Writing about the All-Star snubbing of Oilers phenoms Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (the NHL said both would’ve made it if they weren’t hurt), David Staples of the Edmonton Journal dropped some mad nickname science:
Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins, the Diaper Snipers, would have been in the All-Star Game if they weren’t injured.
Wait, is this a thing? Have I been out of the loop here? Diaper Snipers? Really?
Turns out that yes, the loop is sans Halford as the Diaper Snipers moniker has been around for a while:
Nov. 1, 2011: Road Adventure for Oilers’ Nugent-Hopkins
“I’ve never been to California before,” said Burnaby, B.C. boy RNH of the line some are now calling the Diaper Snipers.
So yeah, that’s a thing…and I guess that thing usually includes linemate Taylor Hall, who certainly fits the Diaper Sniper criteria. I also assume Magnus Paajarvi is on the outside looking in (or settling for the “Soiled Diaper” moniker.)
As for the nickname itself — Diaper Snipers might seem a little hokey, but I guess it beats “Young Guns” or “Baby Oils” or “Lil’ Nuge, T-Hall and Young Ebzy” or whatever else kids are calling themselves these days. /shakes cane angrily
This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.
Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.
While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.
There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.
Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.
Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:
It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.