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Happy Hour! – 11/6, @ Colorado Avalanche, 9 PM

“Come on and let’s do it/Blog it, my pony” – Ginuwine

Here’s a cool little musical performance! Chris Stapleton performing his song “Drink You Away” at the CMAs with Justin Timberlake!

  1. Chris Stapleton’s beard game, hat game, and bolo tie game are on a straight up different level. He can’t be stopped, you can only hope to contain him.
  2. Justin Timberlake is a good performer and I think he seems like a nice young man.
  3. Is your song being performed by a bearded man with gravelly voice? Are the lyrics about coping with heartbreak with whiskey? If you answered yes to these questions, I am interested in your music. Forward any and all suggestions to BillClinton @ aol dot com. (I have no reason for it, but I have a feeling Bill probably still uses AOL).
  4. Is Chris Stapleton an up and coming stud in the country world? Yes. Is Justin Timberlake a music icon? Of course. Is either of them the true star of this video? No. Ladies and gentlemen, I humbly submit to you (from about the 2:32 mark) THIS GUY:

    LOOK AT HIM

    Look at this man

That is how you own your moment on camera. Embrace the Nic Cage-esque hairline, put on your creepiest looking face, and emphasize your neck fat. Also, massive shoutout to the other guy over first guy’s shoulder keeping Patrick Swayze’s hair from the 1980s alive and well. TO HOCKEY WE GO!

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ON TAP TONIGHT

  • The Avalanche of Colorado. They are 4-8-1, they’re near the bottom of the league in almost every single advanced stat, and have been generally horrendous. No player on their team has provided better examples of things not going how you want than, poor, poor Matt Duchene getting robbed not once, but twice in spectacular fashion. Colorado has a talented forward group in Duchene, Landeskog, MacKinnon, and old man Jarome Iginla, and an excellent goaltender in Semyon Varlamov, but the blue line is…. lacking. Really, the Rangers have no excuse to come out of here without 2 points.
  • It looks as though Rick Nash might miss some time with a back issue, meaning Emerson Etem would fill in and guys would get moved around the line-up. Personally, I hope JT Miller gets some top-6 minutes if Nash does indeed sit. At his best, he’s played great north-south hockey with a physical edge, except he’s shown he has the ability to set teammates up for really solid chances. Also, he’s like 22 years old (I could easily look this up; I will not look this up), so giving him those minutes when possible could really serve his development well.
  • Hank is playing tonight, which means we probably get Raanta tomorrow. I think Hank’s long overdue to get his first shutout, and I think tonight’s the night.
  • Fear: Nash sits, the Rangers score a bunch of goals and win easily. I don’t fear this in terms of anything affecting the team or Nash himself. What I fear is the inevitably shitty and lazy onslaught of Nash coverage and hot takes that will follow. No part of me will ever understand why human beings universally blame the best player on their favorite teams for every single thing that goes wrong. The best answer anyone ever has for this is “that’s the scrutiny stars have to deal with,” which is essentially just saying “ummm because.” Nash needs to produce points, sure, but he plays less than a third of every game and has done everything well (look up the advanced stats if you care to, but he is driving possession and scoring chances really well). Most likely, he’s hit a stretch of bad luck and will regress back to the norm. Reading coverage about Nash and the Rangers this year would lead you to believe that he’s the worst player on the team and that the team has lost every game by 7 goals. It’s lazy as hell to blame the best player for things going wrong (see: Ovechkin, Alex), and being lazy is easy. But if you’re interested in learning about hockey and what drives successful teams vs. what drags bad teams down, don’t ever listen to anyone giving you a piping hot “Nash sucks” take. They’re being lazy and, worse, they don’t have a clue what they’re talking about.

Game’s at 9. Let’s go Rangers.

That Brawl at the Start of Rangers vs. Devils

When I saw what lineup the Devils were starting with last night, it was pretty clear DeBoer was calling out Torts. Since my brain is just a weird place, my reaction can be described no better than in this picture:

I’m not sure whether this makes Torts the Jules in this situation, but it I’m pretty sure DeBoer is Brett. And judging by the blood on his face, I think that makes Ryan Carter the Marvin here. I get to be Winston Wolf, because this is my blog and I make the rules. Every introduction I’ve ever written has been exactly this genius.

I’ll get this out of the way: I don’t really care for fights like the one that started off Monday’s game against the Devils. In concept, at least. I think fights really should be a part of the game only when used to make a player answer for a dirty play (like jumping on a guy for running your team’s goalie), or in extreme cases to give your team some extra motivation (think Vinny Lecavalier fighting Jarome Iginla in the 2004 cup).

Having said that, oh man that was so heavy metal. There were too many fights at once for the main camera to see it. Play was delayed for like 10 minutes so they could clear bloody ice shavings off the ice surface. It got the crowd going and the teams going enough that it felt more like a playoff game than any other game the Rangers have played this year.

A lot has been made of Torts and Pete DeBoer exchanging unkind words about starting line-ups with fighters at each other’s arenas, but it’s pretty clear that they’re both in the wrong. Torts did it in Jersey then acted indignant when DeBoer did the same thing. DeBoer did the exact same thing last night and less than 3 hours after doing it acted righteously indignant about Torts doing it weeks ago. It was childish, and kind of makes both teams and coaches look shitty.

Also, the Devils have some tough dudes, but why in the name of Allah would Pete DeBoer want to start a game against the Rangers that way? There’s no way it accomplishes anything except guaranteeing a more physically brutal game, and that pretty clearly favors the Rangers style of play. I understand the desire, but it is a coach’s job to put emotion aside and do what gives your team the best chance to win. In the end it was a bad choice by DeBoer that led to a win that clinched the Rangers a playoff spot and hopefully ends their recent slump.

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