Author: James O'Brien

Arizona Coyotes v Colorado Avalanche

Avs’ marked man McLeod scores vs. Wild, fights Stewart


Patrick Roy vented on a Minnesota sportswriter for discussing Cody McLeod’s agitating presence against the Minnesota Wild, yet it didn’t take long for the tough Colorado Avalanche forward to operate as expected.

It’s obviously been a catalyst for Colorado tonight, too, as they’re off to a 3-0 lead in part thanks to McLeod’s efforts.

Less than a minute into the game, he fought his old pal Chris Stewart:

Later in the first period, he scored the Avs’ first goal:

If these two teams meet in the playoffs again anytime soon, fans of chaos would probably want McLeod involved.

Back in the doghouse? Blackhawks scratch Bickell

Bryan Bickell

It almost seems like old hat by now: Bryan Bickell is ice-cold during the regular season. The difference is that the Chicago Blackhawks are concerned enough to make him a healthy scratch against the New York Rangers tonight.

While one could argue that Bickell can be enough of a physical presence to make an impact without scoring, yet at some point, you have to produce. That simply hasn’t happened enough with the streaky 28-year-old.

Bickell hasn’t scored a point in his last five games. Going further, he only has a goal in his last 12 contests (mirroring the last slump he had when he seemed doghouse-bound earlier this season).

The Blackhawks are a deep team that can afford to sit a supporting cast player like Bickell, so this is probably more about message-sending than desperation. It’s likely this is a great way to get the power forward’s attention, but we shall see.

WATCH LIVE: Rangers at Blackhawks

New York Rangers v Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers probably rank as the two teams that came the closest to wrestling the Stanley Cup from the Los Angeles Kings last season. They look strong (yet different) in 2014-15, too, so this should be a delicious taste of what may come if things go well for each squad in the postseason.

Even with Patrick Kane and Henrik Lundqvist on the shelf, there’s plenty of star power on both sides, so expect an exciting game. You can watch the action on NBCSN and also by streaming it via NBC Sports Live Extra.


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