Great quote from Keith Tkachuk that we read yesterday... "It's one of those things I'm not very fond of, seeing guys playing PSP," Tkachuk said. "I know the (NHL) has changed so much, but I see these guys playing PSP, it's the same games that my kids have. I remember the days where guys played cards the whole flight and had a beer ... now it's all protein shakes and PSP games." Yeah, we can see Keith as more of a Sega Genesis man, which doesn't travel too well on planes. As for the beer, half the players in the league aren't old enough to drink legally, so is Keith suggesting that he's going to be supplying minors with alcoholic beverages? Thirdly, given Tka-Chunks history of pumping up his molson muscle in the offseason, he's probably not the appropriate guy to be suggesting that they bring back mile-high keg party's on the next road-trip.
Toronto's going to give Justin Pogge another game to show his stuff, tonight in M'sota. The Leafs said that its only a one game deal again and he'll go back to the AHL after the game but we'll continue to suggest that if Pogge plays well that he could grab the #1 job sooner rather that later as Toskala is live bait.
Alright, we figured we'd use our last bit of screenspace before the break is over to bring you some of the most interesting stats we could find:
Ottawa is the lowest scoring team in the league this year after being the top scoring team in the league last year... first to worst, not easy to do... well done.
St. Louis has the 6th best PP in the league (22.3%) after having the worst PP in the league last year (14.1%)... the difference?... Carlo Colaiacovo, obviously.
Rod Brind'Amour still leads the NHL golf tournament with a -29... the next lowest guy on Carolina is only a -11... how is this possible? Who knew Brind'Amour translated to "When you score, I'll be there".
Pat Kane has 0 points in his last 7 games... apparently ankles are important to his game.
The worst seasons (by guys with some amount of skill) have to be... James Sheppard with 3+7=10 & -17 in 46 games or Patrick Eaves with 1+6=7 in 41 games but they'd be hard pressed to beat Maxim Afinogenov 2+10=12 & -14 in 41 games... to be paid and not even have to show up is a wonderful thing.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Sam Gagner has a bum ankle that they were hoping would heal up over the break but no dice doc. So he had a MRI yesterday and is questionable for tonight although the team doesn't think its serious.
Manny Fernandez hasn't played since Jan 8th but apparently he's still suffering from a bad back or what the team is calling "general body soreness" (it's called gettin' old Manny)... so he won't be ready to go for a few more games.
The following guys sound like they're ready to return tonight from the injured list after resting up over the all-star break: Milan Lucic, Johan Franzen, Chris Higgins, Rob Blake and Mike Van Ryn.
What's distracting us today? After watching the equivalent of this (isn't Roenick awesome?) the past few days we need to get ready for some real hockey. This video might help to get you back in the right frame of mind:
Hockey's back tonight and we've only got one thing to say.