Monday, December 10, 2007

Monday open thread
Hockey Night in Buffalo

Since I mostly work nights these days, I don't make it out to as many games as I'd like to (something that has more than a little to do with how expensive the home team's games are). Tonight, however, I'll be down at HSBC Arena to see the visiting Bruins take on the Sabres.

Boston's been incredibly successful under Claude Julien this season, even without Patrice Bergeron, and on the road, the team's trapping ways have been well documented. I'm guessing Alex Auld makes his second start as a Bruin tonight, so perhaps there's still hope for a few goals to be scored.

Buffalo's managed 15 goals in its last two wins, but remains in last place in the Northeast Division.

Around the league tonight:

Anaheim @ Columbus
New Jersey @ Washington
Boston @ Buffalo
Tampa Bay @ Toronto
Detroit @ Nashville
Edmonton @ Dallas
Vancouver @ Los Angeles

That's our feature game, but feel free to discuss any of these in the comments. I'll be back from south of the border to join in sometime after midnight.



At 2:10 p.m., December 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow....I never thought I would see the day that I watched COPS on saturday night instead of the brutal Leafs v. Bruins game. Seriously, How does Bettman even CONSIDER expansion after watching those types of games? HOw on earth do you sell that type of game to non-traditional hockey markets? IT will only get worse.

At 2:15 p.m., December 10, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Now, now — I'm still holding out hope that I get my $100 worth outta my sixth row seat.

At 2:27 p.m., December 10, 2007, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Claude Julian is (again) having an Adams callibre season as the coach of the Bruins.
2) He got hosed by Lou Lamarello last spring. If he weren't fired we'd bet he would have been one of the finalsts for the award!

At 2:36 p.m., December 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be less of a hassle for you to just stay home a light a $100 bill on fire?

At 2:36 p.m., December 10, 2007, Blogger PPP said...

James, you'll never get $100 of entertainment out of a Bruins game.

At 3:14 p.m., December 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Julien is so great, how come the horrid Montreal Canadiens make his team and him look like a pee wee house league team?
The Sabres will demolish Claude's Clods about 9-1 tonight.
He only got into the league because of affirmative action in Montreal.

At 4:11 p.m., December 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you feel about Vancouver @ Los Angeles??

At 5:01 p.m., December 10, 2007, Anonymous nfreeman said...

Have a great time at the game! Make sure you get some real wings while you're in Buffalo (Duff's, Anchor Bar or Gabriel's Gate). Also, keep your eye on Tim Connolly. He's one of the best playmakers I've ever seen.

At 5:40 p.m., December 10, 2007, Blogger Sap said...

Have a good time in Buffalo!

Headquarters of Labatt's USA.

At 9:45 p.m., December 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic. Most NHL teams use ice surface as video screen these days. Quite cool.

Does anybody know how much this costs each team? Equipment, I mean.

I'm running a European team and decided that Mirtle's blog is first stop looking for answers. Thanks. Tack så mycket.

At 10:10 p.m., December 10, 2007, Blogger Andrew Bucholtz said...

Bit of a disappointing performance from Buffalo there, but another strong game from Alex Auld: he's showing that he can compete at the NHL level. Vancouver - L.A. tonight should be another interesting game, especially with the Crawford allegations floating around... wonder if he'll be out to beat his old team.

At 12:45 p.m., December 11, 2007, Blogger Doogie said...

Does anybody know how much this costs each team? Equipment, I mean.

Total guesswork time:

Probably whatever your standard projection HDTV costs. Just mount that sucker on the bottom of the scoreboard, hook it up, and focus. Seems like it should be that simple. Maybe some sort of cage around it so that a random flying puck doesn't ding it (or embed it deep enough in the scoreboard, if it's hollow, that the odds of that are astronomically low).

Anyone who knows what they're talking about have a better guess? Or is this reasonably close?


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