Monday, October 10, 2005

Crosby on OLN Tonight

OLN will be broadcasting an intriguing game tonight, with Pittsburgh facing off against Buffalo. This will be the first chance to catch Sidney Crosby, Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller on national TV. So far, Crosby has not disappointed, as he is tied for fourth in league scoring with a 1 goal and 4 assists in 3 games. So far, things haven't gone the Pens way, as they have only two points, with one regulation time loss and two overtime losses in three games. On Saturday, Crosby scored to give the Pens a 6-4 lead late in the second period, but in this high scoring NHL, 6 goals wasn't enough, as the Bruins scored twice in the third, and put it away in overtime.

Ryan Miller had an impressive preseason for the Buffalo Sabres, as they went 6-2, with Miller finishing with 4 wins, a .945 save percentage and a 1.75 GAA. In the regular season, Miller has cooled off a bit, and is 2-1, with 3.33 GAA and .897% save percentage.

The other exciting rookie playing for the Sabres is Thomas Vanek, who finished with 5 goals and 3 assists in 6 preseason games. In the first three regular season games, Vanek has 2 assists.

For me, tonight's game is all about witnessing the future of the NHL. There will be three potential Calder candidates on the ice. (For me, the Calder battle is wide open this season, but, for me, the front runners are Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Kari Lehtonen, and I guess I have to include surprise candidate Brandon Bochenski in the group)

I have to say I'm excited for the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup this year, and I would like to see Mario Lemieux put in a strong performance on national TV tonight.