Rick Nash has gone 10 games without a goal. That's the third longest of his career, according to the Dispatch.

 

Dany Heatley could be suspended for this elbow on Steve Ott - I added the clip below.

 

With Jason ARnott out for a week or two, along with Backstrom, Marcus Johansson is in the spotlight. Two goals last night and five points in four games. Backstrom, by the way, had his cast removed and shouldn't be too much longer.

 

In eight games since being sent down, Mathieu Perreault has four points, which would explain why the Caps are hesitating in bringing him back up during this center shortfall.

 

With David Moss wearing a boot - he's probably gone for at least a couple of weeks. The Flames have recalled Ales Kotalik, who needs to clear re-entry waivers. If I'm battling for a playoff spot in the West, I claim. Even if it means paying him and sitting him in the press box (which, on my team, it would). Yes, I'd be the agitator of GM's. Dobber for GM! (see below for more on agitators)

 

Sidney Crosby was back on the ice yesterday after feeling no symptoms after the Monday skate.

 

Loui Eriksson did not return after being taken out by a Douglas Murray hit. Suspendable? See below. They call it an upper body injury, but come on - concussion. The guy was stumbling afterwards.

 

Mattias Tedenby has three points and is plus-3 in his last two games. Five games ago, Jacob Josefson was looking for his first NHL point. Today he has four of them, and is plus-3 in that span. The cavalry has arrived on this aging team and it could be enough to get them back in the playoffs next season (yeah, I'm still counting them out for this year).

 

New Jersey is last in league scoring with 150 goals, then Ottawa with 158 and Florida with 175.

 

Imagine if the Devils do squeak in? They'd have to do it on a 33-4-2 run. Would you want to be the Flyers trying to stand in front of that freight train?

 

You just know that the Devils will try and help Brodeur get 30 wins for the 14th time in 15 years. So look for him to start all of the final games unless that win total gets out of reach. He has 20 now, 13 games left.

 

Halfway through the game and Al Montoya was hanging in there at 2-2. Then the bottom dropped out and he was pulled for the third period. He's 7-3-3, 2.36 and 0.920 this season. I think the Isles will go with him, Poulin and RDP next season. Which means Poulin and Montoya, since RDP will be in the injury ward.

 

Give Matt Moulson 19 points in the 22 games since he signed his contract.

 

John Tavares will get 70 points this year, 80 next. Mark it.

 

My THN column yesterday featured Jordan Staal and why he is an excellent buy-low candidate. He made me look good with another two points last night.

 

Jeff Carter has 41 points in his last 41 games.

 

This Brendan Morrison injury is helping Mikael Backlund. He saw 18 minutes of ice time last night and has points in three of his last four.

 

Has anyone seen 20 games of domination followed by 20 games of sheer uselessness to the extreme that we've seen from Sergei Kostitsyn? He has two points in his last 13 games.

 

Since the night of the trade deadline, Anze Kopitar has 12 points in eight games. Dustin Penner's enjoying that ride!

 

Tomas Plekanec left last night's game with a lower body injury.

 

In keeping with my love of agitators in the game of hockey, here are the Top 10. Part 1:

 

 

And Part 2 - and sorry, but nobody touches Sean Avery. TSN knew that it would be a political hot potato making him No.1. Love Barnaby though:

 

 

Hit on Eriksson:

 

 

Heatley elbow on Ott:

 

 


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Jocular Hockey Manager said:

JHM
... Reviewing these films...

Heatley. Well, it does seem then that pretty much every elbowing penalty is grounds for suspension. I suppose one could get an elbowing penalty for striking their opponent in the shoulder or chest, but I'm not so sure we'll find to many samples of penalties called for contact to those areas. There is room to question whether Ott played it up. This decision leaves one to wonder about last weeks decision.

Eriksson... welllll. Doug Murray, I certainly would agree that he qualifies under 'accidental'. These situation is one in which the NHL has the potential to define itself in regard to concussions/suspensions. Two players were playing. They bumped. Nothing malicious. Shoulder bumped a head. The player owning the head, failed to look after himself. The verdict defines how serious the NHL is in regard to bumps on the head. The league needs to review every game for a season and see how many 1 game or two game suspensions a play like this would involve. In the event that it's one every night... well they might want to chat some more. In the event that they discover there are 100 such suspensions, perhaps they should implement these suspensions. It would at least show a seriousness in regard to movement away from touching your opponents head. On this principal, Heatley gets suspended.

How is it that a player isn't dragged off the field on every play in football, with a concussion?
March 16, 2011
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Craig said:

cizastro
Heatley & Murray First off, I'm okay with Heatley getting suspended 2 games for an intent to elbow. What I do find disturbing is the fact that he got 2 games for failing to execute a proper elbow. He barely grazed Ott and he went down like a sack of potatoes off of a 10 story building. Ott sold that elbow, plain & simple. Might as well suspend him 2 games for acting like a soccer player.

As for Murray's hit, anybody who thinks that was dirty is either a complete moron or a Stars homer (or both). Eriksson ran into Murray and just got owned, plain and simple. If you watch Douglas Murray for any extended period of time, you'll see this happen to many players who try to finish checks on Murray. The guy is built like a brick wall, yet players still try and lay him out and end up hurting themselves in the process.

March 16, 2011
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James said:

jimywho1
... i think at this point in the season, 2 games is pretty significant.
March 16, 2011
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Mr Sausage said:

Mr_Sausage
Heatley I just read that Heatley was suspended for 2 games for his premeditated elbow to the head of Steve Ott......Pathetic. Again the NHL drops the ball. What if Ott was injured and left the game? Does Heatley get more games? Or does he get more games if that was a Datsyuk or Patrice Bergeron he elbowed?

2 games for a flagrant elbow to the head is ridiculous. Those hits have to go and 2 games is not enough of a deterrent.
March 16, 2011
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Mr Sausage said:

Mr_Sausage
Penner @Josh

lol..He's off to his fast start like we both predicted Josh. I think I said something like 6 pts in his first 6 games. I'm expecting 6 or 7 more to finish the season. 11 or 12 games left for them? He's got the talent. It's his work ethic that I've watched in the last 3 years that have really soured me on him. I have no issues saying that I was wrong if he continues the torrid pace. We'll see what happens
March 16, 2011
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Fantasy Guru said:

Mr. Guru
... Unbelievable.....Even clean hits are getting criticized now!!!

Murray hit Eriksson with a clean hit, so no suspension should be handed out. Why wouldn't Murray make that hit? What is the NHL coming to where you "shouldn't" make a clean hit on a player???

I can't stand all this bickering anymore. I agree with Boudreau!! If you don't like it....Don't watch the games....This is getting ridiculous!!!!!!!

March 16, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Penner fits LA like a glove. The Kings are going to give teams fits with their size up front.
March 16, 2011
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josh said:

braaksma
Dustin Penner Just thought it was significant to mention that Dustin Penner now has 6 points in 7 games. Any thoughts sausage????
March 16, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Heatley should get 10 games - 5 for the hit and 5 for floating around the ice most of this season.
March 16, 2011
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Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
@ Mr. Sausage I never said it wasn't clean in terms of his body positioning or elbow or shoulder because you are exactly right, it was a clean hit.

my point is that he did not need to make that hit and it was absolutely avoidable and he saw that Eriksson's head was down when he took the strides and SHOULD HAVE showed the respect for his fellow NHLPAer and took 1 more step and intercepted the puck.

i said i think it is suspendable because with Eriksson leaning forward like that, his head was low and Murray's shoulder was directly in line with Eriksson's forehead and since the hot button issue is HEADSHOTS, i feel like it was a HEADSHOT. that's all.

i am an advocate for hard hitting hockey and i hate that every hard hit in the last few years results in a fight but a play like that did not need to happen.

Again i say, if it was a known prick (Cooke, Gillies, Downie type) would your opinion change? probably. Did you like Cooke's hit on Savard? that was clean too.
March 16, 2011
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Mr Sausage said:

Mr_Sausage
Murray hit Okay Maximus I'm looking at the hit again...and again, I find live action speed the best view. Looking at live action Murray actually does go for the puck. He did not take 2 strides at Eriksson. He took 2 strides to the puck and changed direction at Eriksson when he arrived as well. Did he mean to lay a thunderous check on Eriksson? Absolutely. If you are not allowed to hit with your shoulder like that then just abolish all hitting. Skating through the middle of the ice with your head down like Eriksson did is suicide. Eriksson knew Murray was there racing for the puck as well. That's why he reached and he left himself vulnerable. You are asking to get crunched and he did. Keep your head up. Live view tells the most truth.

Elbow in, shoulder hit. Clean hit.
March 16, 2011
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Loui said:

Pengwin7
Doug We played together on the Swedish Olympic team together. He's a good defenseman.
My head hurts. I won't lunge for that puck again. Ouch.
March 16, 2011
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Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
Watching it again.... Murray's shoulder was SQUARELY aimed at the head if you look at the last zoomed in replay, but like i said, Eriksson angled his head back at the last second to save him from getting badly hurt.
March 16, 2011
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Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
In reponse @Jacques

i wasn't comparing the hit to Chara's my point was that if that didn't earn a suspension, i don't know what it takes anymore. That was a much more vicious forearm shiver than that of Trevor Gillies on Clutterbuck but it didn't earn anything but i digress.

@ anyone who said "how could Murray play that differently?"

Simple, don't make that hit. Play the puck, keep it in the zone and continue the offensive zone pressure. THAT'S HOW!

He took 2 strides while looking DIRECTLY at Eriksson with his head down playing the puck and set himself up like a brick wall on the blueline. if Eriksson didn't look up at the ver last second, slightly pulling his head back, he would've been crushed in the way Kariya and Lindross we crushed by Scott Stevens.

if Murray took 1, JUST 1, more stride, he would've stripped the puck and most likely created a great scoring chance for SJ. This hit is a prime example of NO RESPECT FOR YOUR CO-WORKERS on the ice and is suspendable in my opinion.

If that was Matt Cooke/Trevor Gillies/Steve Downie, what would your opinion be? we'd probably be reading LIFETIME SUSPENSION type of posts.

Hitting is essential to "seperate your opponent from the puck" and since Eriksson didn't REALLY have the puck, that hit DID NOT need to be made. If you Dobberites can't see that Murray completely lined him up to hit him HARD in a vulnerable position, then you need to upgrade your internet to view that clip a little more clearly.

NO NEED FOR THAT IN THE NHL!
March 16, 2011
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jacques oeuf said:

hammer2003
... anybody got a better clip of the Heatley elbow? Somebody told me that heatley got him more in the chest and ott embellished it big time. really hard to tell on this clip and I can't find a better one.
March 16, 2011
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Mr Sausage said:

Mr_Sausage
Murray and Heatly I also think Murrays hit was clean. The puck had just left the area. It wasn't extremely late like some people think it was. I agree with Pengwin and can't see how Murray can play that differently. You take that hit away from the game you might as well make this the no hitting league.

As for Danny Heatley, that blatant, very late, premeditated elbow was vicious. Ott got rid of the puck way before Heatley got to him. That was a vicious elbow to the head that he had full intentions of throwing. Players are not getting this message about headshots. I think people who are calling 3-5 games for that are being way to lenient. That should be 10 games minimum. I haven't seen such an obvious intent to elbow someone in the head like that in a long time. What if that was Crosby he elbowed like that? People would be screaming for 20 games. The NHL needs to set a precedent here and hit him with 10 games. With all of the negative press they are receiving on suspensions, they better not drop the ball on this.
March 16, 2011
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Jason Laplante said:

jL67s
@Pengwin7 ref. Eriksson comment.... Was it Doug Weight's hit on Brandon Sutter you were thinking of? I could be mistaken, but I think that was a similar situation.
March 16, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Heatley Terrible. He deserves three to five games. Intent.
March 16, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Eriksson I am a big Loui Eriksson fan and thought Murray's hit was very clean, very legal. Arm in, hit him with the side of the body. I don't know how Murray can play this any differently. It reminded me of a hit a year ago or so where a player was lunging low for a puck in middle ice and got hammered. (Can't remember the players... anybody?... anyways, I thought that was a good hit too)
March 16, 2011
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jacques oeuf said:

hammer2003
Murray/louis I don't know Maximus looked like a 50/50 puck that they both got a stick on. Ericksonn didn't have the puck at that exact instant but it was by no means a late hit and Murray did play the puck. Comparing that to Chara/max is way off base IMO.

I hope Ericksonn is ok.

And ya - what was Heatley thinking? Has to be a suspension on that one.
March 16, 2011
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bball said:

bballplyr321
... How about the hit that Langenbrunner laid on Wallin a minute earlier? Pretty sure that his hit was on a defenseless player in the back. Does Heatley deserve a suspension, probably. Does Murray? No way. But if you are going to call out those guys, you have to call out the one that started it all. For those that did not have a chance to check out the entire game rather then just these two clips, there was very little chippy-ness, if you will, up until Langenbrunner knocked Wallin out with what looked like a concussion (the hit is shown in replay form on the Murray clip). After that, the hitting really started to pick up and they started really going at each other with Ott taking an instigator and game misconduct for jumping Murray and fighting him.

On a separate note, Benn......... two words....... HOLY COW. I mean, I know people have been talking him up but seriously. He took over that game and almost won it for Dallas on his own. Is he seriously this good?
March 16, 2011
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Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
SJ Sharks 2 prime time examples that should be suspended.

I know that every colour commentator is a huge homer (as a Penguins fan, there's is none bigger than Bob Errey and i learn to tune him out sometimes) but the fact that they repeatedly said "Eriksson just ran into him. Murray was playing the puck and is just a bigger man, but Eriksson just ran into him."

I mean really?! REALLY?! every angle of the replay showed Murray looking hit first and it should've been a penalty for interference or charging as Erisson didn't even have the puck. The commentator goes on to say that Murray "had his shoulder down" because he was playing the puck, uhhh, he had his shoulder down BECAUSE HE WAS LINING HIM UP!

Brutal, brutal hit which should get a few games but since Chara didn't get anything, this will go unnoticed i am sure.

Heatley....
WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!?! I am a big Heatley fan but that's probably the most moronic play i have seen in a long time especially when the GMs are in FLA talking about HEAD SHOTS! c'mon man, smarten up! Suspension = 3 games
March 16, 2011
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Michal Sk said:

StevenY
Brandon Prust This guy has just 25 points in 71 games - but 7 out of those points are SH which is league best! He also has 133PIM. This stuff is gold in the deep leagues counting those categories...
March 16, 2011
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