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NEW YORK— Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rick Nash have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Mar. 8..
from Puck the Media,
NBC must be super excited about having another Ranger game to air next week. The network’s telecast of New York’s victory over Boston drew a 1.0/3 in the 12:30 timeslot, according to Sports Business Daily. It’s about even with the comparable Pens-Capitals telecast from last year, and should equal or beat the final 0.8 rating Pittsburgh-Washington drew a year ago.
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Mike Van Ryn’s injury riddled first season in Toronto has come to an end.
Maple Leafs’ head coach Ron Wilson told reporters Monday that the blue liner had suffered a torn medial collateral ligament and would miss the remainder of the season.
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
There’s some bad news for the playoff contenders in the East. The defending conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins have found their way, winning six straight games, including all five on their just completed road swing. And it gets worse; the Pens will play nine of their next 10 games at home.
With that kind of schedule, the Penguins still can play themselves into a No. 4 seed and home-ice advantage in the first round.
I see a couple of obvious reasons for the club’s turnaround.
For me, the biggest reason is the return of top defenseman Sergei Gonchar, who missed the first 56 games after having preseason shoulder surgery.
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Florida center Nathan Horton will be out an undisclosed amount of time after having surgery to repair the ring finger on his left hand, The Miami Herald’s David J. Neal is reporting.
Horton told Neal today at Incredible Ice that his hand was stepped on right before David Booth scored his third goal against the Blues on Saturday. Horton had surgery following the game and has his hand in a splint. He says the trainers have not given him a timetable for a return.
added 2:00pm, Miami Herald now reporting Horton will miss 2-4 weeks and McCabe dealing with orbital bone issue.
from Jeff Gordon of Hockey Guy at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
So what’s wrong with the Red Wings?
Blues fans were impressed with their 5-0 demolition of the Blues last week. But that effort has been bracketed by an 8-0 loss to Nashville and an 8-2 loss to the Blue Jackets.
It’s tough to imagine a team THAT good playing THAT badly twice in a short period of time….
Hockey Guy wonders if this team will regret not finding ways to make upgrades at the trade deadline.
more hockey notes…
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly spoke to Scott Laughlin on Hockey This Morning from the GM Meetings in Florida and talked about the agenda for the week. Bill also talked about the Lighthouse project on Long Island, new ownership possibilities in Phoenix, and the trade deadline deals
Listen to the interview at NHL Home Ice Blog.
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
Two months from now, when the New Jersey Devils are planning their parade after defeating the surprising Vancouver Canucks in six games in the Stanley Cup final, the Habs will have been on the sidelines for at least six weeks, because they do not look like a team that is going to make it past the first round if they make the playoffs at all. That will give them plenty of time to think things over.
from Rob Higgins at the Toronto Sun,
Since the “All-Star” Game ...
• Thrasher Ilya Kovalchuk leads the NHL with 27 points.
• Fellow Thrasher, Colin Stuart, has as many shorthanded goals as Flyer Mike Richards. (They both have 3)
• Blackhawk Jonathan Toews and Flame Mike Cammalleri lead in power play goals with 7.
• Someone is actually keeping pace with Alex Ovechkin in the shots on goal department. Hurricane Eric Staal has managed 103 SOG, only 7 short of Alex’s 110.
• 26 players have 20 points or more. The Kings’ Alex Frolov, the Stars’ Steve Ott, Florida’s Stephen Weiss and Carolina’s Matt Cullen are among them. San Jose’s Joe Thornton, Detroit’s Hank Zetterberg, Philly’s Jeff Carter and Boston’s Marc Savard are not.
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