In a little known fact, Marcus and Nick are actually related. Had the media or broadcasters not mentioned this 7,381,218 times yesterday, I never would have guessed. Thanks media!
Speaking of the Foligno family, with yesterday’s brother versus brother battle, Nick bought a luxury suite so that 30 members of his extended family could enjoy his brother’s NHL debut. For those who were at the game or who were unable the broadcast, the TSN cameras panned to the Foligno box during one stoppage in play and lo and behold who was amidst the group – Wade Redden. It was akin to the photograph of Bon Jovi that circulated after some online hoax proclaimed him dead. Redden lives!
It wasn’t a bad debut for newest member of the Ottawa Senators. Admittedly, I didn’t get expect much from him in first game with a new team. At the risk of sounding like an apologist, I agreed with a point that Eric Duhatschek made in an article in the Globe and Mail: that you shouldn’t look too much into Turris’ negligible point production thus far this season.
Turris showed up and has accomplished little so far (zero points in six games), par for the course considering how far behind the rest of the league he is, conditioning-wise. Think about this: Jarome Iginla (injury) and Drew Doughty (contract issues) also missed training camp and were miles behind the rest of the league in the first month; and they are elite NHLers, Canadian Olympians. What chance did Turris have of a smooth integration? Zero.
Through two periods, Turris spent the bulk of the time playing without the puck. That’s not a condemnation of him or his linemates, it was simply a byproduct of Nick Foligno dominating the line’s puck possession. Rather than get too caught up in what his line was doing offensively, I made an effort to monitor Turris’ play in the defensive end. Suffice it to say, it looked like the center was making a concerted effort to play responsibly – marking his man and cleaning up some of the garbage in front of Craig Anderson.
It took him until a third period two-on-two rush for him to register his first shot on goal but we finally did get a chance to get a look at his patented quick release. The shot caught Miller up high and Turris neatly sent the rebound to Erik Condra who stuffed it into a yawning cage.
If anyone is wondering what David Rundblad did last night, he was a healthy scratch.
Considering he leads all NHL defencemen in scoring by such a healthy margin – Karlsson’s 31 points are 5 more than the second place Brian Campbell has – it’s hard to believe that his power play goal last night was also his first of the season.
With the return of Filip Kuba and Sergei Gonchar last night, I was particularly interested in seeing how Paul MacLean would use his defensive pairings. In light of how many minutes Jared Cowen’s logged playing alongside Erik Karlsson, I was wondering whether this pairing would remain together. It didn’t. Despite the workload that this pairing shared, reuniting Kuba with Karlsson isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Assuming of course that it’s being done to inflate his trade value beyond what it otherwise could be. At the very least, at least any fear that we have of Karlsson being paired up with another defenceman can be put to rest.
Shortly after the Sabres’ goaltending was publicly ripped by ownership, Miller turned in a decent performance. Terry Pegula’s learning what Eugene Melnyk has hopefully learned over the past few seasons: that frivolously spending to the salary cap ceiling for the sake of showing your fans and players that this is a different ownership regime than what they’re accustomed to, means absolutely nothing if that money isn’t invested wisely.
10 hits? That’s insane! No wonder Chris Neil had a serious case of the crazy eyes going on last night.