Coyotes, Foreigners, Journeys, and Glowing Vampires

As of today, 4/6/10, the Coyotes are hanging on to a slim hope for the top spot in the Western Conference. They trail San Jose by five points with three games to play. San Jose, for their part, plays today at Calgary (go Flames! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ :). The Coyotes can win the top spot if San Jose loses their last three games in regulation to Calgary, at home against Vancouver (go Canucks!) and at home against the Coyotes, while the ‘Yotes must run the table on their last three (vs. Nashville, @LA Kings, @San Jose). That would put the ‘Yotes at 108 points and San Jose at 107.

Assuming that the Coyotes get all six possible points, if San Jose gets a win (two points) in any of those games, or any two OT losses (also two points total), the Sharks win the Conference title. Getting only one OT loss ties the teams at 108 points but still gives the Coyotes the Conference title, as the ‘Yotes would have a 51-25-6 record as opposed to a 48-22-12 record for the Sharks. Basically, that 2-1 loss to Calgary and that shootout loss to Nashville are coming back to haunt the Coyotes – that’s a three point swing that could have had the ‘Yotes at 105 points and pretty much having the Sharks/Coyotes game at the end of the season the deciding game for the Western Conference.

Instead, the Coyotes have a long shot at winning the #1 seed – unlike the NBA, the NHL still has the stupid rule in effect where the division winners are the top 3 seeds regardless of the points earned. The NHL needs to take a page out of the NBA’s playoff book and just guarantee that the division winners get first-round home ice at minimum while the next best points team gets into the top 4. If that were the case, the Coyotes would be right now at the #3 seed with the possibility of a #2 seed.

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Lately on my CD player – Foreigner’s latest album Can’t Slow Down. The title track is such an awesome rocker that you hear it in your head for hours afterward. And there’s an awesome review of the album at popdose.com by Jeff Giles, who totally nails it.

Also sharing time in the CD player is Journey’s Revelation which, yes, was released in 2008. New lead singer Arnel Pineda’s vocals are eeriely reminiscent of Steve Perry but without the self-absorbtion. Now, I had seen Journey live during the Arrival tour with Steve Augeri on leads, but hot damn Pineda does an even better job. If only more bands would look to YouTube for their lead singers!

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I’m now on volume 7 of the Vampire Hunter D novels – the original written novels, not the manga that’s being produced lately. All you Stephanie Meyer fans need to drop your teen angsty glowing vampire fantasies and read a real series. (The only real “Twilight” anyway was the song by ELO.)

No seriously, the Vampire Hunter D series of novels blows away anything that Meyer could possibly come up with. The setting is fantastic, the characters are superb, the writing top notch, and you can’t help but wonder at D’s continued struggle with his destiny and what really happened to the Nobility. The two movies aren’t doing it justice – there needs to be a 52 episode TV series with the people that did the soundtrack for Witch Hunter Robin to do the music, and that would barely scratch the surface of what this series is about.