December 7, 2008

Puttin' On the Foil - A Weekly NHL Recap 12/7

MONOLOGUE
What I've learned this week is that despite one thing nothing be related to the other, conduct detrimental to the league is apparently worse in cases than conduct detrimental to a player.

WEEK THAT WAS
The future of the Phoenix Coyotes could be in some doubt.

Former Vancouver Canucks general manager Dave Nonis was hired by Toronto to be their Senior VP of Hockey Operations.

A fan fell from the upper deck of ScotiaBank Place about 15 feet, but only for some lacerations as were fans that he landed on.

The Kontinental Hockey League's All-Star Game on January 10 will be outdoors at Red Square.

The NHLPA plan to file a grievance over the Sean Avery matter, thus beginning the first battle between Gary Bettman and Paul Kelly.

Former four-time all star "Pit" Martin died this week after his snowmobile plunged into an ice lake. He was 64 years old.

EXCELLENT ELEVEN POWER RANKINGS
11. Chicago Blackhawks
10. Vancouver Canucks
9. Minnesota Wild
8. Washington Capitals
7. Philadelphia Flyers
6. Pittsburgh Penguins
5. Montreal Canadiens
4. New York Rangers
3. Detroit Red Wings
2. Boston Bruins
1. San Jose Sharks

LET'S GO TO THE VIDEOTAPE
This week's Coach's Corner with Don Cherry.


Barry Melrose's first appearance back on ESPN.


Behind the scenes at the Easton hockey factory.


PLAYER OF THE WEEK (11/30-12/6)
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
3 GS, 3 W, 2 SO, 0.67 GAA, .968 save pct.
Goaltender controversy in Music City?

GAME OF THE WEEK
Edmonton Oilers at Dallas Stars 11/30
The struggling Stars found themselves with an 2-0 lead after the first period, but the Oilers clawed back to tie the game early in the third period. From there, it was back and forth until later in the final frame when Mike Modano found the back of the net on the power-play to give Dallas a 4-3 victory.

Highlights:


UPCOMING GAME OF INTEREST
Wednesday, December 10, 7 p.m. ET
Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals
A crazy amount of talent to watch in this game. Phil Kessel is living up to what he was hyped as a few years ago. Marc Savard is becoming a top five player in the league. Tim Thomas is becoming an elite goaltender. Not to mention some guy named Ovechkin on the other end.

GRATUITOUS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS RELATED AWESOMENESS
The newest "It's a Great Day for Hockey" video montage.



Ballhype: hype it up!


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