Peter Mueller didn't play last night because he wasn't feeling well. I'm not sure if that means he has the flu/cold, or if his concussion issues have returned.

 

Not surprisingly, Pat Kane is looking good as a center. More time with the puck on his stick. A goal and two helpers last night. Won an impressive 10 of 14 faceoffs taken as well.

 

The Blues saw a lot of PP time last night – their TOI leaders with the man advantage – Berglund, McDonald, Stewart, Shattenkirk, and Nikitin (five more seconds than Pietrangelo).

 

Kari Lehtonen was sensational – 36 saves on 38 shots – won the game for Dallas. His commitment to training and fitness will allow him to stay healthy. When healthy, he’s a very good goalie (although he does lay the odd egg, as most non superstar goaltenders tend to do).

 

Colorado scored seven goals against Ottawa yesterday, and seven players had multi-point games.

 

Joakim Lindstrom scored twice in just 13:52 of ice time. He is seeing a regular PP shift.

 

Kyle Quincey saw six minutes of PP time, but was pointless. Erik Johnson saw about a minute more of PP time and finished with two helpers.

 

Surprised to see Ryan O’Reilly with over three minutes of PP time and zero minutes of PK time. Known for his defensive acumen more so than his offensive game (he had three assists).

 

David Rundblad was minus-2 in just over 12 minutes of ice time. He saw more than four minutes less of ice time compared to any other Ottawa defenseman.

 

Chris Butler had two helpers for the Flames – a solid depth defenseman in deeper leagues. Giordano is going to see the bulk of the prime PP minutes (and after him are Babchuk and potentially Bouwmeester), but Butler moves the puck and should end up with 25-30 points.

 

Nik Hagman has two points through three games this season. He was singled out by GM Jay Feaster in a summer as a player expected to perform much better than he did in 2010-11. Hagman should score 20 goals and finish with a solid amount of shots on goal. His numbers aren’t eye popping, but he’s a solid fourth winger option for deeper leagues.

 

Mathieu Perreault was scratched by the Caps last night. Johansson was pointless in just under 14 minutes of ice time. Expect the two to flip flop a bit, with Johansson receiving a better shot at playing more (teams tend to favour first round picks and Washington is no different).

 

Turns out Malkin isn’t going to spontaneously combust due to a faulty knee. He suited up last night and looked very good. He finished with two assists and he generated a lot of offensive chances on the man advantage.

 

Tampa Bay’s defense was a mess yesterday (caught a lot of this game). Tavares had a fantastic game – he doesn’t get the prettiest goals all the time, but he is able to produce so often because of his fantastic positioning around the net.

 

PA Parenteau had two points and four shots on goal. I snatched him up in a few one year leagues, as he is in a great spot on a team looking like it is on the upswing. He’s a better player than many people give him credit for, as well.

 

The top line for the Isles (Parenteau with Tavares and Moulson) combined for eight points.

 

Another rock solid start for Al Montoya – 34 stops on 35 shots.

 

The Devils look like they are going to ride Kovalchuk hard – he played almost 30 minutes last night (no points and three shots on goal to show for it). He played nearly nine more minutes than Parise.

 

Martin Brodeur left the game after sustaining some sort of upper body injury. Hedberg stopped all 16 shots he faced the rest of the way.

 

Not surprisingly, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins struggled on the draw going 1-for-8 against the Wild. It’s very rare for rookies to be good at faceoffs.

 

Rare poor game from Pekka Rinne, as he allowed three first period goals against the ‘Yotes. The Klein-Blum pairing was a brutal minus-6 combined. Surprising rookie Craig Smith was also minus-3.

 

Oliver Ekman-Larsson played 22 minutes, second among Coyote defensemen. Yandle ended with less than 17 minutes – Phoenix will try to manage his minutes in games like this as much as they can.

 

Jimmy Howard kept Detroit in the game early last night, and they rewarded him with some goal support. The Canucks looked rusty offensively, and no one outside of Cody Hodgson or the Sedins seemed to generate much of anything offensively.

 

I wish I got to see Pavel Datsyuk play more. He was toying with Vancouver’s defense all night (Bieksa and Edler in particular).

 

If you sat someone down in front of the TV for  a Red Wings game who knew nothing about hockey, and you managed to catch Filppula on a good night, he or she would very likely assume Filppula was a star player. He’s such a dynamic skater and player (sometimes) with the puck on his stick. There are a lot of players in the league who “should” be better than they are, and he is definitely one of them.

 

Jiri Hudler looked good, and was rewarded with a few shifts with the big guns. He even played the point on the first PP unit. Looks stronger (had a great summer training in Quebec) and more confident (fresh slate with the coaching staff).

 

Hudler’s a good case of a player being overhyped so people ignore them the next year. So many (myself included) fell into the trap last year of looking at his KHL production and expecting big things. He disappointed tremendously, so most completely overlooked him this last summer. Manage expectations as best you can on a year-to-year basis.

 

A great read on the limitations of advanced statistics. If you have a few minutes to spare this morning, check this out.

 

Ottawa sent Filatov down to the AHL. If I were Bryan Murray, I’d think about sending Mika Zibanejad back to Sweden, as well. Clearly not NHL ready. No sense in rushing him during what is going to be a long, long season.

 

Chris Kunitz was re-signed for two years at a cap hit of just under $4 million per season by the Penguins. I like the term – the money isn’t great but it is fair with the ever-increasing salary cap. Kunitz plays a style of game that will probably begin to break his body down sooner than most other forwards. Committing no longer than two years is smart by Shero and company.

 

Tim Connolly has been shut down and won’t be practicing for the foreseeable future. He’ll still be attending and running the weekly Band-aid Boy Committee meetings, though.

 

Miikka Kiprusoff passed Mike Vernon for the most all-time wins for a Calgary goaltender last night.


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lcbtd said:

germant
@ Bruno Martel Thanks for the updates on Kabanov! I own him and was starting to get worried he'd be back in Europe.

A Memorial Cup appearance is a great opportunity for him as he will be exposed to some high level hockey and high level pressure. Kabanov owners should b stoked.

October 14, 2011
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Rube said:

Rube
More bandaid boys Bandaid boys committee held Thursday. Dipietro - out. Hemsky - out. Connolly still out.
October 14, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
mcdonald Injured last night? head.
anyone see him leave the game?

who will see more ice time? Arnott? Grachev? Dagostini?
October 14, 2011
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Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
Pens vs. Caps Pens:
Malkin looked great last night as did his linemates Sullivan and Neal. They are starting to show some chemistry which leads me to believe that Crosby will line up with Kunitz and Kennedy, ultimately sliding Jordan Staal back down to the 3rd line.

Neal is now getting his groove with the Pens and he looks great on Malkin's wing. His wrist shot is awesome and he seems to be using his size and strength more than he did last year with the Pens. He looks like he did with Dallas when Neal-Richards-Eriksson were rolling early on last year, that is, very confident, poised and getting to the scoring areas.

Because of the opponent, Letang did not rush as much as he normally does but he played a great defensive game.

Asham knocked out Beagle (which i am sure many have seen) and i am glad that he apologized for the go to sleep gesture he made because it was pretty brutal considering Beagle was bleeding and out on the ice. It takes a big man to call yourself 'classless' like he did.

Kennedy has been firing lots of shots but not hitting the mark. He does not look as good as he did at the end of last season, that's for sure and he is playing with the same linemates (Staal-Kunitz).

I would love to see the stat on missed shots last night as the glass/boards behind Vokoun might've stopped as many pucks as he did. Considering the skill of Malkin, Letang, Neal, etc. it's mind-boggling to see how many times they have open looks and miss the net! Most frustrating part of this team.

Caps:
Ovechkin was all over the ice, as he normally is, though his offensive touch wasn't quite there. He scored a beautiful tip-in off of a Mike Green shot but otherwise, his attempts on net weren't great. He needs to find another move as he STILL gains the zone, cuts to the middle of the ice and tries to fire a shot through the D's legs. PIT stopped that move at least 4-5 times with a simple poke check.

The other names on WAS weren't very noticable last night aside from Green getting the assist. Carlson is a rock on D (offensively not noticable) and Semin/Backstrom tried to generate offense but didn't do so well.

Vokoun looked shakey and although he settled down as the game went on, he looked average at best.

There is definitely a different feel to the Capitals this year (any Caps fans want to chime in). They all seem very ho-hum out there. It seems that since they tried to change their identity last year, the team is losing it's chemistry. Maybe it's just me as the casual observer but they certainly did not seem as dynamic and dangerous out there.

That's my take on the game and most of the fantasy players involved.
October 14, 2011
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Bruno Martel said:

bmartel
Kabanov is going to Shawinigan Talked about him yesterday, and it seems that going to Sweden was meant to put pressure on his old team. He's been traded to the Cataractes, who will host the Memorial Cup next spring.
October 14, 2011
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Mark said:

slapper75
Parenteau vs Hudler I have a question on the one-year board about some waiver wire options. Both Hudler and Parenteau are on the list:
http://www.dobberhockey.com/in...&t=112943

Does anyone think that Hudler can better his 2008/09 totals (57 points) this season?

PA looks good on that first line....seems more likely to me that he will outproduce Hudler this year.
October 14, 2011
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Ryan Lenethen said:

DarthVain
Blues Trade PP The two players who had by far the most PP time on the Blues last night were Stewart and Shattenkirk with over 6:30. Not bad for one trade.
October 14, 2011
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slink said:

slink
Mueller I read that Mueller was only scratched because Colorado is trying to slowly work him back into a larger role due to the concussion he suffered over a year ago.
October 14, 2011
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Lukasz said:

pahlsson26
Mueller Any idea why Mueller was scratched yesterday? Was he playing that bad? Is he injured?
October 14, 2011
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LeMatt said:

LeMatt
Babchuk & Hudler I'd say Butler gets more PP time than Babchuk. Being a healthy scratch two games in a row makes it hard to get PP time. Obviously he didn't get into Sutter's good books, despite Feaster saying he had the potential to be a 50pt defenseman.

As for Hudler, I don't think he was overhyped because of his KHL stats, I think he was hyped at being a 65pt player because his last NHL season he got 57. Then a year later, stronger and full of confidence after a strong season in the KHL, most people expected him to be able to be able to produce at the very least a similar level to his previous NHL season.
October 14, 2011
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CommittedToTheIndian said:

CommittedToTheIndian
... Blues power play

Minor correction, Jeff: Nikitin had five more seconds than Pietrangelo.
October 14, 2011
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Briggsy said:

RiverJack
... This type of read is exactly why I joined this site. Awesome info Jeff!
October 13, 2011
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fraser young said:

frazmo12
VP of Baid-aid operations CEO Connolly's meeting will all be Ales Hemsky!!
October 13, 2011
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