There is lots of WJC coverage coming up. Sorry we are late with this. With some holiday schedule conflicts along with untimely illnesses, what we thought we could get done actually didn't get done. But Mr. Angus is on the scene now and will pick up the slack. Look for a WJC column from Angus within the next 12 hours. Had my family not been wiped off the face of the Earth all week last week (daughter and wife were incredibly sick for a few days, and I wasn't exactly in tip-top shape myself), things would have been different. Man, that was one of the toughest weeks I've ever had in my short tenure as a father! But we're all healthy now, and I'm getting caught up.

 

The Coyotes have recalled Brett MacLean. It's about time! I hope he gets a decent opportunity. Worth watching for.

 

UPDATE: Toews will be out for two weeks (@TimSassone)

 

Jonathan Toews left last night's contest with what looked like a shoulder injury.

 

It looks like Kimmo Timonen is on the shelf with an undisclosed injury. It's time to pick up Matt Carle (or even Meszaros) off the wire, and roll the dice that Timonen is, indeed hurt (the Flyers are not saying.

 

Joni Pitkanen and Jussi Jokinen will miss tonight's contest with UBI and LBI respectively, according to 620AM in Raleigh. Bryan Rodney and Jon Matsumoto have been recalled.

 

The Leafs have sent Nazem Kadri back to the Marlies.

 

Nashville has claimed Marek Svatos off of waivers. Apparently, they didn't see my note this morning ;). Actually, the alternative for them was Chris Mueller, who is not an NHL-caliber player, so they need this move until some of their players return. When their players return, Svatos will probably be placed on waivers again, and I'm sure St. Louis will claim him at that point.

 

TJ Oshie is targeting late January for his return to the lineup. The broken ankle was supposed to take him out well into February, but he's progressing well.

 

Steve Downie could practice hard with teammates as early as this weekend and could be back in the lineup a week from now.

 

Ales Hemsky picked up an assist in his return to the Edmonton lineup last night. Glad to see that Linus Omark remains with the big club, and saw secondary PP time.

 

EDM line combos: Cogliano with Hemsky and Penner; Gagner with Hall and Eberle; Fraser with Jones and Paajarvi; O'Marra with Omark and Jacques

 

Mike Comrie has undergone hip surgery and will be out for the rest of the regular season. The Band-Aid Boy has probably burned his last chance at turning around what was once a promising career.

 

Brian Rolston has been assigned to the AHL and then placed on re-entry waivers, thereby offering him to teams for half price. We'll know shortly if that gets any bites.

 

My impressions of the Team Canada prospects? Zach Kassian was the best player on the team. That is, until he was given the boot for a phantom head shot. He played a hardnosed, yet skilled game and was Canada's most dangerous player. Sure, Brayden Schenn ended with five points, which is nothing to sneeze at. But had Kassian finished the game I'm sure he would have had two or three. As a power forward, Kassian is looking at three or four years before any kind of impact at the NHL level. For most teams. But for Buffalo, a team that needs guys like him, he could probably make the jump in the fall and after two years of development at the NHL level he could start helping you fantasy squad by 2013.

 

As I noted above, Schenn tallied five points and showed the "first liner" skills that I was looking for in Game 1. Is this because the Czech team was so bad? We'll know by the end of the tournament. Jaden Schwartz also impressed me. Still waiting for Ryan Johansen to make a statement. And, let's see, Olivier Roy - saw little action and didn't show me that he was a game stealer. Another weak goal. Two games in and I'm hoping they turn to Mark Visentin.

 

Marty Turco got the start because Corey Crawford was ill, and Turco actually turned in a good performance in the 3-1 loss.

 

Patrick Kane was back in the lineup, but he was pointless and a minus-2 in about 20 minutes of ice time.

 

Despite six goals, Evgeni Malkin wasn't in on any of them. Crosby, however, was in on four.

 

Chris Kunitz has 12 points in his last 10 games.

 

What worries me about Anthony Stewart, besides his history of getting injured a lot, is this - under 13 minutes of ice time last night. He has yet to be treated like a top sixer this year and has 24 points despite that.

 

Patrice Cormier was pointless and minus-1 in his NHL debut for the Thrashers.

 

I'll have analysis up on the Wisniewski trade later today.

 

Mike Green saw 11:49 of power-play ice time against the Habs last night

 

Something to keep an eye on - Eric Fehr has taken 17 shots in the last three games and he has three points in that span. I think he's worth a gamble, as he's shown in the past that he can run some pretty good hot streaks.

 

With this kind of effort, he's bound to break out of his slump: FOURTEEN SHOTS on goal last night for Patric Hornqvist. He needs one to go in off someone's ass, or something fluky like that to open the floodgates.

 

Pekka Rinne has allowed a respectable seven goals in three games since his return, but has lost all three of them.

 

Parros vs. Bissonnette

 

 


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Larry said:

Rollie1967
Shelley is a tard Shelley suckerpunched Alberts who wasnt even looking at Shelley,nor did he have his gloves off. A total lack of respect, totally gutless. Why he was even on the ice that late in a blow out is beyond me- nothing to prove at that point. This is hockey-not MMA.
December 29, 2010
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Rick said:

fulcrum
Kassian's hit Definatly a headshot......
December 29, 2010
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kjazz said:

kjazz
Braun Braun (San Jose) re-assigned to AHL
December 29, 2010
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slufoot said:

slufoot
... On the Shelley punch: If you don't want to get popped in the face, get the ^&*% out of the scrum. If there's one thing I hate its chirping and facewashes without fists to back them up. Kudos Jody.

Kassian's hit was a head shot. He's notorious for them, you think that didn't play a role in the call or the suspension?
December 29, 2010
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DonCoburleone said:

DonCoburleone
Malkin Talent El Caballo maybe Malkin IS superior to Stamkos in almost every facet of the game of hockey, but let me point out a few things: 1) That is an OPINION. I guarantee you I could find a number of GM's or hockey analysts who would disagree with your "on talent alone Malkin is far superior to Stamkos" statement. 2)This is a FANTASY HOCKEY website. The ONLY thing that matters in fantasy hockey is P-R-O-D-U-C-T-I-O-N, and over the last year and a half Steven Stamkos has been more productive than Evgeni Malkin, period.

Just look at the relevant fantasy stats since the start of last season: Goals: Malkin 41, Stamkos 80; Assists: Malkin 68, Stamkos 67; Power Play Points: Malkin 41, Stamkos 65; Plus/Minus: Malkin -7, Stamkos +8; PIM: Malkin 118, Stamkos 68; SOG: Malkin 416, Stamkos 434... Thats 4 categories in Stamkos' favor and only 2 for Malkin. And on top of that he DOUBLES him in THE most important/difficult fantasy category (Goals).

So again, maybe in your opinion Malkin has more talent on the tip of his pinkie than Stamkos has in his entire body, but STATISTICALLY speaking (and isn't that all we care about in fantasy hockey?) Stamkos is not only on par with Evgeni Malkin he's ahead of him.
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
Shelley Jody Shelley got a 2 game suspension for his sucker punch on Alberts. That type of goonery is beyond stupid. Wish it was 10 games.
December 29, 2010
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Ryan said:

kingshockeygm
kassian's hit As a canadian hockey fan I hate seeing our players get unwarranted penalties. Usually any big hit in international ice hockey is a penalty which I disagree with. However, i have reffed years of junior hockey and have seen the videos describing what is and is not a 'head shot'. Kassian's hit IS a headshot. If you watch the video, he has a perfect hit lined up, but at the last second extends through his legs to make the hit. Normally this is all well and god, BUT, in this case it causes him to take his shoulder and drive it and his entire body weight into the chin area of the Czech player. Perfect example of a head shot. Sorry to disagree but EVERY ref should make this call. Over the long hall it will save careers. I hope they all make that call on the ice as opposed to waiting for discipline after the game.
December 29, 2010
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El Caballo said:

rtstr
Malkin/Stamkos debate
Alright. Something's gotta give here.

Are people EVER going to understand how this works? smilies/smiley.gif

You can use numbers to try and argue one side or the other, but as we've seen over this season, that's meaningless. Every player in the world has blocks of games that are better than others. Sometimes Stamkos will score more, sometimes Malkin will. If you try and prove that one player is better than the other based on their scoring trends over a couple weeks, then you aren't going to get anywhere. This is their value for KEEPER leagues, not weekly head-to-head matchups.

What everyone needs to realize is this:

The reason that Malkin is in the Big 3, and NOT Stamkos, is very simple..... talent. t-a-l-e-n-t. skill. ability. however you want to say it. bottom line is Malkin is better than Stamkos.

Watch the two of them play. Malkin is a better player in nearly all facets of the game, except for the one timer and the wrister/snapper. When it comes to a regular slapshot, Malkin's better. Malkin is a way better passer. He's a better stickhandler. He has way better vision and hockey sense. He is SO MUCH stronger on the puck. His game along the wall and in the corners is exponentially better than Stamkos'. He's way better in his own zone.. He is just a superior hockey player to Stamkos, and that is why he is considered to be in the Big 3 instead.
December 29, 2010
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DonCoburleone said:

DonCoburleone
SEE! Malkin Sucks! So what would your blurb have been if Tampa Bay put up 6 goals and Stamkos got a big fat goose-egg on the score sheet? Instead of this: "Despite six goals, Evgeni Malkin wasn't in on any of them. Crosby, however, was in on four." It would have been something like this: "Despite six goals, Steven Stamkos wasn't in on any of them. And when I say he isn't as good as Geno and he doesn't even belong in the discussion of the "Big 3" this is exactly what I'm talking about."
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Wrist_Shot said:

Wrist_Shot
WJC Three days into the tourney and we've only one analysis column? This site largely revolves around prospects (which is great). Is it fair for me to expect a pre-tourney analysis of the teams, player expectations, and their fantasy impact?

I love the WJC, I guess I just expected more coverage here on dobber.

I'm sure there are columns in the works but I had to vent. smilies/smiley.gif
December 29, 2010
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clayton said:

clayton_bigsby
... lcbtd-

not sure what you're getting at. i'm not 100% sure about this, but i have an inkling that "8 year old girl" is not exactly the demographic the NHL is trying to attract. i don't see why it's surprising that a little girl is taken aback by two giant monsters on skates beating each other with fists the size of her head. IF fighting is dumb, which i completely disagree with (but that's a different story), I highly doubt that you can justify it by saying it scares wee little girls.
December 29, 2010
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studley49 said:

studley49
Canadian WJC thus far Honestly, I think most of the team has played quite well thus far - except for maybe Barrie and Despres. You can look at Barrie's stats and see numbers, but that's only because he's on that PP.

Anyways, Kassian and Johansen have both impressed me thus far so I guess it's all about personal differences in perception.

One thing I do want to point out that hasn't been mentioned anywhere yet: the line of Eakin - Cizikas - Ashton has looked stellar, to say the least, thus far. All they do is press the other team off the puck, take it, and create some excellent scoring chances while playing a very solid puck possession game in the offensive zone.
December 29, 2010
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Patrick Nolan said:

IHeartHabs
Svatos claimed by Preds "St. Louis has signed winger Marek Svatos as an unrestricted free agent, a two-way deal. He will need to clear waivers before he joins the Blues. He will clear waivers, because he sucks. What you'll see is an early spark - probably six goals and two assists in his first nine games. This will be followed by two goals and two assists in his next 10 games. And then 10 games with just one goal. That's when the healthy scratches/AHL demotions will start. Favorite these ramblings and refer to them at the trade deadline and let me know how I did."

Sorry Dobber....of to a bad start smilies/wink.gif

December 29, 2010
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lcbtd said:

germant
Little Girl Good call on the little girl's reaction James.

Just another reason why fighting is just dumb.
December 29, 2010
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slufoot said:

slufoot
Canada prospects I'm in the minority by the sounds of Pierre, Dobber and some other dobberhockey members but Kassian has done nothing at the tournament to impress me. At his size, 2 years removed from his draft year he should be absolutely dominant at this tournament and I haven't seen it. He constantly displays poor shot selection, a slow first step, and stone hands. Unless he improves his skating and puck skills I don't see him contributing any more to the Sabres in the future than Jordin Tootoo does to the Preds, 3rd-4th line banger.
Schenn is performing as expected, but waiting for Johansen? He's been Canada's 2nd best forward game in and game out against top competition. Exactly the opposite of Kassian, I've been nothing but impressed with Johansen's physicality, vision, and hockey sense. Same with Schwartz, minus the physicality. That's the beauty of differing opinions though I guess.
December 29, 2010
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Jeremy said:

onthebeach96
Getzlaf and Whitney Getzlaf left the game with a puck to the face, Ryan Whitney has an ankle injury, and if Luke Schenn had 5 points last night the Leafs would have actually won! His brother was amazing for Canada though! Go team Canada!!!
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DuklaNation said:

DuklaNation
... What does Schenn have to do to get more respect exactly? Tarasenko 1 pt in 2 games. Kassian is a solid player but he doesnt have the offensive upside of Schenn. Not close. Kassian was drafted that high because of his ability to play with offensive players and because he's as tough as they come.
December 29, 2010
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James T. Paterson said:

jtpaterson
:35 of parros / biz Check the little girl in blue's reaction at the 35 sec mark!
Meanwhile mom beside her is right into it, oblivious of her daughter's disbelief and horror! Awesome.
December 29, 2010
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Francois said:

fvroy
Hornqvist 14 shots on goal in a single game... Wow! But it's not a record...

On March 21, 1991 Ray Bourque of the Bruins peppered Nordiques' goalie, Ron Tugnutt, with 19 shots. The most by a single player in a single NHL game.
December 29, 2010
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Steve Montpetit said:

Haddock
... "Luke" Schenn and no mention of the Wisniewki trade.

Someone needs his morning coffee! :p
December 29, 2010
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shifty eyes said:

shifty eyes
Parros vs. BizNasty Love 0:17-0:21 of the tilt. Respect among warriors - Parros helping Biz get his jersey on straight so they can have a fair fight. Hockey is great.
December 29, 2010
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