December 11, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Tuesday, Dec. 11

By Jesse Connolly

Thy must bow whenever in the presence of this Garden legend! (Getty Images)

Good reads

  • The NHL and NHLPA will be sitting down to talk again on Wednesday at an undisclosed location. Kevin Allen breaks down what the two sides have left to hammer out.

  • Have you caught wind of the Just Drop It initiative yet? Greg Wyshynski details how a group of NHL fans plan to boycott the lockout when the NHL reopens its doors.

  • The Worcester Sharks have signed Garden legend Rene Rancourt to a one-game ATO. That’s an Anthem Tryout Agreement, if you were wondering.

Quick hits

  • Speaking of the AHL, two of New England’s squads will be in action tonight. The Sound Tigers will pay a visit to Portland to take on the Pirates. Colin McDonald (New Haven, Conn.) had two goals and two assists for Bridgeport on Sunday in a 7-2 victory over the Crunch. The win ended an eight-game losing streak for the Sound Tigers.

  • Merrimack will look to pick up just their second win in their last nine games when they play host to Army tonight. The Warriors have scored just 13 goals during their current 1-5-6 run, which includes a 3-1 loss to the USA Under-18 Team in an exhibition game on Saturday.

History lesson

  • Happy birthday to Jean-Paul Parise, who turns 71 today. Zach Parise’s dad played in a combined 21 games for the Bruins during the 1965-66 and 1966-67 campaigns. Most of his NHL career was spent with the Minnesota North Stars. He finished with 594 points in 890 NHL games. He also had a rad nickname: Jeep.

Today on NEHJ

  • Stay tuned for Mike Zhe’s latest prep journal and power rankings, as well as this week’s Division 3 journal.

Entirely off-topic

  • Prepare to have your mind blown. Storage Wars … (dramatic pause) … is completely staged! Can you freakin’ believe it!?

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