After a nice summer break, The Good Old Hockey Show is back with a vengenace!
As the big Red Wings’ fan that I am, I gladly accepted the opportunity to do a little biased writing about my favorite team. My first — and hopefully not last — post at TPL is up for the reading pleasure of hockey fans everywhere.
Make sure to check it out and check out the rest of their site too. They do a great job over there!
Over the coming weeks, The Production Line will be publishing guest posts from our very favorite readers, commenters, and Tweeps — those that don’t have a Wings blog to call their own, and might appreciate a place to vent, praise, bitch, or jailsex it up. We’re proud to offer up this space to some good friends, great writers, and incredible hockey fans.
For today’s installment, we’re proud to present Jeff Hancock of The Good Old Hockey Show – a kickass program that has had me on as a guest twice. Though he has to be fairly impartial co-hosting such a show, Jeff makes no secret that he’s a Michigan boy and a Red Wings fan. And with that, his post:
I might be in the minority here…but the kids are alright.With the real possibility of Mike Modano (who went to the same elementary and middle school as me; we both had Miss Bowman [no relation to Scotty] for Language Arts as 6th graders. Not at the same time of course. He’s 40 and I’m 22. Different high schools though. His family moved to Livonia, but this is all beside the point)Where was I? Oh yeah…
Ah, the NHL Entry Draft. It’s the day when the hopes of an NHL franchise are realized, and all the hard work put in by a prospect and his family from the time he laces up his first pair of skates finally pays off. Read more…
Our interview with Michael Petrella from The Production Line is now up. Petrella joined us to talk a little Red Wings offseason action. Click here to download the segment or listen online.
We’ll be talking about the Flyers’ historic comeback (or the Bruins’ historic choke…depends how you want to look at it) and Montreal’s improbable run (I picked the Canadiens in 7). We’ll preview the conference finals — San Jose vs. Chicago and Philadelphia vs. Montreal — and give our predictions. Plus, has the Eastern Conference officially reach joke status?
At 2pm we will be joined by Michael Petrella from The Production Line officially lay the Red Wings “transition season”…”season from hell”…”injury plagued season”…whatever you want to call it…we’ll lay it to rest.
Call us at 617.824.8100 or email us at HockeyShowETIN@gmail.com with your questions and comments for us or Petrella.
Let’s go back to the start: March 7, 2010 — The Boston Bruins, playing on the road against the Pittsburgh Penguins, lose their first line center Marc Savard after a questionable hit from Penguins grinder Matt Cooke.
Savard had just taken a shot from above the circles when Cooke raised his shoulder and struck Savard in the head. Savard was on the ice for several minutes, being attended to by a Penguins team doctor, before being carried off. He would be diagnosed with a Grade 2 concussion.
The Bruins were livid.
The opportunity for the rivalry between these two Western Conference juggernauts to grow is tantalizing. Chicago’s head coach Joel Quenneville’s decision to shift hulking behemoth Dustin Byfuglien back to forward should get under the skin of a number of Canucks, including goalie and captain Robertlo Luongo. If Louie loses his cool, expect to see him get yanked. I suggested before the playoffs started that Pat Kane and Jonathan Toews might have to take a step backwards before they can truly reach greatness, and they’ve done nothing but prove me wrong.
Brian Boucher may have had some success against the lowly offense of New Jersey, but with the anticipated return of Marc Savard to the Bruins’ lineup, Boston now has a key cog to drive their offense. Tuukka Rask has been just as good as Boucher. Still, this should be a good mixture of punch and panache between both teams.