I’m starting to wonder if I’m a curse for Justin Peters, because it feels like every time I see him play for the Hurricanes or the Checkers, dude’s floundering something awful. The goals he let in tonight were rough ones; it was like the Checkers’ defense decided to take the night off. Over 40 shots, and iirc Peters only let in 4 of those 5 goals, so…not bad, all told. Certainly reminiscent of the night I saw him against the Penguins, in that his positioning, etc., is more or less textbook. That means he’s not great goalie material, but he’s definitely worth being part of a tandem.
Anyway. The Checkers were neither particularly impressive nor particularly disappointing. Saturday saw a 35-save effort by Dan Ellis, so you could argue their current 3-1-1 record is a fluke, but the fact remains that they’ve had a decent start and came one game away from sweeping their time in Rockford. Worse weekends have been had.
One thing that’s interesting and might be valuable to keep an eye on is one Drayson Bowman, who’s now had more goals than games. That’s a streak that won’t keep up, obviously, but considering that the Hurricanes are perennially looking for more scoring talent, and he’s been chipping away at a full-time roster spot for awhile now, he’s – once again – someone to keep your eye on. If you’re able to, anyway; AHL Live is awfully pricey for an unimpressive little arena feed.
I’m planning a big post, by which I mean, the kind of sarcastic over-analysis of minutiae that comes with the lockout. I have some stuff to say about the NHL and NHLPA, but let’s be real: I don’t need to add another voice to the cacophony. Instead, I’ll close with this article, by the good Corey Sznajder over at Shutdown Line, explaining why +/- isn’t the world’s best stat. I’m sure there’s at least one wise guy chuckling and saying he wouldn’t like the stat, either, if Eric Staal had spent a year being beat upside the head with it – but it’s a good read, and makes a persuasive argument.
Stay cool, y’all. Catch an AHL or ECHL game if you can. It’s not the flash and splendor of an NHL game, but it’ll do you in a pinch. And right now, I’d say we’re pretty pinched.