November 20, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Tuesday, Nov. 20

By Jesse Connolly

Claude Giroux would also like to be on the cover of NBA Jam. (Getty Images)

Good reads

  • So, the lockout talks resumed on Monday night. The NHL asked the NHLPA if they had an offer. One can only assume they replied, “I didn’t know we were supposed to bring one!” The two sides will be meeting again on Wednesday.

  • Providence College alum Jay Leach, who spent a few years in the Bruins’ organization, reflects on playing in his 700th game as a pro.

  • Flyers forward and NHL 13 cover boy Claude Giroux, who’s quickly asserted himself as one of the top players in the game, is returning from Germany to North America to see a concussion specialist. Cue conspiracy theorists blaming EA Sports!

  • Walpole Express forward David Goff earned co-Offensive Player of the Week honors in the AJHL.

Quick hits

  • The Manchester Monarchs will visit the Portland Pirates in a rare Tuesday tilt at 7 o’clock tonight. The Monarchs will look to put an end to their three-game losing streak, during which they’ve scored just three goals.

  • Speaking of rare Tuesday games, a trio of Hockey East teams will be in action tonight. UMass hosts Vermont, while Providence welcomes Quinnipiac to town. Vermont earned its second win of the season Sunday with a 3-2 victory over Northeastern. Providence’s last game also came against NU. The Friars won 6-2, undoubtedly raising their confidence after getting shutout in each of their two previous tilts.

History lesson

  • On this day in 2010, the Kings blew a 3-0 lead but hung on to beat the Bruins by a score of 4-3 in the shootout. Jonathan Quick (Hamden, Conn.) stopped 38-of-41 for Los Angeles. Blake Wheeler had a goal and an assist for the B’s.

Today on NEHJ

  • We’ll have Mike Zhe’s latest Division 3 Journal, featuring Westfield State.

  • Also on the docket is this month’s Hangin’ Out from the November issue of the magazine, featuring Penguins winger Benn Ferriero (Essex, Mass.).

Entirely off-topic

  • Not a whole lot going on today that I find share-worthy, so here’s what I think is the most impressively choreographed music video of all time: