Back In the W’s
Trying to sound completely unbiased here, but is it a understatement to say that there’s been some tension in Habs nation? Montreal gets a win yesterday against the Arizona Coyotes 5-4 in OT. However, it’s not the kind of win you’d expect. It’s a rare occurrence, but the forwards bailed out Price in this game as he gave up 2 stinkers to the Coyotes in the game. Most would agree that Price definitely hasn’t been anywhere close to what he can be and the Habs will need him to get back to that in the upcoming months leading to the playoffs.
Soshnikov vs Leivo
Despite missing last night’s game due to an upper body injury, Soshnikov was back and ready for action at Leafs practice this morning. However, it looks like Soshnikov won’t make his return to the lineup just yet (I can hear Leivo’s internal screams of triumph all the way from here). Mental note, Sosh is starting to trend down the Lupul line wouldn’t you say? I mean the only reason Lupul isn’t on the team right now is because he has a glass body (Yes and his cap hit and the desire to trend young too just shhhh for a sec). Soshnikov needs to start investing in some good luck charms and stray away from those heavy plays if he wants to stay in the lineup regularly.
The Day The Earth Stood Still
Yesterday was the anniversary of one of the greatest shocks in Leafs history: the day Phaneuf got traded to Ottawa. It brings tears to my eyes remembering the emotion I felt that day. Phaneuf “celebrated” his anniversary with a game against Dallas. He had 2/3 factors of a Gordy Howe with a goal and a fight against Jaime Benn. It’s nice to remember him as he was a former captain however, you can keep that 7$ Million Cap Hit and pylon tendency away from the Leafs.
Literal Cap Hit
It was reported this morning that Andre Burkovsky will be out 4-6 weeks with a hand injury. He’s been having a decent season with 11 goals and 29 points so it’s a definite hit for Washington. I think this might be the beginning of some bad luck for the Caps. They’re defiantly peaking too early and need to start recuperating for the playoff run. Luckily, the injury will have him back in mid-March so he’ll have time to get his feet wet before the end of the season.
It was just reported that the owner of the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers Mike Ilitch has died at the age of 87. It’s never good to see the end of a life but I trust that both teams will do their very best to honour his life.
So…Joe Bowen was dabbing last night (courtesy of @MikeDabcock)