Scott Cruikshank raises an interesting question: Just Calgary Flames: how expensive is it going to be for the Flames to keep who had another superb game Saturday against the hated Oilers with three points and four hits. How much I think he'll cost: too much for Darryl Sutter to afford. Rene Bourque (notes), Paul Maurice knows exactly who's to blame as his Canes drop their sixth in a row, this time to the lowly Wild, dead last in the West: Carolina Hurricanes: the officials! "I was not pleased with the slant of the way that game went in terms of the calls that were made," he said. Yeah, that 23-15 disparity in penalty minutes was an obvious con job by the refs, no question. Chicago Blackhawks: and Jonathan Toews (notes) still Brent Seabrook (notes) haven't seen the ice since they both got concussions on Wednesday. It's unlikely they'll go tonight against Minnesota. Colorado Avalanche: Pleasepleaseplease let this terrible thing be the Avs' third jersey. It's remarkably bad. Prior to Saturday's game with Anaheim, Ken Hitchcock vowed to shake up the lines. He Columbus Blue Jackets: did just that, and Derrick Brassard saw himself dropped from the first line to the fourth after going minus-5 in his previous two games. He got less than eight minutes of ice time and recorded no stats whatsoever. You're right, Defending Big D. Ott is Dallas Stars: only BORDERLINE dirty. Either the Avs are the best penalty killers in the league or the Wings have been terrible on the power play against them. They're 1 for 12 man-up against Colorado this year Detroit Red Wings: after going 0-for-8 on Saturday. Edmonton Oilers: Money quote from Saturday's dismal effort and 5-2 loss to their provincial rivals comes from "We had a few tough breakdowns at tough times. Our effort was good, but our execution has to be better. We can't expect Khabby to do it for us every single game. When you give up five goals to Calgary..." Sam Gagner (notes):
...you only have a 20 percent chance to come back and win 6-5 in overtime.
Florida Panthers: David Booth (notes) went home yesterday. The team still isn't happy that Mike Richards didn't get suspended. : Los Angeles Kings made his NHL debut Saturday and set up Scott Parse (notes) goal with a beautiful fake shot and rocket pass. Finish wasn't bad either. Jarret Stoll's (notes) Cal Clutterbuck went from almost not playing to scoring like this in overtime. Minnesota Wild:
P.S. Carolina defense, you're doing it wrong.
Mike Boone, in his always-excellent Montreal Canadiens: About Last Night... (seriously, read it after every Habs game), recounts a great question outta radio host Tony Marinano. "Was [using Guillaume Latandresse on the power play over a reward for Guillaume, a challenge for Guillaume or a message to Andrei?" Andrei Kostitsyn (notes)]
Martin, who smiles less often than Stephen Harper during these sessions with the media, couldn't suppress a grin as he replied:
Martin's really got his troops marching now. Les Habitants will be an interesting watch for the remainder of the season.
The Preds got shut out for Nashville Predators: the third time already this season. By Yeah, I know. The top line of Cristobal Huet (notes). Steve Sullivan (notes), and David Legwand (notes) have four total points in 10 games and their salaries total $14 million. Martin Erat (notes) Things that are not good: Jacques Lemaire describing injuries to New Jersey Devils: and Jay Pandolfo (notes) as " Paul Martin (notes) scary." Pando dislocated his right shoulder and Martin blocked a shot with his left arm then got slashed in it. Not good. Even if they're bad (they are), the Islanders at least go around New York Islanders: earning other players' respect up until the third period. First praised their hard work, but then said, "On the ice you could see fatigue in their faces in the third when we started carrying the play. They looked a little tired." The Islanders are 1-0-3 when leading after two periods this year. Brooks Laich (notes) New York Rangers: got Brandon Dubinsky (notes) benched for the entire second half of Saturday's game for a particularly egregious neutral-zone turnover with which John Tortorella was entirely unhappy. Chris Higgins got the same treatment for a bad penalty and a lack of backchecking. Total meltdown by Ottawa on Saturday, and the Ottawa press has found its scapegoat for the Sens giving up two goals inside of two minutes to go to blow a two-goal lead and then lose in a shootout. Try to think of who it could be. Spezza, Alfredsson, the defense, the coaching? Ottawa Senators: Well you were close, it's Tim Thomas. In really the only non-Mike Richards news of the weekend, the Flyers Philadelphia Flyers: may or may not be interested in the services of Wouldn't that be something? Brendan Shanahan (notes). If you had Oct. 25 in the "When does Dave Tippett start replying curtly to questions about where this team will be next year?" pool, you can Phoenix Coyotes: pick up your winnings in Hamilton later today. Apparently it's time to give Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins: a new nickname. I like Sidney "The Doctor of Style" Crosby as much as the next guy, but Sidney "The Mouth of the South" Crosby is my darkhorse. Like most goalies recently, San Jose Sharks: Brian Boucher (notes) struggled against the Sharks, his old team, in his re-debut with Philly, his new-but-also-old team. He gave up two goals to and another to Manny Malhotra (notes) The win meant Sharks ended their east-coast road trip 4-2-0, and they're looking real strong. Jed Ortmeyer (notes). Update on St. Louis Blues: appendectomy -- TJ Oshie's (notes) he's out seven to 10 days. The Bolts have now lost three shootouts this year, having blown late leads in two of those games. Tampa Bay Lightning: Steven Stamkos (notes) gets to the heart of the matter when discussing how to not do that any more: "Maybe win it before we go to a shootout." Maybe, kid. Maybe. The Maple Leafs lost again. Sky blue, water wet. I get it. So now PPP is looking at Toronto Maple Leafs: just when they might finally win a game. (Hint: it'll be awhile.) : Just in time for Maitheu Schneider to return, Kyle Wellwood went and Vancouver Canucks broke his toe. They said it was a puck, Twitter probably thinks he tried to eat it. Washington Capitals: What's wrong with the Washington power play? It's zero for its last 11 and gave up a shortie to the Islanders. They know Alexander Ovechkin is on the first unit, right? Play of the Weekend
You wanna talk about important plays, how about
epic scrap with Brian McGrattan's (notes) early in Saturday's Battle of Alberta Pt. 3? Fight lasted close to two minutes and there were some BOMBS exchanged. McGrattan certainly got his boys going. After giving up a goal just 2:25 in, the Flames outscored their old rivals 5-1 the rest of the way. Steve MacIntyre (notes) Gold Star Award
Mike Cammalleri had a huge night in Montreal. Three goals, including the overtime game-winner, and an assist.
Minus of the Weekend
Note to Brian Boucher: if you ask into a game against your old team, don't suck, eh? Four goals on 28 shots, pretty much all of them ugly? Not good, Boosh. Not good at all.
Perfect HFBoards trade proposal of the week
User "Prudentius" would like to solve the
Habs' goaltending problems.
To LAK: Price, S. Kost, Hamrlik, 1st 2011
To MTL: J. Johnson , Frolov, Stoll, Ersberg, 1st 2010
He would also, apparently, like to acquire good players for cents on the dollar.
If someone had left a note, this innocent man would still have his arm!
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