The Rankings – I’m most of the way through them and should have them up this morning.
Vladimir Sobotka will miss at least four weeks with a cracked bone in his left foot. Sobotka sustained the injury on Sunday in Calgary.
Columbus has acquired prospect Petr Kalus from the Wild for future considerations. It wasn’t mentioned on any of the trade trackers, but the Jackets made the announcement. Any start for a new team is a fresh one, so the once-promising Kalus should cling to this lifeline and hopefully make the most of it. Because this deal was made after the deadline, he is ineligible to play in the NHL for the rest of this season/playoffs.
James Reimer to get the start for the Leafs Wednesday. So apparently, he is okay. Leaf fans rejoice.
Glowing praise for Washington defenseman prospect Dmitri Orlov. He looks like a good one and would seem to be a shoe-in for the big club in the fall, although at his age nothing is certain.
The Penguins have recalled Dustin Jeffrey, which makes sense – Ray Shero indicated in his presser Monday that Jeffrey would be with the club for the rest of the season.
Lou Lamorellio on Zach Parise (via the Devils website): “Parise will be seeing the physician on [March 2] and we will have knowledge of exactly where he's at, and what he can do, and when he can skate, when he can't skate,” Lamoriello said. “The results of the examination, that will say everything.”
Ryan Potulny was indeed recalled by the Senators and he played just over seven minutes. He still managed three shots on goal. If you look at Ottawa’s roster, Potulny may actually be one of their six best forwards. They should play him accordingly and see what happens.
Blake Geoffrion scored his first career NHL goal for the Preds last night. With his eye-opening AHL play, he has to be considered among the potential leading scorers for this low-scoring team next season.
Steve Sullivan is likely done for the year with his groin injury.
Jason Arnott picked up an assist in 16 minutes of ice time in his Washington debut.
WAS line combos: Backstrom with Ovechkin and Sturm; Arnott with Laich and Semin.
BUF top line: Connolly with Ennis and Boyes
FLA line combos: Weiss with Bergfors and Booth; Santorelli with Samsonov and Bernier;
Early impact: Boyes scores for Buffalo, Gerbe gets scratched. Did I not hint as much in yesterday’s THN column?
Upshall scoring for Columbus, Klesla scoring for Phoenix, and Corey Stillman with two points for Carolina round out the other positives.
Nathan Lawsom stopped 40 of 42 shots but took the loss. Still, the coach has known him for a long time and seems to prefer starting him over Montoya. Tough situation.