NHL Blog Beat – Monday, March 4, 2013.

Roundup of the weekend’s notable news, Absurd Goalie Monday, plus commentary on Cody Hodgson, Jonathan Huberdeau, Alexander Semin, and more.

Cody Hodgson has been among the few bright spots in the Sabres season.

Cody Hodgson has been among the few bright spots in the Sabres season.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne provides a roundup of this past weekend’s notable NHL news, and Daniel Wagner considers Buffalo Sabres center Cody Hodgson the favorite for NHL sophomore of the year.

CBSSPORTS EYE ON HOCKEY: Brian Staubitz observes the Detroit Red Wings – Chicago Blackhawks rivalry would be a notable casualty of NHL realignment.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scott Wazz notes the Winnipeg Jets may no longer be the Atlanta Thrashers, but they’re still a struggling team. He also reviews the career of former Rangers goalie Jimmy Franks in Absurd Goalie Monday.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Luke Dixon weighs the chances for Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau to win NHL rookie of the year honors.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Andrew Berkshire notes the Montreal Canadiens currently have the second best points streak in the league.

BROAD STREET HOCKEY: A breakdown of how the play of Flyers pest Zac Rinaldo has been improving of late.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Terry Campkin rates Alexander Semin as the fantasy hockey “Geek of the Week”.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier commemorates the anniversary of the first recorded indoor hockey game.