Happy Birthday Wayne! My favorite hockey player of all time. Fifty - makes me feel old. I was around 10 when he was pumping home 200-point seasons.


The Guardian Project is updated with the Panther and the Senator.


From philly.com: The Flyers are 22-4-2 with Carcillo in the lineup and just 11-8-3 without him.


Here's a nice rundown of how TV ratings are up this season.


Three points for Mats Zuccarello and Torts is loving him more and more with every game. He had gone the prior three without a point, but his razzle dazzle always seems to pose a threat offensively. He is still clicking on a line with Wolski and Stepan, but saw time with Gaborik as well.


Michael Del Zotto's four shots on goal had to impress the coach. But his minus-2 probably did not.


Shawn Matthias has points (and has been plus-1) in each of his last three contests.


Another stellar game for Kevin Poulin, who is taking advantage of the suspension to Evgeni Nabokov and showing the Isles that he's NHL ready. He stopped 30 of 31 shots, but took the loss because the offense just wasn't there.


Dustin Jeffrey assisted on the lone Pittsburgh goal, giving him points in two consecutive games. He has four in seven on the season, despite averaging 10-11 minutes per contest. And he's not ready?


David Desharnais has points in three of his last four games now, five points in 11 games on the year. The Habs are liking the mini-forward more and more, as he's seen 14-16 minutes of ice time in four straight games now. His five shots led the team.


With four assists last night, give Chris Pronger six in the four games since his return. PP time was split fairly evenly between he, Carle, Timonen and Meszaros.


Sabres prospect forward - another mini-player on the team - Paul Byron picked up his first career NHL goal. He now has two points in two career games, really making his mark and telling brass not to forget about him - Luke Adam isn't the only NHL ready player. He had 99 points in his final QMJHL season in 2009. For him to become a part of this team next year, however, something has to give. Can you see him at 5-9 making a team that already has Derek Roy, Nate Gerbe and Tyler Ennis?


Speaking of Ennis, give him nine points in his last six games.


Looking to turn things around, the Leafs finally caved and threw James Reimer back in there. He stopped 29 of 31 shots, but took the loss.


I've noticed Teddy Purcell heating up - five points in his last two games.


Simon Gagne, too. Six in his last eight. Not up to par yet, but showing signs?


Another shutout for Roloson. That's three in a TB uniform, to go with one goal allowed in two games. He's played 10 games for them so far - that makes half of them allowing one goal or less. His career high is 28 wins. He has 13 right now. He'll set his career high this year in Tampa - by March 25.


Keith Yandle is still racing up the scoring charts - eight games in a row now for him.


Marian Hossa missed Tuesday's game with an illness.


Jamie Benn will miss the next game with an undisclosed injury suffered Monday.


Price - beauty (and lucky) save on Richards - best angle at the end:



Tyrell - into the Leafs bench!



Konopka vs. Asham:



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Rob Verhelle said:

... Way too go Désharnais, I knew it all along smilies/smiley.gif, Mtl told him too get a Home hes in Mtl for the rest of the year , and honestly having seen the games he has played in, he is playing better every game and Martin has been using him on the PP and PK . Like I said about a year ago he may be small but hes got a Huge Heart
January 26, 2011
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Ryan Howard said:

Grant Clitsome Come on Dobber, how can you not have something to say on your favorite defensemen after he has put up 2 goals and 4 assists in his last 6 games? And is seeing some PP time with the Jackets
January 26, 2011
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David said:

The Guardians I like the idea of the Guardians. But the thing I don't like about it is how sexist it is. Also, the monotony of each character. There is barely any anatomical difference between each character! They were too scared to upset any fans, it seems.
January 26, 2011
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elTIGEblanc said:

Price video... Gotta love teh french commentary: "Il l'a stopppé avec son baton!"... Awesome frenglish!
January 26, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Happy Birthday Wayne! The greatest.
January 26, 2011
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Dobber said:

... I will say this about Gerbe - I don't think anyone in the league is more stacked than he is, in terms of body fat/muscle definition.

As for Ennis - I think his hockey sense may very well prove to have no peer in the NHL other than the Big 3. In a couple of years, my hunch is that we'll see that. Very smart hockey player, sees three steps ahead.

Michal - great Great One story!
January 26, 2011
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buffalosoldier66 said:

Wild game in Chicago Don't forget about the Wild winning in Chicago to head into the All-Star joke/break with a 14-8-3 road record. If they keep playing as well as they have they have a great shot at the playoffs as well as upsetting a first round foe on the road. Insijs.
January 26, 2011
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Michal Sk said:

Happy Birthday Great One! I use this opportunity to share my first experience with Wayne Gretzky. As i was born in Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia) we did not have opportunity to see players from NHL too often if at all. The first time i was watching hockey was the World Championships in Prague (i was 6) and i do not remember too much from then. Czechoslovakia won the tournament and my love affair with hockey began. I next couple of years i expected more success just to learn that Soviet Union was nearly always too strong to beat. I remember the game when we were 3:0 ahead just to loose 5:3. Makarov, Krutov, Larionov, Fetisov were danger even when they played shorthanded. It drove me mad and i wanted them to lose. Then i watched Canada Cup 1987 and i one player stand out above all others - Wayne Gretzky. Nearly every goal scored by Canada at the tournament was scored when Great One was on the ice. I could not believe there could be anybody better than mentioned russians and i was huge fan of Wayne Gretzky since. In a couple of years socialist regime was fortunately done. Most of you lived in the West and you cant imagine the relief when we finally got the chance to watch NHL games and the player i was most looking forward to watch. Wayne was not at his best anymore, however he was always pleasure to watch and his eye for good pass or smart play was second to none. I have never seen such an amazing hockey player since - he seemed to think the game better than anybody else and his best advantage was that he was like chess player - always thinking a couple of moves ahead. If fantasy hockey was played in 1980 it would be like owning 4-5 players, wouldn't it? I ahev a lot of "Great One memories" and i feel lucky that i had that chance to see him playing at his best and beat Soviet Union in 1987 and never seen better hockey team since. Happy Birthday Wayne smilies/smiley.gif
January 26, 2011 | url
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Ed Murdoch said:

Mini-Players I was at the game last night and was very impressed with Byron. Lots of energy and some nice hits. Ennis has great hockey sense and he's a lot of fun to watch. Gerbe is the only one out there who looked and performed like a mini-player. 173lbs? I think they weighed him wearing his equipment.
January 26, 2011
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