FLUBBER’S GAME OF THE WEEK: EDMONTON vs WINNIPEG
Hey, it’s time for Flubber’s Game of the Week, again. Here, we take a weekly look at the game to watch in the NHL. This week’s game is a doozy, so it’s a good thing I’m here to document it.
Okay, admittedly, it’s no Carolina-Florida, but enough people will be talking about that game. This is the wild card, the dark horse game of the month. Why, you may ask? Because Olympians, of course!
The Oilers feature three Olympians on their roster (excluding Ben Scrivens’s Team Canada snub):
- Anton Belov, Russia
- Martin Marincin, Slovakia
- Ales Hemsky, Czech Republic
While the Jets feature FOUR Olympians:
- Blake Wheeler, USA
- Olli Jokinen, Finland
- Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Frolik, Czech Republic
That’s a total of seven Olympians in this game, and while some teams have more than seven total on their roster, that’s still pretty cool for these two teams. I mean, they hardly have more than one All Star year in and year out, so having three or four Olympians is nice, and we should all be happy for their success.
The three Olympic skaters for the Jets are ranked in Fenwick rating 409, 412, and 419 in the league, which is less than encouraging.
On the flip side, the Oilers’s Hemsky is 468, Belov is 486, and Marincin is 584. Woof, those are not good #fancystats. In comparison, Linden Vey is ranked 124th, and he’s way too young and careless to play professional hockey (or something).
Alas, one of these two teams has to win, and under the current NHL rules, win they shall.
Sad Ben Scrivens
Presenting one of the first non-Kings Ben Scrivens update of the season. You might already know that Ben Scrivens is sad because he was traded to a team that plays defense about as well as the Canucks on their moral high ground, so you can imagine the toll it has taken on him and his family (we’ll get to that later).
Scrivens gave up four goals on Thursday night in his first start with the Oilers, prompting these Tweets:
Ben Scrivens hasn’t let in more than 3 goals in a game since April. Big third period coming up.
— mc79hockey (@mc79hockey) January 17, 2014
Like, I bet Scrivens has seen more 3 on 1′s off neutral zone faceoffs in the third than he’s seen all year.
— mc79hockey (@mc79hockey) January 17, 2014
Folks, Ben Scrivens ain’t in LA anymore. His 1.97 goals against should reach 3 or 4 by the Olympics
— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) January 17, 2014
Ben Scrivens after his first game as an Oiler pic.twitter.com/vY6k58k6ER
— Jeanshorts (@JSBMrevolution) January 17, 2014
With the Kings, his GAA was 1.97. It is now 2.09…and rising…
Ben Scrivens took to Twitter after the game to publicly respond to a blog post cataloging his wife Jenny’s Tweets on her supposed disdain towards Canadian weather.
The Professor did not take too kindly to this post (read Tweets from the bottom-up, because it’s too much work to screenshot each one individually).
Ohhh, he mad. Poor Mr. and Mrs. Scrivens. Isn’t it bad enough Ben has to go from playing for a playoff spot to a lottery pick, now people are picking on his wife’s choice of weather. You can hardly blame Ben for speaking out, but shouldn’t he have gone after Sean Gentille, the guy who actually wrote the article and dug up the Tweets from his wife, and not the guy who just copy and pasted Gentille’s article to his own blog? I guess as a professor is wont to do, Scrivens is taking off points for plagiarizing.
Lost in this five Tweet response is the fact that 1) Jenny Scrivens has a full-time job, 2) she’s an Ivy League grad, and 3) she married Ben because they are awesome together.
FWIW, Mr. Scrivens, you have the perfect life, and I love you PLEASE COME BACK AND DO FUN THINGS AGAIN.
So, what is the current state of Ben Scrivens , you might ask:
Sad. That means he’s sad.
Past Goals by Future American Olympic Hero Blake Wheeler
So, he likes to score game winners. Bobby Ryan who?
Jets win 3-2. Ben Scrivens begins looking into retirement. Blake Wheeler gets turf toe during the game and is replaced on the American Olympic roster by Jack Johnson or Trevor Lewis.
My local team, the Central Hockey League’s Missouri Mavericks, have one Olympian on their roster, Norway’s Henrik Ødegaard. The Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames both have two on their rosters. Yes, it’s Team Norway, but I don’t hear anyone complaining about Team Slovenia.