OK. We’re going dim sum style today:
- Does anyone else feel the Alex Ovechkin-Evgeni Malkin is either entirely faked or will end with one of them getting shot in Las Vegas?
- Flyer Scott Hartnell gets awful stage fright in shootout/penalty shot situations. Unlike a breakaway, where you’re just reacting, with shootouts/penalty shots, you have the opportunity to deke your own mind. And yes, I just gave away the title of my upcoming self-help book.
- The Arizona Republic has a shockingly good story on the nicknames of the various Phoenix Coyotes. Kyle Turris is known as Screech, which I suppose makes coach Wayne Gretzky Mr. Belding. Also, it’s poor form to give yourself a nickname, which I learned in the infamous 1993 “Ice Man” fiasco.
- Jim Kelley is not going to be seduced by the recent success of the Flames. Among other things, he’s concerned about their defense and goalie Miikka Kiprusoff’s playing time. Two-Line Pass is always on top of this sort of Flame news.