Announcement about Dobber Nation here.

 

Brandon Dubinsky has 17 points in his last 15 games and four two-point games in the last nine.

 

Since his last healthy scratch, JM Liles has seven points in six games. Now THAT is coming back on a mission.

 

In those same six games, Kyle Quincey has just one point. Liles has passed him on the scoring list (21 points to 20). With just five points in 23 games, Quincey seems to be losing his magic touch.

 

Still with the D-men, Jack Hillen has five points in his last five games and he has played at least 20:30 in each of the last 17.

 

Minnesota has waived Petr Sykora and Robbie Earl. If Sykora clears, which he will, he will be released to play in Europe.

 

Michael Russo goes on to speculate that a return to the lineup tonight for Brent Burns is probably too soon, but Coach Richards alluded to the possibility.

 

I checked the fantasy tools section for the San Jose line combos last night and was surprised to see that Marleau, Clowe and Pavelski weren't together. Considering that each of them got two points and no other forward on the team did, it just makes sense. But in fact, they were all on separate lines - Marleau was with his usual Team Canada linemates, while Clowe played with Nichol and Ortmeyer (!!!??); Pavelski played with Malhotra and Setoguchi.

 

Jose Theodore has four straight wins now. Semyon Varlamov had an off day, but worked hard off the ice Tuesday according to Tarik El-Bashir. My guess is that we will see Varlamov back next week. But with Theo playing so well, there is no rush.

 

We all know the big story of the night, so this one will slip under the radar - Pascal Dupuis suffered a facial injury when he was hit from behind into the boards. We could see Luca Caputi getting called back up - this time with a hot Malkin to play with.

 

Can't ignore the big story, of course - Sid the Kid pots six points and Evgeni Malkin scores three times. Crosby is up to 63 now, which puts him four behind the league lead.

 

There were a few with big nights in the league - Jeff Carter (three points), Dan Boyle (three), Kristian Huselius (three), Gaborik (four), Kovalchuk (three)...you'll see lots of movement in your leagues this morning I'm sure.

 

Alexei Ponikarovsky has back-to-back two-point efforts. He's streaky, so obviously he'll be a good one to ride for about two weeks.

 

Huselius, by the way, has 14 points in his last 10 games. As I always say - when he's not, he's one of the seven or eight most productive players in the game. His streakiness is bang-your-head -on-the-desk frustrating though.

 

The AHL had their All-Star game last night, a 10-9 win for Canada over Planet USA. The players with two goals: Shirokov, Keller, Sterling and Lehtonen. Of those, Shirokov has the brightest future in the NHL. Keller and Pittsburgh's Dustin Jeffrey led the way with three points each.

 

The CHL's Top Prospects Game is tonight at 7pm ET and you can have little doubt that Matt Bugg will give us a full report.

 

The big offensive game for Pittsburgh was at the expense of Dwayne Roloson, and not the hot Rick DiPietro. It's just always coming up Millhouse for RDP isn't it? He's certainly due the good fortune.

 

Give Brian Elliott back-to-back wins now, each of them solid efforts allowing just one goal. Sorry about your luck Mike Brodeur - maybe next time. Brodeur had looked promising, against all odds.

 

Chris Osgood took the loss last night - his last win was on December 12. The one before that was November 5.

 

The Red Wings have scored eight goals in their last five games and have lost three in a row.

 

Join the DobberHockey Olympic Pool - here. It's free, and over 500 already have.

 

The DobberHockey Midseason Guide can be purchased here.

 

More in the morning...

 


Write comment
Comments (9)add comment

fzusher said:

fzusher
Sharks goals and Zhamnov come back Good point Barneyg ...

In other and weirder news, Alexei Zhamnov is considering a comeback in the KHL. Turns out he's the GM of Vityaz Chekhov, the KHL goon team that was involved in the big brawl a week or two ago (you know, Jagr vs. Verot and all that), and angered by the fact that his team was blamed for the brawl (I can see his point there) has decided to test himself in training with the hope of getting back to the ice so as to raise the team's reputation ...

http://www.russianhockeyfans.com/khl/alexei-zhamnov-i-decided-to-return-115.html

On an aside - I wanted to see where Zhamnov rates among Russians in career PIM's, but couldn't find that info. But in doing this I stumbled on a shocking stat - Alex Kovalev is in the NHL's top 250 in career PIM, and is in fact 3rd among the Russians on the list. His 1234 career regular season PIMs are second only to Alex Zhitnik's 1268 and Andrei Nazarov's 1409. He should surpass Zhitnik this season. If you add playoff into the mix Kovalev has 1338 to Zhitnik's 1436 and Nazarov's 1420 (he only played 9 career playoff games). He could become the most penalized Russian ever by the end of next season. Whod've thunk it ...
January 20, 2010
Votes: +0

barneyg said:

cabro57
Malkin and faceoffs Malkin has always been notoriously weak on faceoffs so I'm not sure you can blame his recent struggles on it (faceoff rank is out of 300+ faceoff takers):

2006-07: 78 GP, 33-52-85, faceoffs: 315 won 413 lost 43.3%, 142nd out of 146
2007-08: 82, 47-59-106, 350-540 39.3%, 141st out of 142
2008-09: 82, 35-78-113, faceoffs: 283-385, 42.4%, 133rd out of 140

No question he'd probably have more points if he were a better faceoff man but his struggles this year don't look like they're due to that.
January 20, 2010
Votes: +0

Jeremy said:

onthebeach96
Bobby Ryan's goal Also speaking of ghost points, Bobby Ryan's goal last night didn't even touch him in front of the net, it went off the head of the Buffalo defenseman in front. If it touched Bobby Ryan it should have been no goal because it would have been a high stick. I guess the league is all about promoting star players and this is one way they do it unfortunately.
January 20, 2010 | url
Votes: +0

Jeremy said:

onthebeach96
Crosby's ghost assist Crosby actually only had 5 points last night, not 6. He slashed a guy's stick and he was given a point for some reason which is a JOKE! The NHL has done a very poor job this year of giving away ghost assists in some cases, and not rewarding them properly in others. As a big time hockey pool guy I'm not impressed!
January 20, 2010 | url
Votes: +1

fzusher said:

fzusher
sharks goals The reason for the discrepancy is that 3 of the 5 goals were on PP. Pavelski and Boyle joined the top line to form the top PP unit, and got two assists each on the Marleau goals. The Clowe goal was a second unit (Clowe, Setoguchi, Malhotra, Blake, Vlasic) goal - Although the forward trio of this unit actually led the Sharks in PP time against the Oilers Saturday.

Malhotra, btw, has 5 points (1 goal, a GWG, and 2 PP assists) and is +5 in the last 3 games and seeing between 15 and 17 minutes in his last 4 since returning from injury. As usual, he also leads the NHL's significant face off takers in faceoff % (62.8 on 400 tries; if you consider 158 tries significant enough, Malhotra is second to Jim Slater's 64.6%), which may explain his main role on that second unit.

The Sharks are a wicked face off team so far this season, btw. If you count only players who've taken at least 300 faceoffs this season, the Sharks have the players ranked 1st (Malhotra, 62.8% on 400), 3rd (Nichol, 61.7% on 559), and 6th (Pavelski, 59.3% on 42smilies/cool.gif in the NHL (Slater is the only guy added to this list if we count over 100 tries instead). Big Joe's 53.4% on 810 tries ranks 27th overall among 300+ takers, 34th among 100+ takers, 18th among 500+ takers, 6th among 800+ takers.

While on the faceoff subject, 2 stats that stand out (not really of fantasy significance):
1) Crosby's % is 58.1 (10th among 300+ takers), but he leads the league in faceoffs taken (1091, 22 ahead of Stastny) and is miles ahead of everyone else in faceoffs won with a whopping 634.

2) 2nd only to Crosby in faceoffs won is Antoine Vermette with 540. He's 4th in the league in faceoffs taken (993) and 4th among 800+ takers with 54.4.

And just in case someone was curious, the worst of the 800+ takers is Plekanec with 47.4%; the worst in the 500+ club is Matt Duchene with 42%; the worst in the 300+ club is Tim Kennedy's 34.7%, but dishonorable mention goes to Malkin's woeful 39.2% on 329 tries (guess that's why Crosby's taking all them faceoffs, and in part why Malkin hasn't been scoring much - you can't score without the puck).
January 20, 2010
Votes: +0

STONE. said:

STONE.
... "It's just always coming up Millhouse for RDP"

Fantastic Simpsons reference! As if this site wasn't already great enough....
January 20, 2010
Votes: +0

Les said:

Khanadian
Big Night In one league I have Sid, Malkin, & Gabby so I got 13 pts tonight from the 3 of them. Sweet!
January 20, 2010
Votes: -1

Mark said:

January 19, 2010
Votes: -1

Mark said:

C.R.
big nights Of the 7 big nights you mentioned, I have 4 of them. Malkin, Carter, Boyle and Kovalchuk
January 19, 2010
Votes: +0
You must be logged in to post a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.

busy