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Still getting the details needed to post the story for the Dobber Nation show, but that shouldn't stop you from listening to it. You can download it here.

 

No surprise here, but Marc Savard has been diagnosed with a concussion. Extremely worrisome, in my books (and Marc's books too, I'm sure).

 

The Coyotes have sent Brett MacLean back down and recalled Andrew Ebbett.

 

Andy McDonald is a game or three away from returning. He is back practicing and working hard to get back.

 

Tobias Enstrom will be out until around February 10 with a fractured finger.

 

The Sharks recalled sensational minor league netminder Alex Stalock. If he gets into a game, I'm dying to see how it goes. Potential dark horse for next year.

 

JP Dumont is out with a neck injury. This will cause even more reliance on the likes of Wilson, Kostitsyn and Hornqvist for the Preds.

 

Amazingly, the Ducks are 8-3 without Getzlaf this year.

 

I'm starting to think that hockey fans/bloggers are the biggest whiners. First it's the Guardian Project, an initiative that targets 8-14 year olds via cool characters and online gaming. It's funny to see a forty-something blogger insult something that is not meant to impress their age group, or a twenty-something fan insult the idea that comic books are out of style - when it's not about comic books, it's about online gaming and social media. But I digress. Now I see whining about Clay Aitkin singing at the All-Star game. I agree it's not my first choice, but then I look at the big picture - one of the main stumbling blocks to allowing a man to watch this game is the wife. She'll want to go out and do something as a family, or watch something else on TV. But throw Clay Aitken on as the anthem singer, and suddenly you up your chances of her wanting to tune in for at least the start. If just one wife lets her hubby or young son put the game on because of this, then score it a win. Now stop picking apart every decision the NHL makes! What a bunch of clowns...

 

Atlanta prospect Spencer Machacek is really impressing me, with 24 points in his last 21 AHL games. They'll make room for him next year. Future second liner.

 

Evgeni Grachev played just nine minutes for the Rangers last night. But he had seven points in his last four AHL games, starting to turn things around in that league. Too little too late for me, as I moved him for a late draft pick back in January to make room for drafting Sergei Kostitsyn in the midseason draft.

 

I don't expect Sidney Crosby to be out for too much longer - perhaps another 10 days to two weeks. But they are clearly being very careful with him and there is no need to rush him back since the team isn't going into the tank. What this is doing, however, is bringing some winning fantasy teams back towards the rest of the pack. With nine games already missed, that's a good 15 points that Crosby owners haven't received. And while, as a Crosby owner in one league, I'm not overly concerned, I would immediately become quite concerned if he came back and promptly sustained another concussion. So take all the time you need, Sid.

 

Malkin is also sitting out and resting his leg as well as a sinus infection (which is brutal - trust me). Missing the ASG will do wonders for him - a full two weeks off could be just what the doctor ordered. In the meantime, we get to see Jordan Staal and Dustin Jeffrey, two players I have been interested in seeing bigger roles from.

 

Florida has sent Markstrom back down to the AHL.

 

With Desharnais and Pacioretty up with the big club, Alexander Avtsyn has been putting up big numbers for Hamilton - six points in six games, after just eight points in 23 games. He's two years away, but is an underrated prospect.

 

Three of my recent slumpers (i.e. guys on my key keeper league team) are showing signs of life, but the main one, Brad Boyes, is the only guy I was able to trade. Should have shown more patience with him. However, I stand by the belief that he will not be a 65-point player while in St. Louis. He needs a new team, whether it be through trade or just by simply working through his contract and signing as a free agent. Boyes has 13 points in 13 games.

 

Matt Stajan and Andrei Kostitsyn are the other two. Kostitsyn was garnering plenty of interest in early December, but very little interest in early January. Now he's rolling again, allowing me the chance for an "I told you so" or two. AK is a member in good standing of my Windex Wonders.

 

Stajan, meanwhile, is also a member. He has three points in his last two games and is ice time is creeping back up again.

 

The logic is simple. If Goalie A loses two of every three games he plays over the past month and Goalie B loses two out of every three games he plays over the past month, and Goalie C wins two out of every three games he plays over the last month - then you play Goalie C until that pattern changes. I don't care if Goalie C is 18 and straight from Junior, or if he's 44 and coming out of retirement. Do what makes sense until it stops making sense.

 

Goalie C is James Reimer.

 

Zach Boychuk was recalled yesterday and he picked up an assist in his NHL return. He played just seven minutes though. As long as Carolina is in the playoff hunt, Boychuk won't see the ice time he needs to get decent production.

 

At this point, it looks as though Atlanta is the only team in trouble and Carolina is the only team on the cusp. Unless Buffalo or Florida surge, there is your playoff race in the East.

 

Do you want to know my take on Evgeni Nabokov and Peter Forsberg? acquire them cheap if you can. If you own them right now - trade them ASAP. Shop them and deal them. Why? Take a look at my Hockey News article around noon today (features Jamie Benn) and I delve into my reasons.

 

Yesterday, working with the Guardian Project, I gave away a free NHL jersey. Today I will be giving away, through Twitter (@DobberHockey) a free Guardian Project graphic novel. More details/rules/info here.

 

The NHL revealed "The Senator" last night. I'll add to the article and give my thoughts, by noon today.

 

Ryan Stoa, after having a couple of ho-hum games, was rewarded with 18 minutes of ice time last night. He rewarded Sacco with a goal and six shots. He may be one of those deceptively slow players who does nothing but shoot the puck - and that has carved out many an NHL career.

 

Kevin Shattenkirk has five points in his last four games

 

Braden Holtby: 2-0-1 since being recalled. With the OT loss coming despite only allowing one goal.

 

Paging Brooks Laich. Come in Brooks Laich. You are wanted at the office. Your three points in 12 games are terrible.
Laich played with Knuble and Perreault last night, which is a pretty talented mix of scoring (Knuble) and setting it up (Perreault) to go with Laich's all-around game. On paper, it really works. In reality...

 

Jeff Tambellini's assist was his first point in 14 games. That's a long time to keep him in the lineup for not producing, I'm a little surprised. But only once this season did he notch a point without others following. So expect a bit of a run.

 

Man, how does Tuukka Rask get a foothold when Tim Thomas keeps either winning or nearly stealing games? Thomas is the only goalie who can keep Rask planted on the bench. Terrible luck for the youngster.
If he's allowed three goals, then Rask has never won this year. His team won't support him offensively, he needs to hold the opposition to two or fewer, or it's a loss.

 

Alexei Ponikarovsky is down to eight minutes per game. He signed with the wrong team. No chemistry at all with the first line (10% of his shifts) and without that, he's useless. It's apparent that his 55-point production only works on weak teams that lean on him for offense. He bombed in Pittsburgh, too.

 

Michael Frolik is pointless and minus-4 in his last nine games.

 

Kulemin vs. Gleason:

 

 

MacArthur ragdolls LaRose:

 

 

I love this shootout move by Wolski:

 

 


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John said:

Millhouse
... Apparently, Stalok has some health issue and Anderson has been recalled from the OHL
January 25, 2011
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Mike Brown said:

mbrown
Kulemin Ya know I can't believe all the sympathy for Kulemin

If he doesn't want to be in a fight he shouldn't start one. You punch a guy in the face twice, you're in a fight. Gleason's taking too much crap for being the winner, doesn't anyone like a winner anymore. Truculence, and testosterone, not so much... Gleason didn't start it, but he sure finished it.
January 25, 2011
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BK said:

BK_DobberNation
re: Def Leppard relevant:
http://nhlol.blogspot.com/2009...mple.html

http://nhlol.blogspot.com/2008/10/its-smorgasbord.html

January 25, 2011 | url
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Hell, Pearl Jam could sing the national anthem and I wouldn't care. It's forty seconds to start the show. But if American Idol fans/wives want to tune in just for the anthem, then good on their husbands.
January 25, 2011
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Katharsis said:

Katharsis
... Clay Aiken can't be any worse than that f*cking terrible, no, atrocious, show that Def Leppard put on a few years pack where the lead singer decided to pick up the Cup and then put it back upside down. All of that on top of looking like a bunch of ancient burn outs on stage who seemed to have no idea why they were singing beyond getting paid texa$.
January 25, 2011
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Curtis Curve said:

tcescon
LaRose Chad LaRose needs to take some fighting lessons from Rosie LaRose. "All I got is two fives!"
January 25, 2011
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derek said:

buck0198
As Ronnie from Jersey Shore would say "ONE SHOT KID! ONE SHOT!"
January 25, 2011
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slufoot said:

slufoot
Pengwin7 Who the $&^% is Dexter?
January 25, 2011
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BK said:

BK_DobberNation
re: Aiken @pengwin7 I see.. so could you please tell me who, exactly, is a 'real hockey guy'? Because, according to you, there is only one possible version of this person, and that all 'real hockey guys' (you left out the gals, btw) are identical in their traits and tastes. You're just playing to some imagined stereotype.. didn't even give an actual reason why Aiken is a bad choice.

I don't want to totally blow your mind, but let me suggest:
1. Some people who like hockey also like Clay Aiken.
2. Some people who like hockey will watch the game with people who don't like hockey but do like Clay Aiken.

Me, I don't really care who sings the anthem.. but if it pleases the hometown crowd, and maybe makes the game attractive to a few otherwise uninterested viewers, then why not Clay Aiken?

But hey, I totally agree on Kulemin. smilies/wink.gif
January 25, 2011 | url
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Oops My mistake.
Confused Grabovski (the bad check) with Kulemin (just went in there).
Oh man... the whole Clay Aiken argument wrecked my brain.
January 25, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Clay Aiken Three notes on Clay Aiken: (I can't believe I'm going there).

1. If you are a "real hockey guy" and you married a woman who likes Clay Aiken, then you might have married the wrong woman.
2. If you are a "real hockey guy" and you married a woman who likes Clay Aiken, then you might not be a "real hockey guy".
3. Clay Aiken is a terrible, terrible, terrible choice for somebody to sing a national anthem at a hockey All-Star game. Unless... the people in Raleigh, North Carolina want to pick somebody that people in Raleigh, North Carolina know about. If you took a poll of all the people in Raleigh, North Carolina and asked them if they knew who Clay Aiken was and asked them if they know who Eric Staal was... well, it would be an unfortunate answer. So... I don't think it was a TV ratings choice. Just sayin. It would have been cooler if they got Dexter to sing. Now, ladies (mine included) would tune in to see Dexter sing the national anthem.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raleigh,_North_Carolina

On a side hockey note: Kulemin got what exactly what he deserved as soon as he tried to throw that check. Watch the check he tries to throw on Erik Cole in slow-mo... there are so many things that are just wrong with it. He deserved to get pummeled. Don't throw that check Nikolai. Especially at the opposing bench. Way too much testosterone there. Dumb move.
January 25, 2011
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shane said:

grinder12
Jaxx My point is that Macarthur should not have let Larose up, he took a good shot because he did. Even though Kulemin is not a fighter Gleason obviously did not give him that chance.
January 25, 2011
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MT319 said:

MT319
... In regard to Getzlaf and Ducks...Getzlaf is great playmaker, but not high energy guy loafs around alot, plays less inspired half the time etc.. and by extension not a good emotional leader for that club which is why they still do just as well without him in the lineup and Ryan is perfectly capable of helping pick up alot of that slack by taking on a bigger role when Getzlaf is not there and is often under-utilized when he is, and even more so with Selanne consistently cutting his PP time on top of it. I think Thornton as well is good talent but a poor emotional leader for his club and I feel like that is the primary reason they never manage to find that 2nd gear come playoff time. Guys like Crosby, Ovechkin, Iginla, Mike Richards are all great emotional leaders to give you a better sense of what i'm talking about and even though the latter two are not necessarily better than Getzlaf or Thornton...they're able to bring the energy level and compete level up from the guys around them which makes them extremely valuable/important to their clubs from that standpoint aside from just bringing their production where as Getzlaf is not the same as a Richards or Iginla in that regard...which again is why you see that team still able to succeed and step-up without his presence...Parise is another great emotional leader for his club as well like some of the other guys i've mentioned above...Getzlaf and Thornton do not have what a Mike Richards, Iginla, or a Parise etc.. have in that regard.
January 25, 2011
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Jaxx said:

Jaxx
shane-macarthur huh?? macarthur does let up while larose was down .. he could have clocked larose a couple times but actually lets up. as far as kulemin/gleason..... i attibute it to a known tough guy in gleason not wanting to take a couple gloves to the face so he clocks kuli ... sure, kuli should have known better but gleason will tell you after the fact he shouldn't have clocked him, a couple of stiff gloves back to kuli's face would have been sufficient.... but heat of the moment i guess..... no harm done. kuli will have learned his lesson.
January 25, 2011
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shane said:

grinder12
Macarthur Macarthur lets Larose up and takes a shot he did not have to, this is exactly why Gleason fed Kulemin.
January 25, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
1 Punch That Gleason punch was sensational. Considering Kulemin's half-visor... that might have been the most perfectly thrown punch I've ever seen.
January 25, 2011
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Michal Sk said:

StevenY
... Pete@ - Don Cherry loves "good canadien kid". That love is like nothing compared to hatred he feels towards "bad russian kid" smilies/cheesy.gif
January 25, 2011 | url
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Pete Hadley said:

LordoftheRinks
Kulemin vs. Gleason Don Cherry still hasn't stopped laughing...
January 25, 2011
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Brodie said:

Brodie
... wow, it really looks like Holtby gets a little upset and takes Wolski's feet out after that shootout goal...
January 25, 2011
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