From Habs Inside/Out: Brodeur suffered a laceration on his finger yesterday. Unfortunately, it won't stop him from starting the game. The league really should step in and force Brodeur to sit this one out. Staph infections can be very serious and they are on the rise. There is no reason for him to take this risk. I'm only looking out for Martin's health here. I have no ulterior motive. None at all.
A couple of weeks ago I looked at the number of PP opportunities and Times Shorthanded for each team. The Goody Two-Shoes Devils were runaway leaders with 99 PPs and only 61 TSH for a ridiculous ratio of 1.6 PPs for every PK. The next highest ratio at the time was Tampa with 1.2 PPs for every PK.
Since then, NJ's numbers have been even - they're now at 131 PPs and 90. Not surprisingly, they've been playing .500 hockey over that time.
For the record, after 18 games Montreal was at 92 PPs and 113 TSH. They're at 121 PPs and 149 TSH now, so we've seen no real improvement. They're still giving up one extra PP per game.
Keeping with the theme of devils and vice, Mike Boone has brought to readers' attention a charity poker tournament featuring, among others, Sheldon Souray and Craig Rivet. It took place in August but will be televised this month. Looking at the lineup, it seems like the tough guys like playing cards - Brashear, May, Domi, Laraque... and Sean Avery. I hope Avery and Laraque both made the final - hello, dramatic tension!
Tim Connolly participated, too:
Other player: "I'll raise you two bits, Tim."
'Concussion' Connolly: "Go Fish!"