-Never touched on my thoughts about the Flyers/Lightning 1-3-1 debate.  Neither team broke any rules, and it was a one game issue.  It was a boring game but I don’t think any rules need to be added or changed in response to one occasion.

-Reports are floating around that Jeff Carter wants out of Columbus.  Carter’s agent shot down those rumors, but the internet can’t help but wonder if he’ll be dealt anyway.  Carter played on the 2006-07 disastrous Flyers team, but even with that experience, going from a Stanley Cup contender to the worst team in hockey is still a shock.  It’s been a bad six weeks for the Jackets, especially for Carter who has missed 10 games with an injury and still doesn’t have a goal.  He does have a no-trade clause starting in the summer, but Carter just  needs to focus on hockey, winning games and perhaps better play will help turn Columbus around a bit.  Even if he were traded, Columbus wouldn’t get the return they traded to get him (Jakub Voracek, 1st round pick and a 3rd round pick).

-Oh boy, how must Craig Smith of the Predators be feeling?  Had an empty net and shot it over the glass, fooling the horn and spotlight operators.  Luckily for him, it didn’t cost Nashville a win and it gave the commentators (and his teammates) a laugh or two.  Despite the gaffe, the rookie center is having a very good season, under the radar, with seven goals and 14 points.

-How about that Senators offense?  Expected to be one of the worst in the league, Ottawa’s one of three teams to score 60 or more goals (61) and is eighth overall with 2.9 goals per game.  Milan Michalek is on pace for 49 goals, which would shatter his career high of 26 (in 2006-07 with San Jose).  Nick Foligno and Jason Spezza both have six goals each.  Unfortunately for the Senators, they’ve allowed a league high 68 goals.

-It seems that Sidney Crosby should be back shortly, as he’s now being ruled out of individual games and not stretches of games.  Love him or hate him, when healthy he’s one of the best players in the league and the NHL will benefit from his return.  He’s been practicing, but still needs to be cleared by doctors.

-Good to see the sale of the Dallas Stars approved.  The team was hindered in the offseason when star center Brad Richards walked for nothing and the team didn’t spend a whole lot to replace him.  Dallas is near the bottom of the league with their cap number, flirting with the cap floor.  That will surely change with the ownership situation settled.


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