Pick up the 2010-11 Midseason Guide here! It will be released tomorrow and is absolutely packed to the brim with fantasy hockey gold.

 

Cory Schneider's emergence as a legit NHL goaltender could be a huge blessing for Luongo and his fantasy owners.

 

Kevin Bieksa's last six games - plus-9, three goals, four helpers, and 11 shots on goal. His turnaround in play from the beginning of the season has been amazing.

 

Calgary's best player was Mikael Backlund. No one else on the team really stood out - a team stuck in mud right now. It will be interesting to see what Feaster can do at the deadline.

 

The Ducks learned earlier yesterday that they were going to be without Ryan Getzlaf for up to six weeks. They obviously took the news hard, as they led the Predators stomp all over them (to be fair, the Ducks outshot Nashville 2-1).

 

The new top line: Bobby Ryan centering Corey Perry and Matt Beleskey. Maxim Lapierre was also tried on the left side.

 

Shea Weber has six points in three games.

 

Hornqvist is streaky, we all know this. He scored in his third consecutive game last night. Sergei Kostitsyn added a goal and an assist. He's quietly putting together a productive season in Nashville.

 

Luongo was 10 seconds away from a shutout last night - he ended up stopping 44 of 45 shots against the Flames.

 

He looks fresh and sharp in each start. He won't play more than 60 games (compared to his usual 65-75), but his peripheral stats will all be much improved.

 

Bruce Arthur is one of the best writers in sports. If you do one thing today (besides buy the Midseason Guide…) read this column.

 

Evgeni Dadonov missed Florida’s game last night with a minor ankle injury.

 

Rich Peverley has three goals in his past two games. He was pointless in his previous seven games. A solid buy-low for the second half (much more on him in the 2010-11 Midseason Guide…)

 

Andrew Ladd also has points in consecutive games after firing blanks for seven. He’s on pace for over 60 and I’d expect him to get there.

 

This is the best Brenden Morrow has skated in over three years (since his ACL injury). He had a goal last night and looks to have his offensive mojo back.

 

Ho hum, another two point night for Brad Richards. The vultures are going to be circling at the deadline this year.

 

Hjalmarsson had an assist last night, just his fourth point of the season. I had him in the low 20’s, he skates well and makes a good first pass. Surprised at the lack of production.

 

So much for first impressions. 24 hours after his debut shutout with the Lightning, Dwayne Roloson was exposed for five goals by the Penguins (who then went on to fire three past Dan Ellis).

 

Roloson allowed three and gave way to Ellis, who promptly allowed three of his own. Roloson then returned to let two more in.

 

Eight goals for the Penguins, and of course only one assist for Crosby.

 

Chris Kunitz had a hat trick, and Goligoski and Letang combined for seven points.

 

Goligoski’s four points match his cumulative total over his previous 10 games.

 

I cut bait on Simon Gagne (one-year league) last night. Too soon?

 

Mats Zuccarello scored his first career NHL goal last night – it was the OT winner to boot. He also had an assist on New York’s other goal.

 

The Rangers called up Ryan McDonagh, but he was a healthy scratch last night.

 

Matt Gilroy has three goals in his past four games. Not sure what to make of him right now – his defensive game will never be great, and he needs to produce to hold a lineup spot down. He was highly-touted coming out of college but has been a disappointment at the pro level.

 

With Pitkanen out, Jamie McBain has found his way onto Carolina’s top PP unit alongside Joe Corvo.

 

Not much of a race in the Eastern Conference right now as the 8th placed Rangers are now seven points up on 9th place Carolina.

 

Highest scoring duo – Rafalski/Lidstrom, Letang/Goligoski, or Enstrom/Byfuglien?

 

Jordan Staal was pointless for the Penguins (he had an assist that was eventually taken away from him).

 

Chicago is 12-11 at home – they lost eight home games all of last season.

 

Stalberg hasn’t scored since mid November. Versteeg struggling in Toronto – a lose-lose trade? I am not sure what the Leafs expected out of Versteeg – phenomenal complementary player, but he needs to be in the right situation.

 

Canada/Russia… what a game.

 

Kudos to the Russians for never giving up. Once it was 3-2 Canada, the Canadians started to play “not to lose” instead of “trying to win.” It ended up biting them in the rear end.

 

Tarasenko was every bit as impressive as Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Radulov were in Vancouver/Kelowna a few years ago.

 

I don’t think Dmitri Orlov left the ice in the third period for the Russians. He’s got a TON of upside – this was the first time I got a really good look at most of the Russian players.

 

He started the tournament slow (I thought he looked a bit soft at times against better competition), but last night was by far his best game.

 

Dallas scored their first empty net goal in 63 games last night.

 

Viktor Stalberg managed to hit all three posts on a penalty shot attempt last night:

 

A hilarious Ovechkin commercial for ESPN:

 

I… am… speechless:


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mick said:

hawkdog
Hey Derek the better game was the canadians making the americans look silly.
the americans were actually the favorite in the tournament based on the number of returning players.
But was nice to see the russians win though after they beat the US of course, it gets boring with canada winning all the time smilies/wink.gif
January 06, 2011
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JF Bessette said:

gfunkb7
Bieksa with a Habs jersey Hey Jeff.

What are your thoughts: Josh Gorges down, Markov IR, Subban not as explosive as in early season, could the Montreal Canadiens aim for Bieksa in the short-run (or perhaps long-run)?? Or Wisniewski was enough to compensate both losses??

THanks.
January 06, 2011
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Oilers rock 99 said:

Oilers rock 99
Hello Dobber... Can I get you reaction to the following considering how loud you were eariler on this year..

, Carey Price has come back down to earth in the last month. Since Dec. 7, Price has won just two of his 10 starts (2-7-1). He's held opponents to fewer than three goals in only two of those games.

Still think he is the man?? a cant mis top 3 fantasy guy??
January 06, 2011
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Oilers rock 99 said:

Oilers rock 99
Brodeur http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=548592

check out the abouve story this could be Bye-Bye to Jersey sounds like he wants out.
January 06, 2011
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Ron said:

ZarlyZalapski
Eastern Conference Race Minor thing, but there actually is more of a race in the Eastern Conference than noted above. The Rangers are actually in 7th and the Canadiens are in 8th with only a 3 point lead over the Canes. The Panthers are still in striking distance at 7 pts back (though unlikely to happen). Plus we are not even half way through the season. The Western Conference race is ridiculous still. Four whole points separating 4th to 13th. Talk about parity!
January 06, 2011
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derek said:

buck0198
Canada/Russia I dont like the Russians or Canadians but what a game. It was nice to see the Russians put those cocky canadian boys down...that is back to back years of choking. LOL.

And dont say anything about the USA because regardless of last year, no real hopes are ever put on USA Hockey.
January 06, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... I had that in the ramblings, studley!
January 06, 2011
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studley49 said:

studley49
Roloson/Ellis last night Just wanted to make a correction.

Roloson was pulled (I think after 3 GA), and replaced by Ellis. Ellis bombed, letting in 3 more, so Boucher put Roloson back in to finish the game.

I wouldn't be worried if I was a Roloson owner right now: Ellis blows...
January 06, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Schneider will be traded eventually. Not this season.

I explained the comment - because he is playing well, the team has confidence to use him in games, which gives Luongo rest. He looks sharper.
January 06, 2011
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Michael Gleason said:

mgleason
Schneider Please explain more on your comment regarding Schneider. Do you see him being traded to a team in need of goaltending?
January 06, 2011
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Marcus Lepkowski said:

Blueman
Versteeg Here are his stats month by month:
October: Games played 9, pts 2
November: Games played 13, pts 12
December: Games played 13, pts 10

After a slow October he's picked it up.
January 06, 2011
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Marcus Lepkowski said:

Blueman
Versteeg I don't agree with your Stalberg/Versteeg comparison..

Steeger has been playing at a 65-70 pt pace for the past 30 games or so (up to 25 now). This is after starting off really slow. I think this is exactly what the Leafs were expecting out of him and he is in the right situation.

Blueman
January 06, 2011
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fzusher said:

fzusher
Steve Reinprecht Of relevance only for benches in the deepest of pools ... but Reinprecht signed in Germany for the remainder of the season.
January 06, 2011
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STONE. said:

STONE.
... Second time this year Luongo's lost a SO in the last ten seconds of a game! Both against the Albertan teams (Eberle scored with 5 seconds left last month). Ugh.
January 06, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Late night editing. Thanks!
January 06, 2011
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Budde said:

rbudde
stalling ribeiro edit: sounds like you have j. staal lining up with ribeiro.
January 06, 2011
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Chris Hartley Romero said:

CHR17
... Doughty and Johnson are right up there as the best fantasy tandam in the league.
January 06, 2011 | url
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Noam said:

Holymanm
... and i was so overjoyed about that staal assist smilies/sad.gif i'll take the +2 though... (please don't take that away)
January 06, 2011
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... See, that's what happens when Stamkos tries to do a blueline spinorama...
January 06, 2011
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DeadSkinMask said:

DeadSkinMask
... Tough break for Stammer. People are going to remember this for the rest of his career.smilies/shocked.gif
January 06, 2011
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