Razor With an Edge: Hockey To Football, Football to Hockey: Hey, I Know You

Wednesday, 01.8.2014 / 11:18 AM CT / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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Razor With an Edge: Hockey To Football, Football to Hockey: Hey, I Know You
Football is over, at least in this area, and there are some relatively easy parallel lines connecting the Metroplex\'s two physical sports.

Football is over (well, Cowboys, college, and HS football anyway).

And this epiphany is long overdue (Does that even make sense? Can there be an overdue epiphany?...hmmm).

Well, the “this” is a football to hockey analogous cheat sheet for all of you non-cultish hockey-curiositous souls that want a little better understanding of the world’s fastest game.

There are actually some relatively easy parallel lines and juxtapositions connecting the Metroplex’s two physical sports, but remember, because of the nature of the sport of hockey some names show up on offense AND defense (That used to happen back in the day in pigskin too, right? Rayfield Wright? Deion?).

So, I present to you my compendium of FOOTBALLOCKEY for your perusal, and hopefully, enlightenment:

The Quarterback
On the Stars the QBs are:

The Centermen: Seguin, Eakin, Peverley, Fiddler (Not to be confused with a center in football “hut hut” although they both start with the ball). They start play from the faceoffs, play a central role in the offense, are usually highly intelligent playmakers, and shoulder maybe the most responsibility of any player on the ice. And yes, they give the puck to others, occasionally to players in a different colored uniform (Romo).

The Powerplay Pointmen or Half-Wall guys (Gonchar, Goligoski, Seguin, Whitney).

The Running Back
On the Stars: the RBs are the Offensive Defensemen. Yes, the oxymorons. Guys like Daley, Gonchar, Goligoski, and Connauton. This current group is more your Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar types than the smash and bash style of DeMarco Murray (Or Felix Jones - when they turn the puck over a lot).

Tight Ends
In hockey, they are the power forwards and the “Net Front Guys.” They play physical and are go to guys in hockey’s Red Zone - the low slot: Jamie Benn, Erik Cole, and Alex Chiasson are the puck versions of Jason Witten – without the Kroger and Advocare ads.

Wide Receivers
WR are wingers in hockey (RW and LW). Names like Garbutt and Roussel (with those two, think Wes Welker or Cole Beasley) and Ray Whitney. Val Nichushkin. would be the featured receiver (he could wear 88, Dez) and Jamie Benn, although a tight end above, could easily goes in this group too (he could wear 88, Pearson).

Linebackers
These would be your mobile and aggressive defenders. Brenden Dillon and Stephane Robidas (injured) are both linebacker material and formed the Stars “4-3” defense-ive pair prior to Robidas breaking his leg (or was it 3-4?). Eakin has ginger hair like “All Three Phases” but is actually very Sean Lee like. Roussel, Garbutt, Horcoff and Fiddler during their Penalty Kill work would also fit the mold. If they had a completely useless “LB” he would be called “Bruce Carter.”

Corners and Safeties
Goligoski, Gonchar, Daley, Connauton, Jordie Benn. And yes, they too get burned from time to time.

Guards
Rome, Gaunce. The “Stay at Home Defensemen”

Kickers
Goalies, because they too have no relation to the rest of the game but are often the very reason a team wins or loses: Lehtonen and Ellis are the Stars Dan Bailey

How ‘Bout Them DStars!

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 76 28 44 -4 72
T. Seguin 66 34 35 -1 69
J. Spezza 76 16 41 -3 57
J. Klingberg 59 11 27 6 38
C. Eakin 72 17 19 -2 36
T. Daley 62 16 19 -9 35
A. Goligoski 76 4 31 0 35
A. Hemsky 70 11 21 -6 32
S. Horcoff 72 11 17 8 28
V. Fiddler 74 12 14 -6 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 34 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
 
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