When Dany Heatley signed his six-year, $45 million contract, he was one of the league’s top forwards. As he reaches the end of that deal, the 33-year-old is having trouble just staying in the lineup.
Heatley has seen his role with Minnesota marginalized this season to reflect his diminishing offensive production over the last four years. He’ll hit a new low tonight though as the Wild plan on making him a healthy scratch against the Phoenix Coyotes, according to the Star Tribune’s Michael Russo.
Heatley was one of six players to participate in all of Minnesota’s first 74 games. He also has 27 points and a team-worst minus-18 rating.
This is a big game for both teams as the Wild have just a one-point lead over Phoenix in the battle for the first Wild Card spot. Minnesota has lost two straight games and has won just three of its last 12 contests.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger