Ales Hemsky skated with the team for the first time this morning. He basically said today that the shoulder pain never went away until this period of time, where he’s really been able to rest it. He feels great and could return as soon as Thursday in Los Angeles, but if not it’ll be sometime on the six-game roadie. L.A. will be the three-week mark of the three-to-four-week recovery projection. Hemsky’s return should push Ryan Jones back out of the top six with Hall-RNH-Eberle/ Smyth-Horcoff-Hemsky.
Robin Lehner’s first start of the season with the Sens will come tonight against the Leafs and Jonas Gustavsson. Craig Anderson started and won that crazy comeback yesterday against the Rangers. Lehner has four wins in six tries in the AHL this year with 2.77/ .927 splits. For comparison’s sake, he had 2.70/ .912 splits last season in 22 games before his amazing playoff run.
Danny Briere is still day-to-day for now and whether he’ll be able to play in Buffalo Wednesday against his former team is still up in the air. ’06-7 was his last season there. Man, time flies.
Sidney Crosby is inching closer to a return. What can we expect when he returns? It’s an interesting look at rust and timing issues from the perspective of a few Pens who have endured lengthy periods of injury, but Crosby is Crosby… anything is possible. Like you’d want to do anything but immediately put him right onto your active roster.
No Simon Gagne tonight again (improving, but not yet ready), but Jonathan Quick will start in the B2B situation.
Ron Wilson tweeted this after the game: "Great win. Monster was huge and gets start tomorrow. Komo keeps getting better. Dion and Phil are the best at their positions in NHL!"
People who hate the Leafs, Kessel and Phaneuf even when they're doing well… go. The floor is yours. Limit yourselves to 140 characters please. It's only fair if RW did it.
When I think about the potential for excellence and entertainment in this year's HBO 24/7 with the Flyers and Rangers…. Can. Not. Wait.
Jaromir. Freaking. Jagr. Another multi-pointer tonight. 5-6-11 in 11 GP. What a huge steal for fantasy owners this season. All the people that went immediately to the negative "washed up" mindset when news broke he was coming back to the NHL lost out. He's thriving in a supporting role and after tonight he's only five goals shy of Shanny's career mark of 651, which is 11th in league history.
Speaking of the Flyers, I love how so many people were hyperventilating about Ilya Bryzgalov, his contract and a small stumble in the big picture after that horrific Winnipeg game and then what he said following it. 24/25 tonight in the 5-1 win and surprise, surprise… he's fine. He doesn't suck. I really like his candour too. Really. Tonight one of his post-game comments was how he used the iPhone compass to find his way out of the woods, where he said he was lost a few days ago. Sit back and enjoy the show. Win or lose, he's entertaining. And he's going to win a lot, make no mistake. Big picture, people. Big picture.
Seriously… Jagr and Bryz alone will make the HBO series riveting. December 14th debut.
How sweet was it to see Josh Harding pick up a shutout tonight in his second start of the season? Wild over the Wings, 1-0. He's stopped 74/77 shots this season (.961 SV%) in that small sampling and good for him. Talk about the school