In 3D? Tuesday notes

One of those remarkable mornings when you’ve almost got more defensemen than forwards.

With Sebastian Collberg and Mike Halmo in red still, Bridgeport had 12 forwards on the ice. Colton Gillies was still feeling it but back in action; Chris Langkow is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, and Justin Courtnall is sick.

There were nine defensemen against them. Matt Carkner was in town and on the ice, and Ryan Pulock could be back as early as this weekend if all goes well this week. We’ll see how they handle that long-term, though you usually can never have enough defensemen.

Carkner arrived to a hard practice that got harder when Thompson got mad at the group and had them skate. Carkner said it was good to get a full practice in. More from him in the paper tomorrow.

After the weekend, Providence has the eighth-best points percentage in the Eastern Conference, on pace for a fraction over 86 points. Bridgeport needs 39 points to get to 87 with 25 games left.

Elsewhere: Crazy game on the Island last night.* The Islanders took Michael Grabner off injured reserve today. They had an open roster spot after sending Harry Zolnierczyk down, but no need yet to decide whether to make Colin McDonald a regular recall or not: They said Casey Cizikas has a lower-body injury.

Scott Linesburgh on the Thunder’s waiver claim of Jack Combs. The ECHL has some fascinating roster rules. You get a taste of them in the transactions and in situations like this.

The death of Steve Montador stings everywhere. Eric Duhatschek with some of the reaction.

RIP, Wendell Kim. And RIP, Lesley Gore, whose catalog runs deep. (Always been fond of this one. Heck, there’s more Greenwich/Barry/Quincy Jones goodness here.)

*-Moments afterward, a pipe burst and almost flooded my kitchen. Correlation, causation, what have you. I have one of those industrial fans for the day, which is… well, it’d be cooler if I didn’t have work to do.

Michael Fornabaio