Dangerous head shots have been the big story in the NHL for the last several weeks, and that continues today, unfortunately. Last night James Wisniewski of the Anaheim Ducks threw a nasty elbow to the head of Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook, and tonight's schedule features a rematch between Boston and Pittsburgh, the first since Matt Cooke knocked Marc Savard out for the season.
After the jump, we've got video of the hit last night, and word from a Boston columnist who thinks the Bruins need to exact a pound of flesh in revenge - but not from Matt Cooke...
Preds On The Glass: Thursday Thoughts and a Look at the Predators - Wild Game Tonight
Buddy's morning recap includes word that he might have landed an upcoming interview with Brett Wilson, the Canadian entrepreneur who is often touted as a future member of the Preds ownership group.
Preview: Wild at Predators (3/18) | Section 303
Ok, Ok, there's a game preview, but check out the Legwand-O-Meter!
Patric Hornqvist Latest Late-Rounder To Emerge - From The Rink
Cory celebrates the rise of Patric Hornqvist with the Preds from last-overall draft pick to a guy with a chance for 30 goals this season.
Predators' balanced offense bares its fangs - The Tennessean
When it comes to offensive contributors, Nashville boasts quantity over quality. To me, the scoring depth on this team could prove to be a big advantage in the playoffs.
Around the NHL
Make the Penguins pay the right way - BostonHerald.com
Ron Borges takes the low road, saying the Boston Bruins need to go after Sidney Crosby however they can tonight to take revenge for Matt Cooke's hit on Marc Savard. "Bounce a puck off his nose if you can. If you get a blind side shot at him, put your body through his chest." If a blogger wrote this stuff, you can bet the newspaper guys would stand up and condemn the unprofessional rabble, right? (hat tip to Kukla's Korner)
Coming Down the Pipe!: OHL Playoff Preview
Guy Flaming previews the junior hockey playoffs. In particular, keep an eye on how Ryan Ellis for Windsor, and teammates Taylor Beck and Michael Latta in Guelph.
Corsi Percentage by Period - Behind The Net
The numbers demonstrate just how much teams go into a defensive mode when they lead a game in the 3rd period. Teams that are losing by 1 goal generally get the bulk of the shots, while the leading team is more content to dump & change.
Rangers-Islanders in 3D - NYTimes.com
OK, this is weird. Hockey in 3D?
Luongo And Vigneault Not Quite Seeing Eye To Eye On Canucks' Style Of Play - Nucks Misconduct
A little discord up in B.C., perhaps between the star goalie and his coach?
Final days of Marty Turco's tenure with Stars are a test of goaltender's career-long class, patience - Dallas Morning News
It's sad seeing a cranky old man threatened with eviction; hopefully Marty Turco blows up a bunch of balloons and tries to carry off American Airlines Arena to search for Paradise Falls.
Lastly, again courtesy of Kukla's Korner, check out the video of Anaheim defenseman James Wisniewski taking a vicious headshot to former teammate Brent Seabrook of Chicago. Seabrook left the game and did not return:
Can you believe he only received two minutes for charging? And yes, that's the Anaheim announcer wondering out loud if Seabrook was faking an injury. Pathetic.