Vancouver has recalled Cody Hodgson. Looks like it's his turn now and Shirokov's is over. This will be Hodgson's first career NHL game. I don't expect this recall to last, as the trend in Vancouver has been - cups of coffee only.

 

The players are starting to get called back up from the AHL. The Rangers recalled Del Zotto, Newbury and Grachev.

 

Interesting note by the Litter Box Cats - Michael Grabner has 15 goals. That's more than any player on Florida, the team that let him go for free. And you can't say "well, he's on a great team now" as an excuse - because clearly he is not.

 

Unfortunately, the All-Star Game did not bring any added grit or effort, contrary to what I figured. Couldn't they lightly hit each other? Just a tap? Just use his body to bounce off of and go the other way?

 

I can watch a game without any hits, that's fine. It's all in good fun. But not taking the game seriously with the idiotic over-passing? I found that a bit much. A guy would have an empty net and dish it to a teammate, who would also have an empty net, but he would pass it back to the defenseman who would try and set up the first guy but then the pass would be stolen. Let's be honest, the game should have been 20-18 but the guys were pulling their punches. The final two minutes, however, the teams actually cared and I found the game to finally gain some intensity. It is possible, those two minutes proved that.

 

All in all, though, I enjoyed the All-Star weekend - from the original Draft to the head-to-head slant on the skills competition.

 

Justin Bourne brought up a good point on Twitter - you shouldn't call Friday's Draft a "Fantasy Draft". After all, it was reality - not fantasy. The players selected played on the team they were selected to in an actual game.

 

The Guardian Project - decent light show, hopefully got some kids interested. I took a look at a handful of the mini-comics released on the website - seemed to cram a lot of detail into the six-page battles. I think the right move would have been to release a character's comic one per day, and expand the comic from six pages to 15 and do it properly. After all, they are not only introducing each new Guardian, but also each new Villain.

 

Nicklas Lidstrom was an impressive plus-7 yesterday. I don't care what the game is, that's pretty solid.

 

Although Crosby is skating now and I have a hunch things will speed forward from there - seeing a return perhaps in 7-10 days (a guess) - the Pens play three times in four nights starting with Tuesday's return to action. So right off the hop, Sid is guaranteed to miss 12 games (he's missed nine so far). That gives him 29 more games and 43 more points. But I'm sure you can knock 2-5 more games off of that. So call it 37 more points, finishing with 103.

 

According to an NHLPA poll, Loui Eriksson is the most underrated player. I buy that. Do you?

 

Another underrated player, Patrick Sharp, was the MVP of the ASG.

 

Pavel Datsyuk and Dan Cleary are both expected back Wednesday. There is also a chance that Thomas Holmstrom will be back as well. This means Tatar and Mursak will remain in the AHL and Helm/Miller will be back to full-time checking roles with regular third/fourth line ice time. Has Jiri Hudler made enough of an impression to hang in there in the top six? Twelve points in 14 games is probably good enough. How sure am I? Um...D3.

 

Okay, I don't even know what that means. But I don't trust Hudler to keep it up, however I won't be dropping him in the one league I secured him in. If he still keeps it up, then it's Bertuzzi who likely slips (two points in his last eight games).

 

If you missed it - the unveiling of the Guardian Project:

 

 

AMAZING. I agree with the anaylyst - possibly the best shootout goal I've ever seen - Linus Klasen, Nashville prospect:

 

 


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Ken Shultz said:

kshultz
All Star Game Want to make the all-star game really interesting?

Instead of playing the NHL all-stars against other NHL all-stars, they should let the NHL all-stars play against the KHL all-stars!

Now, that would be an interesting all-star game every year. Everybody would tune in for that.
January 31, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
under-rated players @Jason Banks,

Frans Neilsen was second on the list, maybe what you caught was just the remainder of the top 5?
January 31, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Sens call up Lehner and Colin Greening. Big dude.
January 31, 2011
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DuklaNation said:

DuklaNation
... When I used to play pickup hockey, it was more competitive than that game. I just view it as a vacation for most players, a schmooze fest for the others. If people like it, thats fine, to each his own.
January 31, 2011
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Kevin Hildebrand said:

bunkerkev
Loui Yeah, Eriksson is underrated, even as an All Star. He gets picked near the end, has 4 points on the winning team, and still gets snubbed as the MVP. Go figure. I only wish I had him on my fantasy team.
January 31, 2011
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littleranger said:

littleranger
... Re: Craig

I think this call up could just be a precautionary callup for Girardi...might not be ready but we'll see after pratice today. Torts doesn't want DZ in the NHL so he won't be in the NHL for the rest of the season (or at least til he shows huge improvement).
January 31, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Best All-Star Weekend of late This was the best all-star weekend I can remember! Great change of pace, loved the three nights of events. Well done by the NHL. I think it is a lock for the NBA & NFL to have a "fantasy draft" in upcoming years. Guardian Project was a pretty sweet supplement to the hockey. THAT is how you increase fan base and make the show a more family-oriented event. (Excellent write-ups Dobbs... enjoyed them thoroughly - thanks for that).

[Side note: Is it just me or are there a lot of spelling mistakes these days? I'm a stickler for getting hockey names & nicknames spelled correctly.]

ps. Dobber - weren't you trying to shop Eriksson for Eberle last year? (maybe I'm making that up)
January 31, 2011
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Graeme Folk said:

Anonymous
... That looked a lot like OEL's goal in the skills competition.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2kz4aNV11A
January 31, 2011
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Craig Miles said:

bizzy
... By recalling MDZ I assume the NYR plan on playing him and not sitting him in the press box which doesnt make any sense, that wouldnt help his confidence at all, hope he is the PP QB that we all witnessed the first 20 games of last year !!!
January 31, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Embarrassment - that's a strong word. Are you embarrassed playing pickup with your buddies? It's just a fun weekend meant for interacting with the fans and rewarding the players for entertaining us all year.
January 31, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... For some reason I thought Crosby had 61. Ah well, fixed!
January 31, 2011
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DuklaNation said:

DuklaNation
... All star games always suck. Why would this yr be any different? If anything, its more and more likely to be an embarassment every yr. Its now a 5 day vacation for the rest of the players.
January 31, 2011
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Craig Miles said:

bizzy
Crosby pts Dobber....according to my math 66+37 (your prediction) that would give Sid
103 pts not 98
January 31, 2011
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Jason Banks said:

Jason_Banks
... Hey Dobber - on CBC Ron MacLean was showing a poll that sounds like it was the same as the one your talking about Loui Eriksson, and they had Frans Neilson as the most under-rated Player...

Might be miss-interprating or miss-understood or somethin...
January 31, 2011
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Nate said:

Nate
Shootout Goal Nice, but not that nice. I play with guys that I've seen do that before. And no they're not NHL players.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_CW9TdhhSk&feature=related
Far more impressive imo.
January 30, 2011
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