Any baseball fans out there? Head over to DobberBaseball - Spring Training is only a few weeks away. I asked a few questions about Brett Lawrie today - answer if you want!
My Kevin Poulin comment in today's column is all the more important now. Rick DiPietro is out for 4-6 weeks with facial fractures and knee swelling. I don't really know what to say any more...
DobberHockey's Frozen Pool Fantasy Tools section received a well-deserved shoutout by TSN's Scott Cullen yesterday. If you aren't using the Frozen Pool Tools and/or don't know what they are about, spend 10 or 15 minutes and browse around. Your life will never be the same!
The surging Flames have won six straight, due in large part to strong play from Brendan Morrison and David Moss. Morrison is centering the top line with Tanguay and Iginla. Moss left the game last night with an injury… not good news. I’ll post more when I come across an update.
Kyle Brodziak continues to produce in an offensive role. Bouchard chipped in with a goal as well.
Mark Recchi has nine points in his past seven games. 43 years young – pretty amazing how effective he still is.
Brad Marchand could hit 25 goals and 50 points if he keeps his recent level of play up. The last time Marchand scored over 20 goals in a season was back in 2007-08 with Val d’Or of the QMJHL.
Marchand’s energy is infectious, and his tenacity helps him create and finish offensive chances. He’s a fearless player and they get more points than they should because of a willingness to go to the areas on the ice that many players don’t.
Zdeno Chara has 10 points in his last 10 games. He had 10 PIM last night too after jawing with Steve Ott. Keep running that mouth, Big Z, my team sure could use the PIM!
Steve Ott – one assist and 15 PIM. His fantasy value in a nutshell.
The Devils are 8-1-1 in their last 10. The NHL season is a long one.
Vaclav Prospal scored in his season debut. He looked pretty good all things considered.
Ryan Callahan has goals in two straight games, after missing almost six weeks due to injury. He’s the heart and soul of the Rangers. Look for him to have a very strong final few months.
Mats Zuccarello had one assist – more importantly, he led all Ranger skaters with over eight minutes of power play time.
Brian Rolston scored a goal to continue his hot streak. It is probably too late to pick him up now, but if he is still available, he’s worth a look for a few weeks.
Patric Hornqvist has three goals in his past 12 games. Not horrible by any stretch of the imagination, but he did have seven in his previous nine games. One of the streakiest scorers in the league.
Cody Franson is quietly on pace for almost 10 goals and over 30 points.
Vancouver’s defense currently leads the league in shots on goal, goals, and points. Salo-for-Edler is a bit of a downgrade considering how good Edler was playing this year, but the unit should still produce at a very high level.
Christian Ehrhoff has been playing some fantastic hockey all season, but in particular over the last few weeks. I’d expect him to re-sign with the Canucks, but not until the season is over. Both sides know it is a great fit between team and player.
The Bruins have a stacked prospect cupboard (check out my column today for more). Brad Marchand has been playing out of his mind lately – top six upside is no longer a question of if, but when.
DobberHockey’s Puck Daddy contribution from yesterday is here!
Chicago is starting Marty Turco against Vancouver tonight. Coach Quenneville said that it is time to give Turco a few games to run with. Not good news for Crawford owners…
Peter Mueller has begun skating for Colorado. If he could quickly learn how to play goalie, the Avs may have a chance at stopping their slide.
Craig Anderson must be playing hurt. There is no other explanation for how/why he has fallen so far after such an impressive 2009-10 campaign. He has been one of the worst starting goalies in the league over the past few months.
The Canucks have sent Sami Salo to the Moose on a conditioning stint. AHL goalies, duck for cover! Jason Botchford of The Province is guessing that Salo will make his season debut for the Canucks on February 12th against Calgary. If there is one thing Salo has, it is experience in coming back from injuries.
I’d expect him to slide in on the second unit to start, but he should quickly bump Mikael Samuelsson off the top unit (if Samuelsson’s hot streak ever ends).
James Reimer had a shutout for the Leafs last night. Coach Ron Wilson was quick to deflect any praise for Reimer. “We made it probably the easiest game for one of our goalies this year." The quote is from this column by James Mirtle (one of the best writers in the game).
Travis Hamonic is quietly establishing himself as a legitimate NHL defenseman in his rookie campaign. He has been playing on the top pairing with Andrew MacDonald.
Dustin Byfuglien is pointless in his last 12 games.
The Boston/Dallas game was a lot of fun to watch – three great fights in the first minute of the game. Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid is worth a look if you need to fill plus-minus and PIM from the back end position.
Thoughts on the new Lightning jerseys for 2011-12?
Paille with a suspension-worthy hit:
I don’t really know what to say about this one…
The beginning of the Dallas/Boston game... watch this!