Do you see what I see, edition VII

ice-girls-please

Finally the NHL season officially begins tonight, and one of the classiest players to ever play, Joe Sakic, will be honoured in Colorado. It still bothers me that the Avs raised Ray Bourque’s jersey when he only played there for two years, but Sakic is a no-brainer and that is a ceremony I’m gonna watch.

Here is just another reason why the Oilers need Ice Girls. Check out this video on the Dallas Stars web page. It promotes their Ice Girls.

The best part about this in that on CBC satellite radio host Jeff Marek and Cassie Campbell called this, “soft porn”. Marek even twittered this: “Yup, that Avery sure was a pig wasn’t he, Dallas Stars?”

Marek, I know you work for mother corp, but please. Soft porn? It’s girls in bikinis, sure the music and acting ability was similar to what you’d see in one of Wanye’s home made videos, but it was far from pornish. Come on Jeff go to the beach some time my friend you can see that every weekend. While those two sticks in the mud frown at this video, I applaud the Stars Ice Girls, because now I know every one of their names. It will make watching Stars’ games on TV much more enjoyable when I watch Sarah, Yvette, Cassie or Kaime shoveling the ice.

No offence to Goggles, who I featured on Just A Game last year, but I’d rather watch ice girls scrape the ice, than guys in tracksuits.

On ice things to look for…

  • Everyone is picking Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin to be top three in scoring, but who will be fourth? There are plenty of options, but I’ll go with Joe Thornton. He’s never played with a sniper like Dany Heatley, and if he can help Jonathon Cheechoo tally 56 goals, look for Heatley to surpass 60 for the first time in his career.
  • Ryan Getzlaf, Nicklas Backstrom and Pavel Datsyuk are the other three I see finishing fourth or in the top-five. Look for Rick Nash to have a break out year and get 90+ points, if he stays healthy.
  • I think Marc Savard will have a drop off in production without Kessel. Lucic isn’t as good of a scorer. Same goes for Zack Parise.
  • Ilya Kovalchuk will be the most talked about trade bait all season long. He’s entering the final year of his contract, and the speculation will be brutal, but don’t expect the Thrashers to deal him unless they are completely out of the playoff hunt in Feb/March.
  • The Caps might have a Triple Crown line, if Bruce Boudreau keeps Ovechkin, Backstrom and Alex Semin together all year. Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan along with Thornton, Heatley and Devon Setoguchi are the other lines that will be battle for “best line” moniker.
  • The Avs will finish last. They are very thin up front and on the backend.
  • Most of the Oiler fans who begged to get rid of MacTavish, will be begging TSN to use him more than the 25 games he is scheduled to appear on.
  • If the Oilers have two guys with more than 27 goals like Brownlee said, then they will for sure make the playoffs. He thinks Comrie and Penner will tickle the twine this frequently.
  • Dion Phaneuf will score 20 goals, but the Flames will struggle to score goals.
  • After having only one 50-goal man last year, we’ll see four guys top fifty, and hopefully we’ll see six players with 100 points.
  • Stortini will be in the top five in fighting majors, and he’ll score eight goals.
  • Tom Gilbert will get 40 points again, yet he’ll be the player most often in Edmonton that the Oilers should trade.
  • I hate to say it, but the Human Rake will make the Flyers a legitimate Cup contender. Ray Emery will fight at least once this year, and Flyer fans will adore him.
  • There will be at least three epic Nation parties for PPV games this year.
  • bingofuel and Wanye’s new layout of the Nation will blow your minds and we’ll see even more interaction during the season (here’s a slight teaser).
  • Andrew Cogliano will be over 40% in the draw this year, of course he’ll take way fewer draws than last season.
  • Canada will win the gold in Olympic men’s hockey, and it will kill some Oiler fans to have to cheer for the Human Rake, Phaneuf and Heatley for two weeks.
  • Only four of these predictions will actually happen and I’ll be mocked mercilessly come April, which will entice me to make even bolder predictions come playoff time.
  • Ogden Brother Jr.

    @ offside:
    LOL. Headline, 100 winners for Lotto 6/49. All got the numbers from some Ogden character on website that may or may not sell fuel or bingo dabbers.

  • Ender the Dragon

    Jason Gregor wrote:

    Canada will win the gold in Olympic men’s hockey, and it will kill some Oiler fans to have to cheer for the Human Rake, Phaneuf and Heatley for two weeks.

    While I will cheer loudly for for my nation's colors on the ice, I promise right now to close my eyes, stick my fingers in my ears, and scream NA-NA-NA-NA-NA at the top of my lungs until the TV stops saying anything nice about Tall-Boy.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    offside wrote:

    @ Ogden Brother Jr.:
    I’m going to play those numbers, I’ll substitute 6 for the 68!!!!!

    Big mistake… HUGE. The numbers as they were are CONFIRMED!!! When Wanye confirms something, never doubt it.

  • freeze

    @ Halibut:
    Truth on the defense side. I do think that they are capable of much more on the offense side (esp. Grebs). Perhaps they are worrying about D too much and in turn holding themselves back offensively. I think Quinn will encourage their offense this year.

  • The music in the ice girls video was more pornish than the eye candy. Now if they started to do some pillow fighting & break into a game of jello twister on the bow of the boat then I would have to call it 'soft porn'

    edited by BUCK75 to save @bingofuel the hassle

  • Lofty

    Halibut wrote:

    Really? I think their offence will be fine, coverage in the defensive zone is what those two have to work on.

    I keep saying it but the top ten highest scoring teams all made the playoffs last year. The oil dont have posession long enough and dont keep it in the offensive zone long enough. Without these two things even the best defenses will get abused.

  • Ender the Dragon

    Jason Gregor wrote:

    Everyone is picking Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin to be top three in scoring, but who will be fourth? There are plenty of options, but I’ll go with Joe Thornton. He’s never played with a sniper like Dany Heatley. . .

    Thornton was the first overall pick in my fantasy pool. He is going to shoot the lights out this year. Those top three 'locks' had best play very well indeed if they want to keep pace.

  • "bingofuel and Wanye’s new layout of the Nation will blow your minds and we’ll see even more interaction during the season."

    I have to agree. The development teams have made an absolute ring-a-ding-dong dandy of a new site.

    SQUEEEE

  • I'm a Scientist!

    Ogden Brother Jr. wrote:

    @ offside:
    7,24,33,45,49 68

    Weird. Those are the exact same numbers i always play! I am excited to know that they are going to be picked this weekend because i NEVER win…

  • Halibut

    freeze wrote:

    If Gilbert sticks to his promise of putting more pucks on net, he will be a sleeper pick in the fantasy pools for sure. The Oil need Grebs and Gilbs to develop their offensive instincts and help the team out more.

    Really? I think their offence will be fine, coverage in the defensive zone is what those two have to work on.

  • freeze wrote:

    Agreed. Is he getting better about looking everywhere except the camera? His first night (Leafs preseason game)he seemed to look everywhere except the camera. Even when looking straight ahead his eyes were off camera. I wonder if the regulars were messing with him?

    Agreed. Hard to stare into his dreamy eyes if he won't look into the camera.

  • freeze

    Ogden Brother Jr. wrote:

    I want MacT on every TSN every night.

    Agreed. Is he getting better about looking everywhere except the camera? His first night (Leafs preseason game)he seemed to look everywhere except the camera. Even when looking straight ahead his eyes were off camera. I wonder if the regulars were messing with him?

  • freeze

    If Gilbert sticks to his promise of putting more pucks on net, he will be a sleeper pick in the fantasy pools for sure. The Oil need Grebs and Gilbs to develop their offensive instincts and help the team out more.