Here are links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while truly saddened by the loss of Prince. I never got to see him play live, and will forever wonder about him being found dead on an elevator after singing “Don’t let the elevator bring us down” on “Let’s Go Crazy” more than 30 years ago.
*Mark Lazerus writes that Andrew Shaw’s regrettable on-ice outburst shouldn’t define his legacy with the Blackhawks. It feels like there are too many of those “(insert Blackhawks player here) shouldn’t have his legacy defined by his bad behavior” columns being written lately.
*Speaking of the Blackhawks, FOH (Friend and Haggs) and PHT writer Mike Halford Patrick Kane keeps Chicago alive with a beauty of a goal in double-overtime that forces a Game 6.
*Cam Neely drops an F-bomb on Felger and Mazz on Thursday while answering questions after another disappointing season. The Bruins President sounds understandably angry and agitated, and that feels about right for where this team currently sits after a second straight year with a total nose dive at the end.
*The Nashville Predators top line is coming up short against the Anaheim Ducks in a series that was always going to be an uphill climb for them.
*It was ugly, but the Tampa Bay Lightning did what they had to do in the first round without Steve Stamkos or Anton Stralman.
*For something completely different: while everybody knows Prince’s big hits, here are a bunch of songs he wrote or influenced that you might not know about.
Is there a more top-heavy, stacked position in the NHL than left wing where there are three legit Hart Trophy candidates in each of the top three spots with Leon Draisaitl, Brad Marchand and Alex Ovechkin?
Draisaitl has been arguably the best player in the entire NHL this season with his league-leading 44 points in 24 games and has teamed with Connor McDavid in Edmonton to be the best duo in the entire NHL as well. Marchand is on pace for 51 goals and 137 points this season and continues to show that last year’s 100-point season was no fluke. Then there is old standby Alex Ovechkin, who is also on pace for 51 goals this season and could potentially give the position three different players who will put up massive numbers this season.
Go down the list and there are a number of young up-and-coming forwards really coming into their own like Jonathan Huberdeau, Tyler Bertuzzi and Matthew Tkachuk, but the very tip-tip of this list is the best trio of left wingers that the NHL has produced in a long, long time.
The Boston Bruins may be getting some reinforcements to their lineup Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild.
Torey Krug hasn't played since Nov. 10 after suffering an upper-body injury against the Philadelphia Flyers, but is probable to play Saturday, according to Bruce Cassidy. Brett Ritchie, who is suffering from an infection issue, also is a possibility against the Wild.
Patrice Bergeron was given a maintenance day and missed practice Friday. Par Lindholm, who required 18 stitches last night after being cut, has not been ruled out for tomorrow's matchup.
Defensemen John Moore and Kevan Miller are still a couple weeks from being game-ready.
The 14-3-5 Bruins, who have not lost a regulation game on home ice, will host the struggling 9-11-2 Wild Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.
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