TODAY – last day: 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 today’s games.
With Tim Connolly sidelined, the Leafs have recalled Matt Frattin. He had three points in three games during his AHL stay.
Market corrections – hopefully you’ve taken advantage of this theory in at least some cases. I think we’ll see/hope we’ll see a nice market correction regarding Jaroslav Halak thanks to the new coach. And we’re finally seeing the top Boston Bruins line making that big market correction – Lucic, Horton and Krejci had eight points between them last night. Of the three, I know Horton gets extremely streaky. So his linemates should benefit.
As for Halak again, know this – Ken Hitchcock generally makes a quick and early impact. He holds a team’s respect for about a year before they stop playing for him. Historically speaking, this team should start stringing together wins and odds are that Halak will benefit. These are only odds, hunches, probabilities, what have you. But they are convincing ones.
Benoit Pouliot scored his first goal of the season. He’s not getting the ice time to build on that, so he’s pretty much Taylor Pyatted his way to mediocrity. He was in the lineup in place of Rich Peverley, who has an undisclosed injury.
Injury info has been worse and worse. Remember when I (we) complained about the injury info, or lack thereof, three years ago? Man, I’d kill for that info now. This year you get – ZIP. And what you do get, you don’t trust (James Reimer has whiplash, yeah right – remember when they said that?). You have to actually watch the highlight of the player and make a guess. So I would have to hope that the Peverley footage is online somewhere and then see what limb bends the wrong way, or stretches too far in order to get a better idea.
Evgeni Nabokov got the hook after giving up three goals on 12 shots. Montoya came in and was awesome – saving the day, really, before the floodgates opened in the third. The Bruins had 16 shots in the second and Montoya came up big for all of them. Two quick third period goals on him buried the Isles. I think Montoya will be worthless in fantasy leagues for another two or three weeks. Then either DiPietro is hurt, Nabokov slumps, or Nabokov is moved. But I stand by Montoya being the man here.
My THN column on the return of Taylor vs. Tyler.
My Puck Daddy piece for this week. I took some of the suggestions in the comments and I plan to adjust this weekly feature – expand the waiver wire section and reduce the hot/not section (that I felt helped shine the spotlight on a few things for trading purposes).
Top goalies in order of goals against average, minimum of four games:
Harding (NHL 1st star last week)
So six of the top nine were drafted after the 20th round in pretty much all one-year leagues this year.
The Sens have sent Nikita Filatov back down. We still don’t know what we have here, but the longer this takes the less promising it gets.
Speaking of the Sens, their prospect Matt Puempel was the OHL player of the week last week.
Dan Sexton was the AHL player of the week. That happens when you get nine points in two games. Actually, he got those nine points in a 25-hour span.
If Jeff Carter can get through a full practice today, he’ll be in the lineup Thursday. Jared Boll will be back Thursday as well.
Mike Green was back in practice, but was still not skating effortlessly. On his “twisted” ankle. More of that great injury disclosure.
The Panthers sent Markstrom back to the AHL. They are in no rush, though that may change if they start losing hand over fist. Next year, I wouldn’t be shocked if Markstrom was the starting goalie in Florida.
Roman Horak is back on the top line with Iginla and Tanguay.
Lots of whispering about Sidney Crosby finally coming back on Friday against Dallas. That’s November 11 – he’ll have missed 16 games. I looked up which date I speculated on back in October and I found this on October 12: “Crosby owners – figure on four weeks. They are taking their time with it and making sure. So once he’s cleared for contact (say another week) then it will be three weeks of taking contact. That would put him back in the NHL on November 11 against Dallas, which is another 12 games missed. That’s 16 in all and a 66-game season.”
Nice to get it right. Assuming I do.
Both Matt Read and Chris Pronger should be back in the lineup tomorrow.
Wojtek Wolski will undergo sports hernia surgery. He is gone for four weeks. Or rather, instead of being a healthy scratch for four weeks, he’ll be an injured scratch.
Zac Dalpe got in two AHL games and now he is ready to rejoin the Hurricanes.
Jonathan Huberdeau is out for a month with a foot injury. Huberdeau is a future star who should make the Panthers next season.
“The Best” from last week, including a pile of hat tricks: