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Cory Schneider is getting the start for the Canucks tonight - Luongo will face Detroit tomorrow.

 

Dallas has reacquired Jamie Langenbrunner from New Jesrsey for a conditional draft pick.

 

Three players I see having huge stretch runs – Shea Weber, Pat Kane, and Anze Kopitar.

 

Weber had two helpers last night – he also changed the tide of the game with two monster body checks. The Kings seemed afraid to skate into his corner the rest of the evening. He now has eight points in four games.

 

Colin Wilson has seven points in five games – it is starting to come together for the former college star. With O’Reilly out long term, he has a permanent top six spot. His C/W versatility helps as well.

 

We have a contender for the title of streakiest scorer in the league – Patric Hornqvist scored twice last night and now has five goals in his past four games.

 

Sergei Kostitsyn is loving life in Nashville – he has points in eight of his last 10 games and 10 total points in that same span. He has really stepped up with all of the injuries that the Predators have been dealing with (O’Reilly, Sullivan, Erat, Lombardi, Legwand, you name it).

 

Marek Svatos scored his first goal as a Predator last night.

 

Briere, Leino, and Hartnell combined for seven points. Briere now has seven points in his last five games.

 

James van Riemsdyk was pointless last night, but he saw over 20 minutes of ice time – well above his season average of 13:51. Ice time first, production second.

 

The Devils are rumoured to be trading Jamie Langenbrunner very soon… it sounds like Dallas could be the destination.

 

The Leafs chased Halak last night with four goals on only 19 shots.

 

Grabovski had a goal and eight shots on net last night (and a beauty in the shootout, check the video below).

 

Backes had a goal and a helper – his fourth multi-point game in his past 10. A notorious second-half player performing to expectation.

 

The Blues are getting a lot out of Vlad Sobotka – I was surprised the Bruins tossed him aside last summer (to be fair, they aren’t exactly desperate for centers). He plays with a lot of jam and has more offense than many thought.

 

Now that he is getting ice time with McDonald/Oshie/Perron out, he is producing at a very respectable level.

 

Speaking of Oshie, he is on track to return within the next three weeks. I haven’t been able to find any updates on Perron or McDonald (both are suffering from concussion-related symptoms).

 

I was excited to see Phoenix finally got a shutout last night as a Bryzgalov owner. Check the box score… and… LaBarbera. Nice.

 

Nine of Kris Versteeg’s 16 assists have come in his last 10 games. Not sure why the Leafs are shopping him – unless they can package him up with a defenseman for an upgrade?

 

Crosby missed the game last night for the Penguins – some are speculating that he suffered a minor concussion against Tampa Bay after being drilled from behind by Hedman (and others sre speculating that the Steckel hit from the Winter Classic was the original culprit).

 

Crosby is expected to be out for a week, according to Dan Bylsma – time to see Malkin step up.

 

David Desharnais had a helper and played almost three minutes on the PP for Montreal. I love it when small and skilled call ups are actually placed in roles that they can thrive in. Coaches that stick scorers on checking/grinding lines are doing the player and their team a disservice.

 

Talk about bad luck – Tuukka Rask is 3-8, even though he possesses the NHL’s 4th highest save percentage at .931.

 

Cal Clutterbuck scored last night and is now on pace for 25 goals. He could hit the 200 SOG mark as well. Combine that with the rest of his game, and you have yourself a very valuable multi-category player in the making.

 

Not sure where Zdeno Chara’s offense has gone this season… Big Z is on pace for only 10 goals and less than 40 points.

 

Kyle Cumiskey has been cleared to practice with the Avs after missing 30 straight with a concussion.

 

Chris Stewart skated yesterday morning and is getting closer to a return… I’ll guess he’s back in 7-10 days.

 

Wojtek Wolski was a huge miss on my part last summer – I saw him leading the Coyotes top line and playing the center position at a high level. He had eight minutes of ice time last night and has been as offensive as Mr. Rogers this season.

 

Keith Yandle is on pace for 63 points, but I see him getting more. Imagine if he was on a team that actually encouraged offense from the back end (slightly tongue-in-cheek, slightly true).

 

The Futility Bowl was played between Edmonton and Long Island last night (apologies to our Devils readers). The Oilers won a 2-1 snooze fest.

 

Nate Lawson let in two goals on three shots. Kevin Poulin (the backup to the backup) stopped all 19 he faced. Poulin has very impressive numbers in his first professional season in the AHL (10-4, 2.13 GAA, .931 SV %).

 

Rick DiPietro missed the game with a sore knee/elbow/foot/ankle/groin.

 

If there’s ever good timing for an appendectomy, Jordan Eberle should count his lucky stars. After finding out he was going to miss 2-3 weeks with an ankle injury, he underwent an emergency appendectomy on Wednesday night. The recovery time… about 2-3 weeks.

 

Edmonton’s paper thin defense took another hit with Jim Vandermeer leaving the game.

 

Grabovski with an interesting twist (pun) on the spin-o-rama:

 


 

 


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Mabus said:

mabus
... Kampfer's projections in the guide surprised me. Lots of points in the AHL, top PP minutes in Boston, 3 goals in his last 5 games. Let me know what I'm missing.
January 07, 2011
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lcbtd said:

germant
Young Dmen and Small Forwards Agreed J Fly.

Let's face it, young offensive dmen and small forwards are Dobber's Kryptonite. Lol

Despite these two weaknesses, he's still Superman though. smilies/grin.gif
January 07, 2011
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J Fly said:

flynnj94
Mid-Season Guide Dobber Staff,

McBain "should" break 40 points? He's 40 games in with 12 points. How do you figure?

You gotta let go of your big dreams for Jamie McBain. He's very talented. Good vision. Yes, he might score 40-50 points as a D-Man some year, but it's not happening this season. Dobber, just let it go and admit you made a bad call there.

And I quote:

"P.K. Subban, Erik Karlsson, John Carlson, Jamie McBain – These four young defensemen I had for around 50 points and this is another one that I was highly criticized for. Karlsson will get there easily this year. McBain and Carlson should top 40. Subban is a Big If. He is getting scratched a lot for being such a risk taker. If the scratches stop, then he too should clear 40 points."

Let's be serious Dobber. Stop trying to justify these as "great" projections. The way you write this is such a "I told you so" attitude, when in all liklihood, you'd be very lucky to even get within 10 points of your original projections. Karlsson will reach around 50, but it won't be "easy". It's halfway through the season and he's halfway there, so he would need to maintain his great first-half pace. McBain will be lucky to break 28-30 (just over 60% your original projection), Carlson needs to increase his production to reach 40, and Subban, no matter the situation, isn't going to break 40.

So quit with the whole "they should" break 40. Mathematically, they "shouldn't", and to do so will require a very significant increase in production.

It's not that your projections are terrible, but for Godsakes take your chin out of the sky. You'll be very lucky to reach them.

Still love ya. smilies/wink.gif
January 07, 2011
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CPlatt said:

Rusty Pickles
JVR you are slightly wrong in your statement:

JvR has been playing better for weeks, and producing. His work and production is earning him ice time and the trust of laviolette to play big minutes, including as the game winds down in the final two minutes. Not the other way around. It has been production first, ice time second.
January 07, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
As offensive as Mr. Rogers! LOL. Oh mercy, sometimes you guys come up with some really good one-liners! Love it.
I dropped Wolski for Ladd about 10 games into the season. Good move thus far.
January 07, 2011
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Dave said:

ddp
Souray Zero chance edm brings him back, ZERO. He's also hurt again.
January 07, 2011
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Rossi said:

Dean Youngblood
Grabovski Grabo has as many goals as Malkin and more than ALEX OVECHKIN - sell high, sell high
January 07, 2011
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bball said:

bballplyr321
... Any chance that Edm brings Souray back to help out on the blueline? Would anyone even think to claim him or is the rift there just too much to overcome?
January 07, 2011
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buffalosoldier66 said:

Sheepdogged
Chara I had Chara last year on my team and he did the same thing to me. I watched the Wild game v Boston last night (Wild fan here) and it just looks like he has lost a step. He looks confused and lethargic. Maybe the gigantism is catching up with him?
January 07, 2011
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Nights said:

Nights
Versteeg Just noticed a slight error. Considering Versteeg has something like 20+ points in around 25 games, you seem to have put his assist total (11-16-27) instead of his point total.
January 07, 2011
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