Dec 5, 2013; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers defenseman Corey Potter (44) skates against the Colorado Avalanche at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

QUICK SHIFTS: DECEMBER 17, 2013


A quiet night last night in the National Hockey League as there were only four games on the docket. For all of last night’s highlights make sure you check out the daily video recap section. Let’s take a look at what else is going on in the league with today’s version of QUICK SHIFTS:

Shawn Thornton had until yesterday to file an appeal on his 15 game ban for his hit on Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik. Thornton decided to go ahead and file the appeal. Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo Sports examines why this is a good thing. Check out his article here: Shawn Thornton appeals 15-game suspension: Tell-tale test case for NHL discipline process.

Every week in the National Hockey League there are always positives and negatives. Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times takes a look back at some of the pluses and minuses from last weeks action.

From the department of redundancy department, Brendan Shanahan of the NHL Department of Player Safety was asked to make a decision on yet another questionable hit. Check out his ruling on Corey Potter from the Edmonton Oilers for his hit on Nick Bonino from the Anaheim Ducks.

With it being the Holiday Season, it was nice to finally take a step away from all the nasty hits and suspensions that have filled our news stories lately. The Winter Classic is set to be played in Michigan on January 1, 2014, The NHL and the Detroit Red Wings Foundation are using the publicity to help revive a Detroit recreation center. Check this out and see how they are making a difference.

Congrats to Toronto Maple Leaf Defenseman Morgan Reilly as the rookie netted his first career NHL goal. Check out the video from the goal:

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