Author: James O'Brien

Los Angeles Kings v Montreal Canadiens

Yep, Pacioretty wants to play tonight


What was surprising last night remains true so far Saturday morning: it’s possible that Max Pacioretty will play for the Montreal Canadiens tonight.

He participated in the team’s skate this morning, noting that he feels good and hopes to play against the Ottawa Senators.

While it’s been noted that Pacioretty’s trip to the hospital on Thursday was largely precautionary, it still seems stunning that the 26-year-old can bounce back from that hit by Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner so quickly.

His ability to rapidly return from injuries – often easily besting recovery prognoses – has earned Pacioretty the nickname “Wolverine.” Some may wonder if there’s a “Terminator” element to it all at this point, though.

We’ll see what ultimately happens, yet it’s remarkable that he seems like a game-time decision.

In other Canadiens notes, head coach Michel Therrien doesn’t think that it’s a big deal that David Desharnais is moving to the wing.

Predators’ Neal is sick, but at least it’s reportedly not the mumps

Nashville Predators v Carolina Hurricanes

Nashville Predators forward James Neal won’t play against the Minnesota Wild tonight because he’s sick, the Tennessean’s Eric Stromgren reports.

Neal didn’t travel with the team to Minnesota, according to Stromgren. As usual, it’s unclear what type of illness is sidelining Neal, so we can’t cancel out the dreaded mumps.

Update: We’ve been through the “it’s not the mumps … oops, it’s the mumps” drill before, but head coach Peter Laviolette told Stromgren that it’s not. Take that for what it’s worth.

Neal, 27, has 11 goals and 19 points in 30 games during his first season with the Predators. Nashville has seemingly avoided many of the headaches other NHL teams have been plagued by sickness-wise, but we’ll see if they go through their own troubles now, too.

Seriously? Stress fracture sidelines Columbus’ Jenner for 1-2 months

Boone Jenner #38 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 5, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. The Blue Jackets defeated the Islanders 3-2 in the shootout.
(October 4, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced this morning that forward Boone Jenner was placed on IR and will miss about one-to-two months with a stress fracture in his back.

With that injury absence in mind, the team recalled Sean Collins.

It’s difficult to find the right word to describe how ridiculous the Blue Jackets’ injury situation has become, so Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch just puts it all in number form:

If you’re wondering if this situation was preventable at all, this may or may not provide a little bit of added insight:

Jenner, 21, has 12 points in 20 games so far this season. Collins, 25, generated 19 points in 27 AHL games with the Springfield Falcons so far this season.

The Blue Jackets face the Chicago Blackhawks tonight.

If Columbus fans need a bright side to look on, it does seem like things are getting a little bit better: