First, for those not able to watch the opening ceremonies at the Bell Centre last night (the NHL Center Ice package carried the Pittsburgh telecast) here is how it looked on RDS….
Et maintenant, Mesdames et Messieurs, from the NY Times Slap
It’s still early in this N.H.L. season but it’s impossible to ignore
the turnarounds and successes of last year’s non-playoff teams so far.
They have combined for 19 wins, while losing 12 in regulation and two
after regulation, which is 40 of a possible 66 points. Meanwhile, last
year’s playoff teams have won 22, lost 18 in regulation and nine after
regulation, getting only 53 of a possible 98 points.
The Oilers and Stars are both 2-0. So are the Hurricanes and also the
Lightning, following their 4-3 overtime win in Montreal Wednesday
night, despite having fallen behind 2-0. They outscored the Habs, 4-1,
over the next 44 minutes and out-shot the Canadiens, 47-27. Only the
excellent play of Carey Price (talk about a turnaround) kept Montreal in