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James Wisniewski is back for the Jackets tonight after his eight game suspension. He'll be wearing an "A" on his chest... but I think the Jackets hope it's a big "S" crest.
Here is a nice article on Gustav Nyqvist, who has six points in seven AHL games after a strong camp.
Uh oh, Mike Green missed another practice with that "twisted ankle"...
I didn’t read these words per se, but I think Tyler Ennis is out with a high ankle sprain. The actual word is that he is gone “week to week”, which to me says it is more serious than a regular sprained ankle. If Jochen Hecht doesn’t get back into the lineup, we could see a couple of games from Zack Kassian as he gets his first cup of coffee. Kassian had a strong camp and has seven points in eight AHL contests as a rookie.
Chris Pronger left last night’s contest with a serious eye injury after taking a follow-through by Mikhail Grabovski high in the face. Kimmo Timonen saw nearly five minutes of PP time and tallied two assists in his absence, so you could see a little pop from him over the next two to three weeks that Pronger is projected to miss.
Sean Couturier played 12:26. Brayden Schenn played 16:04.
Signs that Mikhail Grabovski is ready to turn it around – eight shots on goal in the first five games, 11 shots on goal in the last three.
It took just one game for Scott Hartnell’s stats to receive a full market correction. Now he’s on track with pretty much everything other than his shot total.
It was an all backup night in the NHL – Bobrovsky, Gustavsson, Markstrom, Budaj, Biron and Mason each got the start.
And Erik Cole gets his first goal as a Hab. He’s on pace for 20 points and minus-40. I know, I know…
Montreal defenseman Raphael Diaz is starting to look like a worthwhile pickup. Three points and an even plus/minus on a team that hasn’t performed well yet. If your league dresses six defensemen then Diaz should be owned.
Jacob Markstrom – 40 saves on 41 shots. That gives him a 1.29 GAA and .967 SP. Theodore picked the wrong time to get hurt. Markstrom is a future star. And, of the three goals he has allowed this year, two have been on the power play.
Mike Santorelli returned to action for the Panthers, getting eased into the lineup with 10 minutes of ice time and two shots.
Daniel Alfredsson will miss one game to rest his sore hip flexor. The Sens recalled Kaspars Daugavins, who has six points in seven AHL games.
Jimmy Howard’s wife had a baby and the Red Wings recalled Joey McDonald as a result.
My column yesterday over at Puck Daddy can be found here.
My column yesterday over at The Hockey News can be found here.
OHL’s player of the week is a fella who just got there – Brandon Saad, the Chicago prospect who made the Blackhawks at first. Ten points in three OHL contests.
Zbynek Michalek is out for the next month with a broken finger. I guess that means the Pens will go undefeated now. The more talent you remove from this lineup, the better they are.
Evgeni Malkin has gone with the team to New York and practiced on his usual line. But the team wouldn’t commit to his presence in the lineup tonight.
Drew Doughty – skating, but “no contact”.
Dany Heatley is battling a groin injury. This past year, his body is showing a lot of signs of wear and tear. He used up all his health during exhibition games, methinks.
David Backes expects to play in Vancouver, for those who were concerned.
Brian Elliott will get the start Wednesday – the Golden Boy Halak is losing that starting job a little quickly. Wow, what a turn of events. Remember when so many hockey fans criticized the Habs for trading the wrong goalie? Man, there were times where I felt alone on an island with my Price opinion. Thank goodness I’m stubborn!
How to replace Zajac AND Josefson? Adam Henrique? That just doesn’t sound right. Zach Parise? Now we’re talking. Parise has been moved to center with Kovalchuk and lottery winner Nick Palmieri.
PIM alert – thanks to b0ndon for this one – the Pens play the Isles twice this week.
The Ducks have recalled Patrick Maroon again – eight points in six AHL games. But still, that’s a leapfrog over Kyle Palmieri that I found interesting.
Mike Fisher has been cleared to play – and I love the line he is on. Sergei Kostitsyn and Craig Smith are his wingers.
The Hurricanes have recalled Justin Faulk. Faulk had two points in three AHL contests, regaining some confidence that he may of lost by being a minus-2 every NHL game. He will not play in the Tuesday game against Ottawa, though.
Max Pacioretty was injured in the final minute of the 2nd period with an upper body injury and did not return to the game adding to the already packed medical room of the Canadiens. The club says more information will be available on Tuesday. Replays “look” like it’s something to do with his elbow.
I forgot to put this gorgeous goal in yesterday: