It looks like the long awaited return of Marty Brodeur is finally upon us tonight. He'll return in what should be a real goaltenders duel with Andrew Raycroft of the Avalanche. We'd give him a few games before you should expect to see the old Marty, just look at how long it took Luongo to get his game back after return from a long absence.
To make room for Marty's return the Devils sent Scott Clemmensen down the the AHL. It appears the Clemmer's run is over but we'd hold onto him for another week to see if either Brodeur has a relapse or if Clemmensen finds a new home at the trade deadline.
Last night was John Tortorella's first game behind the Ranger bench and he couldn't really squeeze any more goals out of that lineup than Tom Renney did as they lost 2-1. Not too many big changes for Torts as he handed out pretty similar ice-time as Renney did, with the exception of Petr Prucha who saw a season high 15:45 of ice-time after being a regular healthy scratch under Renney.
Anyone else think that GM Glen Sather deserves most of the heat for the Rangers demise? None of his recent signings have panned out and he way overpaid for guys like Gomez, Drury, Redden, Rozsival, etc. and he handed out million dollar contracts like Halloween candy to guys like Aaron Voros and Patrick Rissmiller. Well Slats latest stroke of genius came yesterday when he plucked Mark Bell off waivers from Toronto... oh, this should end well.
A few cold ones on this cold winter day (depending on where you at).... Nada in their last five for Brad Boyes and Michael Nylander and no points in seven for Patrik Berglund. But the donut king right now is Ranger Dan Girardi with a string of 27 games with no points after starting the year with 14 points in his first 19 games.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Sidney Crosby sat out last night's game vs the Islanders with this lingering groin injury that seems to have been dogging him for a while. Hopefully a few extra days rest will do it some good and he won't miss any meaningful games (sorry Islanders fans).
Marian Hossa scored a goal last night in the big win over the Sharks but then had to leave the game in the 2nd period with a possible concussion. Hossa and the coaching staff said that he's fine, so it doesn't sound like anything serious... but with those concussions its all about the morning after when you wake up and don't feel like getting out of bed cause your head is sore... welcome to the world the rest of us live in, Marian.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Brad Stuart.
- Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green zipping around the arena in a little truck. Ovie almost dies. Cool!
- The Penguins are going old school. Amtrak is getting free publicity.
- The next 'big' thing out of Russia? It has to be Sergei Puckasev
- You would think that if Jarome Iginla, Sheldon Souray, Zdeno Chara, Dany Heatley, Alex Ovechkin, Zach Parise, and Eric Staal all got together to film a commercial it would be about as good as 'Road Trip'. Well you could think that...but you would be wrong.
- Have you ever heard the Minnesota Wild's official anthem? We never had...until now. We're ready to declare it as awesome.