It’s Christmas Eve and the National Hockey League is officially on the first roster freeze break of the season. There are no games scheduled for
today, and the league won’t pick back up until a ten game slate on Friday the 27th.
In an already shortened season due to the Olympics – do players really need that long of a Christmas break? Either way it gives the rest of us a few day respite as we are able to not worry about hockey for a few days. Ok, stop laughing now.
ICYMI: Drew Stafford dropped one hell of an elbow on Oliver Ekman-Larsson last night. My initial reaction was an automatic five game suspension because the head was the primary point of contact, but Ekman-Larsson stayed in the game and wasn’t injured, and Stafford is a first time offender, so he may only get two games. [Pro Hockey Talk].
Mike Smith complained that the whistle should have blown before his butt, I mean the puck crossed the goal line. I have never been happier to see a visiting team wearing white in Buffalo. He could have also made the case that his jersey had become tucked into his pants, deserving of a two minute penalty and he had “possession” of the puck, which means the ref should have had the intent to blow the whistle. See how dumb that sounds Mike? [Sporting News].
Flu-bitten Sabres get bizarre win over Coyotes. Linus Omark was hoping to bring better fortune to the Buffalo Sabres, instead he brings a flu bug, and knocks several players out of the lineup, with reinforcements from Rochester unable to help as they are on their way to Switzerland for the Spengler Cup. [Fox News].
Can’t really say much more about this article than they already have writte, pretty much sums up last nights game. [Five For Howling].
Enjoy your Christmas Eve with friends and family. Drive Safe. And remember to send me a present with gift receipt.