Friday, December 31, 2010

Daily Recap: Rangers-Flyers 2012 WC?; Christensen out 4-6 Weeks; WJC; Ovie & Dolls; Stamkos Spins

Main thought on the article today was looking ahead to next year’s Winter Classic and based on all the factors the NHL has to consider the most logical choice is for the Rangers to meet the Flyers in 2012 Classic.  Obviously there are other cities and other teams that will be under consideration, but the best way to keep the momentum that the Crosby vs Ovechkin match-up hopefully brings to the game is to bring the game to New York and have the Rangers play their hated rival Philadelphia Flyers.  In the article I go through the revenue side of it, the HBO factor, who else the Rangers could play and finally what venue is likely to be the site of the game.

In Rangers NHL news it was announced today that center Erik Christensen is going to miss 4-6 weeks with the knee injury he sustained in last night’s game.  As we already know Dale Weise has been summoned from the Whale to take Christensen’s spot in the lineup.

Speaking of the Whale they won in OT Wednesday night behind Tim Kennedy’s goal to beat him former club.  The article has a full game recap as well as the highlights which included both of the Whale goals, a few excellent saves from Chad Johnson and a couple of pretty good fights.

In World Junior Championships action Team USA took out Germany 4-0 to maintain the inside track for the group win and bye into the semi-finals.  They can complete that task with a win over El Nino and the Swiss.  For Team USA Rangers prospects Chris Kreider and Ryan Bourque both got on the score sheet with Kreider getting his first goal of the tournament and Bourque recording his second assist.  Full highlights of the game are here.

Also in action today among Rangers prospects in the WJC were both Jesper Fasth and Roman Horak against one another as Sweden took on the Czech Republic.  In terms of the prospect comparison the outcome was much the same as the team one as Sweden would win 6-3 with Fasth scoring twice and Horak being held scoreless once again.  With his two goals Fasth now has three goals and an assist in his three games so far and is opening many eyes among Rangers fans.  Hopefully tomorrow there will be highlights so you can see the goals he scored.

Now for the non-Rangers videos
·         Alex Ovechkin goes to ESPN and does a shooting accuracy drill with a little more spice as the targets were Russian dolls filled with Russian dressing.  Great watch and makes you wish ESPN still had hockey coverage
·         P.K. Subban laid out another victim, Dana Tyrell, with a huge open ice hit
·         Steven Stamkos goes spin-o-rama on a beautiful penalty shot against Carey Price.  Quality of the move and goal not all in question, but does doing it after criticizing Omark make Stamkos a hypocrite.  Watch and then tell me.