Montreal has recalled forward David Desharnais from Hamilton. He has 16 goals and 48 points in only 37 games with the Bulldogs. Looking at his stats, he was a scoring sensation in both the QMJHL, and the ECHL. However, he is only 5-foot-6 and 170 pounds. Montreal signed him as a free agent in 2008, a season in which he had 106 points with Cincinnati of the ECHL.

 

Another player in NJ who will benefit from Kovalchuk is David Clarkson. He could be the fourth forward on the first unit (along with Parise, Zajac, and Elias). Clarkson has developed into a fairly strong player in front of the net, and with Kovalchuk shooting there will be many rebound opportunities.


Kovalchuk skated with Zubrus and Langenbrunner at practice today.

 

Zubrus had some success playing with Ovechkin in Washington a few seasons ago. He is a smart player and is strong on the draw, so he may have the inside edge at being Ilya's center.

 

Jeff Carter is on pace for 33 goals and 359 shots. Last season, he finished with 42 goals and 46 goals on less (342). This stat could mean a few things. Did Carter shoot abnormally well last season? Has he lost his ability to find the back of the net? Sounds like a silly thing to say as he currently has over 20 goals, though.

 

Karlsson will be out until after the Olympics with a shoulder injury. He was logging heavy minutes for the Sens, and was even seeing some PP time. He could be a 40-point defenseman as early as next season.

 

Nashville is 18-0 and Joel Ward records a point.

 

The Kings won their eighth straight last night. Lots of big winning streaks going on right now.

 

Matt Beleskey had a goal and played over 15 minutes. He has really earned the trust of the Duck coaching staff. Beleskey had 40 goals in his last year of junior with Belleville, and had 38 points in the AHL last season. Might make for a decent fill in if you are in a really deep league.

 

Jason Blake had two points for the Ducks and skated on the second line with Koivu and Selanne.

 

Anze Kopitar and Jack Johnson both had four point nights. Wayne Simmonds played close to 20 minutes and had two. LA really has a great thing going on right now with that young core. Simmonds should be a contender for most improved player in the NHL this season.

 

Cody Hodgson, who has been a mystery for the past few months, finally returned to game action last night and was fantastic. I only caught highlights of the game, but he had two assists in a Brampton win, and was selected as the game’s first star.

 

Daniel Alfredsson had three assists last night – his fifth multi-point game in his last 10, and third three-point game.

 

Jason Spezza scored for the 8th straight game. Quite an impressive streak.

 

The Blue Jackets won their first game post Ken Hitchcock. The ice time was spread out up front, as most of the top nine played between 14-17 minutes. Rick Nash, who is averaging 21 minutes per game on the season, saw less than 18 minutes last night.

 

Ovechkin with a beauty last night (his 500th NHL point):

 

Jason Demers had a helper last night in the San Jose win. He is sticking around with Dan Boyle still out, but expect him to be sent down soon, as Boyle is close to returning and the Sharks are rumored to be acquiring Niclas Wallin from Carolina.

 

Two underrated players in San Jose’s strong season – Scott Nichol and Jed Ortmeyer. Both had two points last night and have supplied energy and strong defensive play all season for the Sharks.

 

Patrik Berglund had a goal and added a helper in almost 17 minutes of ice time. It was by far the most he has played in his last 10.

 

Thomas Greiss got the surprise start for the Sharks and stopped 35 of 37 shots. I don’t think he has starter upside, and he won’t get many starts as long as Nabokov is in San Jose. However, if San Jose doesn’t re-sign Nabokov (depends on the playoffs), Greiss may play more next season.

 

Steve Downie had two helpers last night. He has seven points in his last 10, and 34 PIM over that stretch to boot.

 

Multiple Tampa players had multi-point games. Stamkos (3), Lecavalier (2), St. Louis (2), Tanguay (2). Lecavalier has really turned his season around over the past 20-25 games. Stamkos and Marty continue to roll. The way Stamkos hammers those one-timers from just in off of the half wall is amazing to watch.

 

Stamkos scored his 30th and 31st of the season last night. Sophomore slump I don’t think so!

 

Back to Lecavalier – on pace for close to 80 points.

 

Niittymaki earned the start again and was great – he is a streaky goalie and is absolutely red hot right now. Ride him while you can.

 

Kurtis Foster was a plus-3 and had a helper in the win. He is on pace for 10 goals and 30 points. His ice time has been limited (15-16 per game), but he is seeing his fair share of time with the man advantage.

 

Erik Karlsson, who was really impressing me last night in the Sens game, left with an injury and didn’t return. It doesn’t sound serious, though.

 

The Sens were dominant in all three zones, and their positioning and puck support was the best I have seen all season. Brian Elliott wasn’t tested until the 3rd period, and was a Kyle Wellwood goal away from earning the shutout.

 

Ottawa has won 11 straight, and the Caps have won 12. The record is 17.

 

Interesting factoid – thanks to “ryanclassic” for this one. The Canucks lost their second straight game to a goalie picked in the 9th round (Halak on Tuesday, Elliott tonight).

 

Henrik Sedin was pointless last night, making it two straight. He hasn’t been blanked for two straight games since November 1st. Alex Ovechkin had three points and passed him in the scoring race. It was only a matter of time.

 

Nick Backstrom had five points last night for the Caps. He is now 5th in NHL scoring, and two points back of Thornton and Crosby.

 

Tomas Fleischmann also had a strong game with two helpers. He played over 20 minutes, his most ice time in game since November 21st.

 

Michael Del Zotto had his first point in seven games last night.

 

Olli Jokinen had two points for the Rangers, but also had three minor penalties. Vaclav Prospal had four points. Both New York and Washington were clicking offensively.

 

Anton Khudobin got his first career NHL win after he came in to relieve the injured Josh Harding. Harding, battling a hip injury, has been forced into action as Backstrom sits out with the flu. Harding made an incredible save in the game, check the video out at the bottom of the ramblings.

 

Kovalchuk is a Devil! Check out the article I just posted for the fantasy breakdown.

 

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SuperOne said:

SuperOne
... Hey Angus, whatever you need to write so you feel like you are doing best is fine with me. smilies/smiley.gif I just had those thoughts....I guess in a way it's all good in one way or another, even the point about the Canucks and 9th round goalies can lead to a very fantasy-valid idea about scouting staffs.

It's not like dobberhockey has to spoon-feed us every time :p
February 05, 2010
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Katharsis said:

Katharsis
... Just a note in case anyone is still watching these: David Booth will be back on the #1 line tonight with Weiss and Frolik. No #1PP just yet, but that could change as the game goes on.

RE:
Stamkos gets the exact same goal almost every time. One timer at the top of the left circle on the PP. Defenses need to learn this because it is so predictable.


I'm betting this is exactly what happens next year as teams gathering their scouting reports on the competition. If the Bolts manage to sneak into the playoffs, I'd watch for some more clamping down on him as well.
February 05, 2010
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Rusty Pickles said:

Rusty Pickles
Carter I attribute his return to scoring goals to two things:

1) The idiotic rumors surrounding him and another team mates wife have been dispelled and proven to be nothing more then mere internet drivel. All goal scorers are guys who usually play with a ton of confidence, and for a long stretch during this whole ordeal, he was not doing so.

2) The number of shots isn't what makes goals, quality shots from good scoring areas does. As a flyers fan I can attest to the fact that out of those 241 shots he's logged so far, about 200 were wristers from 20-30 feet away. Only during the last few weeks has he started driving to the net, occasionally passing instead of just shooting from that 20-30 ft range, and shooting from more dangerous spaces on the ice (15 ft and in). Something I have ranted about with him for a long time, and surprise, he starts doing it and the pucks start hitting the back of the twine.
February 05, 2010
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angus said:

angus
... Mike, again, thanks for the feedback. Will take that into consideration. I do my best to proofread the articles (both my own and the submitted ones), but sometimes stuff slips by. I am not a journalist nor a professional writer - just enjoy covering fantasy hockey. Learning on the job you could say.
February 05, 2010
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Dave said:

ddp
Elias I'm pretty sure Elias has always been on the 2nd PP unit and Langebrunner is on the 1st. smilies/smiley.gif
February 05, 2010
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AmishFlyers66 said:

AFlyers66
... Angus, don't change a thing about your Ramblings. They are always entertaining and informative, a great way to start my day at work and re-cap the action from the night before. The differences between Dobber's Ramblings and yours complement each other well, and give us poolies the well-rounded coverage we need to keep that edge in our pools.
February 05, 2010
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Mike Brown said:

mbrown
... I love this site and visit it at least a half a dozen times a day. I buy the package of goodies available and occasionally participate in the forum. I would like to make one recommendation to take dobberhockey to the next level. Please proof-read your work before posting it (articles included). I can't tell you how many times I'm finding typos or wrong/extra words. It just makes the site look less professional and I know that is not the intent. It only takes a few minutes and just because it is on the internet doesn't mean it should be sloppy. Please don't take offense as the problem is much smaller than on some other sites I visit, but most of the problems would disappear completely with a quick once-over.
February 05, 2010
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angus said:

angus
... SuperOne - you have a point. I do sometimes find myself commenting more on the news than just the fantasy stuff. While it is easy to go to sites like Roto World and TSN for purely news, I try and post the interesting/relevant stuff. Sometimes it isn't, but it takes about a second to scan over something that may be irrelevant to you.

I think that is one of the minor differences between myself and Dobber. He has always been more of a numbers guy while I am a bit more of an observer. As I have said before, I am hockey fan first and fantasy "expert" second. If I see a nice goal or a player who isn't getting his due, I may mention it. It might not always have fantasy significance (Ortmeyer/Nichol comment is a good example).

I always appreciate comments/criticism, don't hesitate to let us know if you think we could do better. As long as it isn't personal, it's always welcomed.
February 05, 2010
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goldenroots said:

minksauce
... SuperOne,

unnecessary


February 05, 2010
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SuperOne said:

SuperOne
Angus You're Doing Too Good of A Job!! :) Some CONSTRUCTIVE feedback, although I'm sure somebody will reply with some attitude telling me it's free, if you don't like it don't read it (well actually I don't sometimes but thanks), etc.

I think your ramblings could be trimmed a bit sometimes (like trimming fat of a steak...ha!) .

Is this really necessary for a fantasy advice site?

"Stamkos scored his 30th and 31st of the season last night. Sophomore slump I don’t think so!" I mean Dobber says this isn't a news site to justify not covering every angle of a story but then this shows up? Also kind of hard to have a sophomore "slump" coming off a rookie season of 46 points.

Then you dedicate a whole blurb to this, "The Kings won their eighth straight last night. Lots of big winning streaks going on right now."

And follow it up with another whole blurb for this, "Ottawa has won 11 straight, and the Caps have won 12. The record is 17."

Interesting sure but how does the Canucks losing to another 9th round goalie help me fantasy-wise? Is that to tell me the Canucks have badly overachieved this season or that the scouting staffs that found those goalies bear following or both sure, draw my own conclusions. Did I just answer my own question? Lol.
February 05, 2010
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Scribe said:

Scribe
Kopitar's sweet goal Nice ramblings, Angus, as always. For those who missed it, check out Kopitar's second goal last night, the power-play marker at 19:33 of the third period. He exhibits a goal-scorer's patience and hands. Most guys would have just shovelled it at the net as soon as the puck was on their stick.
February 05, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... ordering fixed

Although the 3rd is now behind the 2nd for some reason, but at least 5th, 4th are in order now
February 05, 2010
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SirKnight said:

SirKnight
Yesterday's ramblings... Can someone fix the "next" button, it keeps taking me to Feb 3rd ramblings... I just want to read the late Feb 4th stuff, thanks!
February 05, 2010
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Lockedge said:

lockedge
continued Minnesota is run by imbeciles. Are they so desperate to prey on players' competitive nature and put their clearly injured players on ice? I mean, in the playoffs, if the player wants to grit through it in hopes a restful summer with rehab can cure it, so be it, but there's NO reason to put Josh Harding in net when he's been dealing with an increasingly serious hip injury for the past month.

We saw this inexcusable behaviour with Brent Burns last year, playing for over a month with concussion-related symptoms, which is absolutely something that can hurt these players' careers and lives in the future.

I mean, seriously, they're grown adults who can make their own decisions, but when you have the power to put someone on the ice or keep them off, that responsibility is in your hands. it's even bad from a business perspective as you're putting a short-term gain in front of a long-term status that could seriously be degraded if, say, Burns wound up like Adam Deadmarsh had he kept playing last year and took another headshot...or if Harding's hip degraded to a DiPietro-esque level. Bad asset management.

It's a huge losing situation, and it's ridiculous that teams do this. Yes, Harding very likely wanted to play, but he's a backup wanting to prove he can be a starter and take more responsibility, of course he won't turn down a start when he gets precious few to begin with. I wouldn't be surprised in Minny had other players in a similar situation. Organizational depth is there for a reason. Khubodin had been playing very well in the AHL, and he could have started instead of Harding.

I know other teams do this, so I know it's not just Minnesota, and I get really steamed when I hear guys have played an entire season hurt with an injury that's serious. Niittymaki played a whole season with a busted hip, as did Toskala last year, and it's shameful that the organizations and the NHLPA don't take health more seriously. I know hockey is a rugged game and injuries are a given, but you have to look at long-term health sometimes and make hard decisions that make sense.

This is something that's neglected at all levels in many contact sports. They easily forget about and brush aside the issue of headshots until some huge incident happens, where they then jump on the bandwagon and say they'll look into it, but they never do anything, and everyone from kids enjoying amateur sports like this guy[1] or well-seasoned pros like LaFontaine[2] and the plethora of others who've faced similar fates.

It's shit. I'd wager it's easier to hurt players now(at least, in hockey) than it was fifteen years ago, and that's just ridiculous. It doesn't help when organizations don't look out for their employees either.

/rant

Cited Sources because this board's URL tags don't work correctly(at least to BBCode standards, and the HTML A Href didn't work on my last post either, so I'd say it's broken in that regard as well...although the forums are good, so it's not that big a deal).
1.http://edition.cnn.com/2010/HE...en.brains/
2.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2Pl7v4L0mg
February 05, 2010
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Lockedge said:

lockedge
... Minnesota is run by imbeciles. Are they so desperate to prey on players' competitive nature and put their clearly injured players on ice? I mean, in the playoffs, if the player wants to grit through it in hopes a restful summer with rehab can cure it, so be it, but there's NO reason to put Josh Harding in net when he's been dealing with an increasingly serious hip injury for the past month.

We saw this inexcusable behaviour with Brent Burns last year, playing for over a month with concussion-related symptoms, which is absolutely something that can hurt these players' careers and lives in the future.

I mean, seriously, they're grown adults who can make their own decisions, but when you have the power to put someone on the ice or keep them off, that responsibility is in your hands. it's even bad from a business perspective as you're putting a short-term gain in front of a long-term status that could seriously be degraded if, say, Burns wound up like Adam Deadmarsh had he kept playing last year and took another headshot...or if Harding's hip degraded to a DiPietro-esque level. Bad asset management.

It's a huge losing situation, and it's ridiculous that teams do this. Yes, Harding very likely wanted to play, but he's a backup wanting to prove he can be a starter and take more responsibility, of course he won't turn down a start when he gets precious few to begin with. I wouldn't be surprised in Minny had other players in a similar situation. Organizational depth is there for a reason. Khubodin had been playing very well in the AHL, and he could have started instead of Harding.

I know other teams do this, so I know it's not just Minnesota, and I get really steamed when I hear guys have played an entire season hurt with an injury that's serious. Niittymaki played a whole season with a busted hip, as did Toskala last year, and it's shameful that the organizations and the NHLPA don't take health more seriously. I know hockey is a rugged game and injuries are a given, but you have to look at long-term health sometimes and make hard decisions that make sense.

This is something that's neglected at all levels in many contact sports. They easily forget about and brush aside the issue of headshots until some huge incident happens, where they then jump on the bandwagon and say they'll look into it, but they never do anything, and everyone from kids enjoying amateur sports like this guy or well-seasoned pros like
February 05, 2010
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angus said:

angus
... awesome stuff as always, fz. GF/GA is a really telling stat and usually is a signal that a team is over performing (good record and not as good differential) or getting bad breaks (record not as good as differential).
February 05, 2010
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Andrew said:

Canuckk
... Some interesting things I noticed:

Jeff Tambellini played for the first time since Jan. 2. He's played a grand total of 3 games now since Dec. 9, and has been a healthy scratch in every one. And this guy was a former first-round pick!

Since Dec. 11th, Martin Havlat has been held pointless in just 6 games. This guy is quietly putting up points at a pretty impressive rate (over PPG since Dec. 11th, I believe).

Just to show how much more dominant the Western Conference is - the West has a total +42 goals for/goals against rating (meaning a -42 for the East). That's roughly an average of each Western Conference team potting 3 more goals for then goals against. And that's with teams like Edmonton and Columbus, who are struggling immensely in the GF/GA category. Quite impressive.

A good way to separate the really good teams (and the really bad ones) from the rest is by looking at that GF/GA stat. There are 4 teams in the NHL with a +40 GF/GA rating or better - the Caps, Sharks, Hawks and Canucks. I know the win/loss records are what really matter, but this stat is what reveals the truly elite teams to me. Meanwhile, 5 teams in the NHL have a -30 GF/GA rating or worse - the Canes, Leafs, Isles, Oilers and Jackets. This is probably also a good indication of which bottom-feeding teams are truly awful - Edmonton's -46 rating really hammers home just how atrocious they've been this season.
February 05, 2010
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John Hillburg said:

CommittedToTheIndian
... Rotowire points out this interesting tidbit about Spezza: He has more goals in the last two days than he had in the first two months.
February 04, 2010
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Babalou said:

Big Ev
Stamkos Stamkos gets the exact same goal almost every time. One timer at the top of the left circle on the PP. Defenses need to learn this because it is so predictable.
February 04, 2010
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