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Hoping to send a message to his team, head coach Craig MacTavish will have a new look to his lineup tonight then the Edmonton Oilers host the St. Louis Blues.
Forwards Jarret Stoll and Raffi Torres will be watching the game from the press box, while Liam Reddox will be penciled in for his first career NHL game.
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
Some days, they’re in a playoff spot. Some days, they’re out of it, period.
“I think we’re a ways away from finding out how good we are,” Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said this week. “I don’t think we’ve had any consistency at the top of our game to clarify that identity and find out how good we can be. We’ve had some stretches where we’ve been good and sporadic games where we’ve been at our best. It’s still a motivation to be able to capture that at a consistent level.”
Some of the Avalanche’s problems, but not all of them, can be laid at the crease of goalies Jose Theodore and Peter Budaj, who have been so-so at best and often worse.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Penner has six goals and eight assists for 14 points so far this season, including goals in back-to-back games on the road trip.
Linemate and interim captain Shawn Horcoff says he’s good with Penner.
“He’s a little bit of a work in progress,” he said. “It’s not easy to play like he did in L.A. every night. That’s real tough to do. But he has potential to do that. You have to remember he’s essentially in his second year in the league. You have to be patient.
“I think he’s going to be there. This year? Maybe not. But by the second half of next year ...”
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Late in the third period, Fleury moved out of the crease to his right and found himself with the puck and a clear path to the Coyotes’ vacant net.
He smelled a goal.
“That was the first time I got to try to shoot,” Fleury said. “And we were two goals ahead. You don’t want try it with one goal. It was the perfect time.”
He didn’t get the chance.
“Then [defenseman Darryl] Sydor came back and he took it,” Fleury said.
more including Recchi may be on recall waivers very soon. I am sure a team or two will put a claim in for him.
Update12:50pm ET: TSN now reports, “The Pittsburgh Penguins have placed veteran winger Mark Recchi on re-entry waivers.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Not only is Paddock looking to get more of a contribution from McAmmond and Donovan, the duo of centre Chris Kelly (one goal in 13 games) and winger Antoine Vermette (one goal in 14) haven’t done anything to earn extra ice time, either.
“I’ve said from the start I don’t want to play (Alfredsson) that much, but you have to do that during the course of a game,” said Paddock. “The other side of it is you have to develop roles for other players and they have to develop roles within the team. I think we’re still somewhat struggling for that.
“We’re still trying to find guys to contribute to the play at a little bit higher level and a little bit better in certain situations. You can’t be a two- or three-line team. We’re still searching for contributions from the third and fourth line.”
via Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,
The Kings came out hitting, and the Sabres responded poorly—much like they did against the Ducks. Buffalo took retaliatory penalties, which allowed L.A. to blow the game open. You can be sure other teams will look at the videos and adopt a hard-hitting approach whenever they match up against the Sabres.
It’s hard to believe this is the same team that came to the West Coast with wins in six of seven games. They play Saturday in San Jose, and if they get trounced again, it’ll be a sign that personnel will have to change—unless the Sabres want this to be a learning year for the young guys.
via Russo’s Rants,
Onto other news, I love Joe Louis Arena. I really do.
I mean, it’s a part of history. For instance, you can find historical remnants of every piece of garbage that’s ever been dropped on the floor or spilled on a seat in there. It’s quite something to be in an arena that’s never been cleaned before.
I just bathed in tomato juice and tomorrow I have an appointment to get de-liced.
It’s like that Seinfeld episode when Jerry said, “Don’t you see what’s happening here? It’s attached itself to me. … It’s destroying the lives of everyone in its path. … It’s a presence. It’s the Beast.”
That’s Joe Louis Arena. I can continue. I really can.
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
The Missing Link was sitting among the spectators in the Madison Square Garden stands, that’s where he was…while his mates skated in a state of despair, disgust, disappointment and disillusion.
And there was absolutely nothing The Missing Link, alias Sean Avery, could do about it.
For more than a month, The Maven has been chirping that Avery, not Henny Lundqvist, not Jaromir Jagr, not Brendan Shanahan, was the Rangers’ most valuable player. Most folks disagreed.
Now, every day in every way, it is apparent that The Missing Link is missed BIG-TIME.
from Capitals Insider,
Hershey Bears defenseman Jame Pollock has left the team and signed with CSKA Moscow of the Russian Super League.
The Bears/Capitals immediately suspended him without pay, but that’s probably all the organization will be able to do because Russia isn’t covered by the IIHF’s transfer agreement.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
Some boos might have been intended for NHL officials, but the Blue Jackets thought they were at them Wednesday in Nationwide Arena.
Captain Adam Foote even made a plea to fans after the Blue Jackets came back to beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-4.
“I don’t think they should do that,” Foote said. “This is the first year they’ve had a consistent team, a winning team that’s not getting blown out of games. Maybe they’re frustrated from years past? I don’t know, but I don’t think they should do that.”
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