According to anyone with access, it sounds like Marian Hossa will be a go for Thursday night’s tilt against the Blue Jackets. It should go without saying, but the Hawks really can’t afford to lose him again for a significant period of time. Whatever it was that kept him out of Sunday’s lineup, hopefully it doesn’t linger.
The Hawks and Jackets start the first of a home-and-home set on Thursday night. Way back at the end of December when Columbus pulled off a trade with Washington for Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina, I said they’ll be a team worth watching. Well, since the trade, they’ve gone 4-3-2. Not good enough to get them back in the hunt for the playoffs but certainly far better than what they were playing like before.
In between their pipes, last year’s Calder Trophy winner Steve Mason has lost his starting gig to household name Mathieu Garon. And really, there’s a ton of stats that will tell you how bad Mason has been this year, but the one which caught my eye was his Goals Versus Threshold. Mason currently sits at a -9.2 GVT, good for second worst in the entire NHL. That is stealing Jobu’s rum bad.
*On the Farm*
—Rockford jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Houston Aeros with goals from Jack Skille and Rob Klinkhammer. After Houston cut the lead to one in the second period, Evan Brophey scored in the last minute of the period to give the IceHogs an extra cushion. Assists went to Akim Aliu and Peter MacArthur.
They needed the third goal too as Houston scored once more in the third but that was as close as they’d get. Other IceHogs with assists in the game were Kyle Greentree (Skille’s goal), Richard Petiot and Jake Dowell (Klinkhammer’s).
Corey Crawford was named number one star of the game for stopping 24 of the 26 shots he faced.
—Kyle Beach had an assist in Spokane’s 4-2 win over Medicine Hat.