New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow has not addressed his team’s Achilles heel: Goaltending (82 goals allowed in 24 games) since last spring. They aren’t going anywhere with Evgeni Nabokov, who is now hurt and who was not good in the playoffs last May, or with kids Kevin Poulin and Anders Nilsson. Maybe he was looking at Jonas Hiller before Viktor Fasth went down with the Anaheim Ducks, but that door is closed now.

- Nice Jared Cowen elbow to Pavel Datsyuk’s jaw Saturday that on-ice officials overseeing the Ottawa Senators-Detroit Red Wings clash somehow missed. “He had the puck, kind of strange no one saw a star player like that,” said Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg. You think? Datsyuk has concussion-type symptoms as a result.

- The Buffalo Sabres trotted out their mustard-coloured third jerseys against Detroit Sunday, and they haven’t exactly been flying off the store shelves. As Sabres team president Ted Black told the Buffalo News, no big deal if they don’t sell a bundle. It won’t hurt their bottom line. “If it’s a turd burger, I’ll put it on a bun and eat it,” he said.

- Zdeno Chara’s ice-time has gone up past 25 minutes a night with the Boston Bruins enduring a depleted back-end. But Chara is 37 this season, he’s going to Sochi and Boston has 17 games in March. He ran out of gas in the playoffs last season, and the Bruins can’t have it happen again.

- Calgary Flames winger Mike Cammalleri’s old agent is Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis, but I’d say the Pittsburgh Penguins or the New York Rangers will make the biggest push for him at the trade deadline, even if he’ll still have $1.25 million left on his $6 million contract. The Penguins need some offence outside of their top six.

- The Edmonton Oilers continue to bang on Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon’s door to get six-foot-three centre/winger Shawn Matthias out of there. They’ve tried for two years, but so far, no fit. Matthias is normally a centre but is playing on the wing because Sasha Barkov and fellow rookie, the six-foot-five Nick Bjugstad, are their top two pivots with Marcel Goc as No. 3.

- You can find players anywhere, case in point: Hot Rangers goalie Cam Talbot, who got a scholarship to Alabama-Huntsville, not exactly an NCAA hotbed, and went 1-10 with a 4.63 goals-against average in his first year there.

- The Oilers should try to retrieve Andrew Cogliano as an unrestricted free-agent this summer. Trading Cogliano was a bad move on their part, moving him to the Anaheim Ducks for a second-round draft pick. He didn’t seem to fit here before, but he’d be a great third-line winger with his speed. He’s played 473 straight games.