As I sit in a hotel room in Nashville waiting for today’s practice later this afternoon (2 p.m. Eastern time), I will pose a question for the story I’m working on for today/tomorrow.
The Colby Armstrong-Jim Slater-Evander Kane line has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in the past five games since being combined. Got a name for the line? The working title is the ASK line, but certainly we can do better than that. Let me know what you think.
I asked coach John Anderson at yesterday’s morning skate if the play of Slater is one of the reasons he’s had to sit players such as Todd White and Slava Kozvlov. Slater has played the past 15 games after sitting 21 of the first 38 games. Here is his answer:
“No question he has really upped his game. Not only is he playing great defensively, but he has been scoring goals. Right now, he’s one of the top faceoff men in the league. When you have all those things going for you, it’s hard to keep him out of the lineup.”
Some other things to look for (while I wait to get snowed in here).
I will have a overview of where the Ilya Kovalchuk negotiations stand with the Olympic break just around the corner. That will be the NHL Insider column for Sunday’s paper.
My feature on Marty Reasoner is scheduled to run in Monday’s paper. Should be online before that.
I’ll let you know if I run into anyone on the street when I walk the four blocks to the arena. Any chance Ozzy does a book signing in Nashville?
Looking forward to your [printable/useable] recommendations on the name for the line.