Another night in the NHL, another handful of potentially-suspendable plays. Do you think Shanahan is an Irish cream kind of guy? Maybe he craves Starbucks seasonal selections, like the peppermint mocha? Or maybe he's gone soft in retirement and is a yoga and tea guy now. Whatever his preference, I bet he's consuming a lot of it staying up to dissect these replays.
Alright, get out your seat and jump around.
David Booth has been declared out 4-6 weeks with an MCL sprain. The Canucks forward depth is going to be tested over the next little while. It's too bad, right when the lines were really starting to gel, and it looked like the team was set to dominate December, their best line 5-on-5 is dismantled with injuries. The good news is Booth's diagnosis isn't as bad as it could have been considering the play, and Higgins will travel with the team on this road trip.
Plus, this likely means some more ice time for Jannik Hansen and Cody Hodgson, who have been playing some great hockey lately.
Vancouver Canucks news:
- Bill Sweatt was brought up on an emergency recall yesterday, which effectively ends the Oreo experiment (and not the delicious kind). Unless I'm missing something, the Canucks only have 11 forwards with the team right now. Is Higgins ready to go? Or will AV just double-shift Aaron Rome as a forward? [Canucks.com]
- Harrison Mooney wonders if Daniel's hattrick on Tuesday was the nicest of his career, comparing it to the one against Calgary a couple seasons ago. My opinion: the Flames one contained the nicest individual goal (and probably the nicest Sedin goal ever), but the one from Tuesday was better overall. Three of the most gorgeous passing plays I've seen. [Pass it to Bulis]
- The Canucks agree to a new affiliate deal with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. This doesn't really affect anything, except it is incredibly fun to yell something at the TV like "<insert player, probably Ballard> SUCKS! SEND HIM TO F*CKIN' KALAMAZOO!" [Canucks Twitter]
- Nicklas Jensen will play for Denmark in the upcoming World Junior Championships. Denmark is playing in a group with Canada, the US, Czech Republic and Finland, so Jensen is going to need to be unreal. I loved what I saw from this kid at camp, and it has to be a good sign to see one of your prospects playing a leadership role on both his national team and his junior team (32 points in 27 games with Oshawa so far). [Canucks.com]
- Jeff Angus takes a look at potential defenceman trade targets for the Canucks. I like Josh Gorges' game and can see him being a good fit. [CanucksArmy]
- Crosby has suffered a minor setback and will miss the next two games. With Sid's injury woes and Ovechkin's inconsistency, it's been a pretty dull season so far superstar-wise. I didn't think we'd see names like Giroux, Kessel, Toews, and Joffrey Lupul in the top 5 in scoring this late, or at all. After last night, Giroux leads the league. [SB Nation]
- Far from a huge story around the league but one that might interest a few of us here: Mikael Samuelsson will play his first game for the Panthers tomorrow. I don't think I'm alone amongst Canucks fans when I wish him all the best in Florida. [Sun Sentinel]
- The Hockey Writers with a good piece on Jeff SkiiinnNNEEEEERR! The sophomore possesses something rare amongst young players: consistency. [The Hockey Writers]
- Two dirty plays in the Buffalo-Philly game last night: a clear hit from behind and a wandering elbow. [Puck Daddy]
- I do not like Nick Foligno, for no real reason other than I don't like looking at his face. But he did score a beautiful goal last night. In the same game, Ovechkin delivered what looks to me like pretty vicious spear. You be the judge (thanks to missy for posting this in yesterday's thread):