Well, like I always do when I miss a few days, here are some notes around the NHL.
- While they do have a chance, it's likely that the Minnesota Wild will not win the Stanley Cup this year. However, don't expect the same result next year. If the Wild keep all three of their goalies, then they will be unbeatable. Manny Fernandez, the original starter, was going strong, having played in 44 games, going 22-16-1. Then he was injured, and Nicklas Backstrom stepped in. Backstrom has since gone 20-8-5 through 36 games. Behind those two is Josh Harding. Stuck in the AHL after losing the back-up job to Backstrom, he went 17-16-4 with the Aeros. However, as Backstrom's back-up, Harding is 3-0-1 in 5 appearances. The Wild could set a record for least losses next year if they alternate the three regularly.
- There are a lot of guys in the NHL who can't get enough coverage because their stats are low. Guys like Ryan Johnson (StL), Blair Betts (NYR), Patrick Rissmiller (SJ), Jiri Hudler (DET), and even Dean McAmmond (OTT) are all guys who fit the description. The most points out of any of these players is McAmmond, with 28. The lead for goals is 15 by Hudler. But each of these guys are key for their team, and need to get more coverage.
- Looks like I'll still be right about Ottawa having the most scoring depth. Joining the first 12 30-point scorers are Joe Corvo and Patrick Eaves. Corvo actually has moved ahead of Andrej Meszaros, an original 12, with 34 points compared to Meszaros' 32. Eaves has 31. Also, Dean McAmmond has 28 and Chris Neil has 27. Those guys could soon give Ottawa 16 different 30 point scorers. Of those possible 16, only two players (Mike Comrie, Oleg Saprykin) were acquired in trades during the season. However, Comrie still scored 18 points with Ottawa, and Saprykin has scored 2 points in just 7 games with the Sens.
- I have to heap praise after praise upon Kristian Huselius. Really, he is just awesome. Still going at a point-per-game, and he has only missed one for his team. Career highs everywhere you look. If you want some humorous Huselius, search "video of Kristian Huselius on YouTube" and the third link, someone made a fan video of him. It's just pictures put to music, and words, but it is pretty funny.
Goal of the Day- Well, I'm going to have a tough choice. I'll choose a nice compilation of Peter Forsberg and Markus Naslund goals. Type "video of Markus Naslund awesome goal" and at the bottom of the first page (if you use Google) there will be a YouTube link called Forsberg Naslund. That one will be pretty good.