Daily Pucking Grind. Monday January 17

Today’s music choice is Pyro by Kings of Leon.

It’s been some time since there was something to talk about regarding South Florida hockey, but now we have “topics” to discuss that actually mean something. For starters goaltender Scott Clemmensen gets his third assignment tonight when the Panthers take on the Atlanta Thrashers.  I don’t know if we have a full blown goalie controversy yet, but Clemmensen has played well enough to continue playing.  Whether it’s riding the hot hand or not, it’s working.

The other big issue is that Florida Panthers captain and defenceman Bryan McCabe suffered a broken jaw in Saturday night’s game against the Devils.  I saw McCabe head quickly to the dressing room in the first period, but had no idea why.  He then came back out with some newly attached headgear around his mouth area.  He played the remainder of the game and it wasn’t until Sunday morning that the news broke that McCabe had suffered a broken jaw when he was hit in the face with a puck.  Pretty big “you know what” for a guy to continue playing while his jaw is busted.  Keaton Ellerby has been recalled to take McCabe’s place on the roster.  This is Ellerby’s chance to prove that he’s an NHL defenceman.

Here’s your link’s to start your Monday morning:

Both Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel, and George Richards from the Miami Herald break the story about our captain.

Troy Brouwer of the Chicago Blackhawks scorers two goals in 40 seconds last night as the hawks beat the Nashville Predators NHL.com.

Not to be outdone Blackhawks center Dave Bolland displays a beautiful toe drag on Predators goaltender Anders Lindback. Puck Daddy.

Puck Daddy’s Three Stars for Sunday.

Third string goalie Anton Khudobin of the Minnesota Wild gets his first NHL shut out over the Vancouver CanucksGlobe and Mail.

ESPN NHL gives a weekend wrap up.  Who’s going to Europe and coaching issues in Ottawa and San Jose.

Here’s the TSN Scoreboard for Sunday night.

Finally, Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher thinks that Saturn might have a playoff atmosphere.  The Onion.

Don’t forget to vote for Panther Ice Dancer Meg in the Ice Dancer Contest.  Hit the like button.

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Topics: Atalanta Thrashers, Bruian Urlacher, Bryan Mccabe, Chicagp Blackhawks, Dave Bolland, Florida Pantehrs, Nashville Predators, Scott Clemmensen, Troy Brouwer

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