Rod Brind'Amour

Riding the Zamboni – Friday, February 18th

For a recap of the Devils’ 1-0 win over the Rangers, click here. Let’s summarize the other six games now, shall we?

Detroit 4, Florida 3

Todd Bertuzzi has been a thorn in Florida’s side, whether he was with them (for a blink) or against them. The aging forward scored the first and final goal against his former team as the Red Wings outlasted the perennially bubble bound Panthers. Pavel Datsyuk provided a one goal, one assist game for the Wings while Stephen Weiss did the same for the Panthers.

Boston 4, Ottawa 2

Both the Bruins and Senators look different after making deadline deals, yet the result wasn’t very different. Tomas Kaberle and Chris Kelly suited up for Boston, but it was Brad Marchand (two goals), David Krejci (two assists) and Tuukka Rask (32 saves) who made the biggest impact in the team’s win.

St. Louis 3, Buffalo

It seemed like all the pieces were in place for a Sabres win. The Blues aren’t very good on the road and haven’t been very effective in general lately. They went into the game without their big money goalie Jaroslav Halak. St. Louis also shipped off their captain Eric Brewer, which might not be a white flag but couldn’t be a great sign of confidence either. Yet Ty Conklin shut out the Sabres and TJ Oshie scored a goal and an assist to keep their faint playoff hopes alive while leaving Buffalo’s dimmer.

Carolina 3, Philadelphia 2

The Hurricanes and Flyers must have made Rod Brind’Amour proud on a night in which the two teams honored him while Carolina retired his No. 17 jersey. It was an intense, exciting game that featured some great goaltending and yet another game winning goal by human GWG-generator Erik Cole. It’s hard to argue with the allure of this possible first round top vs. bottom seed series.

Minnesota 5, Anaheim 1

It’s too early to tell how long Mikko Koivu might be out of the Wild lineup, but for at least one night, they looked OK without him. (OK, for at least two+ periods.) Koivu actually scored the tying goal before injuring his hand blocking a shot, but Kyle Brodziak ended up being the star of the game with one goal and two assists. Niklas Backstrom showed why he’s the team’s other player of the future/big moneymaker, stopping 29 out of 30 shots for his 19th win of the season.

Columbus 4, Chicago 3

The Blue Jackets rode a three-goal outburst during a six minute span of the second period to outlast the Blackhawks, thus tying the two teams at 10th place with identical 29-23-6 records (for 64 points). While Chicago struggles as an up-and-down team, Columbus is hot, going 6-1-1 thanks in some part to a great run of games by their best player Rick Nash. The Hawks lost despite a two-goal, one assist performance by Patrick Sharp and two point outputs by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

Don’t glare: Heritage Classic start time delayed

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - OCTOBER 22: Cam Talbot #33 of the Edmonton Oilers skates during practice in preparation for the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic alumni hockey game on October 22, 2016 at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Oilers play the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 23, 2016. (Photo by Jason Halstead /Getty Images)
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Update: Puck drop is now scheduled for 4:53 p.m. ET.


It’s not a familiar situation for the NHL, but it has happened before: a weather delay for a hockey game.

The Winnipeg Jets confirmed that the start time for their Heritage Classic game against the Edmonton Oilers has been delayed. The glare of the sun appears to be too much.

At the moment, it is not yet known how severe the delay will be. Puck drop was originally scheduled for just after 3 p.m. ET.

That’s a bummer, but at least it inspired a joke that would probably make Ilya Bryzgalov smile:

Warm-ups were moved to 4 p.m. ET. PHT will keep you posted if there are any other changes.

Great news: Jacques Demers back at home after hospital stay

MONTREAL- NOVEMBER 22:   Former Montreal Canadiens goalie Patrick Roy embraces his former head coach Jacques Demers during his retirement ceremony before the game against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre on November 22, 2008 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Bruins defeated the Canadiens 3-2 in a shootout.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Former Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Demers is back at home after going to a hospital Saturday.

Demers’ Senate office would only confirm that the 72-year-old Demers, a Canadian senator, was at home Sunday, but didn’t provide any details about the reason he went to the hospital.

Demers had suffered a stroke in April, but he was at the Canadiens’ home opener Tuesday night, smiling in a wheelchair while handing a torch to captain Max Pacioretty to close out a pregame ceremony.

Demers led the Canadiens to their most recent Stanley Cup in 1993. He also coached the Quebec Nordiques, the Detroit Red Wings and the St. Louis Blues.

Demers was appointed to the Senate in 2009 by then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper, but later left the Conservative caucus in December to sit as an Independent.

At the time, he said he was uncomfortable with some of the fallout from the Senate expenses scandal and didn’t like to have to vote the Conservative party line all the time.

Goalie nods: Talbot vs. Hellebuyck vs. the elements

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - OCTOBER 22: Cam Talbot #33 of the Edmonton Oilers skates during practice in preparation for the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic alumni hockey game on October 22, 2016 at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Oilers play the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 23, 2016. (Photo by Jason Halstead /Getty Images)
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So, let’s assume that the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets will eventually play in the 2016 Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field on Sunday.

Every indication is that Cam Talbot and Connor Hellebuyck shall get the nods for their respective teams. Most assume, with the firepower on hand, that this could be a high-scoring game.

Hellebuyck isn’t flustered about all the goals the Jets have allowed so far, as he told

“It’s not something you’re really worried about,” Hellebuyck said. “It’s early in the year, it happens to a lot of teams. If you look at the trends in the past 10 years, there’s always a lot of goals being scored at the beginning of the year.”

They’re not just facing dangerous offenses. They’re also dealing with the conditions, as the game was already delayed by the glare of the sun.

Goalies are already accustomed to having their views compromised by screening forwards. Will Hellebuyck and Talbot squint through the Heritage Classic?

Elsewhere …

Wild at Islanders – Darcy Kuemper vs. Thomas Greiss

Coyotes at Rangers – Louis Domingue vs. (probably) Henrik Lundqvist

Canucks at DucksRyan Miller vs. (likely) John Gibson

Get set for the Heritage Classic with hot dog facts and more

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - OCTOBER 22: Morris Lukowich #12 of the Winnipeg Jets alumni moves the puck in front Steve Staios #24 of the Edmonton Oilers alumni during the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic alumni hockey game on October 22, 2016 at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Jason Halstead /Getty Images)
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The Winnipeg Jets host the Edmonton Oilers at the 2016 Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field this afternoon. You can watch it on NHL Network, Sportsnet, TVA Sports 2 or at 3 p.m. ET.

With that in mind, let’s get prepped with super-important stats about unhealthy food, interesting photos and fun facts.

  • Want to get an in-depth look at the rivalry between the Jets and the Oilers? and Sportsnet both have some great retrospectives.
  • The CBC notes that there was rain ending in the morning but it’s expected to be cloudy. Overall, sounds like a nice climate for an outdoor hockey game.’s Nick Cotsonika wonders if the sun’s glare might cause some issues.
  • No doubt about it, the futures of both franchises will be on display, from Connor McDavid to Patrik Laine.
  • The league’s PR department tweeted out some silly facts: 425 lbs. of cheese curds “will top poutine” during the event and 2.5 kilometers (about 1.55 miles) of hot dogs and “smokies” will be consumed.

(Imagines one enormous cheese dog.)

Now that you have important food facts in mind, here are a few fun photos as promised.

Should be a great time.

Oh, and in case you missed it, here is a recap of Saturday’s wonderful alumni game: