Enter the Fan Duel contest and get a piece of the $500 worth of prizes they're giving away. Also - five bucks to each person who beats Dobber. The idea of the challenge: it's a one-day fantasy league! Details are here, this is for Tuesday's games.

 

Jordan Staal was not in practice today. No word if there has been a setback. I had him pegged as a very durable player, and last year was just fluky. But now I'm thinking otherwise...

 

The new line of Jamie Benn, Loui Eriksson and Michael Ryder is really flying. They were pieced together after Steve Ott was injured. The problem is, now Mike Ribeiro is short a linemate. He’s still doing fine, he’s just not getting a piece of the crazy action. Five points in his last eight games.

 

Kari Lehtonen 10-1-0? Wow – all the guy needed was to stay healthy. Did Atlanta just lose their hockey team because Lehtonen couldn’t keep himself in shape until he got to Dallas? Food for thought. If Lehtonen was healthy in Atlanta, they would have made the playoffs more. Perhaps even win a round. Would that bring in more fans? Of course. So what’s the domino effect here? The move isn’t on Lehtonen’s shoulders…but he could have influenced things in the other direction had he done this with his career a lot sooner. Just musing…rambling, if you will.

 

This year’s three new entries in the NHL Superstar club, I have a strong hunch, are Benn, Claude Giroux and Tyler Seguin. Giroux juuuust missed earning that title last year. No question this time around. How we talk about Datsyuk, Kovalchuk, Parise and Getzlaf now is how we’ll be talking about the above three a year from now.

 

The Blues have fired coach Davis Payne and have hired Ken Hitchcock.

 

This is the shake-up I was waiting for, and had alluded to about two weeks ago. Immediate beneficiary is Jaroslav Halak. Does Elliott get rattled? Does he feel he has to prove himself all over again? Answer – yes. A new coach will look first to the Golden Boy.

 

Any other Blues slacker should also get energized. Which is pretty much all of them.

 

It’s obvious that the No.1 job in Columbus is Mark Dekanich’s for the taking – if he is available in your league, then you are playing with blind GM’s. It’s also clear that Brian Elliott is putting the heat on Halak (I’m not convinced that will last). But what I’m not hearing is how Jhonas Enroth is undefeated with four wins versus Ryan Miller who has five losses – also with four wins. The difference, of course, is that Miller has cemented his reputation as an elite starter. Then again, if Tuukka Rask can do it (only to lose it again a year later) then why can’t Enroth?

 

Josh Harding. A great example that I forgot, above. A “must” start in all formats. That guy is money right now.

 

Here’s an update on Brian McCabe – speculation that his career is over.

 

Missed on the weekend here was Peter Holland’s NHL debut. He saw 11 minutes of action and was held without a point (so missed for good reason, I guess). The Anaheim prospect has five points in nine AHL games and is probably two years away from making this team.

 

Peter Mueller is taking contact again so hopefully we see him back in the Avs lineup within two weeks (which is the general window for all formerly concussed players not named Crosby, once they resume taking contact).

 

Ales Hemsky is probably back tomorrow, so look for some line shakeups in Oiler land.

 

Did you catch this? Flyers rookie Erik Gustafsson was a plus-6 on Saturday. Off the top of my head, I can’t say that I’ve seen anything above plus-5 in the last few years. The talk is that when Chris Pronger returns (later this week), Gustafsson will stick around. That would be at the expense of Andreas Lilja.

 

Erik Gudbranson was a healthy scratch yesterday for the Panthers. He’s still looking for his first NHL point and he’s also a minus-6.

 

Kings are practicing with some new line combos. The top line is the same, but Richards is now with Penner on one side. Brown remains on the other. Stoll with Parse and Clifford make up Line 3.

 

Eric Staal is now up to… or down to, rather… minus-16. This year’s Ilya Kovalchuk. Ironically, in one of my keepers I had to suffer through a seventh place finish because of Kovalchuk and a weak second goaltender. This year I’m hovering around second place because I have a strong second goalie in Mike Smith… but I have Eric Staal holding me back. If it’s not one thing it’s your mother.

 

Freudian slip brought to you by Cliff Claven!

 

Victor Hedman missed yesterday’s contest with a UBI. Duncan Keith also missed with a UBI – his third straight game.

 

Logan Couture – wow, what a pass (WootskiWoo was right yesterday in the comments):

 

 

 


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JULES said:

November 07, 2011
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Jon Dey said:

Sovereign
What the Heck????? I gotta read the star to find out that Ryan Murphy got pancaked like a crashtest dummy!
Top prospect is on the shelf indefinitely, and not a word on Dobber! Tsk, Tsk!
(Writing this, I am now going to read yesterday ramblings)
November 07, 2011
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HockeyKing said:

jeamcasmith99
Superstar Entry Dobber,

How about Taylor Hall or Kessel?

Any chance those two join the superstar entry this year?

You might get a few Oilers and Leafs fans upset by including Seguin and not the other two.
November 07, 2011
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C-ham said:

crookedvulture
JOnes I hope they don't mix up the mullet line.. Jones is looking very solid.
November 07, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Note on Lehtonen Great rambling today.

Lehtonen's 10 wins: CHI, PHX, STL, CBJ, CBJ, ANA, PHX, NJ, COL, CAR
This week: WAS, PIT, DET

Things have always unravelled for Kari in the past when the expectations start to set in... Dallas was in good position to make the playoffs last year too.
30-15-5 on January 31st.

Then they started February with a few tough games:
VAN (loss), BOS (loss), and PHI (loss).
after that...
November 07, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Steve - awesome point, great perspective
November 07, 2011
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steve laidlaw said:

metaldude26
Lehtonen Maybe Lehtonen (and his lack of early consistency) is part of the downfall of the Thrashers but he could likewise be saving the franchise in Dallas. This isn't exactly fair to hockey fans in Atlanta but I think it's more important to the game of hockey that the NHL keep a foothold in the state of Texas. So the sum of this is perhaps a good thing.
November 07, 2011
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Louis-Alexandre Jalbert said:

louisjab
Dekanich Columbus is a mess right now. I'm thinking of adding him in my league, but it's a rather shallow league (9 teams, 2 goalies spot per team, usually with another goalie on the bench). Does he have more upside than someone like Markstrom or Harding (non-keeper)?
November 07, 2011
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Shoeless said:

Shoeless
Couture's pass How does he so precisely put it in Pavelski's wheelhouse - holy smuck!
November 07, 2011
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
"If it’s not one thing it’s your mother." You leave my mother out of this.
November 06, 2011
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