Lot's of leftovers still to be had.
His left eye was red and nearly swollen shut. He is recovering from a second scratched cornea in a matter of weeks.
"This is the first day I've really been able to do anything," said Cleary, who simply worked off ice. "It almost hurts to keep it (the eye) open. I can't see out of my left eye. Skating probably wouldn't be the best option" (detnews.com).
Gross. I wonder if it bares resemblance to THIS (OH MY GOD DON'T LOOK, AHHHHH, JESUS--)
Nick Kronwall is hitting his stride again. That "stride", of course, has run through some opposing players the last few games.
I was struggling big-time, no doubt about that. I wish I had an answer for why, but if I had that, it would have been easier to adjust."
Kronwall, who laid out opponents in the playoffs with tremendous open-ice hits, also has been getting more involved physically.
"The last two games was pretty much the first open-ice hits I had all year, and that's just how the game is played sometimes," he said. "The more comfortable you feel out there, the easier it is to read when to step up and when not to step up" (freep).
Kronwall has logged an average of 23:07 minutes of ice time, second to Nick Sr.
Meech (healthy scratch)
Conklin (starts) (RWC)
Sammy (15 points in 16 games (??)) gets some 2nd line duty again, and the Grind Line will bring up the rear.
Oiler's power forward Dustin Penner benched for tonight's game in favor of newcomer Liam Reddox. Penner has two points since scoring two goals on opening night.
Called up from the Oilers AHL affiliate in Springfield on Tuesday to inject energy into a stagnant lineup, Reddox, 22, scored his first NHL goal midway through the second period (Edmonton Sun).
Recap late tonight.
Another aspect of Hossa that has impressed fans, teammates, and the media alike is his infectious and down-to-earth personality that seems ncharacteristic with a star of this magnitude.
"I knew he was a really good player when he got here, but I didn't realize that he was this good," Niklas Kronwall said. "I mean, he's so strong on the puck, even just going against him in practice, it's amazing how strong he is.
"And then not only is he just an unbelievable player, but the type of person he is, I mean, he is just the nicest guy to everyone. He's not cocky. He's not one of those divas that some great players are."