* The more Marty St. Louis racks up points, the more he comes off as the best little French-Canadian speedster since Yvon (Roadrunner) Cournoyer. (Or do you prefer Henri (The Pocket Rocket) Richard?)

* Torrey Krug is looking more and more like the second coming of Brian Rafalski, the most underrated backliner of the 2000-2010 decade.

* Two job-enhancing wins; Columbus wallops the Leafs in Toronto, 6-0; Jets beat Devils at The Rock, 3-1. Thus, Todd Richards and Claude Noel are a lot safer than before the games.

* I want the name of Alex (No Longer A Flash In The Pan) Steen's vitamins.

* Short and long-range predictions. 1. The NHL will change the overtime slate. Next year: a five-minute four-on-four; then five minute three-on-three (if necessary) and only then the Shoot-Out. Chances are the Shootout will come up only one out of ten times. 2. In ten years the NHL will rule that the third period will be played four-on-four.

* Mike Johnston has his Portland Winterhawks doing very well without Seth Jones. Oregon's favorite hockey team looks like it could go to the Memorial Cup Final again; without Jones!

* How many more weeks do you think it will take before Ilya Kovalchuk wants out of the Kontinental Hockey League? (My call -- two months.)

* The most under-appreciated NHL goalie is the ever-challenging Ondrej Pavelec.

* Brian Burke says that he'd start Cam Ward in goal for Team Canada in the Olympics.

* My guess is that the next blockbuster trade will be made by Bryan Murray in Ottawa but that's just a hunch coming from a gut feeling coming from absolutely no website.

* I still can't figure why the Western teams are doing so much better than those in the East. Therefore, I'll swing back to the only possible reason -- global warming.

* Alain Vigneault is a lot tougher than many observers of the Rangers scene believe.

* Nice Going for Travis Green, leading his Utica (AHL) Comets to their first home win before a sellout crowd.

* Recommended Books For The Holidays: 1. Fighting Back -- The Chris Nilan Story; 2. The Game (a reprint) By Ken Dryden. And if you like my stuff: Behind The Net -- 101 Incredible Hockey Stories and We Are The Rangers -- An Oral History.  (The Nilan, Dryden and Rangers books are all by Triumph in Chicago. Behind The Net is published by Skyhorse in New York City.)

* By the way, the best hockey book ever written for one-liners is the Glenn Liebman standby, Hockey Shorts, published by Contemporary Books.

* I miss Kerry Fraser.