In some ways, Chris Pronger's knee injury could be a positive for the Blues. Obviously, they rely heavily on Pronger, their captain and second-leading point producer tied with fellow defenseman Al MacInnis with 41. But without him, other players must step up and take more responsibility and ice time. Assuming the Blues continue to win, those players will have more confidence and will be better players when Pronger returns. And even though Pronger is just 26, he logs a lot of ice time. If he comes back 100 percent, his body will be fresher for the playoffs. Hey, you can put a positive spin on anything, even when you lose the league MVP for up to six weeks.
Brett Hull incessantly whines and complains about the style of play in the NHL. But look at the league leaders, and there is Hull, third in the NHL in goals with 27. The league has changed since the days when Hull scored 86 in 1990-91. But one thing that hasn't changed is Hull, who remains an elite scorer, no matter what he says. At least he's an equal-opportunity complainer: It's constant, even when he's playing well.
People are getting so desperate for trades that the rumors get more far-fetched every day. The latest: A Canadian paper reported Tuesday that the Senators might be interested in Marty McSorley to add toughness. The ranks of NHL defensemen are thin and McSorley would be cheap, but is he really the missing piece that will get them over the top?
Interesting fact about Florida goalie Roberto Luongo: He earned his fourth win of the season Monday night, but it was his first non-shutout victory.
You think the Sharks miss Vincent Damphousse? San Jose is 0-2-2 without him, including the game in which he injured his shoulder (early against Detroit on Jan. 15). In all, the Sharks are winless in their last five, their worst stretch of the season by far.