Thoughts are my own: 500 for Patrick Marleau

*500 goals for Patrick Marleau, clinching the milestone on Thursday night in Vancouver, coming on a powerplay goal in the first period of the Sharks 4-1 win. He’s the 45th player in NHL history to reach the mark.

*Marleau is the first player to score 500 goals in a Sharks uniform. He has a healthy 217-goal lead on Joe Pavelski, who is second on the franchise goal scoring list, at 283. Joe Thornton (211) and Owen Nolan (206) round out the group of four players to score 200 career goals for San Jose.

*Mark Scheifele is tied with Alex Ovechkin for third in the NHL with 25 goals, trailing only Sidney Crosby (28) and Jeff Carter (26). Jared Clinton of the Hockey News believes its time to start giving the Jets forward his due among the league’s elite scorers.

*The Mike Yeo era in St. Louis is out to a good start as the Blues beat a good Maple Leafs team, 5-1, on Thursday.

*It was classic Pekka Rinne in Nashville as he earned the shutout win against the Oilers, making 31 saves in an effort that wasn’t justified even by the modest number of shots faced. Rinne is now 7-3-1 in his last 11 games, holding opponents to two or fewer goals in eight of those starts, allowing just 21 goals to go along with a .939 save percentage.

*Another major contributing factor to Nashville’s emergence has been the top line of Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen, and Viktor Arvidsson finally getting things together. The three were on the ice for both Predators goals on Thursday.

*John Klingberg should play Winnipeg more often. The Stars defenseman has five goals and 16 points in 13 career games against the Jets.

*26 straight starts for Mike Condon in Ottawa. That’s a franchise record.

*The Patrick Kane-Artem Anisimov-Artemi Panarin line is the best in the NHL. The one line that you can say can really put the puck in the net any given time it’s on the ice.

*The wheels seem to have completely fallen off in Tampa Bay, which fell to 3-9-2 in its last 13 with the 5-2 loss to Ottawa on Thursday. The Bolts were held to 21 shots on net for the second straight game.

*Up in the CHL, Adam Ruzicka is now on a four-game point streak after scoring two goals in Sarnia’s 7-4 loss to North Bay on Thursday. He has nine points in 11 games coming out of the holiday break. Ruzicka, draft eligible in June, is a compelling prospect. The Slovakian forward has first-round size (6-4, 202 pounds) and talent, but will probably stick on the board until the second or third round.

*Jeremy Bracco had points in 26 of 27 games in a Kitchener Rangers uniform this season. In 11 games since being traded to Windsor, he’s been held off the scoresheet four times, while putting up nine points in 11 games. Still impressive numbers for the Maple Leafs prospect, but a drop-off from the 1.89 points per game he was putting up in Kitchener.

*Michael DiPietro posted his OHL-high sixth shutout with 22 saves for the Spitfires on Thursday. Carter Hart, who also has six clean sheets, is the only netminder in the CHL to match DiPietro’s total this season.

*Emil Rasanen assisted on three goals Thursday for Kingston and has 15 points in his last 16 games.

*Felix Lauzon has goals in five of seven games for Victoriaville. He’s got 10 points overall in that stretch.

*Five assists for Frederic Allard in Chicoutimi’s 6-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda. He has points in five straight.

*Some good podcasts if you’re trying to waste away the Friday before the Super Bowl or sitting in traffic amidst the commute to kick off the weekend…

*Spittin’ Chiclets had Jeff Marek on this week, and the NHL Top 100 list was discussed. A very big omission that was brought up, which somehow slipped my mind: Mark Recchi. Played 23 years in the league, his 1,533 points are 12th all-time, his 577 goals 20th, and 956 assists are 15th. He played the fifth-most games ever, at 1,652, which has to mean something. Oh – and he won three Cups. It’s worth pointing out he’s been a glaring omission when it comes to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Someone doesn’t seem to be happy with him.

*Really good listen on the RoenickLife Podcast this week, as JR and Jaffe welcomed Tie Domi onto the show.

*ESPN’s Hockey Today recapped the All-Star Game and forecasted the second half of the NHL season.



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