GLENDALE – With only 13 games left in the regular season, our team has reached the point where we have almost no room for error. We all know that and I think we will respond well to that pressure. We also know that every game we play from now on is going to be really, really hard, and that it’s going to be a hard push to the finish line.
We earned four out of six points on our road trip last week and I thought we played well in all three games. On the other hand, the teams we played against had home-ice advantage and that’s a big advantage in this league, especially this time of year. So, we were all pretty pleased we earned four points, and I think doing that sets us up nicely for this week’s three home games. Obviously, these next three games are very important. We must get points and we must take points from the teams ahead of us to stay in contention.
Our next game is against the Kings on Tuesday night. I think it’s pretty clear that our team and their team don’t like each other so we’re all expecting it to be a very intense game. We play them so many times, and I think because of that we have a good feel for the way we have to play against them to be successful. Hopefully we can beat them and use that win as a steppingstone for the last month of the season.
A reporter asked me today if I’m still confident that our team can reach the playoffs despite being 13th in the standings. I told him yes because we’ve been the underdog the past couple of years and we always seem to come through. Knowing the players on our team and how well our coaching staff prepares us, I see no reason why that will not happen again this year.
I’m going to finish this blog by writing about my recent appearance as a TV weatherman for ABC 15. It was a very cool experience that just sort of evolved while Oliver Ekman-Larsson and I were there to be interviewed for their Sunday night sports show. While they were talking to Oliver, some of the staff members noticed I was interested in how their green screen worked, and so it just kind of took off from there. At one point someone suggested I jump in front of it and give it a try and I said, “Sure, why not? I’ll try it.”
I found out pretty quickly that doing a TV weather report is harder than it looks. There are actually three screens – one to the right, one to the left and one in the center. So, everywhere you turn there is a screen to look at. That was confusing and it took me a little while to figure out how to point to the cities on the map and when to start and stop pointing and talking about that city. Also there was no script so I just ad-libbed the whole thing. It was challenging but it was also lots of fun and I’m glad I got to do it.
A few days later I saw a short clip of my weather report on ESPN’s SportsCenter. They included it as one of their “Not Top 10 Plays.” That made me laugh, but on the other hand I thought I did a pretty good job and was pretty happy with the whole thing. Like I said earlier, it was fun. We’ve had a pretty stressful season this year so it was good to just lighten the mood for a few minutes and to have a good time. I hope our fans enjoyed it.
That’s all for now. Thanks for reading.
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