November 12, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Monday, Nov. 12

By Jesse Connolly

Ryan Miller (right) still respected Milan Lucic when this photo was taken. (Getty Images)

Good reads

  • Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin, two members of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s class of 2012 and former Nordiques teammates, want to see the NHL return to Quebec City.

  • CSN’s Joe Haggerty weighs in on the stalemate the NHL and NHLPA have reached in their ever-frustrating negotiations.

  • Canadiens prospect Blake Geoffrion is out of intensive care and expected to make a full recovery after having surgery for a depressed skull fracture.

  • Great story in the Providence Journal on P-Bruins enforcer Bobby Robins and his aspirations to be a writer.

Quick hits

  • Kevin Hayes (Dorchester, Mass.) had a goal and an assist, while Parker Milner stopped 25-of-27 as BC defeated archrival BU on Sunday night in their first matchup of the season. The Eagles improved to 8-1-0 overall on the season.

  • Dartmouth topped Union by a score of 3-2 on Saturday and leapfrogged the Dutchmen to take over first place in the ECAC standings. Sophomore forward Brandon McNally (Saugus, Mass.) had a goal and an assist for the Big Green.

History lesson

  • On this day last year, Ryan Miller let the media in the visiting locker room at TD Garden know he thought Milan Lucic was a gutless piece of you know what. In the first period of Boston’s eventual 6-2 win that night, Lucic barreled into the Sabres netminder out near the faceoff circle and lit a fire under the season series between the two clubs.

Today on NEHJ

  • Later today I’ll have a recap of this weekend's action in the American Hockey League in the latest AHL Journal.

  • Kirk Luedeke will offer up his Texas take in the latest installment of Deep in the Heart of Hockey.

Entirely off-topic

  • After 35 years together – the last 15 of which have featured a string of singers that could never live up to Michael Hutchence’s legacy -- INXS is calling it quits.

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