One week around the NHL Dec. 12-19
Quote of the Week
“I had a microphone on my jersey, and I was talking with my teammates. Next show, maybe they’ll show me more.” said Evgeni Malkin as quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Penguins Capitals 24/7 aired on HBO last Wednesday, the first installment of the reality show following the preparations for the winter classic. The show went behind the scenes and gave a unique perspective on the new and loved hockey tradition. Malkin has become a star in the city of Pittsburgh, being the only scorer in the past two games and apparently is hoping to be a HBO star in the near future.
Video to Watch
Most teams create Christmas or holiday videos for their fans to watch, but this one made by the San Jose Sharks this year is too funny for words.
Eric Boulton, Atlanta Thrashers
The Thrashers have been having an exceptional season with the addition of their new coach, Craig Ramsay. High scoring left and right, and recently snatching first place in the southeast. Boulton scored his first career hat trick home against New Jersey on Saturday during the Thrashers 7-1 decimation of the struggling Devils.
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Whether the Penguins are winning a dozen in a row or excepting a 4-1 loss, Sidney’s been scoring. His point streak has reached 20 straight games and he leads the league in both goals, 26, and points, 54.
Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes
Staal scored his 12th career hat trick at home against the Ducks yesterday to push the Canes to a 4-2 win over Anaheim. Carolina finds itself just outside of the Eastern Conference’s top eight, but has won the last four games. Some continued offensive force from Captain Eric and others might give them a chance at a playoff spot.
And those preventing high scoring…
Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins
The Bruins may find themselves 14th in the league, but Thomas is topping all the charts. So far this season, he has five shutouts, 15 wins, and a fantastic 1.65 GAA. He currently holds a .951 save percentage and is well on his way to his best season with the Bruins.
Injuries around the league
See you in 2011…
Chris Pronger, Philadelphia Flyers, broken foot
Pronger is to miss four to six weeks with a broken bone in his right foot. The break occurred during Wednesday’s game against the Canadiens, while trying to stop the puck. He is looking to be re-evaluated for play around Jan. 5, nhl.com reports.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Toronto Maple Leafs, groin
Giguere is out indefinitely after reinvigorating an old injury in his groin during Thursday’s game against the Flames. Currently his injury is listed as day-to-day, but it could be longer. He has missed several other games this season as a result of the same injury.
Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers, broken hand
Callahan’s hand was injured during the first period in Pittsburgh on Wednesday in an attempt to block Kris Letang’s slapshot. He is expected to be out for around six weeks.
Games to look forward to
Detroit v. Vancouver, Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
After loosing in OT to the Dallas Stars on Sunday, all the buzz is on Osgood being denied his 400th career win. He gets his next chance to complete this feat home against the Canucks on Wednesday. We’ll see if he can manage to silence the Sedin twins and the rest of the Vancouver offense.
Los Angeles v. Colorado, Tuesday 9:30 p.m.
Both of these teams have been holding their own in the West recently, the Av’s currently looking to continue their five game winning streak. The Kings have been keeping up the scoring, defeating the Predators 6-1 on Saturday. The teams offensive forces will meet in Colorado on Tuesday and I’m expecting a high scoring and interesting game.