Judging by how he pummeled Fedor Tyutin in their fight today, Blair Betts looks like he’ll be fit to play tonight against the Ducks,
OK, bad joke. There was no fight, but there was a healthy Betts on the ice and preparing to play tonight against the reigning Cup champions.
“I felt pretty good,” said Betts, who scored the best goal of his NHL career last season in Anaheim. “I think everything will be all right.”
In other news:
<li>It appears Greg Moore has made another futile trip down the Greg Moore Highway. He will sit. So will Marek Malik and Marcel Hossa, although both are possibilities for the weekend.
<li>Brendan Shanahan, meanwhile, is unlikely for any of these next three games, although he is skating on his own as I write.
I asked Shanahan about his visit, alongside Hossa, Michal Rozsival, and Martin Straka, to a hospital in the city yesterday, and the wing deadpanned frustration. “Aw, a bunch of sick kids,” Shanahan said. “I wanted to make it a ‘Me Day’.
Jokes aside, Lynn Zinser of the Times “chronicles the hospital visit on her blog”:http://slapshot.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/06/two-sides-of-a-day-with-the-rangers/
<li>Ryan Hollweg is back in the lineup after serving his suspension and having a talk with Tom Renney.
“It’s nice to have their support, but at the same time, I have to be smart,” Hollweg said.
<li>The meeting with the Ducks will be the first time that Jason Strudwick will skate against both of his cousins, Scott and Rob Niedermayer. The three were supposed to get together for dinner last night, but the Ducks’ trip to the White House took longer than expected.
“We’ll get together tonight,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll be laughing.”
<li>Meanwhile, it’s a big night for Zipay and I seeing how Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermayer, and Teemu Selanne are all on our fantasy team.
Would it be inappropriate to offer those three a pep talk before the game?