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Kapanen Answers The Call
This morning was probably one of the most emotional mornings for any Leafs fan. It started with Freddie Andersen practicing early with goalie coach Steve Briere. That’s huge because whatever upper body injury he sustained in Saturday’s game wasn’t as serious as we thought. According to Dave Feschuk, it was a jaw injury that had Andersen pulled from the game. Andersen leaves the ice as practice is about to begin and Garret Sparks comes out with McElhinney. We all expected that a call up would happen and that Sparks would be the best candidate. What we didn’t expect was Kasperi Kapanen to join practice as well. Kapanen will make his season debut with the Leafs Thursday at home against the Panthers. He has become a two-way forward that kills penalties this year with the Marlies. This is his chance to make an impression for next year.
How Many Games – Haley’s Comet Punch
NHL Player Safety is back at it. With that being said, welcome ladies and gentlemen to the fourth installment of How Many Games? Today’s contestant is Michael Haley from the San Jose Sharks. Have you ever seen that episode of Criminal Minds where Jackson Rathborne plays a character with split personality disorder and pushes someone into a pool? This sequence of events was pretty similar to that. Haley is controlling the puck along the boards when Calle Jarnkrok runs him into the glass. He quickly gets up, chases Jarnkrok, and lands a heavy punch on him. Haley later received a match penalty and was taken out of the game. Was it wrong for Haley to punch the lights out of Jarnkrok? Maybe? Haley has been suspended before and that might hurt him in his hearing with NHL Player Safety. Three or four games may be the number for this one.
Born to be Wild
The Minnesota Wild clinched a playoff spot for the fifth year in a row. They lost Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks, but clinched a playoff spot because the LA Kings lost to the Rangers. Just a side note, the Kings are kind of done now aren’t they? Anyway, the Wild haven’t been the strongest team in the West since the trade deadline. In their last 10, they are 2-7-1 but still sit second in the Central Division. Despite their weak play as of late, the Minnesota Wild are still expected to go far in the playoffs this year. Probable Vezina nominee Devan Dubnyk and free agent signing Eric Staal have been key parts of the teams domination this season. The Wild will have to find some way to heat before the playoffs start if they don’t want to be the victim of a first round upset.