March 09, 2009
Here are your Evening Puck Headlines and Previews: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• Jersey Fouls return on Tuesday morning. Hide the kids.
Please recall the epic Eric Staal bobblehead that the Hurricanes gave away earlier this year ... you know, the one with the blow-up doll face. Well, tonight is Scott Walker bobblehead night and Carolina On Ice has yet again hilariously dissected the doll: "For cripes sake, it looks like they modeled the pose from a candid snapshot taken on the team's annual prostate check day." They also think the side-view makes it look like it was "sponsored by Dulcolax." [Carolina On Ice]
Preview: New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m. EST; TV: VS, TSN2). Versus? What, no "Turkey Revolution" tonight? The Rangers are looking for their fourth win in a row, and will have Stephen Valiquette in goal. The Hurricanes are looking to see if Eric Staal can score 100 goals before the end of the season after being reunited with Erik Cole.
• The San Jose Sharks are missing defenseman Rob Blake with a "lower body injury," while goalie Evgeni Nabokov also didn't make the trip to Minnesota for the next game. Nabby on not playing: "I never like to watch hockey. It sucks." [Working The Corners]
• Craig MacTavish has escorted Dustin Penner back into the friendly confines of the Edmonton Oilers' dog house: "We're at a critical time and we can't wait for players' games to round into shape. We need guys to perform." Somewhere, Brian Burke just giggled to himself. [Sportsnet]
• The Tampa Bay Lightning claim they went to the homes of season ticket holders in order to encourage them to renew for next season. But we know it's an elaborate attempt to recruit more defensemen the team can sign and then trade. [Tampa Tribune, via Kukla]
Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa Senators (7:30 p.m. EST; TV: LTV, RSN). Bruce "Malkin To the Kings" Garrioch went insane today over the fact that Ron Wilson isn't starting Martin Gerber against his old team this evening. "This is just ridiculous. Actually, it's a joke. Wilson claims to not care about the media and then says he thinks the media in Ottawa is looking for mock Gerber." He's sort of correct, from a showmanship point of view, but if your level of excitement depends on Darth Gerber getting a start against the Senators, chances are you're covering a non-playoff team.
• Nikolai Khabibulin, Sammy Pahlsson and Patrick Sharp are about 10 days away from returning for the struggling Chicago Blackhawks; but the news on Martin Havlat's injury won't be known until Tuesday. [Chicago Tribune]
• Mike Chen takes an interesting, although dire, look at the newspaper industry and what the future may hold for beat writers that also blog. Scary, scary times indeed for the print industry. [Chen]
Preview: Vancouver Canucks at Los Angeles Kings (10:30 p.m. EST; TV: RSW, FSW). Rich Hammond offers a look at the Kings' playoff picture, and relays a quote from Coach Terry Murray that couldn't possibly have more clichés about the postseason in it. OK, he didn't say "on any given night" or "110 percent." But he did say "execute" and "parity." Meanwhile, the Canucks and Roberto Luongo are playing great hockey, as the goalie has 12 wins in his last 13 outings.
• Tomas Holmstrom is expected back for the Detroit Red Wings against the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday; Marian Hossa is still out and Jiri Hudler could be out with an illness. With the loosening of restrictions on stem cell research by the White House, Chelios might play until 3047. [Snapshots]
• Finally, three options ...
A. Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek recruits criminal mastermind Ra's al-Ghul to release an airborne hallucinogen in Newark and brainwash the citizenry into paying the Devils' prices for tickets.
B. The Devils proudly present special speaker Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his discussion of midichlorians and The Force ... as part of their ongoing series "Things That Are More Boring Than the Trap."
C. Kevin Weekes sighs heavily when he realizes that Liam Neeson's commemorative jersey is an indication that, in fact, the No. 1 will not one day hang from the Prudential Center rafters below his name.