James O'Brien

I am a contributing editor/writer/troublemaker for NBC's Pro Hockey Talk blog.

Video: Daniel Sedin returns after being bloodied, losing teeth


They may play a style that’s generally heavy on finesse, but the Sedin twins probably don’t get enough credit for being as durable as they are.

Monday provided an example of that underrated toughness, as Daniel Sedin didn’t miss much time after a very unlucky bounce led to him taking a puck in the mouth.

(You can see video of that painful moment in the video above.)

It seems like Sedin bounced back from that moment, but it will be noted if anything changes.

The outcome is not for the faint of heart:

Mika Zibanejad’s night is over after high stick to face


The Ottawa Senators are already struggling to score goals, and now they’re without Mika Zibanejad for at least the remainder of Monday’s game against the St. Louis Blues.

Zibanejad won’t return after taking a high stick to the face tonight.

The Senators didn’t provide any additional details regarding possible long-term implications, but it seems as though onlookers are concerned.

(This post was updated with video.)

WATCH LIVE: Los Angeles Kings at Colorado Avalanche


It’s tough to ignore the storyline of Jarome Iginla going for his 600th goal. At this point, he probably wants to get it over with.

He’s gone three games without that milestone tally, so tonight’s Colorado Avalanche – Los Angeles Kings game marks attempt No. 4.

The Kings come into this game on a roll, as they’ve won five contests in a row. Meanwhile, the Avalanche are stumbling a bit, having lost four of five (1-2-2). The Avs can’t afford to give away home points in the brutal Central.

You can watch the game on NBCSN and also stream it via the link below.


Video: Cory Schneider had no chance on this Dylan Larkin goal


Dylan Larkin has already turned some heads with his moves and speed during his impressive rookie season with the Detroit Red Wings, but Monday’s goal is up there.

Check out this great breakaway tally in the video above, a play that New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider had little chance of shutting down.

That’s the 14th goal of the season for Larkin.

Update: That ended up being the only goal of the contest as the Red Wings beat the Devils 1-0.

Laugh about it later? Lightning players react to Drouin’s trade request


Sure, Jonathan Drouin’s agent made a public plea for a trade, but who’s to stay the Tampa Bay Lightning will fulfill it?

Maybe more interestingly, how will he interact with the organization, particularly whenever Drouin gets recalled from an AHL stint he’s planning on honoring?

The Tampa Bay Times’ Joe Smith compiled some interesting quotes from members of the team, with the message being: it should blow over … if he doesn’t get traded.

“I fully expect him to be back up here later playing well and we’ll probably laugh about this (trade request) later,” Ben Bishop said.

The other message? He needs to earn his minutes.

Former Bolts forward Brett Connolly carries the interesting perspective of moving on as a Lightning first-round pick, as he discusses with WEEI’s DJ Bean.

We’ve seen examples of players’ trade requests going public and life moving on, including this season with Patrick Marleau and Travis Hamonic.

Maybe it’s a little awkward, but that’s part of “the business,” isn’t it?