Friday on the Forehand (2/10/12)
Player Tweet of the Week
It’s good to see that Scott Gomez scored his 1st.. Good for him – dbrassard16, Derick Brassard, center Columbus Blue Jackets
Number 11 of the Montreal Canadiens, Scott Gomez, ended a year-long scoreless streak with a game winner over the Islanders this week. The last time the center notched a goal was on Feb. 5, 2011 in a match up against goaltender Martin Biron of the New York Rangers.
Players, Trades, General Management
Sign it Smith
The Calgary Flames resigned the currently injured Derek Smith to a two year, $1.55 million extension. Smith has 10 points in 32 games with the Flames.
Vinny Prospal signed a one year extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday. The left wing and Czech native originally signed with the Blue Jackets in July and has played 54 games with the club.
A Vital Component
The Penguins signed Center Joe Vitale to a two-year $1.1 million contract. He has three goals and seven assists in 44 games this season.
The Minnesota Wild and head coach Mike Yeo made a few changes and deals this past weekend to the line up of the team. Defenseman Nate Prosser signed a two year extension with the Wild, having played 23 games with the team this season.
Casey Wellman of the Wild was also traded to the New York Rangers this past week in exchange for center Erik Christensen and a conditional seventh round draft pick.
Pick of the Week
Islanders D-man Mark Eaton was the unlikely victor in last Friday’s game against the Senators. In a game that saw no goals in the first, the two teams ended regulation tied at 1. Mark Eaton would score the OT winner at 2:35 in the OT during is 600th NHL game. The 34-year old defenseman was born in Wilmington, DE and spent a good portion of last season out with an injury.
The Islanders are currently tied with Buffalo and Tampa Bay with 52 points for 11th in the east.
What to watch this weekend
There are a lot of daytime Saturday and Sunday games to keep an eye out for this weekend. And since Pittsburgh is likely to see some cold temperatures and perhaps some snow flurries, what more could you ask for?
Panthers at Islanders, Sunday 3 p.m.
The Flordia Panthers are holding onto first in the Southeast and are 14-5-7 at home this season. But they find themselves away and on the Island this Sunday against the eleventh place Islanders. Another win could blast them slightly farther ahead of the Washington Capitals.