December 21, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Friday, Dec. 21

By Jesse Connolly

Max Sauve hasn't found the back of the net since Nov. 2. (Getty Images)

Good reads

  • In case you somehow missed it, the NHL canceled all games through Jan. 14 yesterday, meaning more than 50 percent of the season has been wiped out.

  • Nicholas Cotsonika explains why the league has set a soft deadline to get things done with the latest cancellations.

  • If you happen to have tickets to tomorrow’s game between the Binghamton Senators and Rochester Americans, the Sens have offered to reimburse fans 100 percent of the cost of tickets if the Mayans were right and the world ends today.

  • Connecticut Whale forward J.T. Miller is one of three returning players for Team USA at the World Juniors and hopes to lead his country to a much better showing this time around.

Quick hits

  • Just two points separate the fifth and 10th seeds in the AHL’s Eastern Conference. Fifth-place Providence will host the seventh-seeded Sharks tonight. Worcester won their first three matchups this season, but Providence came out on top in the shootout on Dec. 8. The P-Bruins could use a breakout game from Max Sauve, who hasn’t scored in 13 games.

History lesson

  • On this day in 1991, the Bruins doubled-up the Oilers by a score of 6-3 at Boston Garden. Edmonton, then in its first season without Mark Messier and two-plus years removed from Wayne Gretzky’s departure, still went on to reach the third round of the postseason. The B’s, who got three-assist nights from both Craig Janney and Glen Wesley in the game, would also reach the NHL semifinals the following spring. Both Edmonton and Boston, the two Cup finalists in 1988 and 1990, were swept out of the 1992 playoffs (by Chicago and Pittsburgh, respectively).

Today on NEHJ

  • We’ll have Andy Merritt’s latest Hockey East Journal and Shawn Hutcheon’s latest Juniors Journal, as he names his midseason All-Stars in the AJHL and EJHL.

Entirely off-topic

  • It was announced during the merciful series finale of Jersey Shore that Rebel Wilson, who had an over-the-top supporting role in Bridesmaids, will host the 2013 MTV Movie Awards. I assume the following video fully captures the world’s reaction to this news:

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