If you’re not a fan of goal scoring, then Monday was the night for you.

 

Colorado beat Pittsburgh 1-0 in game that figured to be high scoring, but produced next to nothing. Sidney Crosby had a season high seven shots, but was held pointless for the first time all year.

 

Chris Kunitz saw his four-game point streak snapped.

 

Chris Conner played just under nine minutes for the Pens in his second game after being called up. He skated in over 12 minutes on Saturday, so his ice-time was cut slightly.

 

Matt Niskanen on the other hand received 21 minutes and over eight of those came with the man advantage. He seems to getting increased opportunities while Kris Letang remains sidelined.

 

Marc-Andre Fleury suffered his first loss of the year despite Colorado only putting up 14 shots.

 

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Jean-Sebastien Giguere recorded the shutout after making 34 stops. He has three wins in as many starts this year and two of those have been shutouts. Giguere has now stopped 101-of-103 shots he has faced so far on the campaign.

 

Jan Hejda was solid for the Avs putting up four hits and six blocks in over 27 minutes of ice-time. Hejda also played nearly nine of those minutes on the penalty kill.

 

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San Jose defeated Detroit in a shootout in another contest that lacked goals.

 

The Wings were able to slow down the Sharks high-powered offense though as they held Patrick Marleau without a point for the first time this season and snapped Joe Pavelski’s four game point streak.

 

The Sharks were without Brent Burns in this one because of an injury to his mouth that he aggravated recently. He should be back for San Jose’s next game.

 

Antti Niemi had the shutout and clinched it with this spectacular stop in the shootout against Todd Bertuzzi.

 

 

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Niklas Kronvall is still out for the Red Wings and Jonathan Ericsson missed the game because his wife was in labor, so Xavier Ouellet played his first NHL game and saw over 17 minutes of action.

 

Danny DeKeyser also saw over 21 minutes and posted four shots, two hits, and three blocks.

 

Jimmy Howard had a much needed solid performance stopping all 27 shots he faced. After a rough outing on Saturday against Phoenix and with Jonas Gustavsson playing so strong last week, Howard restored a bit of confidence for his owners.

 

Pavel Datsyuk saw his five-game point streak snapped.

 

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Karri Ramo got his second straight start for Calgary in their 3-2 win over the Kings on Monday. He stopped all 24 even strength shots he faced, but gave up a power play goal and a shorthanded marker. The net is still up for grabs between Ramo and Joey MacDonald in Calgary.

 

Sean Monahan found the back of the net once again. How can the Flames even think of sending this guy down?

 

Jiri Hudler picked up two assists and quietly has points in every game so far this season.

 

Mark Giordano also chipped in with two helpers and played nearly 29 minutes. He now has five points in his last four games.

 

Mike Cammalleri looked good in his first game of the year, scoring a goal and an assist.

 

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Slava Voynov is still stuck on three points this year. This might be a good time to buy low on the young blueliner who was supposed to be in for a big year.

 

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The Sharks have acquired Mike Brown from the Edmonton Oilers for a fourth round pick in next year’s draft. Brown doesn’t have much fantasy value, unless your league has ‘punches to the face’ as a category.

 

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Michael Grabner was suspended two games for his hit on Nathan Gerbe and Cody McLeod received five games for hitting Niklas Kronvall.

 

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Jordan Schroeder has a foot injury and has been sent back to Vancouver to have it further examined.

 

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You can add Chris Kreider’s name to the list that may benefit from injuries to Ryan Callahan and Rick Nash. Kreider was reportedly skating with Brad Richards and Derek Stepan Monday at Rangers practice.

 

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There’s something interesting going on with the Sedins in Vancouver right now. Normally Daniel and Henrik feed off one another to produce points, but at the moment one is on fire, while the other is slumping. Daniel is struggling with just one assist in his last four games, yet Henrik has points in five straight contests. This isn’t likely to continue for very much longer as Daniel is destined to factor in the scoring if Henrik keeps up this pace. However, it’s worth noting that Vancouver seems to be using the points more early in this season and the blueliners may be vulturing a point or two away from Daniel.

 

The Canucks have 26 points from their defensemen this year and Jason Garrison ranks second in the league with nine. All six of their D-Men have at least two points so far in 2013-14 and Henrik’s last two assists came on goals scored by defensemen.

 

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Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have just one point combined in the last four games. Both guys are heavily relied upon in fantasy, so it’s a blow to plenty of rosters out there right now. Hopefully their troubles finding the scoresheet doesn’t last long, but in the meantime you might want to give Brandon Pirri a look. The youngster was recently called up and now has three points in his last two games. If he cools off he could be sent back down to the AHL, but he’s a nice short-term option at the very least.

 

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As shocking as picking up a Philadelphia Flyers goalie sounds, Steve Mason isn’t a bad option right now. Philly has struggled mightily this season, but Mason has played well. He’s sporting a .924 save percentage and hasn’t given up more than three goals in a game so far on the campaign. Mason actually had a .944 save percentage in seven games with the Flyers late last year as well. It’s too early to say he’s regained the form he had from his rookie season, but these are encouraging signs.

 

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Lubomir Visnovsky has been placed on injured reserve with a concussion. Look for the Islanders to increase the minutes of Travis Hamonic and Andrew MacDonald in Visnovsky’s absence.

 

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Brandon Prust will be sidelined for around a month because of a shoulder injury. The Montreal Canadiens have called up Michael Blunden and Patrick Holland to fill in.

 

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Roman Hamrlik, who believe it or not was once a first overall pick, officially announced his retirement on Monday.

 

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Dustin Penner suffered a head injury on Sunday against the Dallas Stars and could miss some time. According to the team, he was briefly knocked out. Ryan Garbutt is facing a hearing because of the hit.

 

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Solid post here by Justin Bourne on what shooters are trying to do in the shootouts.

 

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Kari Lehtonen has been activated off injured reserve by the Dallas Stars and Jack Campbell has been sent back down to the AHL.

 

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Patrik Elias will miss his second straight game on Tuesday due to an illness.

 

 

Michael Amato is an Associate Editor for DobberHockey and a News Editor for theScore. You can follow him on Twitter at @amato_mike


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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
Hamrlik Hamrlik skated in nearly 1400 NHL games....more than any player drafted in the 1992 draft (albeit a fairly poor overall draft)
October 22, 2013
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Michael Amato said:

Michael Amato
... @Isle B. They probably are kicking themselves since they went 157-244-53 while Hamrlik was there. I actually think Hamrlik had a fine career and was arguably the best player in the first round of that draft, except for maybe Yashin and Gonchar. Was simply pointing out that he's an obscure #1 pick you don't think of right away, but thanks for chiming in!
October 22, 2013
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... "Roman Hamrlik, who believe it or not was once a first overall pick, officially announced his retirement on Monday."

Yeah, a defenseman for 20 seasons in the league, scored 16 goals a couple of times, had a 65 point season, averaged about .5 points/ per game for his first 17 years; what a terrible first overall pick. The Lightning must be kicking themselves to this day.
October 22, 2013
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
Sedins One is hot and the other is not because they haven't been skating on the same line recently smilies/wink.gif
October 22, 2013
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Anthony Lancione said:

messierforlife
Re: Malkin Agreed, the killer execution was absent. However, I actually thought he was brilliant as a defensive forward in those last couple shifts during desperation time, where he pulled off a cheeky take-away, warded off a couple blistering checks and protected that puck like only he, Sid and ol' man Jaromir can. Malkin kept the puck, in blocking more than one clearing attempt to keep the play(and the balance of the game) alive in the offensive zone.

Essentially, while the finish was not there, like AgentZero justifiably outlined, I felt the intangibles were displayed in full effect. Maybe he should have taken more chances to bury one himself, but there was a lot in those final shifts to be impressed by re: Geno.
October 22, 2013
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agentzero said:

agentzero
Malkin Hey Lancione,

I hear ya. He'll break loose. He's Malkin!

Actually, the third period was his worst in my estimation. He just looked slow and tried to do too much, either holding onto the puck too long to make a toe drag instead of a quick release, or taking off-balance, back-scratching slap shots that Giguère saw coming all the way. They looked like beach balls to him... The Malkin of old would have had two goals in the third with the amount of shots he was given.. he just looked like he didn't do anything (especially the slappers) with much purpose and looked tired. Off-game for sure, but I did not see what I would consider a dominant performance. He had the puck a lot for sure, but no finish and not that extra finishing gear we are used to seeing.
October 22, 2013
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burnsy00 said:

burnsy00
Mike Brown "unless your league has ‘punches to the face’ as a category" HAHAHA...loved it!
October 22, 2013
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Anthony Lancione said:

messierforlife
AgentZero I must say, I only saw the third period of Pitts vs Col, but Malkin was extremely imposing in the last 10 minutes or so, regardless if he was unable to solve ol' flashback Giggy. Perhaps the 1st two period were a different story(as again, I missed them), but from what i did catch, he seemed as dominant as we've been accustomed to. I'm not the least bit concerned for him. He remains in rarified air of elite status, despite not putting up the points so far. Give er' time.
October 22, 2013
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Anthony Lancione said:

messierforlife
Sedin Twins Paradox! This observation (one slumping, one thriving) is the very essence why I love these ramblings. Great Find Amato!
October 22, 2013
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Rodgort said:

Rodgort
Gerbe missed practice yesterday, hopefully there is nothing wrong as the 'canes don't play until Thursday so he does have time to rest
October 22, 2013
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agentzero said:

agentzero
Malkin et al. Malkin looked awful last night. The skill, reach and puck possession was there, but he looked like at times he was trying and just not getting there (like with his slap shots..) but other times like he wasn't trying enough. He looked like his feet were in mud... Sluggish like I've rarely seen. Giguère faced 34 shots but only made two key saves, including a lightning quick beauty glove save on Kunitz in tight,

Crosby was a man alone (in terms of effort) but very well isolated by Colorado. He is about 2 strides/moves/passes/shots ahead of everyone. Everyone.

Colorado played "catenaccio" after scoring the lone goal. i.e. they defended their lead and barely attacked, especially in the third... In fact the whole third. They took a bunch of penalties but it didn't seem to bother them. PIT had nothing on the PP, except a slow Malking and a double-teamed, isolated Crosby. This team needs its puck-moving D (Letang) back, because zone entry and point puck movement was ridiculously slow and indecisive. Reminds of that season PIT struggled so much on the PP a few years back. Just no puck movement and no skating around on the PP. The PP is about creating 2 vs 1s and making the defending team chase you. Instead, PIT sat still.


Re: DeKeyser... what happened to Brendan Smith?? With Kronwall out, I figured he would start to take offensive charge of this team.. but he hasn't done anything close to that. DeKeyser has firmly passed him and so has Kindl. Yikes for Smith... Yikes...
October 22, 2013
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duducks said:

duducks
Kronvall Did Kronwall change his name? Other Euros have simplified their names before for us North Americans, ie Sven Baertschi.
October 22, 2013
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Medeiros said:

Medeiros
Conner Conner took a high hit from Johnson and went head-first into the boards pretty hard before being taken to the dressing room for protocol evaluation. He returned but this was the reason for his loss of ice-time last night.
October 22, 2013
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