November 28, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Wednesday, Nov. 28

By Jesse Connolly

Dennis Seidenberg pounds on Colby Armstrong, who is no longer a member of the highest-valued team in the National Hockey League. (Getty Images)

Good reads

  • Forbes has ranked the NHL’s 30 teams by their dollar value. They’ve got the Maple Leafs pegged as the first hockey team worth a billion bucks.

  • If the lockout drags on, Minnesota Wild employees will be whacked with a 20 percent pay cut.

  • Great story in the New York Times on how, in the wake of last year’s tragedy, coach Tom Rowe (Lynn, Mass.) is leading Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to success.

  • Six of the 12 teams in ECAC Hockey are ranked in the current national polls. Impressive!

Quick hits

  • The NHL and the players’ union are set to meet with a federal mediator this afternoon.

History lesson

  • On this day in 2009, the Bruins scored three power-play goals (honest to God!) against the Senators, but Milan Michalek buried the equalizer for Ottawa with 20 ticks left. Things went to the shootout where Michael Ryder – Boston’s fourth shooter – beat Brian Elliott before Tim Thomas stopped Carrie Underwood’s husband, securing a 4-3 victory for the B’s.

Today on NEHJ

  • First we’ll have Shawn Hutcheon’s latest Juniors Journal, which discusses the formation of the USPHL here in New England.

  • Later on today we’ll have this week’s Women’s Journal from Kat Hasenauer Cornetta, who salutes three standout sophomores.

Entirely off-topic

  • Who cares if the odds are 175 million to one, or that I haven’t actually bought a ticket. I’m still going to contemplate what life would be like if I win tonight’s Powerball drawing, which is expected to have a $500 million jackpot.

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