What they're saying about WAS-CHI

ovie.jpgLast week, I remarked that there was a surprising air of flattery leading up to the Chicago-Detroit game of the week. This Sunday morning, I’m not quite as taken aback; after all, these two teams sport high octane offenses, huge leads in their divisions and seemingly similar flaws to boot. Which city’s papers and blogs will out-gush each other? Let’s find out.

The Talk in Chicago:

The Chicago Tribune really brought its A(O?) game for Hawks-Caps. Here’s a look at some of their better work.

Interesting column, shaky headline: “He’s fashionably GR8” compares Ovechkin’s flashiness with Jonathan Toews’ serious nature. A quick snippet:

Toews goes by “Captain Serious.” Ovechkin goes by his own rules.

When Ovechkin launched a designer streetwear line in his native Russia last summer, he arrived for a publicity event in a double-decker Hummer limousine. The vehicle was loaded; mostly with women – models and singers from Russian pop bands. Asked by a local TV journalist whether he preferred blondes or brunettes, Ovechkin answered, “Redheads.”

More Ovechkin (and eventually Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Semin love) in this quick preview.

Also, this weekends’ games could go a long way in deciding which Chicago goalie gets more playing time going forward and the Blackhawks suffered a rough loss to Philadelphia yesterday.

Finally, Second City Hockey has an … interesting preview of Chicago-Washington.

What they’re saying in Washington:

To counter, The Washington Post brings some good perspective of their own (although it most be noted that the Tribune featured hockey more prominently on their sports’ front page and seemed to have more colorful takes on the game).

The Capitals are ready to begin a week-long road trip in Chicago this afternoon. The White House responds to the many requests to get president Barack Obama to attend a Caps game. Apparently Washington already clinched their soft decision.

The always-reliable Washington Captials blog Japers’ Rink also has a nice roundup of Caps-related links.

Scroll Down For:

    Already without Eberle, the Oilers could also be missing Hall tonight

    Taylor Hall
    1 Comment

    Taylor Hall is sick and reportedly “doubtful” for tonight’s game in Dallas.

    Hall did not skate with the Oilers this morning. If he can’t play, Edmonton’s top two lines against the Stars could feature Ryan Nugent-Hopkins between wingers Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot, followed by Connor McDavid centering Lauri Korpikoski and Nail Yakupov.

    The Oilers — forced to start the season without top-six winger Jordan Eberle — have scored just once in their first two games, losing 3-1 in St. Louis and 2-0 in Nashville.

    Edmonton returns home after tonight’s contest to play St. Louis on Thursday. Then it’s back out on the road for games against Calgary and Vancouver.

    Sabres waive d-man Donovan

    HKN Sabres Senators
    1 Comment

    Buffalo has put blueliner Matt Donovan on waivers, per Sportsnet.

    Donovan, 25, signed a one-year deal with the Sabres on the opening day of free agency after spending his entire professional career with the Isles organization.

    The fact he’s being waived isn’t a huge shock. Donovan failed to draw into a single Sabres game this year despite a whittled-down blueline; Jake McCabe, recently called up from AHL Rochester, drew into the lineup for Monday’s win over Columbus at the expense of Carlo Colaiacovo, who played the first two games of the year.

    The fact both McCabe and Colaiacovo were ahead on the depth chart didn’t bode well for Donovan. Today’s move could also suggest that Zach Bogosian, who hasn’t played this year due to injury, is ready to return.