I thought Chris Drury got banged up against the Flyers the other night, and it turns out he did.
He didn’t skate Friday or Saturday and he’s scratched tonight with some sort of leg issue, I think. I definitely remember him limping off after one shift. So Nik Antropov will play on his barking knee, and aaron Voros will finally get a shot to play in a game that could get rugged.
Good move to sit out the captain if he’s not 100 percent. I would have brought up somebody to play in Antropov’s place, too.
And Henrik Lundqvist will get the start in goal against the Flyers, who need a point to get home-ice in the Battle of Pennsylvania with the Penguins in the first round.
I’ve been suggesting this for a couple of decades now, and I am reminded of it every time I watch the Masters. I think the NHL should begin a tradition where the captain of the Stanley Cup champions from the previous year hands over the Cup to the new champions, just like the Masters’ green jacket ceremony (Trevor Immelman will put the green jacket on today’s champion).
The argument I get is, what happens if the defending champ wins again. Simply, then the commissioner hands off the Cup. If it’s a new champ, then the commish and the reigning captain can hand it over. I think it would be really cool, especially with the ever-growing feeling of “ownership” of the Cup by the reigning champ.
Enjoy the game (don’t forget it’s a 5 p.m. start). The second season begins tonight around 7:30 or so.
CORRECTION in the previous post, THANKS TO SPIDERPIG: The Chicago game was an OT win. So the last regulation victory on the road over a playoff-bound team was Dec. 16 at Anaheim. Double-yikes!