Friday on the Forehand (3/9/12)
Player Tweet(s) of the Week
“I’m gonna work as hard as I possibly can to be back in an Avs jersey before the season is over. It kills me to be out again” —@matt9duchene
Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche will be out 3-4 weeks with an ankle injury. It is neat to hear from a player’s perspective about what it is like to battle injuries.
Players, Trades, General Management
Green seeing Red
The Capitals Mike Green will face a disciplinary hearing this afternoon for a hit on Brett Connolly during the second period of last night’s game against Tampa Bay. No penalty was called during game play.
The Maple Leafs will be without second in scoring Joffrey Lupul for up to a month with a separated shoulder. Lupul has notched 25 goals and 42 assists so far on the season.
Fleeting Flyers Forwards
Jakub Voracek and Jaromir Jagr both left Philidelphia’s Tuesday match up with the Wings with injuries. Jagr returned to play later in the week.
Pick of the Week
The St. Louis Blues physical play and home successes have helped rocket them to the top of the NHL. A position previously held by the Vancouver Canucks, the top of the league and the Western Conference was taken over by the Central Division club today after a win over the Anaheim Ducks.
The Blues struggled in the beginning of the season going 4-6-1 in their October match ups. In November, Ken Hitchcock took over as head coach and the season began to turn around. Now the team has 43 wins and 93 points on the season.
After Saturday’s home game against the Blue Jackets, the Blues begin a seven-game road trip testing their success as the season winds down.
What to Watch this Weekend
Anaheim at Dallas, Sat. 8 p.m.
Sitting a top the Pacific division, the Stars are four wins ahead of their closest division rivals, the Coyotes. Division Rivals the Ducks have fallen to the bottom with only 68 points on the season. The Stars will shoot for five in a row and the chance to stay high in the standings.
Philadelphia at New Jersey, Sun. 7 p.m.
The Flyers have gone 7-3-0 in their last 10 and the Devils have won their last two in a row. Four of the five Atlantic Division teams find themselves in the top eight of the east. Although behind New York and Pittsburgh, these teams have more than a dozen games left to battle for post season ranks.