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Thursday, March 07, 2013


BLACK(AND BLUE)HAWKS

Impressively, the Chicago Blackhawks squeaked by the Colorado Avalanche to push their season-opening point streak to 24 games and their overall mark stretching back to last season at 30 in a row. Now the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers’ record of 35 is starting to look like a smaller mountain to climb.

Dealing with a rash of injuries won’t make it any easier, though.

Before Wednesday’s game, Marian Hossa was deemed a scratch with an upper-body injury. It at least sounds like it might not be related to that Jannik Hansen hit, but overall details are scarce.

Injuries happened during the contest as well, as Patrick Sharp and Andrew Shaw are now day-to-day with mystery ailments. While Joel Quenneville indicates that Shaw and Hossa aren’t in too bad a place he said Sharpie might “miss some time.”

PRONGER PROLONGED NO LONGER

Well, it finally happened: Chris Pronger is calling it a career. Like Scott Stevens and many other bruisers before him, a career full of delivering bone-crushing hits also impacted his health to the point of ending his playing days.

There are plenty of fans who won’t even pause before saying “good riddance.” That’s understandable, but Pronger was a special player. He won a Hart Trophy, probably should own a Conn Smythe and brought underrated offense to the table as well.

If you put a gun to my head and asked me to name two defensemen from the last 20 years to save my life, Pronger would be in that duo. He was pretty great for fantasy reasons during his prime, too.

INJURY NOTES (full list) and QUICK HITS

There’s still nothing particularly concrete on Marc Staal, other than that the New York Rangers expect him to make a “full recovery.” Not sure what that means, although considering his already marginal fantasy value at the moment, it’s OK to drop him. It’s probably telling that the Blueshirts claimed Roman Hamrlik off of waivers, by the way … Martin Brodeur is somewhere between day-to-day and out a month. Fantastic … Jonas Hiller continues to encroach on Viktor Fasth’s territory (in other words, he’s slowly taking his No. 1 job back). While Fasth could very well remain valuable, hopefully you’ve at least thrown a few feelers out to see if you can sell high on the unproven “rookie” … Sounds like Ville Leino might return by Sunday. Laugh all you want, but it’s at least worth keeping an eye on him in deep leagues, especially with a clean slate and a different head coach … Ryan Getzlaf’s accountant must be beaming: 15 points in his last eight games. Wow.



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James O'Brien is the Hockey Daily Dose's author and has been a contributor to NBC's Pro Hockey Talk for more than two years. Follow him on Twitter.
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