The PHT Nightcap – Thursday, March 18th

We put a lot of content on this blog each day, and we understand
it can be a bit tough to keep track of everything. So at the end of the
day we’ll put up a nightly recap of all of that day’s news. Presenting
Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap:

Clow says he didn’t want to fight Morrow
– Clowe eventually fought
Barch after he took out Stephane Robidas.

seeking payback could be nightmare for NHL
– Turns out, we didn’t
have anything to worry about.

need help to miss the playoffs
– They may not need much, but some
teams behind them have to start winning.

and Drury disagree on Rangers’ maturity
– Chris Drury looked to be
onto something.

Bruins questionable with the flu
– You know, that “post-St.
Patrick’s Day bug that’s going around” flu.

should make Pens pay
– legally – Once again, we really didn’t have
anything to worry about.

injury continues awful week for Chicago
– It’s not just the
goaltending that’s an issue for Chicago; they’re once great defense has
started to fall to pieces.

the West have a ‘true’ favorite?
– San Jose and Chicago are far
from dominant late in the season. Is it Phoenix? It can’t be, can it?

the Ducks completely delusional?
– James Wisiewski and Randy
Carlisle are not from this planet. I’m convinced of it.

Lidstrom: Still the one
– The reports of Nicklas Lidstrom’s hockey
death are completely false

goalie curse strikes again: Leighton out 8-10 weeks
– I called it.
There’s no way a high ankle sprain is just a day-to-day injury for a

hands Wisniewski an 8-game suspension
– Was it enough? I think so.

Cooke gets in a fight right away
– Cooke ‘paid’ for his
transgressions immediately, dropping the gloves and then getting pounded
by Shawn Thornton.

gets a penalty for tripping
– This was about the most interesting
thing that happened in the game.

hits: Could 3D coverage give us Hockey-tar?
– The NHL in 3-D? Yes,

Japan beats Canada in sledge hockey 
– I challenge anyone not to
watch a sledge hockey game and not be entertained.

win tepid bout with Boston 3-0
– About as anticlimactic as you can

has happened to the ‘hockey code’ in the NHL?
– I am appalled at
the lack of respect that is being shown on a nightly basis around the

Kariya scores his 400th career goal
– Congratulations to the future
Hall of Famer.

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    Stepan to miss 4-6 weeks with broken ribs

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    Derek Stepan is out 4-6 weeks with broken ribs, the New York Rangers announced today.

    Stepan was hurt Friday on a controversial hit by Boston’s Matt Beleskey. The Bruins’ forward did not receive any supplemental discipline for the check, despite admitting it was “maybe…a little bit late.”

    It’s a big loss for the Rangers, who suddenly find themselves on a three-game losing streak. Considering the timeline, New York could be without one of its top centers for 12-18 games, give or take.

    The Rangers host Carolina tonight.

    Related: Yep, Alain Vigneault went there — ‘I remember Aaron Rome in this building’

    Price to miss minimum six weeks, so no Winter Classic for him

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    Carey Price will miss a minimum of six weeks with a lower-body injury, the Montreal Canadiens announced today.

    That means Price will miss the Winter Classic against the Bruins on New Year’s Day. The 30-year-old goalie has only appeared in 12 games this season.

    On the bright side, the reigning Hart Trophy winner will not require surgery. And considering the Habs have already built up a 13-point playoff cushion in the standings, well, if something like this were going to happen during the season, now is as good a time as any.

    Related: The latest on Price’s injury

    Report: Jets offered Byfuglien for Hamonic, Isles said no

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    If Travis Hamonic could choose one team to be traded to, he’d probably choose Winnipeg. The 25-year-old Islanders defenseman wants to be closer to his family, and his family is from Manitoba. Hamonic already owns a condo in Winnipeg.

    So far, though, the Jets and Islanders haven’t been able to work out a deal. The Jets have three right-shot defensemen in Dustin Byfuglien, Jacob Trouba, and Tyler Myers who could, theoretically, be swapped for Hamonic, also a right shot.

    “I think the Islanders were offered Byfuglien and they said no,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said this morning on Sportsnet 960 (audio), per Today’s Slapshot. “And I understand why, because Byfuglien’s got no term left.

    “I think they’d love to have Trouba, but the Jets aren’t really there to do it. Myers, if it’s happened – I can’t say for sure it has or hasn’t – I’m not sure that’s the deal either team really wants to make, to be perfectly honest.”

    Byfuglien is a pending unrestricted free agent who’s expected to cash in big-time on his next deal. The 30-year-old may not be the most disciplined player, but at his best, he’s an absolute force on the back end.

    That the Isles reportedly said no to Byfuglien shouldn’t really come as a surprise, given his contract uncertainty. However, it does make one wonder about his future in Winnipeg. Remember that the salary cap is not expected to go up by much, and the Jets have another pending UFA in captain Andrew Ladd, plus a couple of key RFAs in Trouba and Mark Scheifele.

    While it’s never easy to tell what GM Kevin Cheveldayoff is thinking, the big question with Byfuglien and the Jets may end up being when, not if, they part ways. Will it be after the season or before the Feb. 29 trade deadline?

    Preds still haven’t found their scoring touch

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    The Nashville Predators got off to a relatively good start this season, but something seems to have happened to their offense over the last six games.

    Prior to Nov. 20, the Preds had only been shut out once in their first 17 games. Since then, they’ve been blanked three times and have just six goals in their last six contests.

    If you remove Mike Fisher from the equation, the numbers are even more dreadful.

    Fisher’s scored three of those six goals, while Filip Forsberg, Shea Weber, James Neal and Mike Ribeiro have none.

    After Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Buffalo , here’s what coach Peter Laviolette told the Tennessean: “I thought we could’ve had more gas, to be honest with you. The energy just wasn’t there; maybe the second period had something to do with that or the road trip, which was a long trip. I’m not making any excuses, but I think when we play at a higher tempo that’s when we’re at our best, and we had more to push in that area tonight.”

    The first game back home after a long road trip is typically a difficult one for most teams, so we’ll see how the Predators respond on Tuesday night when they host Arizona.