I am busy working on the 2010-11 edition of the Prime Cuts. Check out the past three years here: 2007-08, 2008-09, and 2009-10. I love writing this series and I hope you have enjoyed reading it!

 

Check out my piece on Puck Daddy from yesterday – those who purchased the 2010-11 Fantasy Guide will recognize the theme of my intro.

 

The Sedin twins are pointless in three games. Canucks in a rut offensively and they seem to be missing Alex Edler both on the PP and at even strength. Disconnect between the forwards and defensemen right now.

 

Pekka Rinne has allowed three goals in three games against Vancouver this season after blanking them last night.

 

Outside of your favorite team, who are your five favorite players to watch? Mine: 1) Giroux, 2) St. Louis, 3) Parise, 4) Yandle, 5) Datsyuk. HM’s to Crosby, Calvert, and Skinner.

 

Blake Geoffrion scored his second goal in as many games last night. He looked good to me – big, strong, and knew where to go offensively. He isn’t getting much ice time right now but that could change quickly if the production continues.

 

Tomas Vokoun was pulled after giving up two goals on three shots against Montreal last night.

 

Unsurprisingly the Panthers are struggling offensively. As a team, they have six goals in the past six games.

 

Weiss, Santorelli, Booth, and Bergfors saw almost all of the PP time among Florida forwards.

 

David Desharnais refuses to go away – seven points in his last 10 games, including a goal last night.

 

Craig Anderson continues his strong play – it looks like Colorado was the problem after all. He stopped 42 of 43 shots last night. I wonder if the Avs give him a contract in the summer? (Kidding…)

 

Bobby Butler continues his strong play and is earning himself a spot in Ottawa’s top six for next season more and more with each game. Not big but he is a smart player and isn’t afraid to shoot.

 

Canuck prospect Eddie Lack is having a phenomenal rookie season in the AHL – he boasts a .928 save percentage and a 2.08 GAA. Often times rookie European goalies struggle at first with the increase in the number of games played (Jacob Markstrom, but he has stepped his play up big time since December). Lack may find himself backing up Luongo sooner rather than later…

 

Michal Neuvirth has allowed only five goals in his past three starts (all wins).

 

It is amazing how different a team plays when there is confidence in the goaltender. The Leafs are really trusting James Reimer right now (and for good reason, the kid has been lights out). Instead of worrying about rebounds, odd-man rushes, and soft goals, the forwards can attack and the d-men can rush up the ice.

 

The Flyers were shooting at Reimer’s glove hand all night (like many goalies a weakness of his), but he wasn’t giving them much.

 

Grabovski’s awesome season continues – after scoring the OT winner last game, he had an assist and fired seven shots on goal last night.

 

I am not sure he has much fantasy upside, but Leafs rookie Darryl Boyce has really impressed me when I have managed to see him play this season.

 

Dion Phaneuf must think it is 2005-06 – he sets up the Grabovski winner last game with a beauty end to end rush, and he has two points and five shots on goal last night. A sign of things to come, perhaps?

 

Even with Philadelphia’s insane forward depth, Claude Giroux played over 22 minutes (including nearly six on the penalty kill).

 

I have tweeted this a few times over the past week – PM Bouchard is back. Zero signs of rust. Clicking on a line with Havlat in a huge way. He is far and away Minnesota’s most skilled and creative player offensively, and he is getting the ice time to produce.

 

Bouchard has eight points in his last eight games.

 

Kyle Brodziak is continuning to benefit from the Mikko Koivu injury. He had two points last night.

 

Jose Theodore has been a very under-the-radar signing for the Wild – another strong game in New York (I don’t have the stats handy but he always seems to beat the Rangers).

 

Trade deadline in my keeper H2H last night – moved Jordan Caron for Alex Steen. Steen’s value is a tad lower in this league because he takes up a C position without contributing any FOW. I love his PPP and SOG, though. I really like Caron (a lot), especially with Ryder and Recchi both probably leaving in the off-season. It was not a deal I could pass up, though.

 

Jamie McBain has six points in his last eight games. Once Joe Corvo leaves Carolina, McBain’s PP time will increase dramatically. Corvo is an awful defenseman but he serves a purpose offensively. I don’t get to watch Carolina play all that much, but he has never impressed me all that much (aside from some decent play with Ottawa during their cup run in 2007).

 

Jeff Skinner has five points in his last 10 – I’d expect him to be around that pace for the rest of the way with Stillman taking some of his ice time away.

 

Steve Kampfer has five goals this season, his highest total at any level since high school back in 2006.

 

Vinny Lecavalier missed the game last night with a minor injury.

 

Lucic and Horton are going to be very, very difficult to stop in the postseason. On the same line they cause all sorts of matchup problems with their size and skill combination.

 

Mike Smith got the start for the Lightning and looked pretty good in the loss, only allowing two goals on 28 shots.

 

Brad Boyes scored again for the Sabres. He could return to the 30-35 mark with Derek Roy next season. On paper the two seem like a terrific fit together.

 

Taylor Hall recorded the Gordie Howe hat trick last night – his fight with Derek Dorsett is posted below.

 

Hall on the fight: "You get tired of being rescued all the time. I'm 195 lbs."

 

Hall’s fight – he also lays a solid check on Matt Calvert at the beginning of the clip:


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Greg Donnelly said:

gdon
Hall season over Hall is out for 8 weeks. Likely miss the world championships too. Tough break. I think had he connected with Calvert on that hit he would have been suspended for it. That was a classic blindside (or in nhl vernacular back pressure) hit. That's what Dorsett gave him the love tap for. Hall could've picked a lighter weight class for his 1st go round but he held his own. That was a heckuva shift too right before that he made Tutin look silly with an awesome move.
March 04, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
self admitted Canucklehead here... Datsyuk
Zetterberg
Doughty
SUbban
Steve Ott- cant stand him, just know he's up to no good every shift.
March 04, 2011
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Budde said:

rbudde
5 sedin sedin datsyuk hall ovechkin
March 04, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Top 5 Players who aren't fancy, but get it done because they are RIDICULOUS in the smarts department are my faves. Great players for young kids to watch.

1. Lidstrom
2. Crosby
3. Enstrom
4. Yandle
5. St.Louis

(Banks: hockey players with last names ending in "chuk" are C-H-U-K. Let's get that one right next time, eh!) smilies/wink.gif
March 04, 2011
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donions said:

donions
Top 5/Hall fight Price
Hall
Sedins
Doughty
Downie

It is not a coincidence I own all these players.

ps. As for the Hall fight I was not happy when I watched that unfold. I knew it was Dorsett that hit Hall and when they said Hall dropped the gloves I got nervous, and for good reason. I wish he had picked a different guy to make a stand against, but I guess no Oiler fan can be upset that Halls got balls.
March 04, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Sekera - finally playing like many had expected. I'll have more on him tomorrow!
March 04, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Agree 100%, Jocular.
March 04, 2011
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Jocular Hockey Manager said:

JHM
Hall Good job Taylor. Might as well let the world know you're around for the next 15 or 20 years and they can all bugger off if they want to sniff around your head/with the dirty crap. Whether this play was 'dirty' or not doesn't matter, the message needs sent. Taking a poke at a Dorsett type, is also a good plan. He's not known for his good manners. Keep in mind though, Dorsett will be back for more, otherwise he's out of an NHL job.
March 04, 2011
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Bender said:

baconnol
Sekera 6 points in last 3 games, has something happened that affected this improvement? What do you see for the rest of the year?
March 04, 2011
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duballstar014 said:

duballstar014
So..... After last night's win, the Leafs remain undefeated (in regulation) when Versteeg scores. smilies/angry.gif
March 04, 2011
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derek said:

buck0198
Weiss for Caron Yea I traded Weiss for Caron straight up because I am deeper at center because of that piece...hopefully it works out.
March 04, 2011
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derek said:

buck0198
Top 5 to Eye 1. Subban...just has so much swagger...fun to watch.
2. Byfuglien/Enstrom...lumping them together because I love watching them on the ice together.
3. Ryan Kesler...love me an american...has a great all around game.
4. Lubomir Visnovsky...love to watch him on the PP.
5. Kopitar...just a solid player.

HM....Keith Yandle...dont get to see him much but seen some great moves the other night.

Was gonna say Fleury but I am Pens fan...
March 04, 2011
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Czechline said:

Czechline
Jose Theodore FYI- "On The Fly" just said Theodore is 8-0-1 at MSG.
March 04, 2011
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
Caron Nice work on hyping Caron up yesterday in the ramblings before the deadline Angussmilies/wink.gif and then shipping him out smilies/grin.gif
March 04, 2011
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Marc said:

MGW
Great ramblings Gotta say Giroux gets a vote from me, as well as Perry, Getz, Parise, Roy and Malkin...

On a sidenote: The sentence "Lucic and Horton are going to be very, very difficult to stop in the postseason," should probably be suffixed by 'until Horton decides to fall off the face of the earth, as is modus operandi.'
March 04, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
Top 5 Players I Love to Watch Sidney Crosby, Marty Havlat, Shea Weber, Roberto Luongo, and Ilya Kovalchuk
March 04, 2011
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Louis-Alexandre Jalbert said:

louisjab
Andrei Kostitsyn 2 points yesterday, 7 in his last 5 games (was scoreless in 9 games before that). A textbook Windex Wonder, could be useful for a quick scoring fix, while he's hot.
March 04, 2011
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Anze said:

Anze
... Players that I own and that I love to watch : Crosby, B.Richards, Kopitar, Giroux, Yandle ( but I haven't seen a lot of him )
Players that I wish I own and that I love to watch too : Stamkos, Ovechkin, Benn, M. Richards, Parise
March 04, 2011
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praba said:

praba
... Glad to see we are both giroux fans!
March 04, 2011
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BabyElias said:

BabyElias
Anderson Anderson is now 4-2-0 in Ottawa with great stats: GAA 1.16, SV% .966, 1 SO.

The Colorado indeed seemed to be his problem. Another evidence:

His stats this year:
HOME: GAA 3.37, SV% .891
AWAY: GAA 2.51, SV% .924

Those numbers include all COL games and 5 OTT games. If you take away OTT games (did not have time to count that), it is even more evident that he played great for COL in away games but sucked in Colorado's home games.

I wonder what was wrong with him in Colorado... Was he getting boos from home crowd or what?
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Jason Banks said:

Jason_Banks
Fav Players Unfortunatly I can't narrow my list down to 5 nor put them in order... But here is a quick list:

Johnny Boychuck - takes no Prisoners
Corey Perry - skill, strength, complete package
Tomas Kaberle - Is there a better 1st passer in the lg?
Anton Kuhdobin - yet to beak full time but seen lots international and AHL... just fun to watch
Matt Pelech - for thoses that dont know him... you will
Jay Harrison - Complete D man that never got respect
Mike Murphy - anouther that people will know...
Marty Turco - star is fadeing, but watching him control a puck is still sweet
Kari Lehtonen - whats not to like?
Nik Lidstrom - Legendary all that needs to be said
Wayne Simmonds - Balls to the wall!
Cal Cutterbuck - this kid impressed me more in the OHL in a games than John Tavarez
Tomas Plekanec - lethal at both ends
Ilya Kovalchuck - yea he floats which is a piss off, but whe he has the puck... Magic happens
Marty Brodeur - just like Lidstrom, your seeing the best of the position... ever!
Sean Avery - has alotta skill, just chooses not to use it... and what will he do next?
Pascal LeClaire - coulda been right there with Brodeur, still sweet to watch when healthy.
Rostislav Klesla - under-rated for what he does
Antti Niemi - I was one of the few that seen him in Europe, I dont like the Hasek like style, but he makes some intersting saves... and always makes he big one.
Carlo Coliacovo - can score can hit, sometimes both at same time...
Tim Brent - hell bent on doing anything that needs to be done for a team
Dale Mitchell - If you ever see him, you'll be amused and enjoy... and maybe develop a hate too lol
Aaron Volpatti - Much like Cal Cutterbuck, can do lots when let lose, but sticks to a role when givin
Alex Ovechkin - doesn't need explanation.
Pavel Valentenko - AHL/KHL D man, he's a 1 man wrecking crew.
Alexander Giroux - so much talent, so fun to watch, never given a full oppertunity

Glad you opened this can of worms, if you do not know some of these players look them up and check them out live!
March 04, 2011
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Lloyd said:

vandalay
Top 5 to watch 1. Datsyuk
2. Stamkos
3. Oshie
4. Hall
5. Duchene
March 04, 2011
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Ken Shultz said:

kshultz
Hall Fight I got Hemsky, Dan Boyle, Lecavalier, Brad Richards, Varlamov and now Hall all injured now.

And it all started when I made that stupid post about how the 'yotes should never go back to Winnipeg--and the Hockey Gods have been persecuting me ever since. I'm dyin' over here...

Please, Hockey Gods? I give up! Send the 'yotes back to Winnipeg already! Okay?!

...nevermind my team--for the sake of great hockey and Taylor Hall himself, I hope his ankle injury isn't too serious.
March 04, 2011
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Kevin Luu said:

kluu
top 5 My top 5 favorites to watch (no order and no sharks) = Datsyuk, Crosby, Lidstrom, Perry, Tim Thomas
March 04, 2011
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