Author: James O'Brien

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Snow is causing some big headaches in Buffalo


The Buffalo Sabres’ morning skate was already considered optional on Tuesday, but heavy snowfall made the team take such a label more seriously today.

(If you follow sports, you know that “optional” isn’t always that far off from “mandatory, and an absence might land you a fine.”)

Head coach Ted Nolan told WGR-AM 550 (via the Buffalo News) that it looks like tonight’s game against the San Jose Sharks is still on, for now. That said, travel hasn’t been easy in the area.

“Talking to a few people, especially the training staff who live outside the area in those snowbelt areas, it’s pretty ugly,” Nolan said. “It doesn’t look good to even make it to the rink this morning for our morning skate.”

Honestly, a weather update caused a double-take: three-to-five inches of snow per hour in November? It appears to be true, though:

Just look at what the Buffalo News’ John Vogl is dealing with:

Again, Nolan said “so far, so good” as far as the game happening. If a cancellation happens, it would likely come this afternoon.

/Braces for some “Game of Thrones”-inspired “Winter is Coming” jokes …

PHT Morning Skate: Condors’ ‘Seinfeld Night’ was real, spectacular


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

A little late on this, but it’s too good to pass up: the ECHL’s Bakersfield Connors went all-in on their “Seinfeld Night,” including introducing players as characters – Keith Hernandez was a highlight, although one wonders about Kramer’s ability to lead – and some Elaine dancing.

Best news may be that their “puffy shirt” jerseys are going on auction.

Here are some video highlights of the evening:

Transitioning from one classic comedy to another, Adam Proteau thinks that Martin St. Louis channeled Gob Bluth of “Arrested Development” in making a huge mistake leaving the Lightning for the Rangers. (The Hockey News)

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $20,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Tuesday’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $2,000. Starts Tuesday at 7pm ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

Who might claim Josh Harding off of waivers? (Sportsnet)

All kinds of great stuff on Gordie Howe at Greatest Hockey Legends. (Especially this, this and this.)

Female referees are officiating a game for the SPHL. (The Hockey News)

Scandella shakes off ‘illness’ enough to play for Wild

San Jose Sharks v Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild put Jonas Brodin on IR because of an “illness” that may or may not be infesting their locker room (*cough* mumps *cough*), but it looks like Marco Scandella’s overcome possibly similar issues to play on Sunday.

Justin Falk appears to be the odd man out against the Winnipeg Jets, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo.

Scandella’s return obviously isn’t the most exciting development for the Wild – Zach Parise takes the cake pretty clearly there – but Minnesota will likely push the improving defenseman as much as possible. The 24-year-old has been averaging 21:18 per night in 14 games, generating four points so far in 2014-15.

Minnesota hopes to extend its winning streak to three games tonight.

Semin, Harrison miss another game for Hurricanes

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The Carolina Hurricanes will remain without the services of Alexander Semin and Jay Harrison as they face the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, the Raleigh News & Observer’s Chip Alexander reports.

Semin and Harrison were unable to play in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins. Semin, 30, is dealing with an upper-body injury while Harrison, 32, has a lower-body issue.

The Hurricanes hope to create more offense despite coming off back-to-back games. Troy Grosenick’s NHL debut may or may not improve those chances.

Goalie nods: Grosenick debuts for San Jose

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Troy Grosenick makes his debut?

It looks like the San Jose Sharks will allow Troy Grosenick to make his NHL debut against the Carolina Hurricanes today, according to’s Kevin Kurz by way of Sharks play-by-play guy Dan Rusanowsky.

Such an occurrence may prompt some to respond, “Who?” Here are some tidbits about Grosenick, the goalie featured in this post’s main image.

So … not much to go by there. Assuming that report is correct, Grosenick will give us all more to work with as he plays his first game against Anton Khudobin and the Hurricanes.

Elsewhere …

Jets at Wild: Ondrej Pavelec could take both back-to-back games for Winnipeg while Minnesota is expected to roll with Niklas Backstrom.

Canadiens at Red Wings: Dustin Tokarski vs. Jimmy Howard.

Stars at Blackhawks: Kari Lehtonen may play again for Dallas; Corey Crawford seems pretty certain for Chicago.

Panthers at Ducks: At the moment, it looks like Roberto Luongo vs. Frederik Andersen.

Coyotes at Oilers: Devan Dubnyk looks likely for Arizona; Ben Scrivens gets the green light for Edmonton.