The Canadiens are out of a playoff position right now but they can't blame their penalty killing. When the Anaheim Ducks scored on the back end of a double-minor for high-sticking to Tomas Plekanec Wednesday night, it snapped an 11-game streak for the Habs without giving up a power-play goal. They killed off 45 consecutive short-handed situations. Going into the Anaheim game, the Canadiens had given up just two power-play goals on the road while being short-handed 54 times. That's thanks in large part to the play of defencemen Hal Gill and Josh Gorges, who lead the team in short-handed ice time, and Plekanec. It's not a surprise their road streak ended because Plekanec was in the box and unavailable for the penalty kill.
HANGING IN THE LOCKER
Dennis Seidenberg, Boston Bruins
He knows that the sound, as he puts it, "is awful." But the Bruins defenceman is sticking with his T-Blades, the skate blades characterized by both their distinctive grinding sound and the circular holes in the blade mount. Seidenberg said he and Jochen Hecht of the Buffalo Sabres are wearing the blades in the NHL. Seidenberg said he started wearing them when he was 13 or 14 years old because he wanted to be cool and the blades were manufactured near his hometown of Schwenningen, Germany. "They are saying you can glide better and turn tighter," he said. The blades are not sharpened but taken out and changed when they lose their edge. Seidenberg said a pair of blades typically lasts him two or three games "depending on how many times they get hit." (The company's website said they cost $19.95 US each). He tried the Tuuk blades a couple of times, but keeps going back to the T-Blades. "I like the way I skate in them," he said. "I just like the way I feel on the ice."
Injuries that are or could have a big impact.
New Jersey Devils
The Devils are second-to-last in the Eastern Conference in goals scored (26th in the league at 2.30 goals a game going into Friday), so they could use the offence Travis Zajac is expected to bring them. The 26-year-old centre has been out since suffering an Achilles tendon injury during off-season training. Zajac, twice a 20-goal scorer who in the past has played in every situation for the Devils, is on the mend. He had surgery Aug. 18 and is now in New Jersey skating on his own. He could begin practising with his teammates as early as next week.
The number of different players who scored game-winning goals for the Boston Bruins as they went 12-0-1 in November. Sophomore forward Tyler Seguin scored the game-winning goal in the second, third and fourth games of the month to set the tone. Benoit Pouliot, who had been off to a slow start as a Bruin, also had three game-winners by month's end.
The number of goals by the Bruins during their remarkable November. They scored six or more goals six times during the month (seven goals once and six goals in a game five times). The Bruins allowed just 25 goals in their 13 games in November, registering three shutouts and not allowing more than three goals in any game.
The number of points forwards Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin and defenceman Zdeno Chara had in November to lead the Bruins in scoring for the month. Seguin had eight goals and six assists, Marchand had seven goals and seven assists and Chara four goals and 10 assists. Chara and Marchand were both plus-14 for the month.
The number of wins, against no losses, for Boston goaltender Tim Thomas during November . He looked again like the guy who won the Vezina and Conn Smythe trophies last season. The 37-year-old posted a 1.76 goals-against average for the month and had a .940 save percentage to help the Bruins take over the Northeast Division lead.