While HF29 is in the land of 56k modems, I'll be keeping you company in the mornings for a few days. Don't worry, he'll be back soon. Let's review what happened while you and I were sleeping and/or recovering from a turkey coma:
- Might Mite Martin Raymond gets his first career hat trick in the Canucks 5-1 win over the Flames. Let's hope it's a preview of a future Bobby Lou-Kipper match-up in February.
- Leafs beat the Pens 4-3; Boston and Buffalo also win. Wasn't it supposed to be the Northleast Division? Let's hope this isn't a sign of things to come.
- Pat Kane has a pair in the Hawks 4-3 win over the Preds. Let's hope he cools off before February.
- Swedes name their Olympic roster, notably absent: I'd say no one, but apparently Mikeal Samulsson doesn't agree. Way to support your country, douchebag.
- Not only do the Russians name Markov to the team, but another Habs draft pick who never moved West in Konstantin Korneyev. Fuck me the Russians have a scary offense. No Kovy or Bulin Wall, though. Let's hope that comes back to bit them (unlikely).
- Can you tell we're starting to get pumped about Olympic hockey?
- Speaking of international puck, over at the WJC: if you missed Canada hammering Latvia 16-0 on Boxing Day, there will probably be another lopsided score in today's game against Switzerland. Let's hope the Americans haven't figured out how to win at the WJC as the USA is now 3-0.
Last but certainly not least, The Little Giant may be back against Ottawa tonight! FYI, Scott Gomez just splooged reading that sentence. Check back for a real game preview later.