While the lockout carries on, Matt Martin and a bunch of other NHLers will play a competitive game tonight (as competitive as you can get when a "Jersey Shore" character is one of the coaches).
Operation Hat Trick, which began as a semi-organized scrimmage for locked-out NHLers but then became something more after Hurricane Sandy, will benefit relief efforts for victims of that storm. A sellout of 10,000 are expected at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, featuring "Team New York" versus "Team New Jersey/Philadelphia."
For Islanders fans, Matt Martin and perhaps ex-Isle Taylor Pyatt and Long Island hockey product Mike Komisarek are the only players of rooting interest on Team New York. Check full details at Broad Street Hockey here.
Sound Tigers Loss to Whale, at Binghamtom Saturday
Back to games that count in the standings, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers are back in action with a chance to redeem two consecutive losses that sting: Wednesday's 5-1 clunker against the Phantoms, and Saturday night's wild 7-5, come-from-behind-and-from-ahead loss to the Connecticut Whale.
Despite the five goals scored (a Swedish overload), non-Swede Nino Niederreiter's scoring streak came to an end Friday. Out of respect for Frans Nielsen.
Whale Post-Mortem: Box score | Game sheet | Official site recap/quotes | Post coverage focused on the chaos, some chants for Bettman's job, and disturbing slow starts | Soundin Off blog | the lines going in | Micheal Haley on returning to the Bridge
For the game in Binghamton, Michael Fornabaio will do a live blog via radio at Soundin' Off.
Griffin Reinhart had a nice game in Edmonton's 5-1 thumping of Moose Jaw Friday night [video], and his Oil Kings are in action again tonight against Medicine Hat. ... Brenden Kichton had a goal and an assist in Spokane's OT loss to Medicine Hat, and he's up to 28 points in 24 games. The two teams square off in the rematch tonight.
In the OHL, Ryan Strome just kept on with it, notching another two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win over Belleville. His Niagara IceDogs face Sudbury Saturday night. ... After facing each other Friday night (Andrei Pedan's Guelph Storm beat Adam Pelech's Erie Otters 3-2), Erie plays Kitchener and Guelph faces Ottawa Saturday night.