The Midseason Guide, you can buy it here, was re-released last night. I added a KHL article, as well as a one-page addendum with some updates and notes. Thursday night I will upload it one more time with added updates to the addendum.

 

The Leafs have won four in a row. Did you know that if they win 10 more in a row, they may have a sniff at a playoff spot?

 

The combination of James Reimer and the Grabovski, MacArthur, Kulemin line is a winning recipe for the Leafs. They're confident in front of Reimer and thus don't feel that they have to be quite as careful out there, which allows for more offense. And the fact that it's the "other" line that opponents are keying on means that Phil Kessel is starting find the net.

 

Colton Orr hit knee-on-knee with Logan Couture, who left the game and did not return.

 

A Subban slewfoot? See the bottom

 

Sergei Bobrovsky put forth his first solid performance in a momth. With the coach's tendency to play the hot hand, you could see a run of big starts from 'Bob' again. Remember how fun that was in late October?

 

I mentioned a few days ago that I thought Benoit Pouliot played a great game, scoring a goal and a nice shootout winner, and that would kick off a little hot run. He was shutout the next game, but saw a ton of ice time. Tuesday he scored the game winner again, so it does look like he's going to be on a nice little run here.

 

Jussi Jokinen is back - with authority. Give the man three points in his return to the lineup and that makes up for some of the games that he missed.

 

Meanwhile Erik Cole continues to hold a hot hand, notching four goals and two assists in his last five games to with a plus-3 rating and six PIM.

 

With Jokinen's return, Zach Boychuk's ice time and linemates suffered, and he was a minus-3 (Jokinen was a plus-3). So it looks as though the nice little run by Boychuk is over. They'll have to make space for this kid next year. He needs to play.

 

Miikka Kiprusoff got the hook, allowing four goals on eight shots. Henrik Karlsson came in and stopped 21 of 22. It's a shame that he was saddled with the loss. In fact, four of his last five starts were pretty solid and yet he has a 1-2-2 record to show for it in that span.

 

The Flames did score five times though. The last time they did that, Willie Plett was on the team.

 

The big thing for Flames fans - Rene Bourque scores. That ends a brutal slump and as a member of DobberHockey's All Streaky Team (hey, I should make one of those - it would go nicely with the Band-Aid Boys!), this should mean that a hot run is about to begin.

 

Neuvirth came in for Washington and took the loss, pushing the starting job even more firmly into Varlamov's hands. His fault or no, it's the results that coaches care about, and I think BB had a bias towards Varlamov to begin with.

 

Stephen Weiss has 18 points in his last 16 contests.

 

It seems weird - stunning even - that Claude Giroux is the only Flyer named to the All-Star game. But if you think about it, the Flyers are one of the best because of their team contributions. Who else deserves it? Bobrovsky? Maybe for October/November. Boucher? Maybe for December. Carter? Maybe for...every second week of the season. Richards? Yeah, a case could be made there.

 

The only thing wrong with the selections that I saw was Phil Kessel going over Mikhail Grabovski. The decision-makers must have been drunk at this point.

 

Four of Nick Spaling's six points have come in the last four games, if you need a center/winger multi-position guy for depth purposes.

 

Kevin Poulin - stud. Caught my eye immediately, and each game he plays I become convinced that he is the goalie of the future for this team. That multi-millionaire Band-Aid Boy will poke his head up from time to time, but Poulin will be the man. He single-handedly gave the Isles a point Tuesday, stopping 48 of 51 shots.

 

How Poulin lost the shootout:

 

 

Hartnell bit off more than he could chew in Guastad:

 

 

Is this a slewfoot by PK Subban?

 

 


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paul said:

donpaulo
... that was a slewfoot and the ref made the decision NOT to call it. I am sure all fans whine about the refs from time to time but that was a dangerous play and deserves review, even if its to have the meeting and tell him to lay off the dangerous play style.

on a similar note, the NYR seem to have a similar affect on other NHL players, earlier this season Sidney Crosby slew foot Ryan Callahan and Callahan was called for a minor penalty. That pathetic all was better than comedy
January 12, 2011
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Finnbar said:

jokerit72
All * snubs, again I realize there's an inevitable bias towards the guys who have had really good 42-game runs, but as long as the league is just picking the "best 42", shouldn't they make sure that the guys who really ARE the best players, every year, make the squad?
It's fun to see players like Giroux, Karlsson, and Duchene on there, but how long have they played at this level?
Datsyuk and Zetterberg are clearly in the best 24 forwards every year. So Datsyuk's hurt; you still have to name the other guy.
Why P-Kane and not Zetts?
Why Giroux and not M-Richards, who's obviously his team's leader and go-to player?
I guess I just like complaining, and there are always arguments every which way.
But since they are NOT representing every team, putting Elias, Kessel, and Hemsky on the team is indefensible. And that's giving Rick Nash a pass for two sub-par years now.
I'm way more excited about seeing the rookies do their thing than I am for this mostly-star game.

Oh, and while we're on Richards.... how can he call out Subban after almost ending Booth's career last year?

For sure Subban has got it coming though. Where's this kid's head at?
January 12, 2011
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Steffen said:

Steffen
Willie Plett Damn! I thought it sounded fishy (but still believable)...
January 12, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
Subban lacks maturity A definate slewfoot, and a lazy one at that- he had good positioning on Dubinsky and couldve just ridden him into the corner. Oddly enough the ref was in perfect positioning to make both calls- and didnt. The high stick was pretty quick-and Staal was bent over- so I could understand how the ref missed it-but the takedown/slewfoot was about as obvious as they come.

Steffen- the Willie Plett line was sarcasm

As much as I like to see more goals- the goalies dont have much of a chance on these spin o rama's.
January 12, 2011
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DeadSkinMask said:

DeadSkinMask
... P.K Subban is a punk. Plain and simple.
I don't like to advocate violence, but I can't turn a blind eye to reality. He needs to clean up his game start showing his opponents a little more respect or he will be wheeled off the ice in a stretcher pretty soon. This BS is not gonna fly for much longer.
It will help his game too. He reminds me of a young Phaneuf, too busy trying to make the big play(hit) but all the while blows the easy one in the process.
January 12, 2011 | url
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Steffen said:

Steffen
Flames "The Flames did score five times though. The last time they did that, Willie Plett was on the team."

Wow! That's surprising, and depressing.
January 12, 2011
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Casey Jones said:

Casey Jones
Spin~o~rama shootouts Maybe I'm just old, but aren't these spin-o-rama shootout goals in violation of some rule stating that the puck cannot go backwards or stop? Don't get me wrong it's quite humorous seeing goalies deked out of their jock straps, but I don't really think it's fair to them. The only "spin-o-rama like" shootout shot that should be counted was Grabovski's on Conklin, as he didn't go backwards with the puck or stop the puck at any point in time.
January 12, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Bullseye Dobber - since we all like to hammer on you for predictions you miss... here's a compliment on one you've nailed to the mid-season mark.
*Tomas Vokoun*
On my buddy's fantasy team, I strongly encouraged him to draft Vokoun on a terrible Florida team... even with your seemingly nutty 29W, 10SO mark. Halfway through... 16W, 5SO.
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effin, eh. Nice prediction. Now we just need a playoff contender to trade for him.
January 12, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... I just meant that if the decision was made four days ago, then Briere didn't have 37 points for them to review, he had like 31. So that was not more than Giroux.

And I didn't mention him because last time I looked he was in the mid-20s and further down the Flyers scoring list. I hadn't realized he was so hot right now, not owning him in any league. But yes, I should have mentioned him.
January 12, 2011
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Sean Peterson said:

Plus1Plus1
SJ A more significant part of the Leafs story: SJ routinely loses to terrible teams.

What is happening with these guys? I thought Niemi was a lock for some wins this week, and then he drops 3 in a row. Of course, their seem to have been on the offensive side.

January 12, 2011
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Fred Poulin said:

Slasher98
All-Star snubs Don't forget guys, that there is always a few players injured or that some prefer to get some rest and heal their bruises, so expect a few snubs like Zetterberg and Briere to get the call.
January 12, 2011
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BB94 said:

BroadwayBlue94
... I used the PIM just as another point to drive home the fact that Briere has been arguably the Flyers best player all season, and most valuable to them. He's doing it all. Even with the change in stats over the past week, he was still be on a pace to give him 5 less points than Giroux (65 to 70).

Trust me Dobbs, I'm a Rangers fan through and through (broadwayblue94). But to mention Bobrovsky, Boucher, Carter and Richards without a mention of Briere ... I just feel he's definitely more deserving than any of those guys.
January 12, 2011
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duballstar014 said:

duballstar014
Briere Briere definitely deserved to make the All Star game. Just because he had 4 points last night and a hot streak over the last 7 games doesn't mean they couldn't (or shouldn't) look at that when determining the roster. So the decision was made 3-4 days ago...why exactly should they not look at Briere's hot streak? If anything, the fact that he's hot NOW should have given them more incentive to consider him for the game.
January 12, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
Briere C'mon BB, you can't use those numbers. The guy had four points and was plus-2 last night. The decision was made before that. In fact, the decision was probably made three or four days ago - and he's had 12 points in his last seven games. So 25 points in 32 games (which he had before this hot streak) is like Phil Kessel's. Mediocre at best.

And penalty minutes will never be a factor - it's the All Star game not a roto league.


January 12, 2011
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BB94 said:

BroadwayBlue94
Flyers AS snub As much as I hate him and them, you missed the one TRULY deserving Flyers player. Danny Briere - 37 pts in 39 games (Giroux has 36 in 42). Briere has 59 PIM, Giroux has 18. Briere is a +19, which is 3rd on the team. So he leads the Flyers in Gs, tied for 5th in As, 3rd in PIM, and 3rd in +/-. Also tied for 3rd most PPP with just 9. So 28 of his 37 pts have come at ES.

I hate the fact that I'm pumping this guy up. But he actually deserves to be an all-star this year. Even over Giroux.
January 12, 2011
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Renegade said:

Renegade
Hi My name is Mike Richards And I was absolutely right about P.K. Subban. You can kiss my ass now.
January 12, 2011
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hockeytowner said:

hockeytowner
streaky players Don't know how serious you were but I think a streaky players list would look rather nice next to the Band-Aid Boys list.
January 12, 2011
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