Daily Archives: March 6, 2013

Surprise Surprise: The NHL’s Biggest Surprises

We are about 45 days into the shortened season, which means we are nearing the half-way point of the 2013 NHL regular season. With the majority of teams already playing at least 22 games each, we’ve been able to take a good look at the players who have been showing this 48-game season what they’re made of. As usual, guys like Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos are sticking to the status quo and owning the top of the stats charts. But I’m not here to state the obvious. I’m here to give a nod to the players whom I believe have been the biggest surprises thus far.

Below are my top 7 player picks for this seasons biggest surprises:

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Around the NHL: March 6th, 2013

What better way  to spend your lunch break than catching up on all of last night’s amazing NHL action that you may have missed! Here are the top stories and videos from the all of yesterday’s action around the NHL.

  • Panthers’ forward Shawn Matthias does his best Evengi Malkin impression against the Jets [YouTube]
  • In a brutal turn of events, Rangers’ defenseman Marc Staal takes a puck to the face against the Flyers [Puck Daddy]
  • Capitals waive 38 year-old defenseman Roman Hamrlik [TSN]
  • Brian Gionta scores the 20,000th goal in Montreal Canadiens’ history [SI.com] and [YouTube]
  • The Lightning snapped their 5 game losing streak against the struggling New Jersey Devils [TSN] 

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Short-handed Panthers Have Enough To Down Jets

You’d have forgiven the Florida Panthers if they came out flat in Tuesday night’s game against the Winnipeg Jets as it’s been a rough few games for them. In addition to dropping a home and home weekend series against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Cats lost Jose Theodore, Scottie Upshall and Dmitry Kulikov to injures. Eight hours before game time, it was announced that Stephen Weiss, a pending unrestricted free agent and career leader in games played as a Panther, would undergo wrist surgery and miss the remainder of the season. But, instead of feeling sorry for themselves, Florida put together it’s most complete game of the season in a 4-1 win over their Canadian division opponent.
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