If you want to hear some fun, layered hockey talk, let me recommend the Eric Nystrom Show that airs on the Predators flagship station, 102.5 The Game.
Many hockey interviews are conducted in the
locker room after practice or on the morning of a game, where players are not quite in the "mode" to have a detailed discussion, but this show is totally different.
Nystrom's show provides a laid back atmosphere at Mason's Bar in the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel on West End Avenue in front of a great crowd of Preds fans. The shows take place on Wednesday nights from 7-8 p.m. (CT) when the team is home (upcoming dates: Jan. 7 and 14, Feb. 4 and 11, and March 18).
On Wednesday, Dec. 17, rookie Filip Forsberg joined Nystrom, me and Preds TV analyst Stu Grimson. Here's a little guide to each of the four segments and links for you to listen in.
Segment 1: The show begins with an introduction of the evening’s panel (listen, in particular, to Nystrom's fun intro of Forsberg to the crowd, which includes the following terms "twisted-wrister,” "slippery toe drag,” and "Flippety Flip"). The segment also includes some thoughts on the win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, Dec. 16, and the relationship between Forsberg and his linemates on "The Nine Line." (By the way, what do you think about this mathematically based nickname? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter @WillyD1025).
Segment 2: There’s a lot of great stuff in segment two. Nystrom begins by warning me not to order Grimson around during the broadcast, lest I receive the enforcer treatment. We discuss how Forsberg handles situations when big veteran players like Boston's 6-foot-9-inch Zdeno Chara try to intimidate him on the ice. (Forsberg is certainly getting the opposition's attention each night). We also hit on the dynamic of the "green light" Predators defensemen have to jump into the offensive rush and how the forwards have to balance the ice when the d-men make this move. Plus, we talk power play, why Forsberg has made a jump from last year to this year and the origin of the unique way Filip holds the stick for his "Flipper shot.”
Segment 3: In this segment, we take questions from the audience, including questions on Forsberg's enjoyment of video games (he gets challenged by a fan to a game of NHL '15), which goalie would be the most fun to score on, Filip Forsberg’s first meeting with the legendary Peter Forsberg (no relation) and Nystrom’s relationship with his father Bobby (a key player on the New York Islanders team that won four-straight Stanley Cups from 1980-83).
Segment 4: The show’s final segment centers on “non-hockey” topics, the first being, “What are your top three movies of all time?” Forsberg, Nystrom and Grimson weigh in on this topic and it’s hilarious stuff - an absolute must listen. The debate is highlighted by Grimson trying to sneak some extra movies on his list, Forsberg's resemblance to a character out of the Harry Potter movies, Nystrom's fear of swimming in the ocean because of the movie "Jaws" and Forsberg (a Swede) reminding the Americans on the panel that there is another famous hockey movie besides "Slap Shot".
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