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Detroit has the octopus, Nashville has the catfish.
It's become a tradition in Nashville in recent years to launch a catfish onto the ice during Predators games, and during their 1-0 loss to the Canucks on Friday night one made an appearance with two minutes to play in the game. That means some fan had that stinking fish sitting with him for almost an entire game. Not sure if that's worse for him, or the people sitting around him. Probably the people sitting around him. [Recap]
In case you missed it last night a shootout in the ECHL lasted 21 rounds and required 42 shooters. That is nuts. [Chris Peters]
And speaking of nuts, there was this incredible stick save by University of Denver goaltender Juho Olkinuora. [Chris Peters]
If Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is out for an extended period of time Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said he will move Brandon Sutter up to the second line and insert Dustin Jeffrey into the third line. That's quite a drop in talent. It's also where Pittsburgh -- for as good as Sutter has been this season -- misses the presence of Jordan Staal in their lineup.
Jacob Markstrom made his season debut and did everything he could for the Panthers on Friday night, stopping 37 of the 40 shots he faced, but received little help from his offense (only one goal on 23 shots) or defense (he had to face 40 shots). [Recap]
Panthers coach Kevin Dineen was less than thrilled with the officiating in that game.
"It's frustrating, certainly when the game was decided on the tempo and that penalty was big at the end,'' Dineen said, "especially since there was a non-call for us when a guy attacks Gudbranson after a clean hit. And then they score a goal when they whack at our goalie three times.
"Our guy goes down and he doesn't blow the whistle. It's a tough one to take, but that's the nature of it. You have to understand where your place is and just go out and play the game.'' [Miami Herald]
Saturday schedule (all times ET)
New Jersey at Washington (12 p.m.)
Winnipeg at Philadelphia (1 p.m.)
Phoenix at Edmonton (3:30 p.m.)
Colorado at Los Angeles (4 p.m.)
New York Islanders at Buffalo (7 p.m.)
Tampa Bay at Carolina (7 p.m.)
Toronto at Ottawa (7 p.m.)
New York Rangers at Montreal (7 p.m.)
Nashville at Detroit (7 p.m.)
San Jose at Dallas (8 p.m.)
Columbus at St. Louis (8 p.m.)
Minnesota at Calgary (10 p.m.)