Get your hands on the 2011-12 Midseason Guide, which also includes a Jan. 13 addendum.
The Denver Post has a good read on Colorado Avalanche rookie Gabriel Landeskog. He talks about how he’s living the dream in his first year in the NHL, how he’s actually staying with a billet family instead of a team veteran and how moving to Canada from Sweden at the age of 16 was probably the best decision of his life. What’s not to like about this kid? He’s on his way to carving out what should be an outstanding career.
Marcus Johansson is missing today’s matinee with the Penguins due to an illness. Already missing Nicklas Backstrom, this left today’s top line as Alex Ovechkin with Mathieu Perreault and Mike Knuble.
The writing was immediately on the wall for Ben Bishop’s near future in St. Louis following the Brian Elliott extension. What’s new today is that Bishop offered a pretty frank and honest assessment of the situation to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He has the right attitude and that’s a big part of the battle as a pro.
Also for your Sunday reading: A new goaltender for the Columbus Blue Jackets is “a certainty” – waiving Steve Mason may also be a possibility as part of that scenario if a deal can’t be reached with anyone – and GM Scott Howson’s job appears to be safe under a plan that includes potentially “significant changes” before next season. The article also posits that Jeff Carter could be sent packing.
Peter Mueller followed up his three-point performance against the Panthers by scoring again against L.A. He’s alongside Paul Stastny and T.J. Galiardi and Mueller is a guy who will produce – and produce well – if he can stay healthy. He’s a really talented guy who just needs some good luck health-wise. Stastny already had five points in his prior five starts before adding another two here in the 3-1 win against the Kings.
Solid results for Dany Heatley, who came up with three points in a 5-2 win over Dallas and matched his production in January in the process. Heatley was with Kyle Brodziak and Nick Johnson, while Devin Setoguchi was on another line with Matt Cullen and Cal Clutterbuck.
Lee Stempniak had 3G, 1A and was +5 in Calgary’s 6-2 win over the Oilers. He’s skating with the now-consistent Olli Jokinen, who has been a steady producer in the past few months. Blake Comeau was on the other wing.
So Taylor Hall was back for the Oil tonight. The guy is a stud. Fierce competitor. The gash will only add to his legend over the years. But my question is this: Why the hell was he wearing a helmet in warm-ups and he DIDN'T have it strapped up? What's the point? I mean, agree or disagree with players needing to wear them in the first place given how infrequent the chance of an injury, but if you're going to wear one then SNAP THE DAMN THING UP! Yeah, I'll wear my seatbelt over my shoulder but why buckle it when it looks cooler to leave it undone?
Alex Tanguay is close to returning, but Flames head coach Brent Sutter offered this following today's skate: “It’s his first day practicing with the group, we talked to him this morning and I want him to get a few practices in so he has his pace to where it needs to be and he can help our hockey team.”
There's hot and then there's John Tavares. 12 straight games with a point after his two-goal effort against the Canes, which included the OT GWG. He has seven multi-pointers on this run with 21 points in all. Kyle Okposo continues to build momentum week after week as well. He's been on the Tavares line with Matt Moulson for awhile now and P.A. Parenteau has still been producing even after being moved off the unit.
Mikael Samuelsson opened in Kris Versteeg's slot on the Tomas Fleischmann – Stephen Weiss line, but it was Versteeg coming away with a three-point game to break a recent slide that hasn't seen many points.
Zach Bogosian was back in that one for the Jets and he played over 25 minutes wit