So I guess that officially kicks off Trade Deadline Week.
Hanging out in New York City as many of you already know. Confusing town, New York is.
First, I went to Times Square. No clocks. Then I went to Madison Square Garden. No flowers. So, off to Alphabet City. Guess what? No soup. Then, later, I headed to the meatpacking district. Not a t-bone in sight. Oh well.
Headed to Battery Park later today. My digital recorder is running low on juice. Hope they have a deal on triple As.
-- Visited pal Mark from the NHL offices today and had a very nice lunch. Then it was off to the NHL Store. Cool stuff. I bought a vintage Magic Johnson Lakers jersey. Really cool. Actually scored a throwback Hartford Whalers cap. Sweet. It just jumped to the top of the starting rotation.
-- Tomas Vokoun has an inner ear infection says Pete DeBoer. He says he'll know by 5 p.m. who will start in net.
-- Brett McLean back onto the fourth line in place of Nick Tarnasky. ''Fresh legs,'' PDeB says.
-- Wednesday's Scores (and how they affected the Panthers): Phillies pick up another two points by shutting out Los Angeles. Pitt moves two points closer after shutting out the Isles. Rangers get a point, but that's it as Leafs win in a shootout.
-- Thursday's Sked (and who the Panthers would be rooting for if they weren't busy playing the Rangers)
Avs @ Devils, 7: El Paso. Well, first game back for Martin Brodeur. So they have that going for them. Which is nice.
Leafs @ Isles, 7: Um, yeah.
Panthers @ Rangers, 7: Florida roots for Rangers and old friend John Tortorella. A Florida regulation win and the Panthers move into tie for sixth with the Blueshirts.
Sabres @ Canes, 7: This, folks, is a biggie. Carolina can jump both Panthers and Sabres with a regulation win tonight combined with a Florida loss. All those who emailed me and told me the Canes were done? Told ya so.
Thrashers @ Capitals, 7: Has Atlanta played a home game this month?
Ducks @ Bruins, 7: The Bs looked good the other night. This does nothing for Panthers one way or another.
Sharks @ Sens, 7:30: A Sens loss and they are probably cooked like a Christmas goose. Which, I have never had on Christmas.
Coyotes @ Preds, 8: Olli's on Music Row. And that's all I got.
Blues @ Stars, 8: I. Don't. Care.
Jackets @ Oil, 9: When I ask players what their favorite NHL city is, for some strange reason, Edmonton never comes up.
The Standings (presented by the Carnegie Deli and 30 Rock; courtesy of TSN.ca/nhl)
|3||New Jersey||60||38||19||3||79||182||151||19-10-1||19-9-2||6-4-0||Lost 1|
|6||NY Rangers||62||31||23||8||70||152||172||18-9-4||13-14-4||2-5-3||Lost 3|
|13||Tampa Bay||61||20||29||12||52||155||196||11-12-8||9-17-4||3-5-2||Lost 1|
|15||NY Islanders||60||18||36||6||42||144||199||12-13-4||6-23-2||2-7-1||Lost 1|
|1||San Jose||59||41||9||9||91||201||144||26-2-3||15-7-6||5-2-3||Lost 1|
|12||Los Angeles||60||26||25||9||61||157||173||13-13-8||13-12-1||4-4-2||Lost 1|
|13||St. Louis||60||26||26||8||60||167||179||16-11-5||10-15-3||5-2-3||Won 1|