Around the Rink
Congratulations to Jarome Iginla on 1,000 NHL points. Iginla had three goals in his first 17 games and rumors (unsubstantiated) of trades to faraway places like Pittsburgh swirled. He has 36 goals in 62 contests since and 80 points, overall. All the Calgary forward needs now is a Cup.
Take a bow if you're not from Buffalo and know which defenseman has led the league in assists over the last month of the season. Yeah, it's the Sabres Andrej Sekera, with 12 helpers.
The hunt for the final playoff seeds in both conferences is becoming anti-climactic. Carolina still has a chance, while New Jersey and Toronto showed some great stuff in the East. Dallas was one of the hotter first-half teams in the West and Calgary really turned its season around. Maybe there'll be a total collapse in the final days, but the playoff teams appear pretty well set.
Anaheim's Corey Perry was named the NHL's No. 1 star for March. Perry scored 15 goals and added six assists in 14 games. Was there a more interesting story in the league than the Ducks this season?
Ducks goalie Ray Emery holds a 6-0 record, 1.90 GAA and .935 save percentage. Considering his trip overseas, career-threatening injury, volatile nature, etc., it's shocking in a good way to see him have so much success.
It would've been nice to see Evgeni Nabokov get another chance in the NHL in 2010-11, with the Red Wings (his choice) or the Islanders (New York's choice).
The Blue Jackets Max Mayorov potted the first NHL goal of his career Friday night.
A night after TMZ caught T.J. Oshie partying with Elvis, the St. Louis forward returned to action Friday night and collected an assist and a plus-1 rating.
Washington continues its limp toward first place in the East.
It looks like 2009-10 was the outlier season for Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith. Keith collected 14 goals and 69 points for the Cup winners in 2009-10. In four full seasons before then, he totaled 21, 31, 32 and 44 points. This year he has 42.
Pekka Rinne Rinne went 9-3-2 with a 1.91 GAA and .936 save percentage in the month of March. He also recorded a pair of shutouts.
Patrik Elias Elias proved to be a thorn in the Flyers side with a hat trick Friday night against Philadelphia.
Mats Zuccarello The Rangers sent the speedy little forward back to the AHL. He's got a good future in the league but New York has other options.
Mark Giordano the Flames defender ranks third in power-play points (8) in the last month after an up-and-down season.
Probable Starting Goalies
Atlanta (Ondrej Pavelec) at Boston (Tim Thomas), 1 p.m.
Tampa Bay (Dwayne Roloson) at Minnesota (Niklas Backstrom), 2 p.m.
Detroit (Jimmy Howard) at Nashville (Pekka Rinne), 3 p.m.
Dallas (Kari Lehtonen) at Los Angeles (Jonathan Quick), 4 p.m.
Montreal (Carey Price) at New Jersey (Martin Brodeur), 7 p.m.
Carolina (Cam Ward) at Islanders (Al Montoya), 7 p.m.
Toronto (James Reimer) at Ottawa (Craig Anderson), 7 p.m.
Buffalo (Jhonas Enroth) at Washington (Semyon Varlamov), 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Marc-Andre Fleury) at Florida (Scott Clemmensen), 7 p.m.
Edmonton (Devan Dubnyk) at Vancouver (Roberto Luongo), 10 p.m.
Anaheim (Ray Emery) at San Jose (Antti Niemi), 10:30 p.m.
Rotowire Goalie Grid
Injury Roll Call
Radek Dvorak Questionable, missed Thursday with upper-body injury.
Shawn Thornton Questionable, not cleared Thursday, could also miss Saturday.
Shane Hnidy Questionable, could make season debut Saturday after shoulder.
Cam Barker Questionable, missed Thursday w/back, nearing return.
Brent Burns Questionable, left Friday's practice with undisclosed leg injury.
Nick Schultz Questionable, could miss Saturday with undisclosed injury.
Marek Zidlicky Questionable, missed practice Friday with unknown ailment.
Pavel Datsyuk Out, crushing fantasy owners with lower-body injury.
Jimmy Howard Probable, expected to return from sprained shoulder Saturday.
Jordin Tootoo Questionable, back/neck injury could sideline him Saturday.
Adam Burish Questionable, missed Thursday with leg injury.
Karlis Skrastins Questionable, close to returning from thigh injury.
Brian Sutherby Questionable, missed Thursday with no known return date.
Jeff Halpern Out, will not travel to New Jersey, missing with undisclosed injury.
Alexander Picard Questionable, missed Tuesday and Wednesday with foot.
Jaroslav Spacek Out, returned to practice Friday and close to returning.
Colin White Questionable, missed last two games with leg injury.
Zach Parise Probable, expected to make debut Saturday following knee injury.
Jay Harrison Questionable, returned to practice Friday but status unknown Sat.
Michael Grabner Questionable, missed last two games awaiting birth of child.
Erik Karlsson Out, will not play Saturday due to leg laceration.
Mike Grier Out, will not play Saturday due to knee injury.
Jochen Hecht Out, also out Saturday with upper-body injury.
Ryan Miller Questionable, unlikely to play Saturday especially w/strong Enroth.
John Erskine Questionable, left Thursday with day-to-day undisclosed injury.
Mike Green Out, skated Friday in practice but return date unknown.
Dennis Wideman Out, called week-to-week with lower-body injury.
Dustin Jeffrey Out, expected to undergo knee surgery Tuesday.
Arron Asham Questionable, dealing with minor lower-body injury.
Nick Johnson Out, still battling concussion symptoms.
Sidney Crosby Out, next step will be practices with contact.
Matt Cooke Out, eligible to play in second round of playoffs.
Shawn Matthias Questionable, has sat out last four games with ankle injury.
Jack Skille Questionable, could return Saturday from ankle injury.
Alexander Sulzer Questionable, missed last two games with groin/hip injury.
Kurtis Foster Out, took part in practice Friday following concussion symptoms.
Colin Fraser Questionable, missed practice Friday for undisclosed reason.
Tanner Glass Probable, expected to return Saturday from abdominal tear.
Mikael Samuelsson Probable, skating on own Friday but is expected back Sat.
Chris Tanev Out, will miss Saturday with upper-body injury.
Andrew Alberts Out, practicing but may not play before end of regular season.
Jonas Hiller Out, dealing with vertigo symptoms.
Kent Huskins Out, has missed almost two months with upper-body injury.
Barret Jackman Activated by St. Louis from IR.
Ian Cole -- Assigned by St. Louis to AHL Peoria.
David LeNeveu Recalled by Columbus from AHL Springfield on emergency basis.
Colin Greening Assigned by Ottawa to AHL Binghamton.
Yann Sauve Recalled by Vancouver from AHL Manitoba.
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