Halloween has come and gone. The NHL has given us both the tricks and the treats this season. One of those treats has been watching Jaroslav Halak in net for the Bruins. Another has been recording the Two Man Forecheck. So, without further ado, here is yet another episode for your listening pleasure.
We start with last week’s Twitter Poll. It was the second highest vote total to date. With 46 percent of the votes, Edmonton wins the poll. How does everyone feel about this outcome?
Mike tackles the issue of officiating in the NHL. After last night’s Bruins game, a 1-0 shut out by the Nashville Predators, there were some officiating issues that cropped up during the game. A call that was truly sold by Colton Sissons and a missed call against David Pastrnak. The solution: less officials for non-division games and a constant review/evaluation for those officials that are struggling according to Mike. Any thoughts?
Is Bruce Cassidy to blame for the goaltending controversy brewing in Boston? He has admitted that they start the season with a plan for how the team utilizes the netminders. It would appear as though the brass may have some input here as well, with the amount of money they are spending on Tuukka Rask. The problem, and it is a good one, is that the backup is playing well enough to keep Tuukka on the bench for the foreseeable future. Halak has the best save percentage of any ‘tender in the NHL with 5 or more starts. This could get more convoluted before it straightens out.
The Bruins have other pressing issues, namely the inability of lines 2 through 4 putting the puck in the net. Again, Mike has an opinion here. The issue is one word…Transition. The Bruins need some kind of shake up, whether internal or via trade. Is there an issue here? How can the Bruins solve it? Let us know.
We at the Two Man Forecheck wish Pekka Rinne a happy birthday, but not the way the Predators front office did when they offered him a 2-year extension worth 10 million dollars. Our guess is that the only one attending the party that wasn’t happy was Juuse Saros, the heir apparent in net for Nashville.
Zac Kassian wants out of Edmonton, and the brass has told him that he is more than welcome to find a suitor for the Oilers to trade with. Honestly, the Oilers have bigger fish to fry than whether Kassian is happy with his current team or finds himself another home.
Finally, the NHL and MGM have signed a deal of undisclosed value to sell data to the casino giant to use in setting betting lines for NHL games. Gambling in states, however, is still a state by state issue so there will be more to come before this takes off.
Let us know what you think and as always…enjoy the show!