What is it with Dallas and monstrous debuts?... last night it was Mark Parrish with a hat-trick in his 1st game... maybe they should just introduce a new guy to the lineup every night? Don't get too excited about Parrish, we're guessing he won't get a hat-trick every game. Although Dallas has a lot of great Cmen to play with and Parrish is a finisher so he could be a nice pickup for stretches.
Some people have been saying that Koules and the Gang are running a fantasy hockey team in Tampa Bay now but we completely disagree. If this was a fantasy team, they'd have hit their transaction limit of 25 already so this is obviously way beyond that. The latest move was to discard another dman, this time Matt Carle and a pick were dealt to Philly for Steve Eminger, Steve Downie and a pick. Good move for Philly as, despite his struggles, Carle is an upgrade over Eminger and Downie had probably worn out his welcome. Wouldn't recommend any of these guys right now although, as you know, Philly coach John Stevens is one of our favourites and he gets a lot of production out of his dmen so Carle is one to watch over the next little while. On a side note, not sure how Eklund missed this one, since it involved his beloved Flyers?... but that's OK he's busy talking about how Florida is going to trade Nathan Horton to Chicago for Martin Havlat? right.
Steve Mason picked up his 2nd win and did it in style, in a shootout over Montreal... so there's no need for Pascal Leclaire to hurry back.
Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said that he isn't playing Derick Brassard with Rick Nash cause he wants Brassard to find his own success? OK? But even at the expense of your own success? Whatever, all we know is that Brassy is looking awesome so far this year, leading all rookies with 12 points, played a season high 17 minutes last night and clinched the shooutout victory with some sick moves before tucking it behind Halak.
Danny Briere will return tonight, ahead of schedule, and will jump right onto the top line with Gagne and Knuble.
Drew Stafford was a healthy scratch last night for Buffalo... hopefully a game or two in the press box will get him out of his funk.
Missed this the other night... Kyle Turris was scratched for his 2nd straight game on Thursday in Vancouver... not huge news but a little disappointing since the kid was expecting about 100 family and friends from his home province to be at the game in Vancouver... man, harsh move by Gretzky, don't think that's going to help him move up from his #28 spot in our next Coach Rankings.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page which will give you a consolidated list of injury status):
Sidney Crosby left practice yesterday so he's still suffering from that mid body injury and is questionable for tonight's game.
Evgeni Nabokov suffered an injury in the shootout on Thursday night, speculation is that its a knee injury and he's listed as day-to-day for now but they called up Thomas Greiss from the AHL so this one could be more serious.
Nik Antropov was back at practice Friday so no serious foot damage.
The results of Paul Kariya's MRI were negative so he should be back sometime next week.
St. Louis isn't sayin much about TJ Oshie's anke injury, so we'd say he's still week-to-week.
- Returning to the lineup last night was: Sergei Zubov and Jochen Hecht.
Distraction of the Day
What's distracting us today... 2 divisional playoff games today in the CFL and the always outspoken Milt Stegall of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers has made a first in the history of sports... its a conditional guarantee!?! Milty says that if Winnipeg fans pack the stands and its a sellout, that he will guarantee a victory. So is he implying that he's waiting until the sellout is announced and then they can just turn it on but they won't bother if its 99% capacity? Bizarre, but we're intrigued enough to tune in.