Thank you, Mikko Koivu!
Look, we're not ones to celebrate an injury to any player, especially one to an affable Fin such as Koivu (we're not that depraved!). That said, the Scott-Hartnell-for-All-Star campaign was a real nice change of pace for the Flyers' winger, who was skating the "checking/energy" guys only a few months ago.
Since moving up to the top line with Giroux and Jagr, Hartnell has looked like a player legitimately capable of hitting the 30 goal mark for the second time in his career. With higher point totals than multiple members of the All-Star roster, Hartsy's exclusion from the game has been rightly considered a snub, though we have a feeling his on-ice attitude may have been a factor.
Well, with Koivu out for at least the next two weeks with an upper-body injury (rumors say it's a shoulder issue), the NHL now has a chance to reconsider and put Bird Dog in his very first All-Star game.
Frank Seravalli of the Daily News lists the potential candidates to replace Koivu here, mentioning that the league could opt for the Wild's Danny Heatley in an effort to keep each team represented. The Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk and ex-Flyer, current-Florida Panther Kris Versteeg are also named as possible subs.
For reference, as of the January 12th roster announcement, Hartnell's 37 points were higher than the totals for eight members of the team, including the now injured Koivu. Unfortunately for Hartnell's chances, however, there are plenty of other players throughout the league with similar point totals and substantially less checkered resumes.
We'll hold out hope; we just won't hold our breath.
>>>Hartnell to Get All-Star Call? [DN]
ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.
Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.
Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.
The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.
Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).
Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.
Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.
The Coyotes have won four of their last six.
Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.
Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).
Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.
After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.
Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.
"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.
"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."
Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below.
Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.