Another quick update this time around because, frankly, what can be said here that isn't being said elsewhere? The scoring totals for both Kyle and his future team continue to be anemic.
Last weekend Minnesota split a weekend series with North Dakota, and Kyle continues to be consistent, delivering his standard 1 point for the pair of games. He is still up among the scoring leaders on the UM squad, but that isn't carrying the weight it may have in years past. If you don't know by know, Minnesota is having a thoroughly mediocre season, currently at 5-7 in the conference and 9-8-1 overall.
However, misery loves company, and the Isles are providing their fans with plenty. As the schedule seemed to ease up a bit for December, the team's effort did also. Before the current road trip began, we here at O.N. (as the kids call it) predicted amongst ourselves a 6 point (of 8 total) road trip.
And the grand total: 3.
I guess getting out on the road and re-bonding didn't help? Nor did having the dads on the Florida portion of the trip either. Oh well.
With the Isles sinking like a stone in the Eastern Conference (now 11th) we offer some hope. If any coach is going to make this team's non-functioning parts (and there are a few -- more on that another day) function, it's Ted Nolan.
If you haven't read Roy MacGregor's wonderful piece on Ted Nolan yet, stop reading this and click over to it NOW. It kinda puts things in perspective.
On the docket, things stay quiet for Okposo as UM isn't scheduled to play again until the Holiday Classic on December 29th. Maybe some downtime away from hockey and celebrating (Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/other) with friends and family will re-energize him. We know, we're grasping at straws. Allow us that much, please.
No rest for the weary as the Isles make the short 1-hour flight back from Buffalo and take on Wayne Gretzky's Coyotes on Long Island Thursday night. It's not a must-win, but at this point we consider it a "should win," but who knows.
What we do know is that the Isles will get hot again, Okposo will turn it on, and all will be great in the world. And we know this because, dammit, we are not gonna let Scott Burnside be right about something.