-Ottawa plays Carolina (4-4-0) tonight; the Canes are lead by Eric Staal (10 points) and backstopped by Cam Ward (2-3-0 3.43 .895). Both Sergei Gonchar and Mike Lundin are expected to play, so Patrick Wiercioch and Mark Borowiecki will sit.
–Daniel Alfredsson talked about Jakob Silfverberg‘s play:
He’s a guy that plays well in all situations, knows the defensive side and the offensive side of the game, and knows what it takes to win. He’s done that a couple of times now. I remember in Florida, same thing in the third period he goes down, blocks a shot and we get a breakaway out of it. He’s a really smart player to go along with his offensive instincts. I think he’s probably got one of the best shots in the league and if I was a kid, I’d definitely study the way he shoots the puck.
-Here’s my look at Ottawa at the 10-game mark.
-Binghamton defeated Adirondack 3-0 last night in a game I was unable to watch. Robin Lehner made 29 saves for the shutout while Corey Cowick, Danny New, and Brett Lebda (empty-netter) provided the offense. Here is the box score.
-Elmira defeated Reading 6-4 with Louie Caporusso picking up 3 points. Marc Cheverie has been sent down to Elmira.
–Brandon Dubinsky was fined the maximum $10,000 dollars for boarding Rob Scuderi; given Dubinsky‘s 4.2 million dollar salary is 0.2% of this years earnings (so if you made $30,000 a year it would cost you $71.42). I know this is the maximum fine in the CBA, but to make a real statement the NHL would have suspended him for games, not asked him to cover a movie night for a few friends.
-Michael Grange has a story about how Colton Orr‘s weight was a major problem for him keeping up with the pace of the NHL because of how it interfered with his skating. Orr is the kind of player Randy Carlyle likes, but Grange carefully does not delve into the general value of fighting or how (if) it impacts the outcomes of games (something that has been debunked repeatedly: here, here, here, etc).
This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)
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