BENTON’S BLOG: This and That

Wednesday, 01.16.13 / 7:38 PM
By Mike Benton

We have a few days off until the Thunder are back to play with games.

Here’s what’s happening and happened during the week:

• NHL schedules are out. Opening Day is this Saturday. Here’s a look at the Edmonton Oilers slate – make your plans. They only have one visit to San Jose this season (an off night for the Thunder). [Edmonton Journal]

• Credit where credit is due. The San Jose Sharks continue to roll out commercial hilarity. [PuckDaddy]

• The pride of Thunder alumni – Devan Dubnyk – may be on the verge of a bigger role with the Oilers this season. [Star Phoenix]

• In case you’re wondering about Devin DiDiomete – he’s suspended for four games after the hit on Ryan Constant last Saturday. Constant was also wearing a full face shield for the entire game. [ECHL]

• Don’t believe anything people tell you about the Thunder being “depleted” because of the lockout ending. This should dispel any doubt. [The Record] [Examiner]

• The inventor of the Zamboni ice resurfacing machine, Frank Zamboni, was born 112 years ago today. Want to see a cool tribute? Go to Google’s home page today.

***Update: it’s no longer Wednesday, so the site is back to normal. But we captured these screengrabs of the Google homepage from the Zamboni fun. In short: you press play to activate a Zamboni ice resurfacing game. Once the ice is cleaned up, the driver gives you a “thumbs up!”

SEPARATED AT BIRTH

There’s another Hunt in the locker room apparently (Ryan Green).

Dr. Owen Hunt, anybody?