Daily Pucking Grind. We’re Spiralling. January 24.


Today’s music choice is Spiralling by Keane.

Sunday for better or for worse was a pretty dismal day sportswise for me, and I would guess a few of our loyal customers readers.  I guess you could say that we hit the trifecta, but I wasn’t happy about it and certainly have no winnings to show.  Not that I placed any bets either.  The Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers and Chicago Bears all lost yesterday giving me an 0 for 3.  Ack!

Youngster Jacob Markstrom made his NHL debut yesterday in relief of Scott Clemmensen.  More on that later today, but I’d have to say his first cup of coffee left a stale taste in his mouth.

Here’s your Monday links:

A lousy weekend if your a Florida Panther fan.  A loss to Tampa Bay in overtime Friday night on a shoot out goal that needed to be reviewed, a loss in New Jersey Sunday, combined with some scuttlebut about first round draft pick Erik Gudbranson. A story that first appeared on The Litter Box Cats talked about a very sticky situation that developed with his junior team in Kingston, Ontario.  Please read the comment section to get more insight.

Buzzing the Net does a great job of giving this some clarity though on Sunday, and I thank one of my Twitter friends for giving me the link apparently as soon as it broke.  If I get any more info, I will be glad to pas it along, but we all know there’s three sides to every story.  Mine, yours, and the truth.  We’ll find it.

George Richards says The Future Started Sunday.  On Frozen Pond.

The Tomas Vokoun injury prompted the Markstrom call, and Chris Higgins and Dmitry Kulikov could play on this road trip. Harvey Fialkov, Sun Sentinel.

Puck Daddy’s Three Stars for Sunday.

Evgeni Nabokov claimed on waivers by the New York Islanders does not want to report.  Now what?  TSN.

Alex Ovechkin breaks out of his scoring slump against the Toronto Maple Leafs. TSN.

The Alternate Captains for the All-Star game have been named.  NHL.com.

Blades of Funny thinks he’s cursed.

Zodiac signs in hockey?  Down Goes Brown thinks so.

View From My Seats give a report on this year’s rookies.

Here’s the TSN Scoreboard for Sunday.

Finally FanSided’s Chicago Bears site Bear Goggles On has some insight on the Jay Cutler injury from Sunday.

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  • http://pamanner.wordpress.com/ Pamela

    Friday’s loss was for lack of a better word, brutal. It’s been sketchy being a fan as of late. However, there seems to be some improvement re: power plays/scoring, wouldn’t you agree?

    • Frank Rekas

      Pamela: There is some improvement for sure. This isn’t the same Panther team we’ve been watching the past few seasons. But timely goals would have won us many more games. The telling tale of the season could be the power play. Friday night we were 0 for 7. Score on one, and we win the game.
      That would have given us a much better homestand. Not out of it yet, but….