In case you missed it – Steven Stamkos will not be participating in the Olympics. I get the impression that if he just had two more weeks, he’d make it. Just a crushing blow for Stamkos, who worked harder than anyone in his position could have.
As for Canada, we’ll be fine. Stamkos to Giroux or Stamkos to St. Louis is not a devastating downgrade.
Great feedback in the forum the other day, and the comments below on Monday, about seeing more of me – both in terms of updates later in the day as well as columns on the site. I’ll work harder on bringing you updates in the ramblings later in the day. And to follow up my column last week, I posted another one yesterday here.
I can’t believe the Rangers are trading Ryan Callahan. I’m not buying it. Not when the team is winning like crazy right now. But Callahan sure is selling himself. Another three points last night to go with six shots on goal. He also had seven hits. The Rangers have him, Hagelin and Richards going, as well as the Brassard – Zuccarello line really rolling while everyone focuses on Rick Nash. I’d be shocked if they rock the boat by trading their captain. Rangers fans, what say you?
The line of Matt Duchene, Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn was a combined minus-15. They were on the ice for all five Rangers goals. And you can see that Patrick Roy caught this and held their ice time down, which is something that I don’t see a lot of coaches do to that extreme. But O’Reilly saw just 12:37, Duchene 14:34.
If it’s not one line it’s another for the Bruins. The red-hot line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith have cooled off, combining for one point in four games. Whereas the line of Lucic, Krejci and Iginla have 16 points in that span. The lines have been taking turns getting hot for Boston all season long. It’s like Nashville on steroids. And fantasy owners are anxiously awaiting for their player’s turn.
The first thing I check on a given night is the box score involving the recently traded player. Assuming I don’t get to watch that particular game, that is. And that was the case with the Canucks/Bruins. While Alex Edler saw 2:55 in PP time, Raphael Diaz saw his share as well (2:33). Diaz scored the only goal and had a season high four shots on goal. The pairings: