Â• Atlanta Thrashers forward Glen Metropolit is a very happy man this morning. The ex-Capital, who spent three years playing in Europe after Washington cut him loose in 2003, had an assist and the game-winning goal against his former team last night. If revenge is a dish best served cold, there’s no better place to serve it than an NHL arena.
Â• The NHL’s schedule maker has taken a lot of heat this season, and deservedly so. But kicking off a U.S. holiday with 14 games in the same night is a step in the right direction. Such a setup rewards hardcore hockey nuts with more choices while channel surfing across the Center Ice satellite package, while delivering a slew of highlights for casual fans on regular TV at the same time.
Â• I vote on the weekly Trophy Tracker feature for The Globe & Mail’s website and last week I included a Hart Trophy nomination for Ryan Miller. He may not wind up winning the real honor, but if you watched Miller stymie the Maple Leafs last night en route to a 7-4 win for his team, you see he is the engine that drives the powerhouse Sabres.
Â• After a slow start to the season, the Hurricanes have been on a roll of late, winning seven of their previous 11 games heading into last night. However, the Islanders out-shot Carolina 48-15 and doubled them up 4-2 to send the Â‘Canes on a two-game losing skid. And nobody was more victimized by their embarrassing lethargy than poor John Grahame, who turned aside 44 shots and still got the loss hung on him.