January 18, 2013

Opening Faceoff: Friday, Jan. 18

By Jesse Connolly

Rick Nash will be making his debut as a New York Ranger at TD Garden Saturday. (Getty Images)

Good reads

  • The NHL took out full-page newspaper ads throughout the U.S. and Canada to apologize for the lockout.

  • Oh, wow. The Bruins are atop NHL.com’s initial power rankings.

  • Hey, Rick Nash. The lights are a lot brighter on Broadway than they were back in Columbus. USA Today’s Kevin Allen has the story on the Rangers newcomer heading onto the big stage.

Quick hits

  • UMass Lowell extended its winning streak to eight games last night, beating Providence by a score of 2-1. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 31-of-32 in the win for the River Hawks. Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) took the loss despite a 48-save effort.

  • The Monarchs will look to put an end to a two-game skid when they visit the Sharks in Worcester tonight. Manchester has won just twice in their seven matchups so far this season.

History lesson

  • On this day in 1999, the Bruins beat the living daylights out of the Nashville Predators, running away with an 8-1 win at the FleetCenter. Steve Heinze (Lawrence, Mass.) had two goals for Boston. A total of 14 Bruins had at least a point.

Today on NEHJ

  • We’ll have Andy Merritt’s latest Hockey East Journal and this week’s college hockey power rankings.

Entirely off-topic

  • This is amazing. On Thursday, May 23, the Florence Freedom will be giving away the Manti Te'o Girlfriend Bobblehead to the first 1000 fans through the gates. Yes, the minor-league baseball team says, the box will be empty.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.