Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Trend or Mirage?
Three games in and I have noticed a few things that may be trends or short-term mirages:
1. I don't notice Ryan Suter on the ice and this is a good thing. Like football offensive linemen, the less I notice a defenseman the better. Suter is smooth, does not make glaring mistakes and eats a lot of minutes; he just does not make the flashy, sexy play. No complaints here.
2. More than anything else, Zach Parise's hustle is his best attribute. Sure, he has plenty of other very good skills, but what stands out to me is his never-ending energy. It seems like he is always the first one to a loose puck, the first guy to backcheck and never dogs it.
3. Anthony LaPanta is not horrible; I would classify him as a slight upgrade over Dan Terhaar. Obviously not Doc Emrick or even Ralph Strangis, but better than I though he'd be.
4. I'm becoming a big fan of Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. Get a sack of tortilla chips and dip away. Spicy, yet not over the top. Good alternative to salsa.