Odd bounces: Patrick Kane and St. Paddy's Day

beer.jpgTop’o’the morning to you, dear hockey fans! (Sorry)

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day and you know what that means: novice drinkers making fools of themselves, the questionable misuse of green dye and police officers making their quotas in DUI charges. Oh, let’s not forget getting pinched.

Anyway, with this goofy holiday in mind, it’s not surprising that there are a few quirky news items today. Let’s start the medley off with something that’s not specifically related to the holiday (although, come on, there is Patrick Kane). Here’s the Making Sure We’re Wearing Green edition of Odd Bounces.

  • First, the Chicago Blackhawks appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” last night. Check out the video:

You know, Kane and Toews have solid comic timing. For hockey players, anyway.

  • It’s a big tilt between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New Jersey Devils tonight as the Devils can re-claim the Atlantic division lead with a regulation win. The real story, though, is that the Devils are rocking their retro green-white-and-red jerseys for the game. Tom Gulitti of the Fire & Ice blog has the story.

The Devils will wear their vintage red, white and green jerseys Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time since the 1992 preseason.

While wearing the red, white and green from 1982-93 to 1991-92, the Devils compiled a 285-422-93 record (last column all ties). Since changing to the red, white and black they are 742-430-178 (last column ties and OT/shootout losses).

Why was the impish Clancy wearing this jersey? The Leafs were hosting “King Clancy Night.” Clancy was as big a star as Toronto has ever seen. They honored him with the night, the jersey, and a number of stereotypical gifts that would keep any Irish eyes smiling.

Several junior players stepped on to the ice through large potato props. Red Horner emerged from a boxing glove. New York Ranger’s star Bill Cook hid in a shamrock. All the while the Knights of Columbus Minstrel Band played Irish music.

    Ah, the good old stereotypical days. Feel free to share other St. Patrick’s Day related hockey memories and other cabbage-scented bits of nostalgia in the comments.

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    Kinkaid blanks Kings, Devils move into playoff position

    New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) watches a shot on goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, in Newark N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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    When the New Jersey Devils shut down a team 1-0, it’s usually with Cory Schneider in net.

    Their workhorse got the afternoon off against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, yet Keith Kinkaid did his Schneider impression, grabbing his first NHL shutout in the process.

    It was a low-event game with just 46 combined shots on goal, but Kinkaid had to work, stopping all 28 shots. To give you an idea of how tight this game was, the only tally was credited to David Schlemko on the power play.

    This gives the Devils three straight wins. They managed to climb into third place in the Metropolitan Division, although New Jersey’s edge is a little misleading; the Islanders trail them by one standings point while holding three games in hand.

    That leaves the Islanders in the bottom wild card spot, while the Penguins aren’t so far behind either.

    Third in Metro: Devils – 65 points with 57 games played
    Second wildcard: Islanders – 64 points, 54 GP
    First spot outside the East playoffs: Penguins – 63 points, 54 GP

    So, the Devils’ hold of a playoff spot is a bit tenuous, yet the bottom line is that they’re staying in the mix.

    The Kings, meanwhile, remain comfortably in first in the Pacific.

    WATCH LIVE: Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings on NBC

    Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green (25) battle for the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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    The Boston Bruins (without Patrice Bergeron) take on the Detroit Red Wings (missing Jonathan Ericsson) on Sunday afternoon.

    It’s a matchup between the second-ranked and third-ranked teams in the Atlantic Division, with little separating the two in the standings.

    You can watch the game on NBC and also stream it online via the link below.

    CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

    Fighting it: No Patrice Bergeron for Bruins once again

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    As cool as it was at the time for many, Patrice Bergeron‘s fight against Blake Wheeler is … honestly, a good reminder why players like Bergeron rarely drop the gloves.

    Multiple outlets including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty report that Bergeron will miss Sunday afternoon’s game against the Detroit Red Wings (which you can watch on NBC).

    We don’t know a ton about the injury aside from the fact that the multiple Selke-winner is considered day-to-day.

    People don’t seem overly concerned about this issue, but you have to wonder if Bergeron made a bad choice, especially considering his history of concussion issues.

    You can watch the bout that may or may not have left him injured in the video above.

    Eichel makes everyone look silly, Varlamov gets the early hook

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    You know, with Connor McDavid hogging so much attention, it’s about time that Jack Eichel provided us with another awesome goal.

    That tally came at the Colorado Avalanche’s (and especially Semyon Varlamov‘s) expense as that was the Buffalo Sabres first shot of the game.

    Patrick Roy apparently felt like this just wasn’t Varlamov’s afternoon, as Colorado’s head coach decided to pull him after Varly allowed two goals on as many shots. Evander Kane nabbed the other goal for Buffalo.

    You can watch the goal in the video above, which reminds us that “Eichel Tower” might not be a unique pun.

    Another shot of it:

    Check out Kane’s goal, too:

    To be fair to Varlamov, Calvin Pickard has already allowed a goal as well. The Sabres are currently off to a 3-0 lead, and maybe a small roll considering how well they played against Montreal on Friday?

    Update: The Sabres ended up beating the Avalanche 4-1.