Monday, February 18, 2008

Battle of the Faves

So this afternoon marks the second game of the Sharks' east coast road trip, as they take on the Islanders. The Islanders have some boys we enjoy, namely my primary hubby Ruslan Fedotenko and the unanimously gorgeous Rick DiPietro. (Last night, we introduced Giggles to Pretty Ricky, and she was so taken with the Islanders' goalie that she exclaimed, "Cheechoo, who!?") Sadly, Bruno Gervais, Soph's NYI husband, is out injured, as is his d partner Chris Campoli. (If you'd like to get to know these two guys, check out this video, it's hilarious! It also gave us a new appreciation for the Vengaboys, and I know that must be tempting!) The Islanders are on a bit of a roll now, having won their last three games, and Rusty has exploded for four goals (two GWG) in his last three games. NHLTV actually has a little interview with him that's pretty exciting, except that he affirms his dislike of the nickname "Rusty," which is what I grew up calling him. That was just what he was called during his Philly tenure. Even though Dan Moriarty approves of "Tank", I just can't get into it. Rusty's no Tank. He doesn't mow people over. Cripes, he's not even 200 lbs, which I think would have to be a prerequesite for Tank-ness! "Rusty," I'll admit, is not a fabulous nickname, but Tank? Geez, let's just go back to Feds!

As for the Sharks, they are in more of a tailspin than NYI, having lost their last three games. But today could certainly be a chance for redemption, since the Islanders' play has been quite erratic this season. The Sharks also are helped by the fact that they boast more of our faves than NYI... since we like most of the Sharks roster! Kyle McLaren (a more Tank-like option), Milan Michalek (Soph's Sharks hubby), Steve Bernier (um, he's kind of really adorable), Christian Ehrhoff, Marcel Goc, Jonathan Cheechoo (mainly for Giggles), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (Pickles!), Joe Thornton (an ace scorer AND toastmaker), Craig Rivet (he's hilarious)... Yup, the Islanders are a wee bit outnumbered in the faves department. The Sharks have a few noteworthy streaks and milestones themselves... Milan is on a four game point streak, and Kyle just played in his 700th career game yesterday.

The Sharks may have an advantage in the faves department... and the raw talent department... and the probability of making the playoffs department. But the Islanders are a desperate team clawing for a playoff spot, and teams like that are always trouble. This game should be interesting...

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