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Saturday, 27 January 2007

Back To The Future

What's odd about this picture? Ok, besides the Barney Rubble Hairpieces' jersey? That's right, the Islanders took to the ice on Saturday wearing a throwback from their 1972 team. Aaron Asham, the Islander in the picture, is proudly displaying the teams' retro colours. The 1972 jerseys look good, but the 2007 helmets do not. If the Islanders want to go retro and want to look good, they need to take a page out of the Vancouver Canucks' book on retro jerseys, especially the helmet on Markus Naslund. Notice it matches the colour of their jerseys? That's the sign of a team that knows how to dress.

I did notice a couple of problems with the retro jerseys besides the helmet. The numbers in red were hard to see on television. I caught the highlights, and found it to be a little tougher than normal to distinguish who was whom. Also, if it were a throwback to honour the team, the 1972 Isles didn't wear their names on the back of the jersey. Oh, and the Reebok logos were very noticeable.

I do like the socks, though. And the lace-up neckline is always stylish. Overall, I like the jerseys. They aren't eyesores, and they certainly look better than the Islanders' homage to the pylon. Thumbs up from this blogger.
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The Score: Lots of scores today, and a lot of them have made an impact on the standings in the league. The New York Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1, temporarily moving the Rangers into 8th place in the Eastern Conference. The Ottawa Senators defeated the Boston Bruins 3-1. The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1, tying them with the Rangers for 8th spot in the Conference. The retro-outfitted New York Islanders defeated the Buffalo Sabres 5-3, leaving them one point behind the 8th spot in the Conference. The Washington Capitals hammered the Carolina Hurricanes 7-3. The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-2. The Florida Panthers defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2, only New Jersey's second outright loss in the last 14 games.

Games that are still on-going feature the Pittsburgh Penguins visiting the Phoenix Coyotes, the Nashville Predators visiting the St. Louis Blues, and the Los Angeles Kings visiting the Edmonton Oilers.

Also, don't forget, faithful readers, about tomorrow night's AHL All-Star Skills Competition. Until tomorrow, keep your sticks on the ice!

1 comment:

Jonathan Goupil said...

Love the Isles' Throwback. Anyway to know which teams are gonna wear throwbacks and when? By the way, Montreal will retire Ken Dryden's 29 jersey on Monday. Is it just me or not too many goalies got their number retired? Seems goalies today don't compete long enough with the same team anymore. Thought?