My second piece for the Province is up today - Pavel Bure's 10 greatest moments as a Canuck. Give it a read and a thumbs up!

 

Late notes - the Blues have placed Chorney back on waivers. The Jets have placed Ben Maxwell on waivers per TSN. And Philly has extended Brayden Coburn for four years at $18 million bones.

 

Angus here - my latest piece for the Province blogging contest is up. Shea Weber to the Canucks - pipe dream or possibility? Give it a read (and a thumbs up)!

 

Scott Parse left last night's game with an LBI and is "a little more than day-to-day". Looks like Trent Hunter draws in.

 

Well thank goodness. I take some heat every year for my bad calls, although admittedly this year hasn’t been too bad because so far a higher than average percentage of my projections are looking very good. But one guy who has been the subject of some emails and tweets is Jaroslav Halak. But with the Ken Hitchcock hiring, I’ve been touting him (hoping) for a rebound. Last night he pulled through with a shutout. He’ll build on that.

 

Kevin Shattenkirk and Chris Stewart also looked good. The news was not so good for Patrik Berglund and Evgeni Grachev. The latter saw his ice time go down even further under Hitch (expected) and the former was shut off the scoresheet. Again.

 

Ryan Miller laid another egg. But he got the win so that’s something to build on. Had he lost, even in the shootout, I’d have to think that Enroth pushes the door open a little wider. Instead, it closes.

 

Derek Roy’s three points give him five during a three-game points streak. He may be well behind some of the other boys on his team, but he’ll still finish first or second in team scoring. Your ‘buy low’ window on him closed last night.

 

A swing and a miss on this one – I felt that the signing of Ville Leino and the emergence of Gerbe and Ennis would mean that Pominville is back to the third line and 50 points. Nope. Ennis hasn’t shown much and has been hurt the last couple weeks, Leino has been terrible… and Pominville has been flying. Gerbe is the only player doing what I figured, out of those four.

 

Gerbe has a three-game points streak, by the way. Leino – pointless in 18:30 of ice time and minus-2.

 

Buffalo prospect Corey Tropp scored his first career NHL goal. He is another solid prospect for the Sabres, but there is no room for him to thrive this year or next unless he forces his way on the way Adam (this year) and Gerbe (last year) did.

 

At this point, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I have to recommend Tanner Glass for your roto league. On pace for 40 points, 80 PIM and plus-10. He won’t finish that way, of course. But he’s hot right now and those are solid multi-cat numbers.

 

Big Buff is back – two points and 12 PIM for the Jets last night.

 

Jordan Leopold is completely off the power play. While Derek Roy saw 9:42 on the PP, Leopold saw nine seconds. Meanwhile, Ehrhoff (six minutes), Gragnani (4:24), Pominville (9:47) and Myers (6:38) saw the bulk of it on the blue line. Sekera also saw zilch.

 

Jack Skille has three points in his last two games and has played increasingly well. He is developing into this great energy guy and had not been converting on his chances, so this recent spurt is good to see. He had five shots against the Leafs, too.

 

Shawn Matthias is another player who has played better with every game and he posted two points. He has 14 shots in his last five games after just six in his first eight. Two points against the Leafs and plus-2.

 

That’s 12 goals on the Leafs in two games. Uh oh… burst bubble? Gustavsson got the hood, but Scrivens wasn’t any better.

 

Why is it when I see the Preds score a goal, I expect Craig Smith to be in on it? How great has he been when it’s “expected” of him instead of “hope” or “wonder”?

 

Sergei Kostitsyn did not play again, but I expect him back by next game. LBI.

 

Patric Hornqvist has seven goals and 27 shots in his last six games. He had zero and 11 shots in the seven games prior.

 

Zac Dalpe played just 5:18 and was minus-1 in his return to NHL action. So yeah, back to how it was before he got hurt.

 

Jiri Tlusty looks like he is turning his career around, then I write a THN column on him … and he goes pointless and minus-7 in three games. Yep, it doesn’t always come up Millhouse for me.

 

Adam Henrique is now on a four-game points streak, with six points during the run. He’s not shooting a lot, but he’s scoring on what he does throw at the net.

 

Have you ever seen Eric Staal do this? In his last nine games – zero goals, one assist and minus-8.

 

I know someone with Staal, Zetterberg and Stastny in the pool. Ouch. You can’t foresee these things. All three should bounce back. Of the three, who do you have the least confidence in? (let me guess – Stastny? Me too).

 

Cody Eakin followed up his two-point effort with another point last night. So three points in three career games and he’s plus-3. Worth a pickup. They’ll just keep scratching Mathieu Perreault until he cools off.

 

Columbus paid a pretty decent pick (a fourth) yesterday to acquire Mark Letestu. I don’t think Letestu will help any fantasy leagues, but the trade does have a domino effect that I will get into in my trade analysis later today.

 

Pittsburgh prospect Tom Kuhnhackl was suspended for 20 OHL games for his hit on Ryan Murphy (to the head) Friday. Murphy suffered a concussion and will miss the Super Series.

 

The Pens sent Dustin Jeffrey to the minors on a conditioning stint. Long overdue. He needs a ton of ice time and he needs to put the puck in the net a few times and then give the NHL another try.

 

Val Filppula has three points and is plus-5 in his last two games. He saw 20 minutes last night, so there is every reason to believe that his little hot run will continue and if healthy a career season is in the cards.

 

Mattias Ritola, who recently cleared waivers, will not report to the AHL and instead will return to Europe, with Yzerman’s blessing.

 

Hey look! Dustin Penner is here. Hey Dustin!

 

Another interesting, minor trade – the Rangers acquired Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s brother Francois. His NHL dreams are on life support. The former Q star needs something to happen quickly – and Hartford offers a better opportunity.

 

Mason Raymond returned to the Canucks’ practice for the first time this year. I’m guessing he’s back before the 23rd. My guess. I have him on IR in two leagues, using a late pick on him.

 

I finished 234th (ouch) in last night's $500 free roll. How did you do?

 

Legwand left the game because of this hit – all the more reason to show Craig Smith the love, as the ice time will continue. So is Dustin Brown in trouble?

 


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ynotzz said:

ynotzz
Gaustad assist No love for Gaustad assist on the Pommer sh goal???
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSW4TkHYW9w
November 09, 2011
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donions said:

donions
Chorney If the Oilers get the chance they'll put in a claim for Chorney. They didnt want to lose him to begin with and said they'd take him back if he goes on waivers again.
November 09, 2011
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Sanstanya said:

sanstanya
I also have no love for Backstrom I wanted to roll with my boy Harding in that FanDuel contest but once Backstrom was starting I jammed out on Minny at the last minute and took Miller - a.k.a. "Pool Crusher." Was the difference maker as it cost me 10 points and I missed top spot by almost 6. So damn Backstrom, and damn Miller too!
November 09, 2011
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Frederic Poisson said:

Fossile
Fan Duel Hi Dobber,

Can't believe you chose Quick for LA yesterday as he was not in net. You should have used the Goalie Post smilies/smiley.gif

It seems you gave us all a chance here.

Still no sign of the 5 $ prize for being able to beat you on the Fan Duel site.

I didn't know this site existed before that contest. It's a lot of fun!

Thanks !
November 09, 2011 | url
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Draft Dodger said:

steve_oshp
$5 Meh Thanks Dobber, to be honest I didn't enter fan duel for the $5, I wanted the prestige of beating you. Unfortunately I guess I have share that prestige with 233 others! smilies/wink.gif
November 09, 2011
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Jared said:

Chesspro
No Love for the Wild Backstrom getting a shutout after sitting 4 straight while Harding has been on fire is something I expected to be mentioned...a big deal
November 09, 2011
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Tim Lucarelli said:

duballstar014
Fan Duel I finished 28th. Can't help but think what would have happened if I had picked Benn!
November 09, 2011
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letnry said:

letnry
... Shucks!! I finished just out of the money, tied with Dobber for 234th place!
November 09, 2011
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Czechline said:

Czechline
Backstrom Backstrom gets a 41sv shutout and no mention? He needed to come up big and did; way to step up Backs. I think this has some pretty big ramifications on the goalie rotation in MIN. My guess he starts Thursday @ SJ and then they play the hot hand from there. Another start or two like that and he's back to getting the lion's share of the starts.
November 09, 2011
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AL said:

grindin griers
Backstrom Wild win 5 in a row and Backs returns with a shutout, looks likes it's Harding turn to sit on the bench for a few games.
November 09, 2011
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Pierre Cordeau said:

Pete
... Hooo, I thought it's was everyday ...

Thanks !
November 09, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Mack, Draft Dodger - I believe the $5 is credited to your Fan Duel account and you can use it for a future game, or you can pull it out and put it on your credit card.

Username - Roy

Lukasz - Perhaps, but I doubt it.

Jeremy - either yesterday or Monday I called Benn this year's superstar along with Giroux and Seguin. I won't be a dead horse about it and mention him every day - but yeah, 90 points is doable

Pierre - contest is over
November 09, 2011
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D, Morin said:

dwmorin
... No way Brown is in trouble. 1.) Shoulder to shoulder hit and 2.) Legwand cut back into Brown right before the hit. Not Brown's fault.
November 09, 2011
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Pierre Cordeau said:

Pete
500$ free roll How can we participate to this contest ? (500$ free roll)

Thanks !
November 09, 2011
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C. Gerlach said:

Sheepdogged
Brown in trouble? He better not be. That's a clean hit. You can always hear a dad yelling from the stands at a pee wee game, "KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!" The same should apply here.
November 09, 2011
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Jeremy said:

onthebeach96
No Benn Benn had 3 more points last night and nothing on him? Possibly a 90 point guy this season perhaps?
November 09, 2011 | url
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Jeff Sabatine said:

marsid6687
Brown I don't think Brown should be in any trouble over that hit.
November 09, 2011 | url
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Lukasz said:

pahlsson26
Staal Do you think that concussing his brother Marc has anything to do with Eric Staal's weak play?
November 09, 2011
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james said:

austonja
- Since you mentioned Raymond and IR stashes, I stashed Huselius in my draft...who do you like better Raymond or Huselius? I have to think the potential is pretty good for Huse to be tried with Nash and Carter.
November 09, 2011
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Draft Dodger said:

steve_oshp
14th last night Is my $5 cheque in the mail? smilies/cheesy.gif
November 09, 2011
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Username said:

Username
... Dobber,

Would you rather have Roy or Krejci?
November 09, 2011
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Mack Gordon said:

Mackgord
Fan Duel So how do we collect our five bucks for beating you, Dobber?
November 09, 2011
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