Another chance for Ryan Carter. The Panthers waived him, the Devils claimed him. He has until Zajac gets back in a month or so to prove that he belongs. We have yet to see anything from this guy.

 

The Jackets have sent David Savard to the minors.

 

Surprise! Max Pacioretty is a "game-time decision". And here I was shopping him. Off the table now.

 

Evgeni Malkin returned to the lineup Tuesday and played a strong game. He’ll miss, I’m guessing, one in every three games for the next couple of months – then either his knee gets stronger or it gets worse. Really wish I had a crystal ball for this one. He played 19:19 and was pointless, but skated hard when he needed to.

 

I don’t know what Richard Park learned in Switzerland, but he’s back over here playing like a 45-point guy. He has four points in the last three games and seeing around 13 minutes per game. For now, I would say that he’s a definite option as a No.8 winger if you need one. At worst, he’ll help your plus minus and get you a point every three games. But right now, he’s much better than that.

 

Pascal Dupuis is, gulp, an even better No. 7 or No. 8 wing option. Give him eight points on the campaign already. Without PP time.

 

James Neal was held off the scoresheet but still wired five shots at Nabokov.

 

Dustin Jeffrey – 11 minutes, one shot. Still getting his feet wet, still not worth owning in one-year leagues.

 

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In the last two games, Mark Streit is minus-6.

 

Craig Anderson… is it just me, or is he shutting the door for the first 45 or 50 minutes of most games this season… and then shitting the bed in the final few minutes? The last two games, actually, he’s been pretty good throughout. But he has been letting in late goals, whether they were stoppable or not. He does yeoman’s work for the first two periods, keeping the Sens in the game when they shouldn’t be… but then a goal sneaks by him and he’s shaky after that. If he can solve that problem, then he’ll be back to being the Craig Anderson that was filled with awesomeness in the final five weeks last year.

 

So I looked it up, and Anderson stopped 79/88 in the first this season; 66/73 in the second; 58/70 in the third.

 

So that’s it – Mika Zibanejad has played Game 9. Does he go back to Sweden? Stay tuned. He has one point and is minus-3, with 12 shots.

 

Brett Connolly, by the way, will stay with the team this year.

 

Brad Boyes with two points last night. Nice of him to show up. Just 12 minutes of ice time though.

 

The line on Ville Leino is – two points and minus-3 in eight games.

 

Interesting to see the Sabres not put Nathan Gerbe out on the power play. But hey, as long as Leino and Boyes are getting their minutes, right? Gerbe’s five points equal Leino and Boyes combined. Let’s see what he can do with more PP time!

 

Steve Mason left the game briefly, but returned a few minutes later. He injured his arm, perhaps the funny bone because it wasn’t serious.

 

Ryan Johansen played a great game, notching his first goal of the season as well as an assist.

 

The Jackets won their first game the day Wisniewski returned. They eased him into the lineup though – he only played 27:21. The Wiz knocked David Savard out of the lineup.

 

Steve Mason stopped 30 of 31 shots. That’s just the confidence boost he needs, and I’m pretty happy I acquired him as my No.3 goaltender. In fact, my No.2 goalie (Fleury) got a shutout and my No.4 goalie (Khabibulin) stopped 35 of 37 for the win. Nice night!

 

Now is the time to “buy low” on Henrik Zetterberg. Even a bad year for him is 70 points, so act accordingly.

 

Jiri Hudler is pointless, minus-3 with one shot in the last three games.

 

Eight points in eight games for the Nuge. Can they send him down if he gets nine in nine? Really? I don’t think they have a choice, he has to stay.

 

Take away the first game, in which he unfairly faced 52 shots and allowed six of them in, and Mike Smith is 2-1-2, with 10 goals allowed on 135 shots (0.926).

 

Mike Green update – he will travel with the team, so there is a chance he plays next game.

 

Damn it! I almost noted after the Josefson injury that Zubrus could see more ice and PP time. Well, I didn’t so I didn’t help you. I kept my mouth (fingers?) shut. And now look – two points and plus-3 Tuesday, with nearly 18 minutes of ice time and two minutes on the PP.

 

31-save shutout for Johan Hedberg. The guy does his job, that’s for sure. Politics will keep him out of the No.1 job when Brodeur is healthy. After all, how do you give a low-paid backup the No.1 job over a Hall-of-Famer? The 4-1-1, 0.937, 1.86 unfortunately probably will not matter. But I’m pulling for him.

 

Roberto Luongo got the hook after giving up three quick goals in the second. Luongo owners are getting antsy. I don’t own him in any league – he’s a hard guy to get, as he is in such high demand. But at this point, I’m kinda happy about my misfortune.

 

David Booth saw 15:49 in his Vancouver debut.

 

Yikes! Patrick Kane with a beauty setup:

 

 


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Ken Shultz said:

kshultz
Bryzgalov What's up with Bryzgalov?
October 26, 2011
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Budde said:

rbudde
low lou Every year Luongo starts off slow and this debate flares. In the end, 35+ wins, >.910 save percentage, and decent GAA. Whatevs. That said, Schneider should see more starts to rest Lou and fire his competitive juices.

B. Connolly is a good call, as long as he doesn't get hurt bad. He leaves himself vulnerable.
October 26, 2011
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Draft Dodger said:

steve_oshp
Luongo I agree with you Steve-o, but he'll most likely turn things around and play well for long stretches during the regular season. But if when he blows in the playoffs again, they need to switch to Schneider and keep him in, unless he plays no better than Luongo. This year should be his last chance to prove he can carry the load in the post season. If he doesn't then he should end up history's most expensive bench-warmer.
October 26, 2011
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Steve-o said:

jeamcasmith99
Luongo I'm stick and tired of all the excuses people make for Luongo. Oh, the defense didn't support him. Oh, he's always a slow starter. Oh, the team didn't score enough goals for him.

These excuses may be true or false. Who cares. All they do is serve to distract us from diagnosing Luongo. It's really simple.

Is Luongo stopping the pucks that an elite goalie making the kind of money he is making should stop?

No, he is not. And for the last couple of years....when his team has needed it the most, the answer has also been "no".

People don't want to acknowledge that he sucks because they can't stand the thought of being stuck with a loser goalie on a disastrous contract.

Well, the first step to fixing a problem is acknowledging that you have one.

Why can't we just call a spade a spade?
October 26, 2011
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STONE. said:

STONE.
David Savard I don't know how reliable the source is, but I read in the comments on jacketscannon.com that Savard is playing one game in Springfield, but will re-join the Jackets in Buffalo (the source cited Shawn Mitchell's twitter).
October 26, 2011
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Jeff Sabatine said:

marsid6687
Pacioretty Pacioretty (wrist) will sit out the next three games, the Montreal Gazette reports.
October 26, 2011 | url
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puckmonkey888 said:

puckmonkey888
... The Canucks have to resolve their goalie situation. Luongo has lost his confidence. The team is now playing much better in front of a confident Schneider. Vigneault has to have the stones to, like Bruce Boudreau, ride the hot goaltender and to hell with the bruised ego riding the pine.
October 26, 2011
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DuklaNation said:

DuklaNation
... Honestly, start blaming the defence more on some of these goals, sure Anderson could have played it differently. Nice screwup by Gonchar & Cowen on the icing play.
October 26, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
Gonchar The guy everyone loves to hate has been awesome the last 5 games or so. 5 assists on the year, really helping that PP go. He's even been a stalwart in his own end. Let's give some credit to the old Ruskie!
October 26, 2011
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ultrawhiteness said:

ultrawhiteness
Connolly read the erlendsson tweet, steve. he's been good. it's not all about points.

on that note, were I the oilers, i'd still send RNH back. 2 reasons: cap management down the road and he's still a twig.
October 26, 2011
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Rob Myatt said:

robmyatt
poltitics Hedberg should be starting more games than broduer if the team wants to win.
Gerbe should get more PP time than Leino if the team wants to win.
these examples happens so often in hockey it's frustrating.
It just seems like coaches don't want to bite the hand that feeds (the owners) and appease them by playing assets they've invested millions in, even if you're giving more ice time to a less talented player.
October 26, 2011
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... Ross: Yeah, he said so after the game. Damn, what a beauty. Players try that stuff way too seldom smilies/smiley.gif
October 26, 2011
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
Patrick Kane Inspired by Denis Savard?
October 26, 2011
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steve laidlaw said:

metaldude26
connolly Is Connolly's sticking with the team more a sign of his talent and readiness as a player or Tampa's sneakily surprising lack of depth?

Chalk me up for the latter but I'm curious what you think because I cannot help but view him sticking with the big club as the wrong move for his career.
October 26, 2011
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Brian said:

StormSurge24
Hudler Hard to bash Hudler for the past 3 games, sure you would like to see more shots, but it's not like anyone on the Wings has showed up lately.
October 26, 2011
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