Heads up - Saturday's ramblings will be a few hours late. Apologies. Enjoy the great piece on Hamilton in the meantime.

 

Mike Richards has traveled with his teammates to Detroit, but he isn't going to play. He is getting closer to returning from a concussion, though.

 

Taylor Hall scored two goals in his first game since suffering a shoulder injury at the end of November. The struggling Oilers (1-4 in their last five) recorded the loss, though.

 

b0ndon takes a look at a few Studs and Duds from yesterday's games.

 

The Bachman show continues to roll on for Dallas. The rookie goalie made his third straight start, and he stopped 25 shots for his third straight win.

 

Kevin Poulin started for the Isles – the fifth goalie to do so this season.

 

Jamie Benn had two points for the Stars. He’s really cooled off after a blazing hot start to the season. It was his first multi-point game since November 25th.

 

Daniel Sedin missed the game last night with a minor back injury. Mason Raymond slid up to the top line, and he was far and away the best Canuck forward. He has been really, really good since returning from a broken back.

 

Cory Schneider stopped 37 of 41 shots. Luongo is going to get the start on Saturday in Toronto.

 

Henrik Sedin had two assists (without his brother), and now has 700 career points.

 

Big news out of Philly – Chris Pronger is done for the season and playoffs with concussion-related symptoms. Look for Meszaros, Carle, and Coburn to all see an increase in responsibilities at both ends of the ice.

 

Meszaros scored last night and Carle had three points. So far, so good.

 

Sean Couturier had an assist and is seeing a bit more ice time with Giroux out. Briere and Talbot still took most of the Flyer faceoffs.

 

Drayson Bowman had two career goals before last night, and he doubled that number with a pair against the Canucks. He was a Cory Schneider glove save away from the hat trick, too.

 

Bowman’s 19:07 of ice time led all Carolina forwards (aside from Eric Staal). Pretty impressive stuff and Kirk Muller recognized he had the legs going early on in the game.

 

19-year-old Justin Faulk played over 25 minutes. Needless to say the Hurricanes won’t be sending him back to the World Juniors to play for the US.

 

I watched a bit of the Detroit/Nashville game (was more interesting than the Vancouver/Carolina game). Nashville managed to win, but Detroit looked fantastic. Their power play was lethal, and their passing was crisp.

 

Datsyuk had two points and is really rolling after a slow start.

 

Speaking of slow starts, Erik Cole is also looking really, really good. He’s driving the puck to the net with consistency, something that was always a staple of his game during the good years in Carolina.

 

Great save, but how the hell does Ballard miss this?


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Rob Verhelle said:

Rob
Desharnais Gotta love that goal by Desharnais last night, you mention Cole but the line with Pac's is easily the best right now in Mtl.. .
December 16, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
. I watched the game.
Detroit outplayed Nashville.
December 16, 2011
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Maximus said:

December 16, 2011
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GB said:

Front89
Nashville And I love fans who assume people did not watch the game IF they make any type of negative comment about someone else's analysis. I DID watch the game and agree Detroit played well for most of it, but clearly they choked the game away in the last 5 minutes and LOST so its hard to say they deserve major kudos IMO. The point of playing is to win.
December 16, 2011
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Esquire said:

Esquire
... I couldn't agree more with angus and edm. Detroit was clearly the better team all game. One mediocre penalty call with just under five minutes left, a Datsyuk open-net miss, and a Weber knucklepuck that no goalie would have stopped stole the win for Nashville. The penalty call wouldn't have been so mediocre had interference/hooking been called consistently all game and not been rediscovered with under 5 minutes left. For those that think Nashville earned that win, I'd hate to be a Preds fan when the playoffs roll around.
December 16, 2011
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edm said:

emurdoch
Det/Nsh I love negative comments from people who didn't watch the game.

Detroit was all over Nashville, outshooting them 2-1 (3-1 in the second period). They made some costly mistakes late in the third and Nashville capitalized on the opportunities. The result was a win, but catching your straight on the river doesn't mean you played the hand better.
December 16, 2011
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Jerome said:

Bluenorth
Fact check... Daniel Sedin missed the game last night with a minor back injury. Mason Raymond slid up to the top line, and he was far and away the best Canuck forward. He has been really, really good since returning from a broken back.

Don't wanna knitpick Angus, but I'm not sure anyone would be playing hockey after suffering from a broken back. Ask Bruce Wayne when Bane broke his. smilies/grin.gif
December 16, 2011
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Tim Kozlow said:

kozzie
... LOL,
Guess he likes Detroit. Reminds me of some blind fan who only sees the good even when his team loses. Nashville won but Detroit was awesome?
Does not make much sense.
December 16, 2011
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GB said:

Front89
Nashville Weber scored a nice PPG to tie the game and another goal to win it in the last few minutes...Nashville not only "managed" to win the game, they took it to Detroit and totally earned the win. Detroit may have looked fantastic, but they really choked at the end.
December 15, 2011
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