We’re, if nothing else, inconsistently consistent….wait, have we used that one before?!
This week, Marty and John are in their usual seats at the mics, but this time Dave is ‘calling it in’ and Arn is….well, absent….but that doesn’t stop us here at Door 14 Hockey!
In a new episode of the Door 14 Hockey podcast, the guys begrudgingly discuss Panthers success in CHL. The gang get political, get outraged by coach violence and discuss the ladies of Kuwait. Theres goals galore in the NHL and the topic of the month is: EIHL DOPS!
As always, we take a look at the standings in the EIHL, the Challenge Cup and also the Conferences, but this week, we get our chops back into the NHL as the regular season of ‘the show’ gets started!
First off, the EIHL:
And of course, the NHL standings after week 1:
We talk all about the historic weekend for the Nottingham Panthers as they progress to the knockout stages of the Champions Hockey League following their incredible 2-0 home victory over opponents YPS Turku. Have a look here, as John apologises for his early predictions for the Panther’s CHL prospects!
And not to be outshone on the night, the Cardiff Devils completed a stellar night of European hockey for the Elite League contingent with a solid home victory over the Vaxjo Lakers. They won’t progress, but this will live with Devils fans for a while!
The NHL saw its first example of the ‘take a knee’ protests that have been sweeping professional sports in the US as J.T. Brown of the Tampa Bay Lightning raised a fist throughout the singing of Star Spangled Banner.
The guys discuss their feelings on the matter and on the NHL being brought deeper into the political situation in the US.
The guys gush over an epic goal from the NCAA, as Coale Norris, a freshman from Ferris State nets himself a career opening ‘Bobby Orr‘ goal! See the video here!
WHAT A GOAL! Norris loses his footing but finishes in amazing fashion! Dawgs up 3-1! pic.twitter.com/0Sdq7BMVKk
— Ferris State Hockey (@FerrisHockey) October 8, 2017
Unfortunately, things weren’t going just as well for a junior hockey player in Sochi, Russia, as a coach was suspended for a terrible use of a stick on one of his own players! Take a look below and see if you agree with what we said, and you can read more here.
A young Aussie was having a far better time of it in his home debut for the Washington Capitals, as the first Australian to be drafted and get a start with an NHL team scored in his first game with the team, and even better, with his Mum and Fiancee in the crowd!
Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti women’s hockey system is bringing on the stars of not just today, but also those of tomorrow, proving that hockey really is for everyone!
Back in the US, the Goalies are going Wild, and none moreso that Devin Dubnyk, who robbed the Detroit Redwings’ Nyquist of a sure-fire goal during opening weekend!
The same couldn’t be said of the Penguin’s netminder as the Chicago Blackhawks took the defending Stanley Cup Champions apart in their home season opener in a 10-1 onslaught. Top amongst the ‘Hawks goals was the backhand shot of Patrick Kane. Click the link in the picture below and skip ahead to 2:30 below to see it in all its tight-angled glory!
Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs opened their account for the 2017/18 season with a rousing 7-2 win that keeps Marty happy at least! Click the link in the picture below and see how they did it!
Of course, as it seems in every episode recently we talk all about the crazy roundabout world that is the Elite League’s Department of Player Safety, and update on Cardiff Devils Paul Crowder’s 3 game ban following this ‘slash’ below, along with a quick chat on decisions that affected the Belfast Giants as well as the ‘Fife’ situation…anything but transparent…
Didn’t see this at the time but only called as a 2 min penalty… pic.twitter.com/KqQ9gZBDYS
— Andrew Kingston (@treblethree) 23 September 2017
3 game ban, eh? The guys make clear what they think of that…
Meanwhile, back in the EIHL the Steelers and Panthers showed off what could well be the first real heavyweight bout of the season as Fitzgerald and Gagnon trade blows not once but twice in the same break in play. If you’re one of the dying breed that enjoy fighting in hockey, you’ll love this one. I know we do, as long as they’re hurting each other and not the Giants!
Sometimes though, the big hits can be ill-timed and ill-informed. The hit that Tom Wilson put on Blues player Samuel Blais, for example, which saw the NHL Department of Player Safety (paying attention here EIHL?) suspended him 4 games for. Take a look at the full story via the link below and see if you agree.
But with all the complaining we do…is there anything that can be done to make the game better?! The Hockey News has a few thoughts on this, and so did we on everything, including a *Multi-Puck Bonus Round!*.
So, what do you think of this edition of the Door 14 Hockey Podcast?