Dustin Jeffrey is playing tonight for Pittsburgh.
The Kings have waived Marco Sturm. A trade on the way, perhaps?
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Cody Hodgson has played about 10 combined minutes over the past two games. He hasn’t been particularly bad, but with Sedin/Kesler/Malhotra ahead of him, the ice time is tough to find. Look for Vancouver to add a center at the deadline.
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The Flyers haven’t lost to the Islanders at home in almost four years… Even if it is the Islanders, it’s an impressive statistic considering the two teams play in the same division.
Bobrovsky had another very solid game for the Flyers.
Hamonic and MacDonald combined for almost 50 minutes of ice time last night for the Isles. Both players had an assist. With Streit back later this season and/or next year and a whack of cap space (not that they will uyse it), and things are shaping up nicely on the back end.
Tavares and Okposo combined for 12 shots on goal.
Bartulis is out for the season with a shoulder injury, and Pronger left the game last night with a hand injury. Philadelphia will definitely be in the market for a defenseman. Adam Foote rumors were swirling… he would be a good fit there.
Speaking of swirling rumors, Darren Dreger made mention of JM Liles-to-Toronto rumors. I wonder if Colorado would be willing to give him up below value to get rid of his contract (which isn’t all that bad).
Liles is a solid defenseman – he hasn’t meshed well with Joe Sacco, but he is a great skater and he sees the ice really well. Would be a nice replacement as a puck-mover for Kaberle.
Michael Grabner hasn’t scored in five games. He had eight goals in the five games before his recent slump.
Claude Giroux could break 80 points this season. He continues to amaze me each time I watch him play – few players consistently make the kinds of plays in the offensive zone that he does.
Mike Modano is playing on Saturday for Detroit.
Dallas looked much better last night – the return of Adam Burish seemed to provide a spark. Kari Lehtonen was sensational as well. I’m surprised more isn’t being made with regards to how healthy he has been this season.
Brad Richards won’t play before Monday’s trade deadline. My hunch – he isn’t dealt. Stephen Weiss is the crown jewel of available centers.
Jamie Benn is poised for a huge 2011-12. He can play all three forward positions and in all three situations on the ice (PK, five on five, and PP). He had an assist and logged over 20 minutes last night. I don’t think that Richards and Ribeiro will both be around next season… opening the door for Benn.
Alex Goligoski had a good game for Dallas – he opens up a lot of ice with his ability to pinch and skate with the puck. He had a helper and played 23 minutes.
Phil Kessel is on fire right now – I traded for him a few days ago and am reaping the rewards. He wasn’t the centerpiece of the trade, but I improved my depth immensely in a one year roto league.
The full trade was: Ryan, Salo, Grabovski, Penner, and Purcell for Versteeg, Kessel, Carlson, Pietrangelo, Heatley, and Skinner.
Alex Auld was brutal for Montreal, allowing three goals on nine shots. Do they add a goalie at the deadline?
Max Pacioretty scored his first in five games.
I’m surprised that James Wisniewski has only 28 penalty minutes through 54 games this season. He won’t be fighting any time soon either with the full cage on…
Tyler Bozak had 14 straight pointless games before his three-point effort last night. I’m not sure how many teams would continue to give 18-20 minutes of quality minutes to an offensive forward who goes 14 games without a single point…
Weiss to Toronto seems like a good fit (depending on the cost). He’s young, solid at both ends of the ice, a good leader, and versatile. Seems like the kind of player a young team could build around. On the other hand, Weiss is probably tired of missing out on the playoffs.
Sami Salo definitely hasn’t lost his shot:
Giroux… more than just an offensive wizard: