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Hockey’s Back! October 4, 2017

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And so the start of the 2017-2018 NHL hockey season is upon us.

The Ottawa Senators will not be playing until tomorrow (Thursday), and that’s a game that I’m looking forward to as the Sens will home to play the Washington Capitals. But…

Hockey’s back!

I will say that I’m not thrilled about how little off-season changes the Ottawa Senators made to their line-up. I’m a die-hard Senators fan, and I like to think (as all hockey fans do at this stage of the season) that the Sens will make the playoffs, though I don’t know how deep they’ll go and whether they’ll be able to drink from Lord Stanley’s cup. The Sens surprised everyone last year by not only making the playoffs, but also by coming within one goal of beating the Pittsburgh Penguins to go the finals. There’s a few rule changes this year that should make the game better, notably the slash to the hands penalty being enforced, but we’ll see how that shakes out. I still wish the league had gotten rid of the shootout and overtime business in regular season games, as overtime should be reserved for the playoffs, but 3-on-3 overtime was exciting last year, to say the least! While there’s a good crop of rookies this year, the focus will be on the Sidney Crosby-Connor McDavid rivalry and the Austen Matthews-Patrick Laine rivalry that’s starting to brew.

From the pov of the Ottawa Senators, the keys are Erik Karlsson (who won’t be in the starting line-up for a bit), Craig Anderson and Bobby Ryan. While Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman have to repeat the success they had last year, those three are the big factors. Craig Anderson has to have another terrific year in goal. Eric Karlsson needs to have another Norris Award-winning season, and he has to make it last the whole year, without Marc Methot (now a Dallas Star). And finally, Bobby Ryan needs to get back on track and be the goal scorer that Ottawa dealt for in the trade with Anaheim.

Meantime…

Go, Sens, Go! 🙂

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A Saturday Rundown May 6, 2017

Posted by jkahane in conventions, coriolis rpg, food hut, gaming hut, health hut, life, nhl hockey, nhl playoffs, ottawa, ottawa senators, personal, primeval rpg, roleplaying games, rpg hut, tales from the loop rpg, weather.
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It has been a long day.

Woke up this morning feeling somewhat tired and ill, and my right hand and arm were bothering me somewhat. The left shoulder was still agonizing and not comfortable, and I’m still limited in mobility with that arm. The weather was horrible outside, pounding rain, and somewhat cold. Probably didn’t help with my body aching all over. I got up, managed the morning rituals, and then had breakfast (egg scramble with some toast, a bit of jam, and some yogurt followed by coffee).

After breakfast, I did a bit of reading and wrote some notes down about my current scenario idea for the Primeval RPG, and then showered. The hot water seemed to help with my shoulder somewhat, but the muscles were still tense when I finished bathing. I checked some e-mail on the computer, and then perused a couple of on-line sites for stuff that I’m currently interested in.

After lunch, SteveR dropped by, and we went out in the rain. The first stop was the Freedom Mobile store, where I (finally) picked a case for my Samsung Galaxy A5 mobile phone, a travel charger, and a protective layer cover for the screen. Cost me over $70, but I was expecting that, I guess. From there, it was over to Staples, as I needed to do the photocopying of various sheets (player character sheets, mostly) for the four games I’ll be running at CanGames 2017 in just a day short of two weeks. Needed to do copying of material for two Coriolis – The Third Horizon games, a Primeval game, and a Tales From the Loop game, so that ran me a bit of money (but I had budgeted for that).

Picked up a couple of croissant for tomorrow morning’s breakfast, and then stopped off at a Tim Horton’s to check out the new latte that they’re offering, but it doesn’t come in a decaf format (should have known this, given that it’s espresso coffee), so I guess I won’t be having any of that any time soon. Oh, well.

SteveR dropped me off at the house with the various stuff, and after a quick rest for about 5 minutes, he headed for home, and I am watching the Ottawa Senators-New York Rangers NHL playoff game (the Sens are currently leading 3-2 near the end of the 2nd period of play).