The Nathan Paetsch Experiment

February 7, 2009 at 10:41 am | Posted in Andrew Peters, Buffalo Sabres, Happy!!, Jaroslav Spacek, Jason Pominville, Lindy Ruff, Montreal Canadiens, Nathan Paetsch, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Patrick Kaleta, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryan Miller, Sean Avery, Tim Connolly, Twins Named Lundqvist, Washington Capitals, Winning Is Totally Awesome | 1 Comment

When they were scrolling the lines at the bottom of the screen last night I thought it was a mistake when it said Paetsch on the wing.  I was even more confused when he wasn’t listed in a defensive pair, and then I saw Pie and Petey were scratched so I was quite perplexed.  Then RJ or someone else said something about Patches playing on the wing and I wondered if Lindy was on crack.  Sure, it’s a really smart idea having a seventh defensemen dressed in case Jaro got hurt again, but Patches?  Playing the wing?  Ever since that New Jersey game in December I have disliked Nathan.  Maybe he’s been playing better these past few games, but he was so craptastic that night that I just didn’t ever want to see him play again.  I would have rather seen Pommer go back on D for a few shifts.  (I’m still waiting for that, Lindy.  Why must you taunt is by telling us Pommer might play defense but then keep him on offense?  It’s cruel.)  

Patches proved that he actually could play a good game of hockey.  On offense.  And he scored a lovely goal.  Sure, it wasn’t like the Timmy goal, but that pass was great and the one-timer was awesome.  Woo, Patches!  Lindy said in the postgame press conference that he might just keep Nathan up front. I realize he might have been joking but that line last night was probably the best one out there.

Ryan Miller is certainly justifying his contract, if you ask me.  He has been ridiculously good.  I’m glad we decided to keep him.

Tim Connolly is amazing at hockey.  End of story.

Heh.  Jaro’s goal made me happy.  See, Sabres?  Just take a shot!  You never know when you’ll catch the goalie by surprise and get a goal!  (The picture on the front of the Sports section today in TBN made me all fuzzy inside.  Jaro looked so happy!)

I really wish the Sabres would just shoot on the freaking power play.  Did they have any shots with the man-advantage last night?  I really want to just make them all sit down and watch footage of a team that actually SHOOTS THE PUCK on the power play.  That’s really my only complaint from last night.

Patty K was hitting everything that moved last night.  He’s such a great guy to have in the lineup.  I keep forgetting to mention it, but I absolutely love Patty killing penalties.  It’s so awesome. 

That whole game last night was awesome.  Beating Toronto was great because it was their first game back after a long road trip and they needed to get the confidence and momentum, but last night was huge because it was a team above them in the standings.  They’re only four points out of fourth place.  If Boston beats Philly this afternoon and then Buffalo beats Ottawa, the Sabres will be in fifth place.  One point behind Montreal/out of fourth place.  Tonight’s game is huge.  Absolutely huge.  Ottawa is terrible but Buffalo is terrible on the second nights of back-to-backs.  

Dallas beat the Rangers 10-2.  That.  Is.  Hilarious.  Oh, how the mighty have fallen.  Remember when everyone thought the Rangers would win the Cup after like two games?  That was amusing.  There are lots of rumors swirling around that Sean Avery is headed back to the Rangers.  Last night no one on the postgame show thought he would go back to New York, but if I were to take an unbiased stance on all this I would say it was an excellent idea.  From what I’ve seen of the Rangers, all they really have that keeps them from being a terrible team is Henrik Lundqvist.  Sean Avery would definitely add a little pizazz to the lineup.  (Did I just say pizazz?  In regards to Sean Avery?)  They had a better record with him in the lineup than without him last year, and while I think standing in front of goalies and waving your stick is absolutely moronic he definitely knew how to get the team going.  

The Caps are playing the Panthers tonight so I have double the reasons to root for Washington.  I love it when they win and we need them to do us a favor and keep Florida from getting two points.  The Panthers handed the Caps their first regulation loss in the Verizon Center way back when, but I have faith in the Caps.  Won’t they be desperate for a win after that LA game?

Pittsburgh won.  Boo.

Is Petey coming back in the lineup tonight?  This could really go either way because obviously you might want him in there after last game, but I’m thinking Lindy might want to keep in the players that win him the games…

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  1. Did I just say pizazz? In regards to Sean Avery?

    He does have pizazz, and that’s because he’s gay.


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