Lots of waiver wire action today - Zherdev, Kotalik, Rivet and Svatos all on waivers. Zherdev would garner the most interest methinks.

 

Getzlaf's wife went into labor last night, he may not play...

 

Ray Emery has been recalled by the Ducks. Yes, I believe you can safely activate him. He won't be a superstar, but I think he'll get the W's and keep the goals allowed to three or four per game right off the bat. He's a clutch goalie, who excels under pressure.

 

Paul Martin is out of the lineup with an undisclosed injury. He was hit from behind by Patrick Sharp. Dustin Jeffrey and Mark Letestu have been cleared for full practice.

 

In the battle of "the deal", both Erik Johnson and Chris Stewart scored for their new teams, and Kevin Shattenkirk tallied an assist. I think it will work out well for both teams, but the Avs are carrying the greater risk.

 

Alex Steen had seven ghots on net and added an assist. This deal is impacting him not at all. If anything, adding Stewart is helping, not hurting him. And Brad Boyes seems to be seeing less ice time, but he's putting points on the board consistently. Only D'Agostini and Colaiacovo are negatively impacted it would seem.

 

Peter Budaj faced 45 shots and stopped 42 of them. Not bad for a widely considered bad goaltender.

 

David Desharnais doesn't have the big contract. He doesn't have the pedigree, and he's not six feet tall. So despite his points-per-minute of ice time, he's been getting nine minutes per game over the last three games. As a result, he has just one point in that span. Gilbert Dionne is rolling in his grave!

 

Pierre-Marc Bouchard has four points in his last three games with eight shots and is a plus-5 in that span. He's rounding into form.

 

MIN lines without Koivu: Brodziak with Bouchard and Havlat; Cullen with Brunette and Miettinen; Madden with Clutterbuck and Nystrom; Bouchard/Havlat occasionally had Cody Almond with them.

 

So do you start Martin Brodeur? Hedberg has seven wins in a row and two shutouts in that span. In fact, he has not allowed three goals in a game in those seven games.

 

Devin Setoguchi continues rolling - five goals in his last two games, and 11 shots. He may be having a bad year, but he's showing enough signs to show that he still has it.

 

The 21-year-old Matt Calvert of the Blue Jackets has four points in his last four games.

 

Daniel Cleary has 16 points in his last 17 games and 10 in his last eight.

 

Ignore the first 16 games of the season, and Windex Wonder Radmim Vrbata is producing like a 57-point player. Which on this team that sounds about right - about all you can expect.

 

So at the end of December, did you think that any goalie in the world could go on a 9-4-2 run for Toronto? That's what Reimer is on right now. He's allowed just two goals in his last three games.

 

In his first career NHL game, Jonathan Blum played 16 minutes, saw no time on special teams and was a minus-1. He'll be a star though, in time.

 

Washington prospect Dmitri Orlov has signed a tryout agreement with Hershey and has crossed the pond to play here. Orlov was 86th on my defensemen prospects, but with this news he moves up into the Top 50.

 

With Nicklas Backstrom out for a short while with that fractured digit, look for Marcus Johansson to get a long look as the No.1 center - until they make a good strong pitch for Stephen Weiss!

 

Detroit is in trouble now - Chris Osgood is pain free and will practice this week. If they feel obligated to put him in for a start, then you may as well chalk up an "L"!

 

Despite being recalled, Kyle Turris did not get into the Phoenix lineup last night.

 

Jamie Benn is back in the lineup tonight, probably playing center in place of Brad Richards. Alex Goligoski is expected to make his debut with the team.

 

New Boston lines, with Paille getting scratched: Bergeron with Marchand and Recchi; Krejci with Horton and Lucic; Kelly with Peverley and Ryder; Campbell with Seguin and Thornton. Recchi is off the power play.

 

Another AHL win for Ray Emery last night - 4-3 in a shootout. Is he NHL bound soon? Anaheim needs somebody

 

Rick Nash being...Rick Nash:

 

 

My buddy Desharnais:

 

 

Jordin Tootoo is okay...

 

 


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Ken Shultz said:

kshultz
Backstrom Worst Case Scenario The Washington Post reports Boudreau as saying that the worst case scenario for Backstrom is that he might miss the weekend--worst case.

http://voices.washingtonpost.c...troms.html
February 23, 2011
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lanky522 said:

lanky522
Rick Nash being...Rick Nash: Rick Nash is lucky... because this could have very easily been: Rick Nash being... Marc Savard/Eric Lindros/etc.
February 23, 2011
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Anthony L said:

messierforlife
Svatos Is St.Louis finally going to lay claim to Marek? Looks like they're relegated to preparing for next year rather than adding stop gap players at this stage for 2010-2011. However, one might wonder if the Blues front office are rather still busy trying to weaken their opponents even further by dipping into the KHL/European fringes a la Wellwood, Svatos. Perhaps Richard Zednick? j/k lol Don't know why, but I love that theory!
February 23, 2011
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Curtis Curve said:

tcescon
BACKSTROM/GETZY/EMERY Has it been confirmed that Backstrom will miss time for the Caps? Their next game isn't until Friday. Last I heard he was day-to-day (aren't we all?). Fracture is at tip (of finger) smilies/shocked.gif and thinking is he may be able to play through it.

Getzlaf is in tonight and Emery backs up McElhinney per Helene Elliott.
February 23, 2011
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Hugo Twigg said:

yougo
Deharnais Hi Dobber!

You love Deharnais so much that you ranked him #46 in your top defenseman rankings! Ahead of Andrei Markov who's MTL best defenseman in the last 15 years !

I still love DD , just don't think he has better value than Markov
February 23, 2011
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JW said:

maya has the knife
Steve Mason ... is also on a roll lately, going 6-1 with 2 shutouts in his last 7 games.
February 23, 2011
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Ken Shultz said:

kshultz
Backstrom (C) I would have guessed Perreault getting a longer look up top rather than Johansson, but that's why I read projections rather than write them.
February 23, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Kovalchuk Hater Present In my entire lifetime, I'm not sure I've ever seen one conference so awful as the Eastern Conference is right now. There are two teams I'd call quality: PHI & BOS. PIT is without their big two, and now Martin. NYR without Gaborik. TB has no D & no G. On & on... the conference stinks.

And - the Devils (and Kovalchuk) are licking their chops.
They are playing well enough and on a roll.
And I expect it to continue, check out their next 10 games:
TB, FLA, TB, PIT, NYI, OTT, ATL, NYI, ATL, OTT (*check out those last 6, TWO against the THREE WORST D-teams in the EAST. TB is the 5th worst GA team in the EAST. And the Devils/Kovy just took three from CAR, the 4th worst GA team in the EAST)

Circumstance - That is the hot streak.
Go grab Ilya's numbers against DET/VAN/PHI/BOS and give me THOSE totals. That's where its going to matter... when you start playing GOOD, HEALTHY teams.

Rack up your points, Ilya, against the battered, poor, and wounded.
When push comes to shove - you are not an elite all-around hockey player.

(ps. Kovalchuk's point last night was a joke. Lucky.)

February 23, 2011
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thatbirdguy said:

thatbirdguy
Goligoski Goligoski debuted with the Stars last night - 0 pts, 4 PIM and 1 SOG
February 23, 2011
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I Heart Habs said:

IHatePeanuts
... Goli made his debut last night vs NJ. He was in the box for high sticking when the only goal of the night got scored.
February 23, 2011
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Ed Murdoch said:

emurdoch
The Deal There are some who don't like the deal.. including Peter Stastny:

"I don’t know what they were thinking in the Colorado organization. I should not have said this, but I’m so, so mad what they’ve done to this team. They’ve moved the team about two to three years back again."
February 23, 2011
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
Where are all of the Kovalchuk haters now? Kovalchuk has recorded a point in every single February game which is the longest scoring streak of his career. It appears that Kovalchuk is jacques Lemaire's biggest fan too
February 23, 2011
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
Niklas Backstrom (G) Backstrom (GY needs a shout out. He has allowed 1 goal or less in 6 of his last 8 games and three in a row. Backstrom is also sporting an impressive .929 Sv % (2nd) and a 2.24 GAA which is 5th among goalies with 35+ games
February 23, 2011
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