Ryan Callahan broke his ankle, per Bob McKenzie, blocking a Chara shot last night. His breakout season will remain a secret from a stats perspective
Some late-morning news - the Isles have shutdown Frans Nielsen for the season due to concussion symptoms. And Anaheim prospect Peter Holland will join the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.
I had a theory going where Derek Stepan was not as productive a player since Vinny Prospal returned, due to the cut in any ice or PP time. But it seemed as though they played together at times last night (didn’t see the game, just looking at stats) and Stepan now has three points in two games.
As for Prospal, look out. He has 18 points in his last 19 games. Looks like there’s some gas in the tank yet with this guy...
Johnny Boychuk, a defenseman I had as a decent dark horse in the preseason, is finally showing something with four points in his last six contests.
Jonathan Quick got the hook after giving up four goals on 16 shots. Bernier, who is 7-1-3 in his last 11 decisions, was slightly better. Bernier’s one loss in that span, by the way, was despite giving up only two goals. Quick’s job is still safe – the last thing the Kings want is a controversy at this point – but I would put him on a shorter leash. Say two weak starts to kick off the postseason and he’s out of there. But I still have faith in Quick and his ability to keep the job.
Dan Boyle roto owners shot up the standings today – a goal, an assist, plus-2, 19 penalty minutes.
Both Kyle Wellwood owners also did well. He had three points and was plus-3 with four shots.
Jakub Voracek is pointless in 10 games. He is the subject of my THN article today.
Nik Zherdev’s recent strong game resulted in Ville Leino getting benched. This happened earlier in the season – if one was hot (mostly Leino) then the other would get his ice time cut (mostly Zherdev).
Daniel Briere (LBI) is not playing tonight.
The AHL have named Pittsburgh prospect Brad Thiessen the goaltender of the year. Thiessen has clearly overtaken John Curry as the No.3 goalie in the system.
Breaking down the options for the Preds when Steve Sullivan and Cal O’Reilly return to the lineup (very soon). Put me down for O’Reilly on a top line and becoming a solid producer immediately. On the Forecheck suggests putting them on a line with Wilson, and scratching Geoffrion, Halischuk and Dumont (Tootoo is back soon as well).
Rick Nash (LBI) is out of the lineup for the game against Dallas.
Tobias Enstrom will miss the next two games at least with an LBI. Atlanta has recalled Andrey Zubarev, who will make his NHL debut.
The Pens have signed high-scoring college forward Brian Gibbons to a contract. The free agent had 51 points in 39 games for Boston College, but at 5-8, 160 he has a tough hill to climb. Given how long the Pens are taking bringing in the prospects they already have, as well as their treatment of skilled, smaller AHLers such as Sterling and Conner, I don’t expect Gibbons to pan out at all.
No structural damage to Lecavalier’s eye, team says.
Martin Havlat is out for the season with an UBI. We hear that almost every year when it comes to Havlat, but this time it didn’t get said until April, so kudos to him.
Justin Williams could be back sooner than expected. He may even get in a game before the playoffs.
Adrian Dater, who is as in the know about the Avalanche as anyone, makes several predictions.
1. Tomas Fleischmann won’t be back with the Avs.
2. Tomas Vokoun will sign with the Avs.
3. Stefan Elliott will post 35 points next year – for the Avs.
4. Gabriel Landeskog will be drafted by the Avs.
5. Peter Forsberg’s number will be retired on opening night next year.
Drew Stafford has eight points in his last six games.
What a tear for Joe Pavelski – 19 points in his last 10 games. Little Joe is outperforming Big Joe...
Jason Spezza now has 16 in his last 12. He’s now at 50 points, 12 behind Heatley despite playing 18 fewer games.
He’ll be scratched in the playoffs – my prediction. Rich Peverley has just four points in 20 games for Boston and is minus-4.
Party seems to be over for David Desharnais – pointless and minus-5 in his last six contests.
Sobotka vs. Russell?