Quote of the Week

P.K. Subban, defensemen for the Candiens, was a healthy scratch for last Thursday’s game against the devils for “of an accumulation of things.”

“Overall he just needs to watch and understand that it’s a team game and he needs to keep his game simple and play within the team system,” said Montreal coach Jacques Martin, as reported by NHL.com. Read the entire NHL story here He’s certainly not one of my favorite people after last year’s post-season series with Montreal. But Martin said he’s not a team player. That’s a tough one to swallow.

Entertaining Tweet of the Week

“By popular demand here is my peanut butter stomp with @yogabbagabba http://on.fb.me/hvO1If

posted by Dustinbrown 23, the verified twitter account of LA King’s Captain Dustin Brown. Click on the link and watch that peanut butter stomp, I promise you won’t be disappointed. It’s even more entertaining that he chose to share it himself.

Injuries around the league

Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks, lower-body injury

Hossa is out for two to three weeks with a non-specific lower body injury. A collision with teammate Nick Boynton led to the injury during practice on Nov. 29. With 18 points already this season, the Hawks will hope he returns to the ice sooner rather than later.

Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators, left knee

Goaltender Rinne has been showing off some great saves this season, with three shutouts already. NHL.com reports that he will be out for 2-4 weeks. He sustained his injury playing in Columbus against the Blue Jackets on Wednesday Dec. 1. The Predators have called up Mark Dekanich from their AHL Affiliate the Milwaukee Admirals and are hoping Dekanich and backup goaltender Anders Lindback will cover in Rinne’s absence.

Winning Streaks

A couple teams around the league may have had a bad start but now they just keep winning, and winning, and winning…

Atlanta Thrashers

The Thrashers upped their game and found themselves with a six game winning streak, that was broken in Pittsburgh on Thursday Dec. 2. They went 3-0 after naming Andrew Ladd as Captain and continue to be on fire defeating the Washington Capitals yesterday 3-1.

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins have currently won their last 9 games in a row with the help of two Hat tricks from Sidney Crosby and several goals from defensemen. That’s a whole lot of fingers crossed. They take on the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m.

Dallas Stars

The Stars have won their last six a row and have climbed the standings to 6th in the league and second in the Western Conference. Their next game is in Columbus, Monday at 6 p.m. and I’m curious to see if they can keep the streak going against a team hungry to show what they can do after a disappointing loss.

Edmonton Oilers

Okay, so maybe they aren’t winning and winning, but they have won four in a row which is kind of a big deal for them. They still find themselves last in the conference, tied with the Calgary Flames. But with a streak like this, maybe they will make a come back. The Oilers play the Ducks on Tuesday at 7:30pm, so one of their streaks will be forced to an end.

Games to look forward to

Detroit Red Wings V. Montreal Canadiens, Friday Dec. 10 7 p.m.

As NHL.com Columnist John Kreiser pointed out in a piece he published last week, the Western Conference has been beating up on the Eastern for about six seasons now. The Wings are currently the only Western team that hasn’t defeated an Eastern this season. They find themselves up against Montreal on Friday night and though the game itself is only of regular season significance, it’s a chance for this conference rivalry to play out.