By Michael Russo
I’ll be on KFAN later this 2 o’clock hour.
Hello, hello from balmy, beautiful Denver, where the Wild and Avs are prepping for Game 3 tonight — the first of back-to-backs in the Western Conference quarterfinals.
Branko Radivojevic (knee) is out tonight, and likely out tomorrow. Aaron Voros has been told he’s playing, and Jacques Lemaire said after Friday’s game Chris Simon would play.
However, this morning Lemaire was noncommittal when it came to his lineup. He said he’d dress 21 players during warmups, meaning one extra guy.
It sounds like the extra will be right-handed shot Matt Foy. Lemaire said he’s not happy with the way left wing Stephane Veilleux’s been playing at right wing. In order to remedy that, it appears as if Lemaire’s considering playing Foy so Veilleux can switch back to left wing.
Still, Radivojevic is a serious loss. Now, the Wild essentially won’t have a checking line, and considering Colorado has two first lines, you can’t have enough checking lines.
Lemaire went on and on about the impressive play of defensemen Kim Johnsson, Martin Skoula and Brent Burns this morning, as well as the play of Brian Rolston — who’s been tremendous.
Rolston’s played a part in all five of the Wild’s goals.
As for Colorado, it sounded like there’s a chance Jordan Leopold could get into the Avs’ lineup, but that’s not confirmed.
Also, Wyatt Smith is on Colorado’s taxi squad now that Cleveland’s season is over.
In other news, have you ever heard of a league arbitrarily inserting a rule in the middle of the postseason? But after Sean Avery’s unsportsmanlike attempt to throw Martin Brodeur off his game yesterday by jumping up and down, waving his arms and fake slashing him in the head, the NHL has added the following rule:
MEDIA ADVISORY –
INTERPRETATION OF RULE 75 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
NEW YORK/TORONTO (April 14, 2008) — National Hockey League Senior
Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell
today issued the following advisory on the interpretation of Rule 75 -
Unsportsmanlike Conduct: “An unsportsmanlike conduct minor penalty (Rule
75) will be interpreted and applied, effective immediately, to a situation
when an offensive player positions himself facing the opposition goaltender
and engages in actions such as waving his arms or stick in front of the
goaltender’s face, for the purpose of improperly interfering with and/or
distracting the goaltender as opposed to positioning himself to try to make a play.”
That’s it for now.