Daniel Sedin's wife had their third child last night - he will play tomorrow in Detroit.

 

The Wings will be without Franzen, Datsyuk, Hudler, and probably Bertuzzi as well.

 

According to a Swedish paper, Marcus Kruger is going to join the Blackhawks next week. With Bolland and potentially Sharp both injured, Kruger may see some time with the big club right away.

 

The 20-year-old Kruger had 35 points in 52 games in the SEL this past season. He's a good playmaker and is excellent defensively. Projects as a very good two-way center (either second or third line) at the NHL level.

 

The Capitals are resting a slightly injured Ovechkin for the next seven to 10 days (not games, a typo on my part). Just in time for the playoffs in many fantasy leagues...

 

Jordan Staal has seven points in his last four games.

 

Kris Letang has two points in his last 10 games. I wonder where he’d be numbers-wise had Crosby not sustained a concussion?

 

Nick Lidstrom had two helpers last night, his first point(s) in four games. Is he the favourite for the Norris once again this year? I may be a tad biased towards a certain other defenseman…

 

The fourth annual Prime Cuts team is close to being unveiled. This year, I am putting a contest together. The winner will receive an autographed 8x10 photograph (with certificate) of Teemu Selanne. More info on the contest here.

 

As usual, Dean Youngblood’s OHL ramblings are awesome.

 

The Avs signed Stefan Elliott to an entry-level contract yesterday. He’ll be in the NHL next season.

 

Last night's Calgary/LA game was about as good as a 2-1 shootout final could be. Fast, physical, great goaltending on both sides - the game had it all.

 

Justin Williams and Rene Bourque both left with injuries.

 

No word on Patrick Sharp’s injury yet. I need him healthy in a bad, bad way. My team in my H2H league has been ravaged by injuries all year and Sharp has been my offensive MVP.

 

The Leafs signed 22-year old Tyler Brenner yesterday. Brenner scored 26 goals this past season at RIT (the Rochester Institute of Technology). His goal total was double the next highest scorer on the team.

 

Another former RIT standout has made a solid impact at the NHL level this year – Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev.

 

Manny Malhotra is out for the rest of the regular season and playoffs with his eye injury. A huge opportunity for Maxim Lapierre, as he moves up to the third line. Cody Hodgson/Alex Bolduc are suddenly back on the radar for the Canucks as the playoffs approach.

 

Jimmy Howard was awful last night – his rebound control is horrendous. He gets wins and his stats are pretty solid, but I wouldn’t be 100% confident with him as my goalie (even with a defense like Detroit’s).

 

Datsyuk and Franzen both missed last night’s game with lower body injuries. Hudler missed his third straight game with an upper body injury.

 

Mike Modano had a goal and fired seven shots on net last night for the Wings.

 

I have gotten a ton of e-mails on the subject already, so I'll share my thoughts with the masses. Neuvirth, Varlamov, or Holtby? I am a Neuvirth guy today, just as I was back on day one. Why? Mental toughness.

 

I saw a lot of him during the AHL playoffs (he led Hershey to consecutive AHL titles). He is talented, poised, and unflappable. Varlamov may be more talented, but he is also more inconsistent and injury-prone.

 

Holtby throws another wrench in the decision, but his sample size as an NHL goalie is a lot smaller. He needs to prove more before he could potentially unseat either goalie in the short or long term.

 

I really enjoy reading Copper & Blue for all things Oilers. An excellent statistical breakdown of an underrated part of Taylor Hall's game is broken down here.


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RustyPickles said:

Rusty Pickles
Hudler He has the flu. Late scratch yesterday, hopefully back by tomorrow.
March 22, 2011
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donions said:

donions
Hall Good move checkin out Copper n Blue. great site.
As for that Hall stat, wow it could be so much. No player in the NHL had more non-calls against him then Hall. Seemed every period there'd be a blatant penalty against him but no call.
He will dominate that stat as he ages.
March 22, 2011
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hockeyrobot said:

hockeyrobot
... Damn you, Sedin's baby. You couldn't have waited until say mid-day tomorrow?
March 22, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Tatar - good call. He is an intriguing prospect.

Bourque - guess I missed him in the shootout. My bad.
March 22, 2011
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Michal Sk said:

StevenY
Tomas Tatar has had very good weekend for Grand Rapids, one goal on Friday, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. He is 16th in AHL scoring right now and quietly becoming point per game player in his second season in the league. He always seems to be a couple of steps ahead of expectations.
March 22, 2011 | url
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Travis Ma said:

dstarsboy
bourque He was in the shootout, wasn't he?
March 22, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
... I thought Hudler was out with an illness? Does that also fit under UBI?
March 22, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
sharp i hear ya regarding Sharp, first week of playoffs and he is out, i need him for the next couple of weeks!!!!
If you hear anything, please post!

Ovie is out 7-10 days.
March 22, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Howard, WAS Goalies, Norris Trophy Three of my favourite topics:

1. Yes, Howard's rebound control is terrible. And that point is slowly filtering throughout league GMs, coaches, and commentators. The Versus guys touched on it last night. I believe his statistics are 30th or worse in the NHL in GAA & SV%. Let's say two things happen in the next 4 months: i) Detroit doesn't get to the Conf Finals, ii) Lidstrom retires. Are the Red Wings better spending Lidstrom's $6.2m on a replacement D (say, Kaberle) or on a bonafide #1 goalie (Bryzgalov or Vokoun)??? Which of those options makes for the BEST Detroit Red Wings team post-Lidstrom? (I have my opinion)

2. Angus, I like your summary on the WAS goalie situation. In four sentences, you covered everything. I agree 100% with all said.

3. Norris Trophy. All anybody has to do is say the words "Mike Green deserved it" to stir the pot. So, to be consistent - one can't recommend Nicklas Lidstrom for Norris this year simply because he is scoring. I l-o-v-e Nick... but -1 on a good Red Wings team shouldn't make the cut for nominees. My nominees are: Toni Lydman (not kidding, his +32 is so far above his teammates he SHOULD be recognized), Keith Yandle (only +7, but its Phoenix... that's very impressive), and Ryan Suter (+26). I'd have no problem with any of these three winning it. My favourite statistic for Norris considerations are using behindthenet.ca's GAON/60 even-strength statistic. For D playing minimum 60 games, Suter is #2, Lydman #14 for this stat. For +-ON/60 Lydman is #3, Suter #4.
March 22, 2011
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bball said:

bballplyr321
... Angus,

How does the loss of Malhotra really effect Vancouver? He never was much of an offensive player but he was as shut down a guy as you could possibly get. That third line existed because of him and it must have been quite a luxury to be able to throw that line out there against the top line of any other team and know that the top line would be neutralized. Do the Canucks have anyone else that can step in and lead that line or is this going to be a big issue come playoff time especially since the defensive corps have been banged up? And the FW. Oh my.
March 22, 2011
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SirKnight said:

SirKnight
... OV is missing 7-10 days. Caps only play 1 in 6 so they thought it was a good time to get him some rest. Seems like he'll miss 3 games total, Philly, Montreal and Ottawa.
March 22, 2011
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Yadba said:

Yadba
Bourque Bourque didnt leave the game last night, he hobbled off the ice but stayed in the game (took a shot in the shootout), although he looked noticeably off. Hagman was the flame that left and did not return.
March 22, 2011
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ryan said:

ridinryan44
... ovi is missing 7-10 games or days?? Bit of a difference there...
March 22, 2011
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