1. Coloradans welcomed the return of Peter Forsberg with a standing O. Coach Quenville threw him on the top line and played him for near 20 minutes. But anyone who didn’t notice Forsberg favoring his ankle, especially the NHL network’s Gary Green, who said “and he didn’t even favor his ankle!” saw the ice like Ray Charles. Forsberg played fine, no doubt, but largely because he was surrounded by Hejdouche and Sakic and because he’s Peter Forsberg. But anyone who thinks Forsberg is the 2002 Forsberg is fucking kidding themselves.
2. Some guy from Pittsburgh came back. We hear he’s the next big thing. He got an assist.
3. Brian Rafalski was “re-activated” or whatever the shit that means from the IR. Detroit needs him. They’ve been absolutely tanking lately (um, 2-7-1, in the last 10, anyone?) mostly because their stellar blue line has been on the shelf. Rafalski’s puck moving skills and PP quarterbackery were missed. To the point where Detroit’s once insurmountable lead in the West could be challenged by Dallas. We’ll see.