David is once again away, so I’m covering for him. Here is the word from beat writers around the NHL on this Friday afternoon.
On the Beat: Former Canes pick selected by Yankees, Ex-Wing Viacheslav Fetisov, 51, to play for Russian team, Injuries to Stamkos & Malone are minor
Ducks open new rink; which Bruins goalie in net seems like a game time decision; Olli Jokinen continuing great play; Wings without Cleary for a month; Dan Hamhuis writes about Preds’ charity drive; Spacek back for Habs; Devils tough guy back from AHL; injuries to Stamkos & Malone not serious; Canucks lose Edler for 2 weeks. These stories and a Leafs mail bag after the jump.
On the Beat (Western Conference): Craig Anderson injury cloaked in mystery, Mike Babcock happy with Justin Abdelkader, Canucks hire Dave Babych.
Flames preview; Blue Jackets chat; Leadership a challenge for Stars; Oilers still not on right track; Wild chat @ 3pm; Blues add some scoring depth. These stories and more after the jump.
On the Beat (Eastern Conference): Jacques Leamire plays hookey from Devils practice, Crosby ahead of schedule, Habs Ryan White ruled ineligible to play during game.
Thrashers get better each period; Sabres recall Nathan Gerbe; Ward, Brind’Amour to be in lineup; Rangers in Chicago; Alfredsson & Kovalev scoring has gone south; Chris Pronger knows the team needs to take baby steps; Varlamov out. These stories and more after the jump.
On the Beat (Western Conference): Ducks fans should be panicking, Dan Cloutier gets tossed in AHL comeback game, Oilers continue to roll, Cody Hodgson to skip World Juniors
Iginla likes team’s defence; Wings ringing the bells tonight; Randy Jones sat in 3rd; Preds coach Trotz tinkers with lineup. These stories and more after the jump.
On the Beat (Eastern Conference): Boudreau says Green is fine, Rutherford says no major decision on Brind’Amour, Philly driver hits Brendan Witt.
Bruins missing two defencemen; Sabres watching video; Habs recall Ryan White; Pens demote Mark Letestu; Leafs on way up; Matt Bradley is a father. These stories and more after the jump.
On the Beat (Western Conference): Bears-Blackhawks ads sacked by NFL, Ryan Kesler’s slump continues, what is wrong with the Stars?
Ducks by the numbers; Robyn Regehr good to go tonight; big changes to line-up at Jackets practice; a look at the company hired to build Edmonton Arena district; Kings coach gives his assessment of Flames; Preds recall Sulzer. These stories and more after the jump.
On the Beat (Eastern Conference): Monster discusses heart scare, SK 74 in lineup tonight, should the NHL be renamed the National Hilarity League?
Angelo Esposito will have surgery; Mike Grier out of lineup; Hurricanes happy for Laviolette & McCarthy; Carey Price to start; Sens prevail; Pens not happy with Keith hit on Cooke; Caps reassign Alzner to Hershey.