Friday on the Forehand
Player Tweet of the week
Twitter is a great place to experience the wonders of NHL players as well as all of the latest news.
“Big win tonight in TO. Thank you
CraigAnderson41 for standing on your head again, and ECondra for showing me how to shoot in praccy!” – @kyleturris of the Ottawa Senators
Praccy makes perfect.
Players, Trades, General Management
Cammalleri for Bourque
This trade happened last week, but certainly caught a lot of people off guard. After two and half seasons, Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri was traded mid-game to Calgary in exchange for right wing Rene Bourque. Cammalleri said, “We play like losers. So itâ€™s no wonder why we lose.â€ as quoted in TSN in discussion of his former team just a day or so before being traded.
No longer ephemeral Elliott
St. Louis’s Brian Elliot was signed to a 2 year, 3.6 million dollar extension on Wednesday. His save percentage of .937 is second only to Boston’s Tuukka Rask.
“Big shout out to Ells on his two year ext. #welldeserved.. Now the real question, #Wheresdinner?” — @shattdeuces Kevin Shattenkirk of the St. Louis Blues on Twitter
Umberger to the Reserve
Columbus winger R.J. Umberger joins a number of other players in the league exhibiting concussion-like symptoms on the IR. The Blue Jackets placed him there on tuesday. He has seven goals in 42 games this season.
Pick of the Week
Detroit Red Wings
The Wings have won five in a row to sneak into first in the West, a position held on and off this season by the Vancouver Canucks.
OT hero Todd Bertuzzi has 10 goals and 14 assists on the season. The recent win streak has placed him currently at a 23, 8th in the league for +/-.
Jimmy Howard is another attribute of Detroit’s forward surge. He holds on to the top spot for most wins with 28 (Marc Andre Fleury is currently in 4th).
The Wings take on the Blue Jackets tomorrow at home at the Joe Louis at 7:00pm. The game is broadcast on FS plus.
What to watch this weekend
28 teams play on Saturday before the NHL winds down for the All-Star Break. Here are a few interesting weekend match ups.
Florida at Winnipeg
7p.m. CBC Network
One of the warmest and one of the coldest NHL locations teams meet up in this battle of the Southeast division. The Panthers are currently tied with the Washington Capitals for 52 points and the Jets are third in the division with 49.
Sharks at Canucks
Last year’s Stanley Cup contending Canucks have 28 wins on the season and have been staying ahead in the West. They take on the Sharks, top in the pacific division. San Jose won the last meeting of these two teams on Jan. 7.