Yesterday at thn.com:
In his blog, Sam McCaig writes about the plethora of Hart Trophy candidates.
Ken Campbell writes that the culture of junior hockey has coaches and managers in complete control of its players, in his blog.
In the Ask Adam mailbag: Huet back to Montreal? A Canadian hockey boycott? Hasek or Osgood come playoff time? And what are the best hockey schools?
The Hot List, our rundown of players we can’t wait to see in the NHL, features Wisconsin Badgers defenseman Cody Goloubef.
Campbellnomics has Alex Ovechkin and Jarome Iginla 1-2.
Washington 3, Carolina 2 (SO) (story/highlights)
- Viktor Kozlov scored the shootout-winner and Cristobal Huet made 25 saves.
Pittsburgh 2, New Jersey 0 (story/highlights)
- Ryan Malone had a goal and an assist and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 31 shots.
Ottawa 6, Buffalo 3 (story/highlights)
- Daniel Alfredsson scored two and added an assist, while Martin Gerber made 29 saves.
Philadelphia 2, New York Rangers 1 (OT) (story/highlights)
- Mike Richards scored the overtime-winner and Martin Biron made 31 saves.
Florida 1, Tampa Bay 3 (story/highlights)
- Michel Ouellet had two points and Karri Ramo made 34 saves.
Boston 6, Toronto 2 (story/highlights)
- Marco Sturm had a goal and an assist and Tim Thomas made 28 saves.
Columbus 0, Nashville 3 (story/highlights)
- Jason Arnott had a goal and an assist while Dan Ellis earned a 36-save shutout.
Detroit 2, St. Louis 1 (story/highlights)
- Johan Franzen scored the winner and Chris Osgood made 17 saves.
Vancouver 2, Calgary 3 (story/highlights)
- Jarome Iginla had two points, Dion Phaneuf scored the winner and Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves.
San Jose 4, Phoenix 5 (OT) (story/highlights)
- Martin Hanzal won the game in overtime and Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves.
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News and Views…
Boston: Marc Savard and Andrew Ference are day-to-day with injuries.
Buffalo: Nathan Paetsch returned after suffering a concussion.
Chicago: Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune write that Jason Williams’ days as a Hawk may be numbered. (more...)
Columbus: David Vyborny returned from a knee injury… Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Fredrik Modin are day-to-day.
Detroit: Dan Cleary returned from a broken jaw, but Dominik Hasek is day-to-day with the flu… Tomas Holmstrom may not make it back in time for the start of the playoffs, writes Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News. (more...)
Edmonton: Jeff Deslauriers was recalled from Springfield.
Florida: Jozef Stumpel returned from a separated shoulder, while Ville Peltonen is day-to-day with a broken toe… Peter Aston was assigned to Florida of the ECHL.
Minnesota: Morten Madsen was assigned to Houston.
New Jersey: Patrik Elias returned from a knee injury.
New York Rangers: Paul Mara and Petr Prucha returned from injury… Michal Rozsival and Scott Gomez are day-to-day.
Ottawa: Dean McAmmond returned from a quadriceps injury, but Wade Redden is day-to-day with a hip injury… Recalled Brian Lee from Binghamton.
Phoenix: David Schlemko was assigned to Arizona of the CHL.
Pittsburgh: Recalled Connor James and signed Nick Johnson to an entry-level contract… Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette says Sidney Crosby is eyeing a return to the lineup Thursday. (more...)
San Jose: Jonathan Cheechoo is day-to-day with a neck injury.
Tampa Bay: Mike Smith is day-to-day with a knee injury and Jeff Helpern returned from an abdominal strain… Recalled Jonathan Boutin from Norfolk.
Toronto: Boyd Devereaux returned after missing time with an MCL injury.
Vancouver: Byron Ritchie returned from a shoulder injury.
Washington: Donald Brashear returned from a lower body injury.
What’s on tap…
Chicago at Columbus, 7:00 p.m.
Edmonton at Minnesota, 8:00 p.m.
Vancouver at Colorado, 9:00 p.m.
Los Angeles at Anaheim, 10:00 p.m.
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