Morning Reading List
The first reading list of 2009 starts with a look at Nicklas Backstrom, who has come into his own during his sophomore season. The important thing here isn't only his stats, which are steadily increasing, but his on-ice vision that continues to improve with each hidden pass he slips through bewildered opponents.
*Tis the season to reminisce and Mike Vogel does the job only he could do in remembering the four seasons that brought the Caps to this one with high expectations and nine wins in their past 10 games.
Lightning Cliff notes:
*Tampa Bay might be finding some solace and hope of saving their season in what the Capitals were able to accomplish in the second half of last year.
*Although the Lightning lost their last game 2-1 in a shootout with Montreal they won the three contests that preceded it. Here are what Tampa Bay's lines looked like in yesterday's practice and an injury update.
*Keep an eye on right wing Evgeny Artyukhin, who has made his presence known both physically and with two goals and two assists in the four games since he was reinserted in the lineup.
*Team Canada comes back from a three-goal deficit to defeat Team USA 7-4 yesterday in the World Junior Championships. Check out video highlights here (which has the clip of the stick to Chris DiDomenico's face followed by Stefan Della Rovere's hit on James vanRiemsdyk at about the 1:15 mark) and the extended highlights here.
*In case you're just picking up the WJC now, here's the hot list of players through the preliminary round.
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