by Joe Lami
photo credit google images of the Chicago Blackhawks Duncan Keith
SAN JOSE–Taking a look around the NHL headlines the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith will be out four to six weeks for right knee surgery. Keith will be missed out of that Hawks line up as they will need that experienced defenseman up front. Keith has two assists in six games and his absence will have an impact on the Hawks.
On Monday night Antti Raanta a back up goalie for the New York Rangers proved his worth throwing a shutout against one of the hottest teams in the NHL at the time the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks have been bitten by the injury bug during the last road trip and are missing some players on the top lines. Raanta stopped all of the Sharks 22 shots for the 4-0 shutout.
NHL players polled on which rink in the NHL had the worst ice while a majority of them say Florida. The poll had the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on the worst ice list. The Kings had to cancel two practices this month due to soft ice. The Kings have been struggling of late and losing their opener to San Jose 5-1 kind of started things in motion.
The Montreal Candiens have the hottest hand in ice hockey right now (7-0), the Habs with net minder Carey Price between the pipes has helped them create some good defense in front and they also beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Monday night. Staying the course with seven wins and no defeats takes a lot of strength, stamina, and endurance. The Habs are getting great offensive help from PK Subban and Max Pacioretty.
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