October 26, 2008
It's rather refreshing what we're seeing go down in New York. No, I'm not talking about the Rangers hot start, I'm talking about the possible breakout season for Nikolai Zherdev. There were high expectations in Columbus for the 4th overall pick in the 2003 NHL Draft, but he was constantly characterized as an enigma and a player who played when he felt like it. Other than the 2006-07 season, Zherdev put up decent numbers for the Blue Jackets, but this past summer the team had enough and shipped him to New York.
It was a fresh start for him and along with the Rangers red-hot start, Zherdev has found himself being a very big piece of New York's offense. Through 12 games, he's got 5 goals, 10 points, and is a +9. With a better lineup around him, it's likely that we're seeing the beginnings of what Nikolai Zherdev can do as a hockey player. Finally.
WEEK THAT WAS
Mats Sundin is coming back! Maybe. Or not. He may have just needed a physical for his own sake.
The "War Room" in Toronto was sure to be crazy last night.
Kim St.-Pierre tended net during Canadiens practice, covering for a sick Carey Price.
The Religion of the Montreal Canadiens class coming to a university near you.
Expansion is not in the league's immediate future.
An excerpt from the upcoming Don Cherry book.
EXCELLENT ELEVEN POWER RANKINGS
15. Colorado Avalanche
14. St. Louis Blues
13. Edmonton Oilers
12. Boston Bruins
11. Carolina Hurricanes
10. Anaheim Ducks
9. Washington Capitals
8. Pittsburgh Penguins
7. New Jersey Devils
6. Minnesota Wild
5. Montreal Canadiens
4. Detroit Red Wings
3. Buffalo Sabres
2. San Jose Sharks
1. New York Rangers
LET'S GO TO THE VIDEOTAPE
This week's edition of Coach's Corner
Ian Laperriere isn't a fan of Zach Stortini's fighting stye.
The 2009 Winter Classic jersey's unveiled.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
5 goals, 2 assists, 7 pts, +3
One of the best leaders in hockey led his team to a 3-0 week, including a 5-3 comeback victory over Nashville in which Iginla recorded a hat-trick.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Buffalo at Minnesota- 10/23
After going down 1-0 after the first period, Minnesota storms back with three unanswered goals, but not before the Sabres score twice in 46 seconds later in the third period to tie the game at 3-3. In overtime, Derek Roy only need 44 seconds to give Buffalo the extra point.
UPCOMING GAME OF INTEREST
Saturday, November 1, 7:00 p.m. ET
Washington Capitals at Buffalo Sabres
Two of the fastest teams in the league square off and it would be nice to see a little scoring battle between Thomas Vanek and Alex Ovechkin.
GRATUITOUS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS RELATED AWESOMENESS
Max Talbot reminds you of his brilliant A&L commercial from last year.