We've had quite a few productive (and heated) conversations on the blog this week, and we've asked many tough questions. Will Justin Schultz ever join the Ducks? Was Kyle Palmieri's breakout game a fluke? Trouba or Dumba or Reinhart? Is Bob Murray the devil or the team scapegoat? Should the phrase 'Perry-first myopia' be included in the OED?
That last question is the most important, of course.
- Justin Schultz has been selected as a finalist for the Hobey Baker, which is an award given to the best player in college hockey. The field of finalists will be narrowed to three (also known as the 'Hobey Hat Trick') on March 29th, and the winner will be announced on April 6th (during the NCAA Frozen Four in Tampa, Florida). [OC Register]
- Justin Schultz continues to weigh his options. [FS West]
- Some notes on the Kings-Ducks rivalry (oh yeah, we're playing them tonight!). They currently lead the season series, 4-1. [LA Times]
- Jonas Hiller is going the distance, and could potentially make his 31st consecutive start tonight. [LA Times]
- Read the Backhand Shelf's Chris Lund praise Jake Gardiner and resist the desire to jump in a body of water. [Backhand Shelf]
- The Hockey Writers' Amos Legault discusses Kyle Palmieri, Peter Holland, Emerson Etem, and the likelihood of Teemu Selanne's return. [The Hockey Writers]
Igor Bobkov reflects upon his time with the Kingston Frontenacs. He will play two more games with the Fronts before reporting to the Crunch. [The Kingston Whig Standard]
- Fill the boot at the game tonight! Anaheim firefighters will be collecting donations (in the aforementioned boots) for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). [Anaheim Ducks]
- And Sunday's game against Nashville is CHOC (Children's Hospital of Orange County) Night. [Anaheim Ducks]
- Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward earned his 200th career win and 20th career shutout in a 2-0 victory against the St. Louis Blues last night. [Canes Country]
- Trouble in Vancouver: Canucks coach Alain Vigneault has called out the Sedins, Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa, and Roberto Luongo in the local press. Ruh-roh. [Nucks Misconduct]