Ovechkin, Kozlov a dangerous duo
Monday, October 8, 2007 | 12:17 PM ET
Yes, Hockey Night in Canada Radio is on the air this afternoon from 4-6 Eastern on Sirius channel 122.
Scott Morrison from Hockey Night in Canada (also author of HNIC By the Numbers) joins me today for the full two hours and we’ll go over the weekend that was in the NHL: Paul Stasny's five point game for the Avs against the Sharks, Vesa Toskala assuaging Leafs’ fans minds about their goalie situation to the Sean Avery injury, Edmonton’s fine start, Kevin Lowe’s new contract, how poor ice in Nashville may have contributed to the Shea Weber injury, Alex Ovechkin netting his 200th point, Anaheim's slow start and how much Ducks GM Brian Burke is to blame for it, and more.
Around the NHL
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that winger Jason Blake has been diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. Blake is taking a daily chemotherapy pill to help fight the cancer, which is very treatable.
A couple of afternoon games today see the Islanders (2-0) hosting Ovechkin and the Capitals at 2 Eastern and the Senators (3-0) welcoming the new “up tempo” Devils to Scotiabank Place at 3pm.
The Oilers are in Detroit tonight to take on the Wings at 7:30pm. Detroit is having a hard time selling out games again this year and the running joke around Detroit is the they may want to change the city’s moniker from Hockey Town to Hockey Township.
Interesting watching Brent Sutter evolve the New Jersey Devils into more of a “puck pursuit” style team. Hopefully the trap is dead in New Jersey. I’m not so sure the Devils have the guns in the lineup to play more of an offensive game but the team is moving into a new building and need to sell a more exciting brand of hockey if they are going to put more butts in the seats.
Sean Avery will be out of the Rangers lineup for four weeks with a Grade Two shoulder separation after getting hit by the Sens Chris Neil Saturday. Look for Marcel Hossa (who has been a scratch in the Blue Shirts first two games) to take his place.
Viktor Kozlov has played exceptionally well with fellow Russian Alex Ovechkin in the early part of the season and OV’s goal against Carolina’s John Graeme Saturday was described by Cap’s head coah Glen Hanlon as “…the best lane exchange I’ve seen in this building for a few years.” Kozlov and Ovechkin each have a goal and an assist each in two games. Both Tomas Fleischmann and Chris Clark have played wing on their line.
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Jeff Marek, one of sports talk radio's brightest stars, is the host of the all-new HNIC Radio on SIRIUS Satellite Radio. A twelve-year sports-talk radio veteran, the Toronto native provides intelligent hockey talk, insight and debate during the two-hour national daily drive-time hockey program.
Well known for his previous work on Leafs Lunch on AM 640 Toronto Radio, Marek is one of sports talk radio's most respected personalities. He joined AM 640 in 2000, hosting The Jeff Marek Show, a nightly open-line talk show, while working as the stations' morning news anchor. He quickly became the director of sports news and joined host Bill Watters on Leafs Lunch.
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