Something Mike Milbury Is Quite Good At, and Other Observations From These Playoffs
April 20, 2010 5 Comments
Some things I’ve noted from just watching hockey coverage this first six nights:
- Twitter, Facebook and an entire hockey blogosphere exist and yet, aside from Pro Hockey Talk, Brian freaking Engblom on VERSUS, a network that never has anything interesting to say about anything, is the first person to come out and openly defend Dan Boyle and criticize Evgeni Nabokov for, you know, not doing his job and stopping the puck?!?!?! (run-on sentence fun!) It’s easy to criticize Boyle, but isn’t it even easier to criticize Nabakov, who’s been piss poor at best in the first three games of the Sharks-Avs series? Cheers to the analyst who thinks it’s still 1986 for getting one right on the nose.
- Watched all of Sunday’s Phoenix-Detroit broadcast, and noticed something that I must admit will take some pride-swallowing: Mike Milbury is probably better at the “inside the glass” job on NBC than anyone I’ve seen try the position. He’s not very talkative, when he says something, it’s exclusively him talking about something that only he can see/hear from his position and (gasp!) he almost never injects his opinion in the position. For a guy who’s only done this a couple times, I’d say he deserves a couple more shots.
- I hate to beat a dead horse, but Daryl Reaugh is just the best analyst working right now. Rick Peckham and he for the second consecutive year make up a solid team that likely isn’t getting as many eyeballs as the early games. Hopefully enough of you stay up late to hear Peckham’s smooth, evenhanded calls and Reaugh’s whimsy, vocabulary aerobics and when necessary, actual tough analysis. It’s what more hockey pundits could use these days.