Yes We Can… Almost!
In the immortal words of Kanye West…. Rinkside View doesn’t care about the neutral zone.
This was my first experience watching a Los Angeles Kings game with Rinkside View. Other critics have weighed in before and maybe it’s because I wasn’t watching it in HD (I know, I know… I’m working on it) but as a crazy hockey fanatic, I was not impressed. To me, it seemed more in line with what companies like Home Depot and Fresh ‘N Easy are doing with self-checkout lines… eliminating jobs. Less cameramen are needed for Rinkside View because the whole game is pretty much covered with 3 robotic cameras. And that’s what the coverage feels like… robotic. You get no sense of how the game flows left to right and the entire thing ends up playing like a first generation hockey video game. And if you want to get technical, the “Line” (the first thing they teach you about in film school) gets crossed up all the time. Fox Sports is selling this as a way for the fan to get closer to the game, but I feel like I end up seeing a lot less of the game. But… I certainly didn’t need Rinkside View to show me that Erik Ersberg kicked ass tonight.
Obama with 297 hits on the season, McCain with 139.
Or maybe Oscar’s mom drove them all to the rink.
Erik Ersberg did everything an NHL goaltender is supposed to tonight. And the team played confident in front of him. I never felt late in the game that the Kings would give up a flukey goal. 4 on 3 is near impossible to defend and that shot from Chris Pronger was perfect placement, even if I couldn’t see it that well on the Rinkside View.
Finally, one thing we should start addressing are the hints of growing tensions between Coach Murray and his players. Coach Murray was brought in to be the anti-Marc Crawford, he’s not there to yell and scream at his young players. He is there to teach them. And if one of your stars is not playing to his potential, then you bench him and make him aware of it. I have no problem what Coach Murray is doing right now because I think the young players will be better off from it in the long term. Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Patrick O’Sullivan are no longer secrets in the league. The checking line will play against them. But they will eventually learn how to play against the checking lines and it will all straighten itself out.
Things I Learned from Watching the Ducks:
I could watch Scott Niedermayer skate all day long.
JS Giguere’s goalie pads cannot be legal.
I had heard that the Ducks take careless penalties but I had NO idea they were this careless!