-Sidney Crosby might want to avoid fighting given the injuries to teammates like Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar.
-Speaking of Crosby and fighting, his opponent in Saturday's bout, Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky (above, with Crosby), admitted that he didn't have his jersey tied down.
-Does Alex Goligoski merit some consideration for the United States' Olympic roster?
-A reader sends an epic jersey foul to The Pensblog.
-This guy apparently thought there was a White 'Aht' for Saturday's game:
(Kudos to Pittsburgh Sports and Mini Ponies for the find.)
-By the sounds of things, the Wheeling Nailers are on the verge of some significant changes.
-"The doctors told me that I needed less than three months to recover from. I need time to decide if I want to pursue my career." - Former Penguins defenseman Darius Kasparaitis on a knee injury he suffered in a KHL game earlier this season.
-Former Penguins forward Bryan Smolinski signed with the Flint Generals of the IHL.
-You haven't met a Penguins fan quite like Derry native Pat Celesnik.
-Jeff Carter and William Wallace Mike Richards each had two goals and an assist for the Flyers in a 6-2 romp of the Lightning. Jon Voight Scott Hartnell added a goal and two assists while teammate James van Riemsdyk recorded three assists.
-Forward David Laliberte also scored a goal for the second consecutive game. He became the first Flyers rookie to score in his first two NHL games since Eric Lindros in 1992.
-Laliberte chose an odd time to start a staring contest with teammate Ray Emery:
-Why is just about everyone on the Flyers' bench giving the stink eye to van Riemsyk and Carter:
-Emery didn't have trouble locating this shot by Lightning defenseman Andrej Meszaros:
-Meszaros was rolling his eyes at the Flyers' gossip circle:
-After 861 career games, Islanders defenseman Brendan Witt finally recorded the first two-goal games of his career in New York's 3-1 defeat of the Oilers. Captain Doug Weight recorded two assists for the Islanders who have won four consecutive games.
-Witt's "shrug" reaction to the second goal is priceless.
-Witt's hair has apparently made it impossible for him to wear a helmet in a typical fashion:
-Yesterday's needless fight after a clean, legal hit is brought to you by Oilers forward Jean-Francois Jacque who jumped Islanders defenseman Andy Sutton after a check on Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert:
-Jacque was given an instigator and and a 10-minute misconduct for the fight.
-Islanders forward and former Penguin Jon Sim either lost some teeth or he's went all "Hartnell" on someone despite only having one tooth:
-A couple of cool shots of the Islanders' bench:
-Flyers forward Simon Gagne is expected to miss six to eight weeks following hernia and abdominal surgery.
-Devils forward Patrik Elias resumed practicing for the first time since offseason hip and groin surgeries.
-Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel could to make his Toronto debut against the Lightning tonight. Acquired from the Bruins in a preseason trade, Kessel missed the first month of the season due to a shoulder injury.
-According to RDS, the Canadiens will recall defenseman Mathieu Carle from Hamilton of the AHL to replace former Penguins defenseman Hal Gill who injured a foot after getting hit by a shot in practice.
-The Canadiens demoted their last remaining Kostitsyn - Andrei - to the fourth line.
-After being shut out by the Rangers Sunday, the Bruins have combined former Penguins forward Mark Recchi (right) with Patrice Bergeron and Marco Sturm on the team's top line.
-The Capitals officially listed forward Alex Ovechkin as "week-to-week" with an "upper-body" strain.
-IMG, a little agency that represents some guys named Tiger Woods and Roger Federer, has signed a deal with Ovechkin.
-And yet another franchise star player goes down. Hurricanes forward Eric Staal is expected to miss some games due to an "upper-body" injury. Staal will have a consecutive games streak of 349 games snapped.
-"Tonight was an alarming message where we are going." - Lightning coach and former Penguins forward Rick Tocchet ripping his team after yesterday's loss in Philadelphia.
-No wonder Martin St. Louis and the Lightning can't score. They don't keep their eyes open when the shoot:
-"I didn’t want to have stitches because I really don’t like needles that much." - Thrashers forward and former Penguin Colby Armstrong explaining why he prefers to glue cuts on his face shut.
-And yet another franchise star player goes down. Predators defenseman Shea Weber is expected to miss one to two weeks due to a foot injury.
-"It’s got to be a rule. If I’m looking to my left and someone’s coming from my right — if he hits me, it’s his responsibility to hit me from the shoulder down." - Red Wings general manager Ken Holland explaining his position on hits to the head.
-Injured Blackhawks forwards Jonathan Toews, left, and Adam Burish apparently have a problem with their pets' heads falling off:
-Speaking of Toews, he has yet to return to the ice after suffering a concussion Oct. 21 in Vancouver.
-Blue Jackets forward Jakub Voracek is going all Jaromir Jagr with his hair.
-After forward Michael Grabner tore ankle ligaments in a pregame soccer warm-up, the Canucks signed forwrd Matt Pettinger from their AHL affiliate in Manitoba.
-Could the hot start of Avlanche goaltender Craig Anderson merit him a spot on the United States' Olympic roster.
-Flames coach Brent Sutter went all Herb Brooks on his team after back-to-back home losses at home.
-Two goals and two assists from Ryan Smyth (above) helped the Kings come back for a 5-3 win at Phoenix. Teammates Anze Kopitar added a goal and two assists while Drew Doughty contributed a goal and an assist. Captain Shane Doan led the Coyotes with a goal and an assist.
-Yesterday's second needless fight after a clean hit is brought to you by Kings forward Raitis Ivanans who went after Coyotes forward and former Penguin Paul Bissonnette after a hit to Kings forward Brad Richardson:
-Kudos to Bissonnette for landing a nice hit on a much larger opponent.
-Ivanans was not given an instigator despite the fact he started the fight.
-Two good photos of this fight:
-Lots of cool photos from this game.
-Phoenix's Scottie Upshall reacted negatively to the halitosis of teammate Adrian Aucoin:
-Anze Kopitar stretching:
-Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick stretching:
-Coyotes goaltender Jason LaBarbera in the spotlight:
-The Kings during the national anthem:
-Phoenix's Taylor Pyatt taking the ice:
-Phoenix's Keith Yandle and his shadow:
-A U.S. Bankruptcy Court officially approved the sale of the Coyotes to the NHL. The league eventually hopes to sell to another owner who will keep the team in Arizona.
-"He understands positioning, he understands what he’s doing." - Coyotes coach and former Penguins forward Dave Tippett on Bissonnette.
-The Sharks demoted forwards Logan Couture and Jamie McGinn to Worcester of the AHL.
-Is the NHL's condensed schedule the reason for all of the injuries.
-Has the NHLPA become a joke?
(Photos: Crosby and Zidlicky-Keith Srakocic/Associated Press; Emery, van Riemsdyk, Emery, Meszaros and St. Louis-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Witt, Sim and Islanders bench-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Recchi-Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press; Toews and Burrish-Chicago Blackhawks; Smyth, Bissonnette first, Aucoin, Kopitar, Quick, faceoff, LaBarbera, anthem, Pyatt and Yandle-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Bissonnette second-Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press)