Around The NHL: Do Goalies Need Protection?November 19, 2011, by
Around The NHL is going to be a new feature running here on a weekly basis. We will consolidate the big news around the league and discuss them here.
Lucic Runs Miller
The biggest news of the week came during the Boston Bruins/Buffalo Sabres game, when Milan Lucic appeared to take a run at goaltender Ryan Miller (video below). It sparked a big debate about whether goaltenders need to be “off limits” when playing the puck outside the crease. The arguments on both side are good arguments, and it is something we will likely see addressed at the GM meetings. Lucic was not suspended for the hit, and was given a two minute penalty for charging.
Carter Wants Out?
It looks like Jeff Carter wants out of Columbus after eight games. There have been numerous reports on Twitter, stemming from an article run by RDS, that Carter has requested a trade from the Blue Jackets. CBJ is off to a 3-13-2 start and a -27 goal differential, despite making big moves for Carter and James Wisniewski in the offseason. Both the team and Carter’s agent have denied the reports.
Those Surprising Panthers
The Florida Panthers spent the GDP of a small country filling out their roster this offseason with the hopes of making the playoffs. After 18 games, the Cats are in second place in the Southeast division, and in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Newcomers Kris Versteeg, Brian Campbell, and Tomas Fleischmann are leading the way, with home grown players Dmitry Kulikov and Stephen Weiss adding additional support.The Jose Theodore/Jakob Markstrom duo has been great in net as well. Whether they can keep it up for the entire season is still unknown.
Boston Returning To Form
The Rangers aren’t the only team on a seven game win streak. The Bruins have won seven in a row, and have climbed back into the playoff picture after a 3-7 start. Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron, and Brad Marchand all have had impressive point streaks to help the B’s get back into contention.Tim Thomas has won four in a row.