We watched some of the Packers-Vikings game yesterday and this was kind of rattling around our heads. Is it just us or does Vikings defensive end Jared Allen give you a little Maxime Talbot?
-Speaking of Talbot, unlike most of the other members of the Penguins, including Sidney Crosby, he voiced pretty strong displeasure with Marian Hossa's decision to leave the team in the offseason.
-Hossa on the other hand, doesn't know why he's so disliked by Penguins fans.
-As you may have heard, the Penguins play in Detroit tomorrow. Should be interesting.
Check out these photos EN readers were kind enough to share with us:
From Ian DeArdo who was at Saturday's Penguins-Islanders fray:
(Look at all those empty seats.)
From Jim Richey of Munhall who spotted a "Youngblood" jersey after Thusrday's game with Edmonton:
FOLLOW UP TO "HEADS UP"
Last month, we published the e-mail of a Penguins' fan who wrote to us after he was hit in the head with a puck during the Penguins' home opener against the Devils. He wrote us again with an update on his health and the Penguins' response to his situation:
"I am feeling better, thanks. I am still feeling slightly dizzy in the mornings when I wake up and on occasion, really at random times, throughout the day. Fortunately it is not very serious and I'm hoping it will go away soon. I shouldn't need any further medical treatment at this point... let's hope.
Oct. 31., I received a package from the Pens containing a Marc-Andre Fleury autographed puck along with a certificate of authenticity from the Pens. Also was a very brief but handwritten note from Erin Exley, the team's director of database marketing, who I had been in touch with. It basically said sorry for the delayed response, hope you're doing better."
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-Should Michel Therrien (right) have kept his mouth shut over Alexander Semin's fat mouth?
-Jordan Staal turned his game up against the Islanders Saturday.
-Eric Godard is digging Pittsburgh.
-The Penguins' third jersey is kind of popular.
-Mario Lemieux is kind of popular, even when he's just coaching his daughter.
-Despite two goals from Rob Sirianni, the Wheeling Nailers fell at Mississippi, 4-3.
-The Rangers recalled forward Lauri Korpikoski from Hartford of the AHL.
-The Devils recalled forward Patrick Davis and defenseman Jay Leach from Lowell of the AHL.
-Davis made his NHL debut last night.
-New Jersey defenseman Mike Mottau took a puck to the face last night. He is expected to be fine.
-Goaltender Alex Auld has helped the Senators rebound from a rough start.
-The Maple Leafs want Canadiens forward Tom Kostopoulos suspended for his violent hit against Toronto defenseman Mike Van Ryn Saturday.
-Would a second NHL team in Toronto be profitable?
-Marty Reasoner scored two goals and lifted the Thrashers to their fourth consectutive win, a 5-2 victory at Carolina.
-David Booth's hat trick gave the Panthers a 3-1 win at Anaheim. The win snapped a six-game winless streak for Florida.
-Lightning goaltender Olaf Kolzig will play his former team, the Capitals, tonight.
-How much of a tribute should the Capitals give Kolzig?
-Martin Havlat and Patrick Kane each recorded a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks in a 6-1 rout of the Flames.
-Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews finally scored his first goal of the season. And you thought Jordan Staal was off to a slow start.
-They sure like their organ music in Chicago.
-Blue Jackets rookie goaltender Steve Mason (right) is off to a 3-0-0 start in his career.
-A goal and an assist from Ales Hemsky and 37 saves by Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers helped the Oilers claim a 2-1 win at New Jersey.
-Drouin-Deslauriers had a strong game.
-It seems like we could put an Ales Hemsky highlight in this space every night he plays. Check out this goal he scored last night:
-If you haven't noticed, Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo has shutouts in his last three games.
-The Avalanche cut forward Scott Parker after he refused an assignment to Lake Erie of the AHL.
-Olli Jokinen had two goals and an assist for the Coyotes in a 4-2 defeat of the Sharks.
-Oilers great Glenn Anderson, junior hockey executive Ed Chynoweth, Russian pioneer Igor Larionov and former offiicial Ray Scapinello will be inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame tonight.
(Photos: Talbot-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Allen-Andy King/Associated Press; Therrien-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Mason-Jay LaPrete/Associated Press)