Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thursday Morning Coffee

  • Jonathan Toews took a puck off the head during Chicago's 5-2 win over Columbus Tuesday night. A deflected Duncan Keith point shot earned Toews a few stitches, creating an "old-time hockey" look that's appreciated by both Chicago's captain and its head coach.
  • New Jersey captain Zach Parise scored the overtime winner against Edmonton last night, extending his current point streak to five games. During the streak he has eight points (2G, 6A), and he also notched his 200th career assist Tuesday night against Calgary.
  • Travis Zajac was hoping to be in the lineup when New Jersey visits his hometown of Winnipeg Saturday night, but due to lingering soreness in his Achilles tendon the team staff has opted to shut him down until after the all-star break. Zajac played in eight games after returning from injury, but he has now missed the Devils' last five games after his Achilles became inflamed.
  • The 2012 Youth Olympic Games fire up this weekend in Innsbruck, Austria and Sioux recruit Nick Schmaltz will be participating. Team USA opens its play Saturday against host country Austria and they will take on Canada Sunday. Here is the IIHF's Schedule and Standings page. 
  • Joe Finley is doing what he can to support injured Benilde-St. Margaret's hockey player Jack Jablonski, who suffered a severe spinal cord injury on December 30 after being checked into the boards. Finley and Jablonski worked out at the same training facility over the summer, and Finley recently sent Jablonski the Buffalo Sabre jersey he wore in his NHL debut earlier this season. 
  • Former Sioux great Tony Hrkac is looking to turn his Concordia (WI) Falcons into a NCAA Division III power:

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