Angus here - my fantasy hockey mailbag is open for the rest of the day today. Ask your questions here. Also, starting in the New Year, I am going to be making my 15 Points to Consider a weekly column.

 

Blake Geoffrion was sent back to Milwaukee by the Preds today.

 

Jacob Josefson was back skating for the first time today, though he's still a ways away from a return to action from his broken clavicle.

 

Kris Russell left last night's game with a lower body injury that sounds as though it may be serious, though the Blues are tight-lipped.

 

Detroit's Jan Mursak - remember him? - is ready for an AHL conditioning stint.

 

Hey Justin Peters! Welcome back! The guy gets riddled with pucks, facing 52 shots, in his first NHL games this season. Good on him to only allow four by.

 

Adam Larsson will return to the lineup after missing two games to attend his grandmother's funeral. Since his PP time has been cut down, he's actually been more productive - 10 points in his last 16 games.

 

Brian Elliott has lost two of his last three now and Halak is 4-0-2. Despite Elliott’s amazing numbers  (and performance) overall, the tide is starting to turn and if Halak ever gets a real foothold, then the 1A/1B thing will stop.

 

Claude Giroux can run, but he can’t hide. Two more points for Evgeni Malkin pulls him within two points of the NHL lead. Giroux assisted on Philadelphia’s only goal.

 

Drayson Bowman was a minus-2 last night and saw his ice time slip to 13:16. This is what I would rather see from a coach – give the kid the minutes, and then gradually dial it back with each game that he stumbles. Once it gets down to 10 minutes, just shoot him back to the AHL. Zac Dalpe was recalled and played 12:43. He was also minus-2, but his ice time was his highest of the season in the NHL.

 

When Jordan Staal was a rookie, he was a Cy Young winner (29 goals, 13 assists). This year, he’s getting back to that. His 14 goals are great, but the six assists imply little in the way of linemates.

 

Tyler Kennedy has quietly posted five points during a four-game points streak.

 

In his last 113 games, Eric Staal is minus-33.

 

Uh oh. Concussion for Shea Weber. Ryan Ellis is probably a good idea (and an obvious one), if you need a replacement.

 

I’ve been a little hesitant in believing that Derick Brassard has turned the corner, but it looks like he has. His goal last night gives him five points in four games on a team that isn’t scoring. The ice time has stabilized at around 15 minutes.

 

After being scratched, PK Subban bounced back with two points and a plus-2 rating. He always responds to being scratched – and as he gets older, that fire will stop occasionally going out and he’ll just be a great player from Game 1 to Game 82.

 

Milan Michalek played 20 minutes in his return, notching an assist.

 

Montreal rearguard Raphael Diaz notching three assists caught my attention. But that’s a blip. It speaks to something in the future, perhaps… but for this season that was a one-off.

 

With two points last night, Louis Leblanc has four in his last six. He’s still seeing around 10 minutes per game, but brings what the team needs – offense.

 

After going minus-3 with 20 minutes of ice time, David Desharnais saw his ice time get rolled back to under 14 minutes. Not a definitive sign, but it does hint at his lack of productivity continuing.

 

Craig Anderson got the hook after giving up four goals on seven shots. He can’t string together any kind of run, it seems.

 

Kyle Turris’ three-game points streak is over, though he saw 18 minutes.

 

Not really his forte, but MA Bergeron going plus-7 in his last six games is quite promising in terms of future ice time and coach’s confidence. Too bad he has zero points in that span. In fact, he has one in his last nine.

 

Another goalie gets the hook – James Reimer allowed three goals on eight shots. Gustavsson comes in, plays better, and gets saddled with the loss.

 

Cody Franson has nine points and is plus-6 in his last 16 games.

 

Ian White picked up two assists for the Wings last night and he actually led the team in ice time. If 19 points and plus-25 in 32 games doesn’t effectively replace Brian Rafalski, then nothing does.

 

Jason Arnott has nine points in his last nine games.

 

Ondrej Pavelec has allowed just nine goals in his last six games, though he has just three wins to show for it.

 

TJ Oshie did not dress for the Blues due to his wrist injury.

 

Devante Smith-Pelly suffered a fractured left foot during WJC play and will be sidelined 4-6 weeks.

 

Daniel Carcillo has missed five games with a concussion, but is looking to return for tonight’s contest.

 

I’m glad I don’t have to watch ESPN. This is just terrible. Disgrace is too nice a word.

 

Jared Spurgeon will be out for the Wild, day to day, with a lower-body injury.

 

Nathan Gerbe is expected to be cleared for contact today, which should mean he’s back in a week.

 

Stephen Weiss is out with a chest injury and is day-to-day. From what I know of Weiss and his rather frequent injuries – he always come back quickly. Far quicker than expected. So I don’t expect this to be a lengthy absence.

 

Joining Shea Weber on the all-concussion team: Simon Gagne.

 

Victor Hedman left last night’s contest with a UBI. Matt Gilroy is already missing time with an LBI.

 

Pacioretty vs. Lee:

 

 

Whoa! Simmonds vs. Brewer:

 


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Rob Forrest said:

crazedcanuck
Diaz.....
Two assists so far with a period to go, 1 on the PP.

Perhaps he pulls a Stralman this yr?
December 29, 2011
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Nate said:

Nate
... Dobberhockey is the best hockey site on the internet. That being said, I hate seeing Malkin get props. To further my point, please direct yourself to this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh9EenqzdtM

Giroux > Malkin smilies/tongue.gif
December 28, 2011
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Nate said:

Nate
... No, but the incentive will be there...

lol
December 28, 2011
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lcbtd said:

germant
Pac/Lee Why? Why even post tha Pacioretti - Lee wrestling match? Waste of time.

The Simmonds - Brewer one was a beauty though? Solid tilt.

As for ESPN - agreed. Same goes for SI.
December 28, 2011
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Karlos El Taco Piquante said:

Fighting_Emu
@ Nate So let me get this straight- when CLAUDE GIROUX wins the scoring race you're gonna say "I told you so" to JEFF ANGUS???

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December 28, 2011
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Nate said:

Nate
Malkin vs Giroux I LOVE it when you pump up Malkin as the guy to win the scoring race this year. It's just going to be added incentive to say "I told you so" when Giroux finishes the year with more points. smilies/wink.gif
December 28, 2011
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steve laidlaw said:

metaldude26
... 15 points to consider a weekly article?!?!?!?! Now I have a broner, thanks Jeff.
December 28, 2011
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David Robbins said:

GopherHockey
ESPN isn't going to ruin hockey like it has other sports All ESPN has done for leagues like the NFL and NBA is turn them into a big three ring circus. The players in these leagues are just a bunch of pre madonna's who worry more about what kind of car they drive, who they hang out with, and what they wear than what they do on the field of play.

Hockey is the last major professional sport left where players are out there to play and aren't fame whores. I for one am glad ESPN is ignoring the NHL as much as they are because they can only make it worse.
December 28, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
ESPN Nice rip on ESPN - they deserve it.
I used to do all my blogging over on ESPN's hockey and then I got sick of the trolls and uninformed posts. Yuck. Their two writers (Burnside and Lebrun) are both pretty good and Buccigross is fantastic. Not a big fan of Hradek. Melrose is entertaining - but not that sharp on analysis. It's a decent team. B-.

Overall though, ESPN completely ignores hockey when doing its big-picture stuff.
It all started when Poker went BOOM and ESPN realized they good pull in greater viewership for less money by showing Poker instead of hockey. There was no way that a (then small) network like Versus should have been able to outbid ESPN. That was the downfall... now they just "hang on" to hockey to be "complete" as a sports network.

Hockey is the best sport in the world.
Big Thumbs Up to Comcast/Versus/NBC Sports Network... thanks for great coverage, now up to 3 games a week for me to watch (M/T/W) and games EVERY night during the playoffs.

Very happy Pengwin watching Versus/NBC... now they just need to ditch Milbury.
December 28, 2011
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James said:

jimywho1
ESPN Montage That's the pain associated with being a hockey fan in the States. How does Hideki Irabu get a mention and not Boogaard or the Russians? ESPN's monopoly on sports is quite annoying and its obnoxious that we have to watch it to get our dose of sports.
December 28, 2011
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