609162022912

Now after Beating the Patriots last night the Steelers are right back on track to get in the tournament and possibly bring home the 7th Lombardi Trophy. Losing to Oakland and then beating the Patriots is possibly the most Steelers thing of all time. I never would’ve doubted them if I knew they were wearing color rush jerseys last night. Now 4-0 when wearing the Jerseys.

https://twitter.com/steelers/status/1074107087825850370

The whole team showed up for an incredible team effort that they desperately needed. Even Artie Burns showed up for a few plays before he was yanked because I have no idea what Artie Burns is doing. The two stars of the night though were easily Joe Haden and Jaylen Samuels. 

https://twitter.com/BleacherReport/status/1074452566728036352

Hats off to Tom paying respects to Roethlisberger by throwing it up for grabs in the Red Zone. 

https://twitter.com/FarabaughFB/status/1074469678171471874

No idea how this toss counter trap worked all night long but I know somewhere Todd Haley was fully erect watching it. 

Also shoutout Boswell for finally making a kick. I hope a pured 48 yarder is the antidote to all his problems. 

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It truly was a great night in Pittsburgh. Now onto the Saints, that should be easy. 

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First Bet At Pittsburgh Sportsbook was an $11,000 Bet Against The Steelers

https://twitter.com/darrenrovell/status/1073317692843720706

I have been getting this question a lot today. No it was not me. Firstly I do not have $11,000 to bet or at all and secondly I do not bet on the Steelers because it’s not good to bet with your heart. I assume this lifelong Steeler fan has reached the same point that I have this season though and has decided to at least make some money on it.

https://twitter.com/Digz/status/1072659443584851969

This is a win/win for the bettor though. If the Patriots cover then he wins $10,000. If the Steelers cover then they most likely win and he gets to celebrate a Steelers W. Jump off one of the 1000 bridges in the city scenario is the Patriots win by one and he loses his bet as well as the Steelers losing. 

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In other news it makes fucking perfect sense that I move to a state with ZERO live table games, only fucking slots, and now the city that I lived in for 28 years has a sports book. Classic. 

https://twitter.com/Digz/status/1073284479958085633

You bet your sweet ass I will be in there over the holiday’s but until then I am dying inside a little each day. It’s all I wanted my entire life. It’s like your parents getting a pool the day you go to college. Ya I can visit it when i’m home but it would’ve been a lot better 5 years ago.

Good Luck to all those new bettors out there with sportsbooks popping up in your cities. It truly is a beautiful thing. 

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NHL Weekly Things to Think About

Weekly ramblings, musings, and thoughts to ponder about every team in the league.

In case you’ve been too caught up in CFB, NFL, NBA, CBB, and everything else going on in the sports world to realize that we already 1/3rd of the way through the NHL season I’m here to help you get caught up to speed. Let’s roll through each team and see what’s happening. In case you missed last week’s as the site wasn’t quite live yet check it here.

Let’s get into it…

Anaheim Ducks – I don’t think anyone saw the Pacific division as anything other than the Sharks playground after the Erik Karlsson addition but the Ducks and Flames have been standing tall. Anaheim is 8-2 in their last 10 and they have Daniel Sprong doing things like this

https://twitter.com/HockeyDaily365/status/1071995350402166786
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Sigh.

Arizona Coyotes – Anti Raanta  is out for possibly the entire season after having “lower body surgery” which revealed more damage than initially thought. Lower body surgery is tough folks, it’s impossible to predict because it’s essentially 50% of your body, extremely hard to estimate damage and accurately diagnose such a broad area. Good news for the Coyotes is they seem to have found a gem in Rookie Adin Hill. The former 3rd rounder is 6 foot freaking 6 and he’s gone 3-2-0 with a 1.82 GAA and .936 save percentage.

Lower Body surgery can be complicated and confusing. Here’s a tool to help.

Boston Bruins – Big weekend for the B’s as they find themselves in the middle of one of the more surprisingly stacked divisions and snatched up two divisional game wins pounding Toronto 6-1 and edging out Ottawa 2-1. May not seem like much but they need every point they can get until their injury bug subsides. There’s also a rumor floating around the internets of trying to bring Lucic back? Don’t do that. Play the kids!

https://twitter.com/NHLBruins/status/1071929581328887808
Krug OT winner against Ottawa

Buffalo Sabres – Things were looking up! Finally the Sabres were getting some recognition and putting the league on notice! Jeff Skinner has 20 goals! What!? No seriously I know it’s insane look it up…. Then… 0-3-2 in their last 5. Carter Hutton was on the ice this morning and his return should help sure some things up.

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Calgary Flames – Sean Monohan is a top 10 point getter and the Flames are currently 1st in the entire Western Conference after spanking Nashville 5-2. We’re about 1/3rd of the way through the season and the Flames are proving a lot of doubters wrong looking like a playoff team. I don’t think they hold onto the top spot in the division but at the least have wild card potential. All of this meanwhile with James Neal only having 3 goals and 6 points on the year. Wow.

Carolina Hurricanes – The Canes are getting in the Xmas spirit rocking the red and green breaking in those Whaler throwbacks.

https://twitter.com/mikemaniscalco/status/1072161563660947457

They’ll be sporting these on the 23rd and some folks are none too pleased. I understand people are still a bit sour about the way the team left Hartford but this is most definitely a tribute and as an innocent bystander I think it presents a cool chance to watch some hockey history, it’s not like Justin Williams is some Buffalo Bill copycat skinning corpses creating some ungodly hockey monstrosity. (Also it’s definitely a money grab, a smart one… These are sick sweaters).

https://twitter.com/NHLCanes/status/1045372518960427008

Chicago Blackhawks – Turns out firing coach Q has created more problems than solutions. The Hawks are 1-9 in their last 10 games and at the bottom of the Western Conference. What happens first? Coach Q gets a new gig or GM Stan Bowman gets the axe?

Colorado Avalanche – *Checks the points leaderboard* – Yep Rantanen and McKinnon are both going to score over 100 points. It’s funny most people still don’t know what a beast Rantanen is or how far we’ve come with the offensive explosion… This was what we were dealing with in 2015!

Columbus Blue Jackets – Time to stop sleeping on Cam Atkinson… DYK Since the start of the 2015-16 season, he’s 13th in the league with 105 goals. More than Connor McDavid, Nathan McKinnon, Taylor Hall, Phil Kessel… That’s a fun fact from Aaron Portzline but it’s impressive for sure. Put some respek on his name

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Dallas Stars – Martin Hanzal hasn’t played since last February. He is a 6’6 12 year NHL vet who just came back from spinal fusion surgery, let’s see how he fared in his two games back…

https://twitter.com/DallasStars/status/1071213458811772928

Yup seems to be holding up fine

https://twitter.com/DallasStars/status/1071954562561597441

HE SCORED WITH HIS BACK! HE’S BACK FOLKS!!

Detroit Red Wings – This saucy paws pass to Larkin to seal the game is so damn beautiful…

https://twitter.com/DetroitRedWings/status/1070879160363474945

Also why is Dylan Larkin fighting Josh Bailey?

https://twitter.com/FOXSportsDet/status/1071568786459783169

Edmonton Oilers – ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!? 13 points (4-9) in nine games for No. 97 since Hitchcock took over. Oilers 7-2-1 under Hitch.

Florida Panthers – Things aren’t… great…

https://twitter.com/rascalgas/status/1070841520977113088

Still not dead last though!

Los Angeles Kings – Also not dead last after the Hawks recent slide. I reiterate as I said last week BLOW IT UP! It’s time the Kings tear it down and rebuild. Move pieces while there’s still time to get premium value.

Minnesota Wild – Last week I wrote “The Wild have two of the top 10 scoring D men in terms of points in the entire league (Ryan Suter, Matt Dumba) Only 1 fwd in the top 50 (Granlund). Seems problematic.” – Still problematic, Granlund is hanging on there, but barely. He’s 48th. Minny needs some big time production.

Montreal Canadiens – How long can this team hold a playoff spot? Their PP is damn near dead last, their PK is 18th. They don’t score a ton or defend particularly well. Carey Price hasn’t exactly been shutdown this year, yet they continue to win. The Max Domi revenge tour continues though, 31 points in 30 games.

https://twitter.com/BradyTrett/status/1070853055271198720

Nashville Predators – I mean I understand EVERYONE loves the city of Nashville, myself included I spent a month there one weekend, but these guys need to get over the home cooking and figure it out when they’re on the road. For a team this good they have lost their last 6 away games. 

New Jersey Devils – Still last in the East, but the Flyers are making a case they deserve it more! Also this is just strange:

https://twitter.com/BrianHunterNHL/status/1072176204210425859

New York Islanders – According to multiple sources, the Islanders have been engaged in contract negotiations with Anders Lee and his agent on a long-term extension in the six-to-seven year range. They can’t afford to let their leading goal scorer leave after the Tavares decision. Have to wonder if he was thinking about 7 mil a year here when he had his head down and got KRONWALLED

New York Rangers – Rangers have some decisions to make. It seems they’re very likely going to move on and trade Zuccarello at some point this season, but what about Kevin Hayes? He’s on pace for what could be a career year in points… Do you sign or trade him?

Ottawa Senators – Look out league!

https://twitter.com/MattMcK2419/status/1071921232805646336

Philadelphia Flyers – Much like the Hawks, it seems like they fired the wrong guy. Dave Hakstol’s clock is ticking but the Philly faithful are are fed up and one of them hucked a Hextall jersey on the ice after a 7-1 loss to the Jets. We’re getting close on the Philly DoomsDay Emergency Scale, first it’s beers, then it’s jerseys, then batteries are next, and eventually human heads.

Pittsburgh Penguins – Just when you think this team is starting to turn a corner putting up 6 goals in back to back games, beating the Islanders in an important division game, they lose to Ottawa in OT. When will we see Matt Murray back in the net and will it be the good or the bad version? 

Also in the least surprising news ever, Kris Letang is a big brooklyn guy over playing at Nassau. How’s he supposed to flaunt those dashing good looks and incredible flow in the city when he’s stuck at that trash heap on the Island. 

San Jose Sharks – Kinda concerning for SJ fans that Erik Karlsson and Joe Pavelski are this far in and still not signed huh? They are awfully tight against the cap so it’s kind of a waiting game. I assume this would be the last year of Jumbo in San Jose and they would flip his money to little Joe P’s if they choose to have him stick around.

St Louis Blues – Let’s see how the players are handling the stress of a losing year in St. Louis…

https://twitter.com/CharlieMarlow_/status/1072179243235323905

Oh good (Also the Owner was attending practice… Yikes)

Tampa Bay Lightning – When is Vasilevsky coming back? Oh he’s practicing this week? Oh it doesn’t matter? Ok, cool. Louis Domingue went 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and .957 save percentage, giving the Bolts their sixth straight win overall and a six-point lead atop the NHL standings.

Toronto Maple Leafs – Get ready for a yard sale this offseason you guys. It could easily cost $22 million to re-sign Matthews and Marner, crushing the Leafs’ cap space with to over $78 million tied up in just 14 players. They’d probably love to keep Jake Gardiner, but is there room?

Vancouver Canucks – Elias Petterson is continuing the trend of tremendous Swede’s in Vancouver. He has 30 points for his career already which puts him at 6th on a list of rookies with mesmerizing starts over the last 30 NHL seasons

The Youth movement is on in Vancouver and is paying off…

https://twitter.com/PR_NHL/status/1072128869816303616

Vegas Golden Knights – Before the season started VGK and William Karlsson avoided arbitration with a $5.25 million 1 year deal. The ultimate show me deal. Karlsson scored 43 goals last year after never scoring more than 9 in the season. Vegas was hesitant to commit big money long term and rightfully so. So where does he stand this offseason? He’s got 10 goals this year and is on pace for 25ish. He’s 25 years old, 5 years x 6 million per sounds about right.

Also MAF own’d Kuznetsov 

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Washington Capitals – After struggling early the Caps are back on top of the Metro division. I don’t expect them to ease up either and will take the Metro title for another year. This Kuzy goal is straight filthy. I’ve seen him try this against the Pens more than a few times

https://twitter.com/HockeyDaily365/status/1069351489687224327

Winnipeg Jets – After dummying the Flyers, the Jets had to feel even better than usual after a big win when 7! different players scored in the game. Who said this after the game “Honestly, that was pretty ugly from our group…” Go ahead take a guess… Got it? No not a Flyer offering up some accountability, It was a Jet! Tyler Meyers actually, just straight savage on the winning side of a 7-1 ass beating and speaking some hard truth.

Here’s all 7 goals for your viewing pleasure:

Until next week…

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Yinzer WW2 Vet Discovers The Secret To Living Past 100

Fox News: Andrew E. Slavonic, who celebrated his 101st birthday on Dec. 1 with his family and friends in McMurray, Penn., has been drinking one Coors Light every day at 4 p.m. for the past 15 years.

“In 1996, he actually started drinking regular Coors beer,” Andrew’s son, Bob Slavonic, told Fox News. “He switched to Coors Light beer about 15 years ago. I think I am the one to blame for the switch because that is all that I have been drinking for about the past 25 years.”

I love this man. A WW2 Pilot from the South Hills of Pittsburgh who just loves himself some beer. Look at this man. He doesn’t look a day over 70. That’s what happens when you mix Yinzer blood with the sweet nectar of the Rockies. I respect that Andrew made the switch from the banquet beer to those glorious blue mountains. I’ve recently started drinking Coors light because it’s in my blood to do so and let me tell you when you see those crystal blue mountains you know you’re in for a treat. You don’t even have to worry about mixing in a water at the bar (not that anyone does) because it is basically beer water. You can drink 1000 of them. It’s so much in my blood that Coors light is the official sponsor of my father coach Digs.

Go ahead and call it girls light, I don’t care. I am who I am and I enjoy tapping the rockies. I was strictly a liquor guy for years because beer was too filling but I don’t have that problem with C lights. I don’t want to live to 100 or even 80 but if I did I fully believe that a Coors Light a day would get the job done. Cheers to you Andrew. 

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NHL Seattle Expansion News and Game Notes from Last Night

It’s official Seattle is getting an NHL franchise starting in the 2021 season. I Love it. Ladies and gentlemen your 2022 Stanley Cup Runners Up! The Seattle ____ !

They still haven’t picked a name yet, let’s look at some of the favorites…

Eh, I dunno about yinz guys, but I’m not sold on any of these. I have a few suggestions myself…

https://twitter.com/nickmaraldo/status/1070028479968800768

They actually made a few other decision’s though that deserve some praise. For one this levels out the league to an even 32 teams and coming off of the heels of the success of the Vegas team this has fans eager and excited that winning is possible and should help build a good base. The second important thing the NHL didn’t fuck up here is rushing this team. There was an option on the table to have the team start playing in the 20-21 season, which would have required starting the team on the road until the arena in Seattle would be ‘allegedly’ ready in November of that season. There’s 0% chance that arena will be ready by that date and this team would have been playing 67 road games, 13 outdoor games, and playing their “home” games in Vancouver’s barn. A classic NHL clusterfuck, thankfully crisis avoided. 

Interesting night around the rest of the league as well…

Pittsburgh and Colorado went at it again for the second time in as many weeks in a weird bizzarro universe version of the game last week. Both games featured a team jump out to a big lead, a hat trick, and a comeback.  Weird right? It get’s weirder; all 9 goals in this game were scored into the same net on the same side of the ice. Whaaaat? This time it was the Pens who benefited with Patric Hornqvist scored the fastest most casual random sloppy natural hatty in Penguins team history. Pretty impressive feat for a team that’s featured a few of the greatest players the league has ever seen.

https://twitter.com/NHLGIFs/status/1070140702259142656

Things managed to get even more weird after the game

https://twitter.com/CJAY92/status/1070338018261786625

Auston Matthews put on a show last night for the Leafs as they took down the surprisingly dominant Sabres 4-3 in OT. First this little dandy where he looks like a dad toying with a few of his kids in the backyard…

https://twitter.com/BarSouthNCelly/status/1070138181792653312

Matthews is daddy.

Then he ends the game with this OT snipe so pure it would make Frank Lucas all warm and fuzzy inside.

https://twitter.com/PeteBlackburn/status/1070155677878902784
https://giphy.com/gifs/au4KXnX6lzgkM

Tough night for Jimmy Howard who’s been tossed around in some trade rumours lately. This performance isn’t going to help.

https://twitter.com/tblightning/status/1070136100189073409?s=21
https://twitter.com/tblightning/status/1070141471024734208?s=21

Wings lost in the shootout 6-5.

Montreal took down Ottawa 5-2, maybe not so surprising, however Max Domi and Jonathan Drouin are enjoying their mini resurgence in Montreal. Both guys had a goal and 2 assists EACH!  Tampa doesn’t really miss Drouin, but Arizona has to have a little regret giving up on Domi so soon. He’s got 30 points on the year and 13 goals already, while Galchenyuk has just 10 points total. Woof.

The Blue Jackets fell to the Flames by a score of 6 – 9 (NICE!) in an absurd game. If you’ve got the time you can watch all of those goals here:

Somehow James Neal didn’t get a point. Problematic.

“That’s what happens when you run into a lion in the jungle.”

Those are the words of Ryan Reaves after his run in with Tom Wilson last night in a 5-3 VGK win. For some reason these guys won’t just fight and get it over with, they buy each other drinks all night but never take each other home, it’s all the foreplay without insertion, they just love to take runs at each other.

https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/status/1070335167775076352
https://twitter.com/RP_Quigs/status/1070160887086931968

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