The Big Wheeler... Thomas starts, Rask finishes... Holland-Hudler talks... Eberle to AHL... Wellman to NHL... superstars D2D... a hockey sermon
In the absence of Marc Savard, Patrice Bergeron & Blake Wheeler are doing their best to pick up some of the offensive slack... Bergeron has 3+4=7 in his last six and Wheeler has 4+2=6 in his last five, with goals in three straight. We've really got our eyes on Wheeler, looking towards next year.
Interesting decision by Bruins coach Claude Julien to go start Tim Thomas last night and it backfired as Thomas gave up three goals in the first period and had to be removed. Tuukka Rask came in and stopped all 16 he faced and we'd expect to see more of him for the rest of the week.
Another goal last night (the GWG) for Tomas Holmstrom and he has 4+4=8 with five PPP and 10 PIMs in his last eight games.
Shawn Horcoff had been putting together a little run lately as he had 2+6=8 with a plus-5 in eight games heading into last night but he was minus-2 with no points against the CBJs and while he's still four strokes back of teammate Pat O'Sullivan, his minus-28 on the season is in contention for the league's low score.
Kristian Huselius returned last night after missing three of the past four games with a hand injury and dropped a four-spot on the Oilers with a goal and three helpers... he has 3+5=8 in his last five games and is one of the streakier guys around.
Wings GM Ken Holland is hoping to have a chat with Jiri Hudler soon about his future plans. We're not sure that there's too much to be excited about but this is just an FYI that the Wings are still hoping to get him back someday but he still has a year to go on his KHL contract.
So the league did suspend Alex Ovechkin, two games for his hit on Brian Campbell... we're surprised but nothing should surprise us when it comes to supplementary discipline any more.
Jordan Eberle's junior career is over and he'll be heading to Edmonton's AHL affiliate in Springfield and might see a game or two with the Oil before the year's done. There are also rumours that he may be included in Canada's team for the World Championships.
The Wild have reportedly signed college free agent Casey Wellman to an entry level contract... he recently finished his season as UMass where he was 23+22=45 in 36 games. He was top 10 in the NCAA in goals-per-game this season but we're not too blown away by his numbers as he's a late bloomer who's a few years older than most the guys he's going up against. He'll join the Wild immediately and could start playing as soon as tonight, so we'll get a chance to see how he looks. [more]
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Relatively good news on all of the superstars that were injured on Sunday as the evaluations done on Geno Malkin, Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne didn't reveal any serious injuries and they're all listed as day-to-day but could sit a game or two.
Chris Higgins has a foot injury and that kept him out of last night's game but it doesn't appear to be anything serious.
Mike Modano is out for a few weeks after an appendectomy.
Martin Hanzal had to leave Sunday's game early due to a LBI, he's listed as day-to-day.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Kristian Huselius and Miroslav Satan.
What's distracting us today? You know it's a slow day for distractions when instead of posting something interesting, we're positing the exact opposite.
We found this totally random video of a 40-something dude named MrBChamer giving a speech on the history of the NHL. Take a look... but don't watch a lot, it's very long and boring:
This video perplexed us. Why does an adult decide to do this? Is he passionate about hockey history? Did he have a bunch of his friends asking him the same questions over and over?
We would really love some background here. To us it seemed like he was doing a school project or something and then we read the very first (and only) comment by somebody named KingCobra11787:
Kudos to you KingCobra11787.