In today’s medley of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: Why the Penguins still win despite losing key players to injury…the pleasant surprise that is Evgeni Nabokov…Tom Benjamin’s opinion on several notable bits of NHL news…A look at some scary Canucks of the past…Habs win may have saved a number of jobs.


Despite injuries & suspensions, Penguins keep rolling.

PENSBURGH: “Hooks Orpik” on the reasons for the Penguins strong start despite missing stars like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and other to injuries or suspensions. One is they’ve bought into head coach Dan Bylma’s system, another is the strong player of James Neal, Chris Kunitz and Matt Cooke.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bottom line: the Penguins are winning as a team, and will only get better when Crosby returns and they ice a full lineup of their best players in the near future. I’m also of the opinion Dan Bylsma is currently the best coach in the league. 

LIGHTHOUSE HOCKEY: “Mark D” on the pleasantly surprising play of Evgeni Nabokov.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nabokov’s performance thus far has more than a few observers suggesting he could soon become trade bait, but that won’t happen until the Isles are either confident Rick DiPietro can stay healthy, or feel Kevin Poulin can be called up if DiPietro falls to yet another injury.

TOM BENJAMIN’S NHL BLOG: Tom weighs in on a number of topics, including the Habs firing of assistant coach Perry Pearn, the lousy ice at MSG despite their new renovations, and the number of struggling Canadian teams.

CANUCKS ARMY: “angus_j” presents “Scariest Canucks of the Past Decade, Part 1”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: You know there’s gonna be a sequel!

OFFSIDE: A SPORTS LAW BLOG: Eric Macramalla (Tongue in cheek) points out how many jobs were saved when the Canadiens finally won their first home game.