One week around the NHL March 21-27
Entertaining Tweet of the week
“Spent two hours in the dentist chair today. Brings my total to 8 hrs this hockey season. Guess I’m just not meant to have nice teeth! :)”
—Tweeted by Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks
I’m glad this rookie’s come to this inevitable hockey realization.
Players, Teams, General Management
Avs hire Sakic
The Colorado Avalanche announced on Friday, as reported by NHL.com that eighth-highest-scorer in NHL history Joe Sakic will begin the role of Executive Advisor/Alternate Governor at the end of the 10/11 season. After announcing his retirement in July, he will take a position in the front office. Being a recognizable face in the Avalanche organization, winning the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001, the move from star to management is a natural one.
Injuries around the League
Rough week to be a King
Anze Kopitar, LA Kings, Ankle
High scorer for the Kings, Kopitar will miss about six weeks after suffering a broken ankle during the second period of of Saturday’s game against the Avs. The Kings may have won the game 4-1, but suffer a great loss in their playoff hopes without Anze.
Justin Williams, LA Kings, dislocated shoulder
Williams’ shoulder was dislocated in a match up against the Flames on Monday night and is expected to miss three to four weeks, another threat looming over the upcoming playoff season. He suffered the injury during the third period, taking a hit from Calgary’s Robyn Regehr.
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, ?
The Caps organization announced Monday that Ovechkin would be out “resting from an undisclosed injury” for 7-10 days in preparation for playoffs.
Manny Malhotra, Vancouver Canucks, eye injury
The Canucks announced Monday that they would be without Malhotra for the rest of the season and playoffs due to an injured eye. He was hurt on March 16, after taking a hit to the face from the Av’s Erik Johnson.
Saturday and Sunday’s Shootout Superstars
Miikka Kiprusoff fuels the flames
The Flames rallied to defeat the Oilers 5-4 Saturday as Kiprusoff’s saves in the shootout made up for his regulation plays and allowed the Flames to move one point out of the playoff bracket. The Flames made a comeback from a 4-1 deficit when Jarome Iginla, Curtis Glencross and Steve Staios all scored within a 12 minute range. Alex Tanguay kicked it into OT, and Kiprusoff made the saves taking them to the win.
James Neal, James Neal, James Neal
For the third game, James Neal has scored the shootout winner to send the Penguins to victory. With the help of Kris Letang, and Alex Kovalev, Pittsburgh’s shootout trio has come to the aid of the team, Sunday’s victory over Florida being the fourth shootout game in a row.
Captain Ladd leads Thrashers to a victory
Andrew Ladd scored the only goal in a fourth round shootout today to defeat the Senators at home in Atlanta. Goaltender Chris Mason did a strong job of keeping the Thrashers in until Ladd got the puck behind Craig Anderson. Both teams are lagging behind in the playoff race, Ottawa with 66 points and Atlanta with 76.
Games to look forward to
With less than 10 games left, its crunch team for those teams trickling around the bottom of the playoff cutoff.
Chicago v. Detroit, Monday 7:30 p.m. Versus
The Wings, currently second in the West, and the Hawks, currently holding on to eighth, face off at Joe Louis tomorrow. The defending Stanley Cup Champs are only 1 point ahead of the number 9, Calgary Flames and 2 points ahead of the Dallas Stars. With the 8th spot in such jeopardy, it should be a good game. Also, the goal tending issue in Detroit is becoming a dire one, with Jimmy Howard not in best health and Osgood still on IR.