Monday, February 1, 2010

One Point Is Better Than None

We all know it will be tough for the Regina Pats to make the playoffs. The mountain may be too steep, but the team will give it all they can in the final quarter of the WHL season to get there.
Try and try as they might on Monday night, they couldn't get the job done losing 2-1 in a shootout to the Kootenay Ice in a game that won't be confused for a classic anytime soon.
The two teams looked like they wanted to be elsewhere at the start of the game and really it didn't pick up until Jordan Eberle scored on a power play in the 3rd. The overtime was great with both teams having chances, but in the end the Ice walk away with two points and the Pats one. It leaves Regina seven points behind 8th place Prince Albert. Red Deer is at the Dome tonight in a game that will be seen across the country on Rogers Sportsnet. Its also Jordan Eberle autograph night as Canada's best junior hockey player will sign autographs after the game. The team will hand out a picture of Eberle for 5 dollars. All proceeds go to the WHL Haiti fund.
The Oilers win and the Flames lose. That's more like it!!!!! Those wins should be few and far between for the Oil though so they don't endanger getting either Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin. By the way, why did the Flames wait a night to make that trade with the Rangers that is now official. Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust are headed to Broadway for Chris Higgins and Ales Kotalik. That move to sign Jokinen was a great one wasn't it Calgary fans. You gotta wonder if Matthew Barnaby was right on trade deadline day last year when he said the guy was a cancer.
Rumour has it that the Oilers were ready to send Sheldon Souray to Washington. The Oilers would have received Tomas Fleischmann and Karl Alzner. Andrew Cogliano might have also been in the mix. Of course Souray's injured wrist means that won't be happening.
Amber Holland split her games at the Scotties beating Ontario and losing to Manitoba. She is 2-3 going into Tuesday's play.
As you go into your Tuesday, I say....

Muscles come and go; flab lasts.


Anonymous said...

lol you know the oilers are gonna rally and finish third last and pick some guy they'll swear was at the top of their draft board...

Anonymous said...

Do you have any thoughts on Eberle's play over the last couple of weeks? He looks tired to me and somewhat disinterested.

patsprincess said...

I've been keeping my eye on Eberle in the last few weeks since his return from the World Juniors,too. I've noticed a definite decline in his game for sure. I've attributed it to one of a few things: (1) he's burnt out from playing so much at the World Juniors and then straight back home into a quite a mess that he was "expected" to help clean up (i.e. a really rough December for the Pats meant they needed an awesome January), (2)he is feeling under the weather, in which case, maybe he should scratch a game or two to get himself back into top condition, (3) he thinks it is a "lost cause" for the Pats and is feeling defeated, especially after the heartbreaking loss to USA, now just looking forward to heading down to Springfield or getting on the Oilers' bench, or (4) a version of social loafing -- he plays to the level of the team he is on (i.e. he played with Canada's best for WJs so he played up to the level of game he was in, but the Pats are not quite at the same elite level, so he relaxes a bit, takes it less seriously and ultimately gets sloppy and plays closer to the level of the rest of his team. Also, he has played so many games with the Pats that it could feel routine now, which would definitely not help get adrenaline pumping). Just my thoughts... anyone agreee/disagree? I still think that Jordan Eberle is a phenomenal player regardless of where he is, and that he is just in a slump right now. I think he'll get out of it relatively quickly though.

Anonymous said...

Hey Mitch, what did you think of all the empty seats that reared there ugly heads on national tv tonight?
Pretty embarrasssing eh?