Joe Yerdon of Prohockeytalk.com is reporting that Las Vegas skater Jason Zucker of the NHL Minnesota Wild has been re-assigned to the AHL Iowa Wild.  Zucker, who scored that dramatic OT game-winner in a playoff game against the Chicago Blackhawks last season, is expected to make a quick return to the big club.

//When Anthony Greener coaches, he stands on the bench and keeps a small piece of paper in his left hand while the AA Las Vegas Jr Wranglers 18u players are in game action. So what exactly he is looking at?  “…it’s a list of lines we are using in the game, plus game stats like plus and minuses,” he says.

//A few weeks ago, writer Gregg Drinnan shut down his famous Takin’ Note hockey blog which is one of the best there is. Drinnan, sports editor of the Kamloops Daily News, took an leave from work to attend to his wife Dorothy who was waiting for kidney transplant. She got the new kidney on Friday and she is now out of the hospital and resting at home. When all is good, Gregg will return to the press box of the WHL Kamloops Blazers.

//Stat of the Day: Michael McNicholas of Las Vegas has 2 goals, 6 assists for 8 points for the BCHL Vernon Vipers. He is #1 in most points of all Las Vegas skaters away from home.

//No snow yet, but it’s going to go down to 34 degrees this weekend for Las Vegas skater Beau Ricketts who is skating for the NAHL Minot Minotauros in North Dakota. Beau is used to cold weather. He played previously with the Helena BigHorns in Montana.

//Our daily reading begins with Doyle Woody’s hockey blogs. He covers the ECHL Alaska Aces for the Anchorage Daily news.  Take a look http://www.adn.com/hockey-blog/

//The best hockey writer? You can start with Helene Elliott of the L.A. Times. She is the first female writer to have a plaque for excellence in reporting in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

//Best hockey television announcer we think is Bob Miller of the L.A. Kings. He is in the Hockey Hall of Fame. We’ve always wanted to meet and talk hockey with him.

//According to the famous Fairbanks Daily Miner ArcticCam it will be 26-degrees with snow showers on the way for hockey clubs in action there.  Take a look:  http://www.newsminer.com/arctic_cam/