Feb 7, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) carries the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) defends during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Quick Shifts: Metro Division, Sweden Conspiracy

No NHL action today, as everyone makes their way back from Sochi and the Olympic Break. While the NHL may still be on break, the Hockey blogosphere is not. Here are today’s Quick Shifts!

  • Yesterday afternoon, our own Patrick Helper took an in depth look at the Metropolitan Division. The Penguins pretty much have the Metro locked up and the Islanders are as good as finished, but it’s all for the taking from there. As a Blue Jackets fan I was happy to see Columbus selected as a sleeper pick for the Wild Card. I believe the Jackets will be in the running right to the finish, but it will come down to the last day of the season, much like last year. Look for the other Division Outlooks over the next few days! [ TMMOTS ]
  • SB Nation has an outstanding look at Notre Dame goaltender Joe Rogers, who was one of the first goaltenders in his class to commit to Notre Dame five years ago, overcoming outstanding odds. Rogers was born with one hand, but he has not allowed the complication to stop him from playing for one of the more respected college hockey programs in the nation. Rogers is currently Notre Dame’s back up, but it’s a case of him simply being beat out by the better guy, not due to his disability. [ SB Nation ]
  • Are you an American feeling a little down by the Olympic Hockey results? Well Mashable has a list of 12 Patriotic Movies that should help left your American spirit!. Miracle tops the list and that should help you remember the better Olympic results of the past. Top Gun, Armageddon, and Independence Day also make the list. [ Mashable ]
  • Sweden is not happy that Nicklas Backstrom was unable to play in yesterday’s gold medal match due to a failed drug test over common allergy medicine. Sweden GM Tommy Boustedt believes there is some foul play involved by the IOC. Boustedt believes the IOC knew the test results shortly after Backstrom took it on Wednesday. The alleged foul play is that the IOC waited until the morning of the Gold Medal game to blindside team Sweden with the news one of their star players would not be allowed to play. Boustedt believes they could have been better prepared to play the game without Backstrom had they known sooner. [ Puck Daddy ]

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