Even with signs of improvement, the Blue Jackets are currently the worst team in the NHL with 24 points in 29 games played (three other teams have 24 points but games in hand). It would be surprising if Columbus made any big moves considering the hole they find themselves in, but you never know.
Well, at least Radim Vrbata wasn’t easy to play against for Canucks
Does one win against a franchise that’s still finding itself in Buffalo really erase that? Nah, but it still must have been a relief to end the skid, especially with Ryan Miller beating his old cronies.
And, hey, as of this moment they’d be a playoff team, so it’s not all bad for the Canucks.
Channeling Forsberg? Mitchell scores OT-winner for Avs
On a night where fans and the Colorado Avalanche celebrated the days of Peter Forsberg, Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy, someone did something those icons never had a chance to do.
That would be scoring a goal in the still-quite-new 3-on-3 OT format.
John Mitchell did so for the Avalanche in a 2-1 OT win against the Minnesota Wild that may have been a little lacking in electricity otherwise. (You don’t see a ton of games where both teams combine for just 40 shots on goal.)
Still, that bit of 3-on-3 was fun and allowed fans to go home happy.
Brad Marchand wasn’t the only guy on the ice during Nashville’s eventual 3-2 win vs. Boston who had a “reputation.”
It seems like Predators winger James Neal is developing the same sort of permanent record among league officials, as he didn’t just draw an embellishment penalty … he apparently also received a couple words you can’t say on TV.
The NESN broadcast’s live mics caught the “exchange.” Listen in with headphones, as these are NSFW and would require “ear muffs” for the young ones at home.
(It’s likely that notorious official Tim Peel may have been supplying the colorful language.)
Neal must be on some sort of watch list, as he also received an embellishment penalty on Dec. 3, and there were many who believed that he didn’t deserve that call …
Not enough zebras vs. players fun? Read all about the conversation(s) between Derick Brassard and Tim Peel here.