Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Everyone Loves a Threeway: Caps Game Preview & Open Thread and Our Prediction Contest with Two Lovely Ladies

In our dreams

So as we announced yesterday, the big threeway (prediction contest) is a go! While we cue up the Barry White and warm up the oils and lotions, let's hit some bullet points to serve as your game preview:
  • 7:30 PM, Bell Centre, first of a home and home;
  • Habs are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. Really! Only Detroit can match that;
  • Caps are 7-3 in their last 10, have won 5 of their last 6, and are 17-8-4 since dumping coach Hanlon;
  • The last Habs-Caps tilt was an epic 5-4(OT) win for the Caps that may have gotten TFS(tm) sent down to Hamilton;
  • No one particular Hab is hot, they all are considering that win in the alternate universe. Pleks has 13 points in his last 11 games;
  • Mike Green is hot for the Caps, six goals and 14 points in his last 12 games. Oh, and some kid named Ovie is on pace for 64 goals this season;
  • No word yet on any starting goalies or line-up changes, though expect Huet to start. Maybe Halak gets in this weekend?
OK, let's get to the reason you're all here. The threeway (blogger prediction contest), pitting the FHF against two of the HLOG, Shmee of Capital Addiction and CapsChick of A View from the Cheap Seats. Shmee runs down the rules (er, whatever rules we have) quite nicely.

Getting four lawyers to agree on anything is difficult. Getting four lawyer Habs fans to agree on eight predictions was damn near impossible. But after a late night at the strip club, we managed to reach a consensus. So without further ado, our predictions:

Total # of goals scored by the Habs over the 2 games - 8
Total # of goals scored by the Caps over the 2 games - 5
Total # of goals scored by Ovie over the 2 games - 1
Total # of goals scored by Kovy over the 2 games - 1
Winner of Tuesday night game - Habs, duh!
Winner of Thursday night game - Habs, double duh!
The Hab who will get into a fight - Greek Lightning (that's Tom Kostopolous, just so we're clear, not some other Greek Hab)
The Cap who will get into a fight - Brashear. Like there was ever any doubt.

From HF10: When do we get to start the trash talking? I want it on record that our Russian star is an enigmatic, airplane flyin, blonde-haired Adonis type renaissance man, while theirs is a gap-toothed, yellow-skate lace and tinted visor wearin, hair-by-hillbilly-barber goofball. Or something.

Consider it done, 10. Good luck to us all. And by "us," I mean us, and not "them."

58 comments:

Matt said...

I don't like Greek Lightning's odds in that tilt...

Shmee said...

As I posted on Cap Addiction:

Interesting, because our Russian scored 46 goals and had 92 points last season, while your Adonis type Russian had 18 goals and 47 points. On a separate note, I distinctly remember that statue...lacking....in a certain department.

CapsChick said...

not some other Greek Hab

Heh. funny. aren't you guys known for having the most greeks on your roster? Like...Saku, he's Greek, yes? Opa!

HF10: Bring it! At least our Russian isn't a mullet-sporting diva still trying to wash the Rangers-Penguins stench out of his underwear! There is no febreze strong enough, no stain stick tough enough...

This is going to be fun, good luck to all ;)

Shmee said...

CC: Ha, good point. He IS still sporting a mullet like 'do.

Habsfan10 said...

I don't think any Caps fan should be throwing stones over hairstyles. That's a pretty big glass house your superstar lives in.

CapsChick said...

I'm not going to lie and say Ovechkin's hair is pretty (although I like it - it's very...Ovechkin-esque) but come on. All bad hairstyles bow down to the KING of them all, the mullet. You can't convince me that Ovie's messy mop of hair is worse than that monstrosity Kovy's sporting.

Habsfan10 said...

Kovy's hair is barely even worthy of the name mullet. It's a pseudo-mullet at best. And even if it was a mullet, at least that's real hockey hair ... Ovie looks like he should be on The Hills or in High School Musical with that bird's nest.

But are hair insults the best you ladies have? Really? Your trash talk is as empty as your franchise's trophy cabinet. (Before you mention Rod Langway, we already had a mustachioed Hall-of-Famer Norris Trophy winner. Langway was just taking up space on a shelf in the basement.)

Now, I hate to trash and run, but real life is going to get in the way for awhile. I'll be back when MiniHF10 is fed, bathed and in bed. That gives you three hours to come up with something!

Shmee said...

We are still waiting on your counter to our Russian vs. your Russian.

And dont even get us started on the video of Koivu speaking in French. Almost as awkward as watching Guy C. try to assert any sort of control over the Habs.

HabsFan29 said...

oh you crazy kids and your trash-talking

i, too, must vanish for the next several hours for a stupid meeting mith many lawyers and dinner with even more lawyers (grrr......)

catch y'all later, hopefully by mid0game. HF33, i want text updates please!

HabsFan33 said...

Speaking of horrible hair, Al Iafrate used to look like a serial killer from the movie Fargo.

panger76 said...

Our Russian speaks better English than your Russian?

Our captain speaks Finnish better than your captain?

Our goalie from a non-traditional hockey market is better that your goalie from a non-traditional hockey market?

Our team's single-season record (NHL record for fewest losses ) in WAY better thanyour team's single season record (NHL record for most losses).

Oh, and we have 24 more Stanelty Cups than you.

HabsFan29 said...

modern technology! i can trash talk via my Palm while im at my crappy lawyers meeting

caps, er, suck? well its not helping my cleverness

Shmee said...

Our captain speaks Finnish better than your captain?

I thought that was the problem?

Shmee said...

And I'm sorry, where is Huet or Halak's Vezina? Oh thats right, neither of them have one. But Olie does.

CapsChick said...

I don't know, Kozlov's got a pretty good grasp of English... ;)As for the Stanley Cups, you've got us there. Very good, your team won 24 times before - but what have you done lately? Geez, at least when we suck it gets us guys like Ovechkin and Backstrom...

HF29: No. No it's not. Sorry, Pens fans already beat you to the creative genius that is "Caps Suck".

Ha! Shmee, nice...on both counts.

Damion said...

Langway. The trade that brought Green and Walter to the Habs. Fucking Grundman.

Nothing does trash talking like mother jokes.

# Caps whose agents are their moms: 1
# Habs: 0

Shmee said...
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Shmee said...

Nothing does trash talking like mother jokes.

# Caps whose agents are their moms: 1
# Habs: 0


# of Caps who dont have to pay their agent 4% of $134 million dollars: 1
# of Habs who have to pay their agents millions of dollars: 23

Bring on the Mom jokes, but I think Ovie wins this one.

Habsfan10 said...

Okay, Mini HF10 is in bed, so it's time to continue our discussion. We'll leave the "our Russian has slightly less ridiculous hair than your Russian" argument to the side for a moment. I submit that our Ivan (Cournoyer) is better than your Ivon (Labre). And our Hunter could beat up your Hunter. I will concede that you have the overwhelming lead in fluke Vezinas ... hey, how is Jim Carrey these days?

CapsChick said...

I hear he's fine...how's Jose Theodore? Geez, at least our fluke Vezina winner had the courtesy to disappear off the face of the earth. Yours is doing better for another team!

And by Hunter, do you mean Mark? As in Dale Hunter's little brother and former Cap?

Wooo, game time baby! (Please note the optimism and excitement...I'm betting neither one will last.)

Bryan said...

fuck what an awesome thread..

Shmee said...

hey, how is Jim Carrey these days?

Touché, sir.

But our Yvon doesnt look like the love child of Barry Manilow and Neil Diamond.

fezworth said...

@capschick - Actually, you're betting that BOTH will last. You can't back out now. ;)

Damion said...

HF10: unfortunately, we'll have to concede they have the better Bengt-Åke...

Habsfan10 said...

Shit, that's right. They DO have the better Bengt-Ake.

And CapsChick, I am speaking of Mark, who was a Hab before he was a Cap. Jeez, Brashear, Langway, Hunter, Zubrus ... how many Habs castoffs does your franchise have, anyway?

CapsChick said...

Fezworth: I can back out of it! I'm a Caps fan, backpedaling is what we're born to do. ;)

Ah, yes - we have the BEST Bengt-Ake! Bow down to the great #16.

HabsFan10: We have castoffs from every franchise, you're not so special.

And...that wasn't predictable at all, a Habs power play goal.

Bryan said...

hey ladies, "et le but" means we just made your team look silly

fezworth said...

What a shift. Two shifts! First the Smolinski line (I can't believe I just said that), then Kovy, dispying and doodling... I like what I'm seeing.

Which means it's just about to fall apart, I suppose.

Damion said...

it will fall apart when those premature Habs fans start chanting "na na na... goodbye" at the beginning of the second period....

CapsChick said...

Yeah, you've got some premature...celebrators up there.

Shmee said...

Did that scruffle count as a fight?

Shmee said...

CC: Haha!

But as a Caps fan, I am used to losing in the game in the last minute. So I sympathize.

Damion said...

KNEEING?! It was his hip. Even the painfully awful Caps announcers agree.

CapsChick said...

Just reeling you in, guys, reeeeeeling you in. The old rope a dope.

...*sigh* I need a drink.

panger76 said...

Habs led after one...what's the Habs record when leading after the first? Oh well whatever, it only matters when its a final.

Oh, and even if we haven't won in a while, I think the Habs are closer (and no, I'm not saying this year).

Even though you (undispudedly) have the besy young player in Ovie, look at your cap hit for one player going forward. Kovy's only making 4.5 mill. And though I love Mike Green, I'm not sure there is a bluechipper among your D. And we have TFS(tm).

fezworth said...

I love it when the habs get those 5 on 5 powerplays :)

Shmee said...

This game might quickly become embarrassing for us.

Or, the best comeback game we have played this season...yeah, I started drinking at the end of the first.

Damion said...

There's got to be a reasonable chance of finding three players for under $10 to match Ovie's 50 goals and 50 assists.

And, Huet's gotta get some control over those juicy rebounds.

HabsFan29 said...

alright FINALLY out of the lawyers hell

looking good kids! no need to pile on Shmee and CC. still one more game this week (and still 14 minutes left...)

HabsFan33 said...

Kovy is just huge tonight. He's winning the Russian of the night honors. I predict he salutes the crowd in his helicopter for his first star announcement.

CapsChick said...

No no, pile on...it's fine. I would love it if my team woke up a LITTLE bit but I have faith they can get revenge on Thursday.

...they'd better, at least, I'm going.

HabsFan33 said...

The Four of us here all at once? Nevermind the 3-way. This is an full-on orgy!

HabsFan29 said...

@33 - we're never here at once! im all ferklempt

from the 5 minutes ive seen, Kovy is rocking

Shmee said...

The Habs PP is officially strong enough to inseminate every woman within a 50 mile radius of the Bell Center.

Habsfan10 said...

That's gonna result in a whole lot of pregnant strippers.

Shmee said...

Ok, how are we all doing?

The Habs did get three goals tonight, so the they only have to get three more on Thurs. The Caps have to get....six. Thats on my end.

No fights, and we all called the Habs to win this one.

CapsChick said...

Ha! Shmee...nice.

Um, so I didn't really want to be right about that one? But you earned it, nice win by the Habs. Bad loss by the Caps. Huet is a wall.

And the Caps are on a streak of not losing back to back in regulation, so we'll see what happens on Thursday ;)

Shmee said...

HF10: haha. Latendresse is probably mad he couldnt get to them all himself. Ryder is too stoned to care.

HabsFan29 said...

@shmee & hf10 - hehe to both of you!

my god a shutout. i thought christowall would never get another one

CapsChick said...

According to my predictions...that's a big 8-1 victory coming up for the Caps!

...it could happen.

Shmee said...

CC is right, the Habs definitely earned this one. Stong play from the Russian Adonis. Maybe going against Ovie brings out the best in him?

Habsfan10 said...

Holy hell, what's with Christowall not losing his shutout with an ill-advised foray out of his crease? This prediction contest is still in doubt ... lots of fun so far ladies.

CapsChick said...

I thought the shutout was gone the second our announcers gleefully jinxed it with about 10 minutes left, but whatever.

This was fun, boys! I'm off to write my bitter anti-Habs diatribe filled with excuses and finger-pointing at the refs - you know, the usual ;) I'll be at the game on Thursday, about 5 rows behind the benches, so I'll be sure to heckle, er, say hi to the Habs for you. Night all!

Shmee said...

Agreed, thanks to CC and the four funniest Habs fans for a night of making me laugh while watching my team get spanked.

Shmee said...

I should add....if on Thurs. you are watching the game and see a random Indian girl behind the goalie on the Caps home side (and really, there is only ever one Indian person at a Caps game), and she is waving madly toward the bench (that would be you Becca), that is me. Look for a beer in each hand as confirmation.

HabsFan29 said...

CC only our own announcerrs can jinx Huet, and they've done it many times. have fun at the game! (not too much fun)

goodnight ladies! we'll spank you anytime. er, our team will spank your team anytime.

CapsChick said...

HF29: I was so going to pick up on Shmee's "spanking" comment but thought better of it. I'm glad you had no such qualms...men. ;)

(Oh, and don't let her fool you, she'll be waving madly at Mike Green or Milan Jurcina, not me. I promise.)

...okay, good night all for real this time.

Shmee said...

I cant help it. If Mike Green makes one more bad defensive play....UGH.

CC will be the one exchanging winks with Brooks Laich;)