Daily Cupcakes - February 27th, 2012

Whatever Abdelkader's problem was, Ryan Wilson sure helped him get olver it ;) (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

Penguins G Brad Thiessen got his first career start and win in yesterday's 4-2 victory over Columbus.

Thiessen, who was undrafted, had waited patiently for his first NHL start. Since signing with the Penguins in 2009, he'd played 113 games in Wilkes-Barre and 12 in Wheeling. This season, he was 20-14-2-2 with a 2.88 GAA.

In a rather bizarre scene yesterday, Sharks Head Coach Todd McLennan was knocked out of the game by an errant stick belonging to a member of the Minnesota Wild.

The pain was also physical for McLellan, who was caught squarely in the forehead early in the second period by the stick of Wild defenseman Marco Scandella as Jamie McGinn checked him in front of the San Jose bench.

Kyle Quincey's new defensive partner has apparently already tired of him and will be taking the next month off from work in an attempt to recover from psychological damage. And a broken wrist.

...defenceman Jonathan Ericsson will miss a month with a broken wrist, the result of him blocking a slapshot from Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog Saturday. The injury will put him on the Wings' DNP list for the first time this season.

Apparently the Vancouver Canucks are expected to be major players in this year's trading deadline. Here's a couple of moves one writer would love to see around the NHL, including a nice cheap shot at Toronto.

Just wondering. With the Leafs in dire need of a goaltending upgrade, where were they when St. Louis made Ben Bishop available?

Speaking of young Ben Bishop, he now calls Ottawa home after yesterday's trade landed him in a situation where he'll actually be given a chance to play.

Bishop, the tallest goalie in the NHL, was to have become a free agent this summer but agreed to a one-year contract extension as part of the trade. That ensures the Senators will have time to evaluate him.

The Nashville Predators continue to lurk in the shadows of the trade deadline as major buyers waiting to happen, says The Tennessean. Look for the Preds to ensure Hal Gill is not their prize pickup for this year's playoff push.

With the NHL trade deadline arriving at 2 p.m. today, the Predators are again in position to be a big-time buyer. Ownership says the team is financially stable, ready and willing to spend.

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