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by Paul on 01/21/12 at 10:08 PM ET
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
• The spotlight glares brightly on Sidney Crosby’s latest visit to a specialist while teammate Evgeni Malkin soldiers on with so little notice.
Crosby’s lack of play has been the single most discussed matter of this National Hockey League season. But at the same time, it’s remarkable how little praise has come Malkin’s way as he has, with such force, become hockey’s scoring leader….
• Hands up, both of you, who figured the Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks would be tied in the NHL standings in January.
• Is it just me, or are you disappointed in Drew Doughty’s progress in Los Angeles? He’s nowhere near the best in the league and he should be.
• The Maple Leafs are clearly in a race with the Florida Panthers and the New Jersey Devils for the final two playoff spots in the East. The odds are, two of those three teams will make the post-season and maybe, though I doubt it, Winnipeg will be there as well. The question is: Which two will make it? The Leafs have Jonas Gustavsson out-playing James Reimer these days, which isn’t what management expected, but has worked out just fine. The over-achieving Panthers got through the first half riding Jose Theodore in goal, but the injured and now slumping Panthers, don’t win games on goaltending. It’s the same in New Jersey, where Martin Brodeur isn’t Martin Brodeur anymore….
read on for more on Malkin and other hockey notes…
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