There are a couple of little notes coming out of Anaheim this afternoon that might be discussion worthy.
The first is that Steve Ott will play tonight and did not receive any supplemental discipline for his hit on Anton Lander Saturday. He was, however, (according to the Twitter account of Mr. Mike Heika), called by the league and given a warning, likely meaning that any further borderline action (or more) on Ott's part this season could be met with significant repercussions. Lander seemed to turn his face into the hit at the last second and we'd bet that was a significant consideration.
The second is that Jonas Hiller was unable to skate this morning. This means that rookie Finn Iiro Tarkki could get his first NHL start, or that Jeff Deslauriers could get the nod. Deslauriers is a name you might know from the annals of Edmonton Oiler goaltenders that didn't quite work out. He last played an NHL game in the 2009-2010 season, spent 2010-2011 in the AHL with the Barons and this season with Anaheim's affiliate: The Syracuse Crunch.
Deslauriers is 6-7-0 with a 3.86 GAA in the American league splitting time with Tarkki this year, who is 9-11-1 with a 2.86 GAA. Evidently the Crunch are not very good.
One final reminder: Tonight's game is on
Fox Sports Ocho Fox Sports Southwest Plus, as are eight others. The channel numbers are as follows:
Time Warner Cable - Ch. 960 (requires digital cable box)
Charter Cable - Ch. 300
DirecTV - Ch. 675 (675-1 HD)
Dish Network - Ch. 441 (9579 HD)
U-Verse - Ch. 692 (1692 HD)
FIOS - Ch. 77 (577 HD)
If you have FiOS like me, don't be fooled by the fact that the guide might say "High School Basketball" or something as equally mundane on FSSW+.