Monday, October 30, 2006

Sonoran Sunsets and Walker for Vasicek

Another Beautiful Sonoran Sunday Evening Sunset

Walker - Vasicek
The Hurricanes have finished their October slate of 12 games. The Nashville Predators have a Hallows Eve game left to their October schedule. While all the interest has been on the Jack Johnson and Tverdovsky for Tim Gleason and Eric Belanger deal, the deal made earlier in the summer is shaping up nicely in Carolina's favor. Joe Vasicek has been "day-today" for the Preds with hip flexor issues since Oct 6. He has appeared in 5 games and has tallied one point. Scott Walker has appeared in all 12 games, and his 11 points ties him for third place on the team. Walker has played on all four Hurricane forward lines, and also works the PP (one goal scored). Oh, yeah, and he has two game winning goals. Both players have an injury-rich history. So far, Walker has remained in the nightly lineup and Vasicek has picked up right where he left off - left out.

While we're at it...
Tim Gleason is logging the second most time on ice per game this season, and I see positive signs that he is starting to settle in to his role. I'm not seeing the indecision and whiffs of a few days ago. I'm seeing early commitment to make a stop and then following through and finishing the check.

Gleason spent his optional practice day on Friday watching film (not sure were I heard that - maybe John Forslund). Looks like it's working. Timmaayyyy was a monster during the first period of the TBL game. I had to leave after that, so I missed his injury in the third. Eric Belanger has chocked up seven points while leading the third line. Both newbies have played in all 12 games to date. Last time I checked Oleg Tverdovsky had only played in seven games and has averaged about half as much ice time as Gleason. So far so good.

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