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P.K. Subban’s ice-time took a bit of a hit Monday night against the New York Rangers. Subban played just over 21 minutes, which was his lowest total of the season. He has now gone three games without a point and perhaps all the heavy minutes he has been playing early in the season are starting to take their toll. Montreal is going to need a fresh and healthy Subban for the stretch run, so pacing him slightly right now isn’t a terrible idea.

 

Lars Eller had an impressive night in Montreal’s 2-0 win. He snapped a four-game pointless streak with an assist and added three shots, five hits, two blocks, in 20 minutes of action.

 

Peter Budaj has got to be in the running for best backup in the league. It seems like every time he’s out there he gives the Canadiens a chance to win. He made 27 saves for the shutout Monday and he seems to be picking up right where he left off last season, when he had a run of seven straight victories.

 

I’m still trying to figure out how this Alex Galchenyuk goal counted last night for Montreal and wasn’t ruled as a kick in.

 

 

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The Rangers are clearly missing Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan offensively and they have just four goals in their last four contests, which includes two shutouts.

 

Chris Kreider looked to be finding his legs as he played nearly 18 minutes and added five hits. He also played over five minutes with the man advantage.

 

Henrik Lundqvist returned after missing two games with an undisclosed injury.

 

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Brandon Saad and Brandon Pirri broke out of mini slumps on Monday night in the Blackhawks 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. Each hadn’t picked up a point in three games, but both guys recorded two against the Wild. Something also to keep an eye on with Pirri was the fact he centered Patrick Kane and Saad on Monday. The Blackhawks have been auditioning for different players in that No. 2 center role, and with more games like that Pirri might get the job more often.

 

Speaking of mini slumps, it’s safe to say Kane’s is over. He had a goal and an assist against Minnesota and after a stretch that saw him go pointless in three games; he now has six in his last four contests.

 

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Niklas Backstrom had a rough outing stopping just 23-of-28 shots. The Wild’s goaltending situation isn’t in great shape right now and we may see Johan Gustafsson at some point shortly get a start or two with Josh Harding on the shelf.

 

Jason Pominville scored the lone goal for Minnesota and he now has three tallies in his last two games.

 

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Outside of the usual suspects Sidney Crosby who had two assists and Chris Kunitz who had a goal and six shots, the Penguins got some contributions from unlikely sources in Monday’s win over the Hurricanes.

 

Jayson Megna had a goal and an assist in just his second career game, while Brooks Orpik had three assists, two hits, two blocks, and finished plus-3. The Pens are going to need Orpik to step up with Rob Scuderi out indefinitely with a broken ankle that needs surgery.

 

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Alexander Semin extended his point streak to six games in a losing cause for Carolina with an assist.

 

Elias Lindholm also picked up a helper and played over 17 minutes, with nearly five of those on the power play. Lindholm’s previous high on the year was just 13:48, so hopefully this outing leads to increased ice-time going forward.

 

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Lindy Ruff made his return to Buffalo and coached the Stars to a 4-3 win. Ruff got a nice ovation from the Sabres crowd.

 

 

Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist after being held without a point in the previous three games.

 

Alex Goligoski found the back of the net and it was his first point of the year. He also got 23 minutes of ice-time, which was a season high. Hopefully he can build off this and at least produce respectable numbers.

 

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Matt Moulson wasted little time getting acclimated to his new surroundings, scoring two goals in his first game with the Sabres. He skated with Cody Hodgson and Tyler Ennis for much of the evening.

 

Ennis was happy to see Moulson arrive as he assisted on both of his goals. Ennis didn’t have a point in five games coming into Monday.

 

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The Canucks beat the Capitals 3-2 and it looks as though Alexander Ovechkin might be human after all. He failed to record a point for the second straight game.

 

Some other Washington skaters have picked up the slack though as Jason Chimera picked up a goal and an assist. He now has five points in his last three outings.

 

Mikhail Grabovski also scored a goal and now has points in four straight contests.

 

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Daniel Sedin seems to have sorted through a rough patch that saw him post just a single point in four games. Sedin picked up a goal and an assist against the Caps and now has five points in his last four games.

 

Ryan Kesler continues to be on fire as he now has five goals in his last four games.

 

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Martin Hanzal was suspended two games for an illegal hit on Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry. Tough break for Hanzal owners as the Coyotes forward was off to a great start this year, recording points in nine of 12 games.

 

 

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The Anaheim Ducks have been hit by the injury bug recently, losing three key forwards to injuries. Mathieu Perreault, Saku Koivu, and Jakob Silfverberg have all gone down and it should give some other Ducks increased ice-time. Nick Bonino and Patrick Maroon are two players to watch specifically, as Bonino has three points in his last four contests, while Maroon has four points in his last five games. If you own one of the injured three, Bonino or Maroon might be a nice short-term scoop until they get healthy again.

 

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The Thomas Vanek/Matt Moulson trade is an interesting one for each side. Both players will be unrestricted free agents at the end of the campaign, so there is no guarantee they will remain with their new teams past the end of the season. Vanek has long been rumoured to be headed to the Minnesota Wild this off-season because of his ties to the city. The Wild being able to afford him with big contracts already dealt out to Zach Parise and Ryan Suter is another story.

 

Don’t be surprised if Moulson gets moved again by Buffalo at some point before the deadline. Acquiring those picks in the deal was a nice move by the Sabres and look for them to ask for something similar in return for Moulson as they continue to try and rebuild. A team looking to make a run at the Cup will be interested in Moulson as a rental if they have the cap space.

 

Check out Dobber’s full breakdown of the deal here.  

 

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The Phoenix Coyotes have sent Brandon Yip down to the AHL. Yip only played in two games this year, but did pick up two points.

 

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Johan Franzen will miss Wednesday’s game for Detroit when they take on the Vancouver Canucks. Franzen has an undisclosed injury and they have recalled Luke Glendening from Grand Rapids to take his place. Franzen hasn’t picked up a point in his last four games, so perhaps some rest to heal up will get him going once again.

 

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There is reportedly more bad luck for Jordan Schroeder on the injury front. According to News 1130 in Vancouver, Schroeder will need to have screws inserted in his broken ankle and could be out up to nine weeks. Schroeder fractured his foot in the preseason which caused him to miss some time earlier in the campaign. He had moderate results last year in 31 games and this could have been a pivotal year for Schroeder as far as making an impact at the NHL level.

 

 

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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Dobber said:

Dobber
Not a virus - more info I'm told by my server host that this is not a virus and you actually do need to upgrade your Java. If you don't trust the pop up (I wouldn't either), then look in the bottom right of your screen for a Java notification and go via that
October 29, 2013
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Holymanm said:

Holymanm
... Also worth noting is that Granlund has had the first assist for all three of Pominville's goals in the last two games! Perhaps some slight chemistry building there...
October 29, 2013
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thesamiam said:

thesamiam
Nyquist addendum Or as rataylor22 said below, they would have to trade someone away for a draft pick, and perhaps, ( if he goes to a Canadian team) a case of Molson!
October 29, 2013
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BurntToast said:

BurntToast
... I got it as well, same with yesterday. I am using google chrome if it makes a difference. I seem to only have gotten it when I first browse to the site, usually in the morning.
This is the site it takes me to. DO NOT CLICK: "http://javeupdatecaa.com/download/chrome.php?dv1=Ybrant Digital" It has a flashing pop up telling you to update, but I just hit back and refresh dobbersports.
Also not sure if it matters, but I browse to: dobberhockey.com to get to the site.
October 29, 2013
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thesamiam said:

thesamiam
Nyquist The word on Nyquist at the beginning of the season was that if they tried to send him down to the AHL during the season, he would have to go through waivers. Holland, not wanting to lose him, sent him down before the season started. If they call him up, I assume it would be because someone has a season ending injury and they would not have to send him back down, and thus, through the waiver process.
October 29, 2013
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Grapes said:

Grapes
JAVA Also received the JAVA update when I signed on Monday
October 29, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... This is the point where Laidlaw comes in and says they are trying to trade Tootoo so they can call Nyquist up
October 29, 2013
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Rodgort said:

Rodgort
... Oh I know they can't call up Nyquist I just do not understand why they put themselves in that messy cap spot knowing what would happen
October 29, 2013
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Bender said:

baconnol
Java I also got the update screen yesterday when I tried to view the Looking Ahead article. I got it again this morning but it was when I tried to go to Fantrax, so I'm not sure what's going on there.
October 29, 2013
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scotty9_ said:

scotty9_
JAVA I also get the JAVA update screen
October 29, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... Most speculation is that they can't afford to call up Nyquist. As of now, Franzen isn't going on IR, so they don't get that cap relief and needed a cheaper call up.

Also, there was a clear "jut" of Galchenyuk's state indicating the kicking motion. His skate even came off the ice to do it. Very bad call.
October 29, 2013
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Mark said:

bluecollar
Java Problem (not gonna say the "V" word) I echo the statement of Billy the Phil. Upon my first visit to DobberHockey today, I received a notice that my Java needed to be updated. If I experience it again I will send you a screenshot, Dobber.
October 29, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
No virus issue I can't recreate the issue, despite refreshing 100 times, on and off for past half hour. I suspect something is on your personal machine, may need to scan. If anyone else runs into it, please let me know
October 29, 2013
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Galchenyuk goal Great rambling.
I believe that it is understood that a player physically can't create a kicking motion if the skate blades are in contact with the ice.
Is it a stopping motion that looks like a "kick"... yeah... sort of... but I think a player will get that goal every time if the blades have stayed in contact with the ice.
October 29, 2013
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Michael Amato said:

Michael Amato
... Not entirely sure about Nyquist. He would be the logical choice to call up for sure. It's likely something to do with the salary cap as Detroit is right up against it and Nyquis'ts cap hit is near $1M. Glendening's is about half that and I know that was a big reason Nyquist was sent down before the season started. If they have a few more injuries and someone goes on LTIR you will probably see Nyquist up.

@rataylor Good catch. I didn't realize Gustafsson wasn't serving as the backup anymore and was hoping to see him get a start. Good news for the Wild though as they need Harding back.
October 29, 2013
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louisjab said:

louisjab
... Dany Heatley's corpse salary is coming off the book for Minnesota next season. That's $7.5M right there. They're not spending too much on goaltending ($5.3M combined for Backstrom and Harding). They could afford Vanek. I would suppose they counting on the cap rising in the following years.
October 29, 2013
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Rodgort said:

Rodgort
Note An interesting thing I saw yesterday was that Gerbe (besides scoring on the 5-on-3) led all Canes forwards in ice time against the pens, and watching most of the game he was their best player.

Also "they have recalled Luke Glendening from Grand Rapids to take his place..." WTF Detroit? Dump your shitty old players and call up Nyquist!

And I am getting that alert to (the java update/virus). So FYI there
October 29, 2013
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Billy_the_Phil said:

Billy_the_Phil
WARNING VIRUS ALERT I just want to say since yesterday when I get on the DobberHockey page I receive a mesage that I need to update JAVA, but its fake it's some malware toolbar call vaf or vafmusic.
If anybody get the same message just ignore it. Dobber I don't know if you can do anything to prevent this, but it would be great.

Just want to warn everybody.
October 29, 2013
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Anze said:

Anze
Vanek for Moulson plus picks Both teams MAY emerge big winners IF

Vanek and Tavares show chemistry, and Vanek signs in Long Island. Then next summer Moulson comes back as a UFA, and next year the trio combines for 120 goals ( 45 for Tavares, 40 for Vanek and 35 for Moulson ).

Buffalo trades Moulson at the deadline to a contender, for a 1st and a 2nd round pick, so in the end will have traded Vanek for 2 1st rounders and 2 2nd rounders.

But if Vanek and Moulson spend the season with their new team and just leave as UFA, than at least Buffalo has something to show for it. The trade has more risks from a NYI standpoint.
October 29, 2013
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austeane said:

austeane
Glendinng? Any particular reason for him over Nyquist? Or is he not projected to see game action?
October 29, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... Harding is already healthy. Served as the backup tonight and has 4 days off now. I'm working under the assumption he will get the start Friday.
October 29, 2013
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