Well, considering that we’re creatures of habit, we should probably be happy that we’re in the doldrums of schedule-hell month, and don’t have to deal with shocking changes to our routine like having to play teams that aren’t in our division. So here we go, once again, with the Islanders.
The big story tonight is that Patty’s been moved over to center. It takes us back, this system of having natural centers playing at wing and natural wingers playing at center; it reminds us of the good old days, back when we were killing hockey and not the other way around. Pookie comments, as we see a graphic about Patty’s position shift, “It’s not like it’s going to last more than 15 seconds, though.” She makes a valid point.
The pregame chit chat moves on to the Poppers, and Chico says, “A hockey team is a lot like a rock band.” We correct him loudly, “It’s an orchestra, Chico.”
19:35 Doc mentions that Greene is skating with Rachunek tonight because Paulie’s still injured. Pookie: “BOO!” Pause. “Sorry, that was just me booing Marc Staal.”
17:51 Patty hits the ice and looks like he’s not totally lost skating up the middle; of course, it’s the same old result after he takes a pass in stride, drifts up the offensive zone and then shoots high.