Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tuesday night news and notes

-It was nice to see tonight that most of the current Wisconsin hockey players who are on twitter and facebook updated their statuses wishing Kirk Daubenspeck a speedy recovery. It's amazing how the Wisconsin hockey community has rallied around Dauber.

-Speaking of rallying around Dauber, Andy Baggot has in my opinion his best article that I've ever read from him today about the former Wisconsin players showing their support for Kirk. A must read article.

-In what I think is an awesome gesture the Wisconsin hockey players will be wearing a "#1" in honor of Kirk Daubenspeck on their helmets starting today presumably throughout the rest of the season.

-More from Baggot today as he says the Badgers will start Brett Bennett Friday night at St. Cloud. Bennett turned in a phenomenal performance on Saturday night versus Minnesota. Friday will be the first time Bennett has started two games in a row for Wisconsin since October of 2009.

-Baggot also indicates that Wisconsin will change up the d-pairings. All three pairs have changes so that means Schultz and Gardiner have been split up. New pairings have Schultz and Ramage, Gardiner and Simonelli, and Craig Johnson with Joe Faust who has been out of the lineup since January 21st when he hurt his shoulder vs Minnesota State.

-Jake Gardiner was on The Pipeline Show Tuesday night and you can download the show online. The clip isn't up as of 9PM but it should be up later tonight or tomorrow. He talks about finding out about the trade to Toronto and the current season with the Badgers.

-That reminds me that Blake Geoffrion was also on The Pipeline Show last week as well. You can hear his interview here.

-Not sure if you caught it over the weekend but there was another NHL outdoor game in Canada that featured the Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens. Former Badger Rene Bourque had a huge night with two goals. Bourque now has 6 points in his past 6 games.

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