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The 3rd star of the month in November carries his fine play into December.
No need for the push from McLeod.
Earlier this month McLeod was suspended by the NHL for 5 games.
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
Parise arrived at Xcel Energy Center this morning in a walking boot and was expected to miss two to three weeks with a bruised foot. But around 10 a.m., Parise went on the ice in a track suit and tested the foot. He looked tentative as he pushed off. He left the ice after five minutes.
Twenty minutes later, he emerged for the morning skate much to the delight of his teammates. During line rushes, he took his spot on the Parise-Mikko Koivu-Charlie Coyle line. That is an indication he will play tonight.
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
Parise was nailed on the instep of his left foot when he blocked Alex Steen’s one-timer on a first-period penalty kill.
Parise struggled to the bench and was late arriving to the game in the second period. He returned and it was clear his first hop of the boards that he wasn’t feeling the greatest. Still, he battled through three shifts, drew a penalty and played almost every second of a power play before leaving the game for good.
Parise emerged in the locker room after the game in just a dress sock. He was limping, but he said he didn’t know how bad it was and that he’ll wait to find out after seeing doctors and getting x-rays, an MRI, etc., on Tuesday.
“When a guy like Zach gets hurt, it’s always concerning because he’s a top-notch player and brings an awful lot more than just scoring goals," coach Mike Yeo said. "But I do think we’re a deep enough team and have enough character that we should be able to battle through it. But certainly it’ll be a challenge.”
more on the Minnesota loss to St. Louis...
Below, watch Parise taking the shot off of his foot and also in the video, the no-goal call against Parise...
MacArthur with the great pass to Kyle Turris for the shorthanded goal.
added 8:45pm, TSN (YouTube) version is below...
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
As Dany Heatley made his way back to the city where he enjoyed his greatest NHL successes, it was impossible to ignore the fact that he had become a shell of his former self. Twice a 50-goal man with the high-flying Senators teams of the mid-2000s, Heatley returns to Ottawa Wednesday as a fourth-liner for the Minnesota Wild. The only thing more dramatic than his drop in production this season is a $7.5-million cap hit that makes him arguably the highest-paid role player in the league.
Heatley scored just three goals during the opening 22 games and none were of much consequence for the up-and-coming Wild. The first was into an empty net, the second provided insurance during a 4-0 victory and the third came Tuesday in Montreal with just 1.3 seconds remaining in a 6-2 loss.
Yet, despite that slow start, during a recent visit to Minnesota it was hard to find anyone around the Wild who didn’t have praise for the 32-year-old.
Craig Custance of ESPN held an online chat today,
I know it sounds crazy but shouldn't the Rangers atleast consider letting Lundqvist walk and let Talbot take over starting next season? It would give the team big time cap relief to keep their younger players long-term and add a player or 2 that could get them over the "hump".
Craig Custance That's such a tough call. I'm as leery as anyone about giving goalie any term in contracts but there's a small number of elite goalies in this league and Lundqvist is in that group. If Lundqvist would go for it, I'd much rather max out the salary and go shorter term like four or five years but I'm guessing his camp doesn't want to hear that. Talbot has looked good but how many times have we seen young goalies like good for short stretches only to fizzle out? You know what you're getting with Lundqvist.
Are the Wild legitamite contenders
Craig Custance Yes with a caveat. Any team that makes the playoffs in the West will be capable of winning the Cup but I'd still put the Wild in that second tier a shade below the Kings, Blackhawks, Sharks and Blues.
via Sportsnet, Randy Carlyle and Mike Yeo talk about Kadri's game last night...
Michael Russo of Russo's Rants...
Kadri received a match penalty for the hit.
If you missed the first questionable hit from Kadri tonight, watch it here.
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