Just to update the below with a few things - it turns out that Dubinsky will not have a hearing after all. Suspension avoided.

 

Also, Nieto it turns out has a hand injury and was not a healthy scratch (thanks to the commenter below for that one). And another commenter pointed out that Hertl actually scored his second goal since notching four in a game - and not his first.

 

For the full fantasy profile on Nashville goalie Magnus Hellberg, click here

With Pekka Rinne sidelined for at least four weeks (and I have a hunch it will stretch into five or six - infections are so unpredictable, remember Joffrey Lupul), and Carter Hutton getting rocked Saturday night, the Magnus Hellberg watch is on. I drafted Hellberg in one of my keepers (the deepest one) as a No.5 goalie.

And my other dark horse No.3 goalie for this year, Richard Bachman, was called up by the Oilers Sunday. I recommended 10 days ago in my Puck Daddy piece that you claim him and stash him on your bench for a few weeks. Did you laugh or do it? He got the nod for the Oilers yesterday and was peppered with 48 shots! He stopped 47 of them. If you didn't grab him before, do so now. If you need a goalie, maybe he could help. If you don't need a goalie, maybe he will do well and you can hold him for ransom to the highest bidder (because someone in your league definitely needs a goalie badly).

Mark Arcobello has gone three games without a point now, hitting his first NHL slump. He did see 22 minutes of ice time Sunday though.

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Drance recommended keeping an eye on Eric Gelinas, a defenseman for the Devils, and I think he was right to do so. But with Bryce Salvador returning, the Devils were forced to send Gelinas back to the minors yesterday. Gelinas and Adam Larsson are the only guys who could be sent down without waivers. Why they don't give Larsson some ice time in the AHL for a few weeks is beyond me.

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Eight panelists from DobberProspects ranked the NHL organizations in terms of their fantasy hockey prospects. Teams 1-15 can be found here.

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Martin Hanzal, who is having a career season so far, will have this hit looked at by the NHL. Suspendable? If so, Hanzal has horrible luck - if it's not injury it's suspension:

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And the NHL will also look at this Brandon Dubinsky hit on Saku Koivu. Koivu left the game. This one is probably going to get Dubinsky five games in my opinion:

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I would like to apologize to Nathan MacKinnon. Nathan, I'm sorry for cursing you. When I said that you were the most (seemingly) consistent rookie in terms of production, you haven't had a point since. Five games without a point now for MacKinnon. Yesterday his linemate Jamie McGinn was a last minute scratch due to an undisclosed injury.

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Blake Wheeler is heating up with four points in his last four games after having just four in nine.

Meanwhile, the Jets are still giving Devin Setoguchi all the PP time he wants. Over four minutes of it Sunday, and he still rewards them with zilch. At this point in the league I own him in, I'm shopping him like crazy.

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Tomas Hertl scored Sunday, snapping a three-game pointless drought. That was his first goal since scoring four on October 8. He has four points in nine games since then.

Alex Stalock had made three NHL appearances, but yesterday was his first NHL start. He stopped 38 of 40 shots. After a game like that, perhaps Niemi's workload will ease.

It looks like Matt Nieto was a healthy scratch. He was pointless in four games, but still - with Brent Burns sidelined, you'd think Nieto plays. In Nieto's last game, he fired seven shots on goal. And getting into the lineup won't be any easier when Martin Havlat returns. He's due in about a week.

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Erik Karlsson had two points and nine shots on goal that game (against the Sharks).

So far Craig Anderson gets a game off after three starts. So it looks like Robin Lehner gets the next one.

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It's looking as though Tyler Bozak's lower-body injury will keep him out for at least a week, possibly two. So Kadri on the big line will continue for awhile.

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I just had it pointed out to me that in the Fantasy Guide I projected Patrick Maroon for 20 points in 21 games. Uh, no. That was a typo. The point total was correct, but I had him for 71 games and the formula did not copy over. I know it's too little too late, but the OCD guy in me had to fix it. So the Guide and Draft List have that change in it. He's back playing with Getzlaf and Perry and has points in four of the last five games that he's played. Sunday he was shut out, but saw 17:45 of ice time, which is a career high. I think he's worth grabbing,  I'm seeing Dustin Penner circa 2006-07 when he was a surprise 45-point player. Not saying Maroon gets that (I'll stick with my 21 points for now), I'm just saying he's being used in a pretty great role and he 'could' get it.

Here were Anaheim's line combos Sunday with Jakob Silfverberg on the shelf for a month and Mathieu Perreault out day-to-day:

 

#1

29%

GETZLAF,RYAN - MAROON,PATRICK - PERRY,COREY

#2

18.5%

COGLIANO,ANDREW - KOIVU,SAKU - WINNIK,DANIEL

#3

13.6%

BONINO,NICK - ETEM,EMERSON - SELANNE,TEEMU

#4

10.5%

HOLLAND,PETER - PALMIERI,KYLE - SMITH-PELLY,DEVANTE

 

Get these for free any time right here.

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My man Cam Atkinson has just one point in his last six games. In a couple of those games he was one of the best skaters on the ice, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. He's gotta start scoring. At least he's shooting the puck - 39 shots on goal in his last nine games.

His teammate Artem Anisimov has six points in his last six games.

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Radko Gudas, everyone's favorite multi-cat dark horse, had the game we were waiting for on Sunday - a goal (on the power play), four shots and 22 PIM.

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Nail Yakupov scored Edmonton's only goal and saw over 20 minutes of ice time. This is his chance to show what he can do, while Taylor Hall is sidelined. But in four games with decent ice time he has just two points. Granted, it would help if the rest of the team would score too.

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Watch Corey Perry go roof daddy on Bobrovsky:

 

 


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dynamo45 said:

dynamo45
... Hellberg got beat for 1 goal, which was a 40 foot slapshot from Pietrangelo while the Blues were on the PP.
How is that getting blown up as bad as the 5 Hutton let in?
October 28, 2013
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Lettieri said:

Lettieri
... "Gelinas was sent down Sunday, but in a procedural move he will be back up with the team already Monday. He could have nice value if he finds regular time on the ice while up with the Devils."

copied from Fantrax
October 28, 2013
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hellboy said:

hellboy
... Um, you do realize Hellberg got blown up as bad as Hutton in that game?

St louis was pretty grumpy after losing to the decimated and road weary canucks, so that blowout was predictable. We'll see next game what happens.
October 28, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
Maroon You are correct. The 18 was in 21 games, the 20 points was in 71 games. What happened was I had him for 21 games and bumped up the games played. The formula only moved over a couple of the numbers because I had mistakenly hard-coded the cells. So I guess I would have been better off leaving the 20 in 21 and keeping the PIM as is.
October 28, 2013
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haze_tech said:

haze_tech
Maroon In the guides, you put Maroon with 18 PIMs... It's impossible that a fighter like him finish his 72 games season with soo little IMO
October 28, 2013
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Leafsin2030 said:

Leafsin2030
Dubinsky Hey Dobber - originally thought the same thing about a Dubinsky suspension. Then saw this from Puck Daddy where he shows that the hit was late (and likely somewhat reckless), but the injury seems to have been caused by Saku's own stick rather than an elbow. Check out the GIF. Thoughts?

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/brandon-dubinsky-ejected-high-high-saku-koivu-suspension-004547032--nhl.html
October 28, 2013
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ccsitdown said:

ccsitdown
Nieto Not a healthy scratch - a minor hand injury.

According to Fantrax:

Nieto injured his hand trying to block a shot and is considered day-to-day, CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz reports.
Analysis: The team is optimistic that Nieto can return for Wednesday's matchup against the Kings, but the situation should be monitored if you're planning on using him this week. Tomas Hertl will continue to have a prominent role as the team's primary left wing in Nieto's absence.
October 28, 2013
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MolsonX said:

MolsonX
... Nice ramblings as usual Dobber, and thanks for pointing out Wheeler's recent streak.

RE: Hertl - he actually scored against Ottawa, which was two games after his four goal game against NYR.

Needless to say, he has slowed down. He was pointless in three like you said and yesterday's goal was his first in seven games. His ice time has been between 12-16 minutes per game since his big night against the Rangers.



Cheers.
October 28, 2013
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