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While Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin move closer to a return, Justin Peters continues to start and he's playing great. In his last four starts, he's 3-0-1, giving up just four goals on 114 shots. He needed this, as he had a rough start to his season and hasn't exactly impressed over the last two years either. This was a much needed boost. Ward is expected to possibly backup this weekend and start next week. So Peters may be looking at just two or three more starts. Then his trial is over, so best to make the most of it. Khudobin is probably another two to three weeks.

Avs' rookie Nathan MacKinnon had a career-high nine shots on goal.

The streaky Nathan Gerbe picked up two assists, was plus-2 and had five shots on goal. That could signify another little run. His linemate Jordan Staal also tends to be streaky, so together I like their chances.

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Tampa Bay recalled J.T. Brown and he played 14:37 and saw lots of ice time. He replaced Stamkos in the lineup. But it was Brett Connolly who replaced Stamkos on the St. Louis line. Here is how the lines shook out last night, you can get line combos free right here at Frozen Pool:

 

Frequency

Strength

Line Combination

19.33%

EV

14 CONNOLLY,BRETT - 17 KILLORN,ALEX - 26 ST. LOUIS,MARTIN

17.47%

EV

9 JOHNSON,TYLER - 18 PALAT,ONDREJ - 71 PANIK,RICHARD

14.87%

EV

23 BROWN,J.T. - 51 FILPPULA,VALTTERI - 16 PURCELL,EDWARD

12.64%

EV

19 CROMBEEN,BRANDON - 12 MALONE,RYAN - 44 THOMPSON,NATE

4.46%

PP

23 BROWN,J.T. - 51 FILPPULA,VALTTERI - 16 PURCELL,EDWARD - 26 ST. LOUIS,MARTIN

 

Connolly and Brown came up empty. If they do that again, I think you see Filppula with St. Louis. Eventually, maybe in two or three weeks, you will see Johnson there.

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Craig Anderson is a great goaltender. Robin Lehner is as good or better. And he'll certainly be better in his prime, no question. But Anderson is the man for Ottawa for this year. Unless Lehner can score, he's not stealing the top job. This year. Next year all bets are off.

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Andrew Ladd is quietly putting up big numbers. He has 13 points in his last 11 games, plus-5 with 37 SOG. Proving last year was no fluke.

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Martin Brodeur stopped 33 of 35 shots, ending his shutout streak at two games. In those two games he faced a total of 37 shots, so having them all at once last night and he still came out ahead is a good sign. That being said, sell high on Brodeur if you own him. Schneider will have his day soon.

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Chris Kreider continues to roll with another two points. This is the Kreider we were all hyped up to own last year. Weird how he pretty much took a year off… there has to be some explanation for his horrible 2012-13. But he's logging a ton of ice time and should be owned in all leagues…so why is he only owned in 10%? And he's C/LW eligible!

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The GM's discussed OT modifications yesterday, including expanding it and adding a three-on-three component, or even just making it 10 minutes of four-on-four. Here is Steve Yzerman:

 

 

My two cents - the shootout is saturated. Make it so that you see on average one or two shootouts per year if you follow a team. Assuming the NHL never goes to a "play until you score" format, which is the best one, then at least make the OT as long as possible and make the shootout difficult to get to.

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Dustin Penner is impotent without Ryan Getzlaf. Two games with Getzlaf sidelined and Penner is pointless in both. Just when he was getting on a roll playing on the big line. Getzlaf is expected back soon.

Frederik Andersen suffered his first career NHL loss. Viktor Fasth was sent to the AHL for conditioning and when he comes back up, Andersen will be sent down. No other choice. I don't see the Ducks making a move (i.e. trade Hiller) this season, but perhaps next summer.

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Craig Smith is down to 11 minutes of ice time per game thanks to his minus-7 rating over the four games prior to last night. He's still shooting the puck, but that's about the only bright side right now. If Barry Trotz wants offense, he'll need to lean on Smith more. The Preds have scored just one goal in the last three games. They won't fire Barry Trotz as long as Pekka Rinne is sidelined. But if this lack of scoring continues when Rinne returns, the long  (painful) Trotz era may finally come to an end.

Marek Mazanec lost his first career start for Nashville. Not his fault. Again - the team needs to score. But I would expect he starts to become the go-to guy over Hutton for the foreseeable future.

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Speaking of "go to" guys. Kevin Poulin is one for the Islanders. He's started two straight and four of the last six. He's 2-2-0, 1.76 and 0.939 in that span.

John Tavares has points in 16 of 19 games this year. His current pace is 95 points. Think he gets there? I think it will be close.

Hey, look who's playing with Tavares while Tomas Vanek is sidelined:

Frequency

Strength

Line Combination

21.43%

EV

29 NELSON,BROCK - 21 OKPOSO,KYLE - 91 TAVARES,JOHN

20.54%

EV

53 CIZIKAS,CASEY - 15 CLUTTERBUCK,CAL - 17 MARTIN,MATT

15.18%

EV

40 GRABNER,MICHAEL - 13 MCDONALD,COLIN - 16 REGIN,PETER

14.73%

EV

12 BAILEY,JOSH - 96 BOUCHARD,PIERRE-MARC - 51 NIELSEN,FRANS

Brock Nelson is worth grabbing in semi-deep one-year leagues.

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Mikhail Grabovski's two points last night includes his 100th career goal. As expected, he's having a big year with the Caps with 17 points in 19 games. Not quite Ribeiro numbers, but he lacks Ribeiro's upside. His pace will slow a little, but if he takes a run at 65 points I wouldn't be surprised.

John Carlson had two points in 13 games to start the year, but he has five in his last six.

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Brandon Dubinsky has seven points in his last four games, including an assist on this breakaway goal by Atkinson:

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Daniel Briere (concussion) returned to the Montreal lineup and do you know what that means? I didn't even have to check with the beatwriters or even the official lineups. As soon as I saw that Briere was eligible to return, I thought "Desharnais is scratched". And sure enough…

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Matt Moulson, Tyler Ennis and Cody Hodgson were benched late in the game Friday for a perceived lack of effort and definite lack of results. They got the message. They combined for five points on the two Buffalo goals and they went two for three in the shootout for the win. I'm a big believer in benchings (or press box) as a catalyst for hot streaks.

The Kings outshot the Sabres 45-17, but it was all Ryan Miller. Miller has faced 45 or more shots in three of his last four games.

Somebody doesn't want to go back to the minors. Tyler Toffoli has points in all four games that he's played this year and has six points in all.

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Jonathan Quick left last night's game in overtime with what is probably a LBI. Here is the footage:

 

 

Looks like Ben Scrivens could be the guy for the next couple of games (though no official word on Quick). But also watch for Martin Jones, who is champing at the bit.

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Steve Mason's shutout makes him 2-0-1 in his last three games, with four goals allowed on 88 shots. If Giroux, Lecavalier and Voracek (two points each) have found their scoring touch, then Mason can soon have a nice number under the "W" column and not just under the GAA and SV% columns. I bought low on him yesterday in one league, and he will be my No. 3 goalie (for now).

Scott Hartnell was pointless after nine games but has three in his last four to go with 17 shots and four PIM in that span.


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Username said:

Username
... Tried logging out and clearing my cookies, no dice. smilies/sad.gif
November 13, 2013
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Dennis4022 said:

Dennis4022
... Is there any hidden button i can´t find to post on the new forum? I just don´t see any chance to reply ????????
November 13, 2013
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

November 13, 2013
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... If playing for Trotz really cuts into numbers, then where are the players that have flourished after leaving Nashville?

The Preds, as a team, have always been built around the blue line. Timonen, Zidlicky, Suter and Weber have all put up some gaudy numbers for defensemen as Preds, as has Rinne and his legion of predecessors in net. They have rarely had first line talent up front but have usually had some nice forward depth. The one legit top-line forward they had for a considerable amount of time, Jason Arnott, was able to pile up about as many points in Nashville as anywhere else he played.
November 13, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
Trotz Agree he has been a great coach. The painful trotz-era only relates to the last 15 years where every Nashville player has had their point value decrease by 10-15 points.
November 13, 2013
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agentzero said:

agentzero
Trotz I get that the Trotz era has meant little scoring, but NSH hasn't exactly had game breaking offensive talent...Radulov was as close as they came...Dumont was average and Kariya's best days were far behind him. Like Ilse B. said, of all expansion franchises since their time, NSH has actually done really well on a limited payroll, limited talent and Trotz has essentially squeezed blood out of a rock, taking serious contenders to the edge and even knocking some out..

Only 1 team can win the Stanley Cup and it's often a different team every year. It's hard to win...Further, only 4 of 30 teams can make the conference finals and only 8 the second round. 8 of 30! If you're in that company, you're pretty friggin good. And NSH has made many playoffs and had some good post season runs.

Dobber just means it's been hard to watch for offensive fantasy hockey purposes... But I tend to think Trotz has helped NSH punch above their weight pretty much their entire existence and that's been awesome for the franchise on the ice and arguably, off the ice as well.
November 13, 2013
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... The long painful Trotz era? The Preds have had more success in the past 10-15 years than half the teams in the league. I'd bet fans of the Leafs, Habs, Isles, Jets/Thrashers, Blue Jackets, Blues, Wild, Panthers, Oilers (aside from the Spring of '06), etc. would gladly exchange their team's woeful recent history for seven playoff appearances and a series win over the mighty Red Wings within the past decade or so. I know I would.
November 13, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... People complaining about the new forum are just complaining for the sake of complaining. I bet if Dobber waited a month, and then "changed" again to the very first version of the forum everyone would think it was awful! All the people complaining that all the changes are terrible would see the "new" one and complain about how much worse it was than the old one, when in actuality it was the one they were griping for just a month previous. 98% of the time upgrades are a necessary improvement that provide better functionality, security, and user interfaces! but people love to complain! and change is the easiest thing to complain about.

"It's shitty and I hate it because it's different than it was and now I have to learn how to use it even though it's very easy to learn and will be used to it in a day and while in reality I know it's much better than it was I refuse to acknowledge this because now I have the ability to complain. This change is an outrage!"
November 13, 2013
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
... By the way, I've viewed the site:
1) Using Chrome, logged in as Pengwin7.
2) Using Explorer, not logged in.
3) Just downloaded a brand new Firefox, not logged in.

I still don't see any options to post.
November 13, 2013
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Posting/ "Screen Shots" I don't see a box underneath.
I don't see a Reply or New Post button.
{I still can't figure out how to do a forum post. smilies/angry.gif]

I'd recommend that you take a few screen shots (Hit your keyboards "Print Screen" button, paste in Paint, save as file, link/post) and put them on some article called "The New Forums - What you Should See" or something so that people can see what others might be viewing or what we are supposed to see. I've got a feeling there are some buttons not coming in... for some of us.
November 13, 2013
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doulos said:

doulos
So confused! I'm relatively adept with computers but I can't for the life of me figure out how to create a new post, or reply to a post, ... or well post anything. I don't see any Reply links, no New Post links ... nothing. I thought it was Internet Explorer, so I just tried with Firefox and it's still not working. I am sure there is a way, but even after clearing cookies I can't do a thing on the forums.
November 13, 2013
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mabus said:

mabus
... Love hindsight in the back and forth from previous ramblings.

http://hockey.dobbersports.com...ber-7-2013
November 13, 2013
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mabus said:

mabus
... Dobber - are you willing to revise your Mackinnon projection and admit that everyone that called out your projection was correct?
November 13, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... eyemissgilmour - everyone hates change. You'll get used to it. I remember the last forum everyone hated that one too. That being said - HUGE importance to this change. No other choice or I would not have done it. Remember when the sites crashed the day before the regular season started and was down for 13 hours, costing me several hundred dollars and no-doubt dozens of potential regular visitors? That was because my sites are badly outdated. I was warned of this for the past year, but did not heed the warnings. Now I'm heeding the warnings. So yes, this change is an absolute, 100% must. I can't have my livelihood go down for any length of time again.


Login issues - if you can't login please logout, clear your cookies, and login again. This has fixed every problem unless you are using Chrome Incognito or IE's version of Incognito.


Replying in the forum - just type in the box underneath. You don't need to click a button at all anymore.



November 13, 2013
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shingy said:

November 13, 2013
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shingy said:

shingy
Forum
Just visited the forum. Worked great. No surprises. The change seems fairly negligible at first glance. "Posting" or "reply" tabs were where you'd expect them to be.

Great ramblings.
November 13, 2013
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Sheepdogged said:

Sheepdogged
New Forum To post a new message in the forum click on the New Topic button.
November 13, 2013
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Username said:

Username
... Yeah, can't post on/log into the forums.
November 13, 2013
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Stupid Pengwin. I actually dig the new look... but I'm not even sure how to create a post (or reply) in the forums.
Wow - am I missing the big "POST" or "REPLY" button??? [using Chrome]

Help, somebody shoot me a PM so I can read it.
(I miss posting in the forums)
November 13, 2013
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mrmojorisin said:

mrmojorisin
Hiller Wouldn't it make sense to move Hiller before he becomes a UFA?
November 13, 2013
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eyemissgilmour said:

eyemissgilmour
... Hate the new forum. Hate it.
I hope there was a legit reason for doing this, and not just change for the sake of change.
So disappointed.
November 13, 2013
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Daydream Nation said:

Daydream Nation
... Same as Duck- I can't post in any thread. I can login to Dobber Hockey but when I go to the forums it does not let me reply to threads. Hope this gets fixed soon.
November 13, 2013
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Sheepdogged said:

Sheepdogged
My two cents How good is Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Not a lot of D score game winning goals. The bomb he had from the blue line last night against the Blues was awesome.
November 13, 2013
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duducks said:

duducks
... No where else to put this,

BUT I CANT LOG INTO THE FORUMS!

Click LOGIN and I get "You are currently logged in to the private area of this site."

I don't see any other place to login for the forums.
November 13, 2013
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Medeiros said:

Medeiros
... Mackinnon had 7 shots in a single period (the 2nd period), which is apparently an all time record for shots in a single period by a rookie. And go figure, Landeskog was who he beats out for it. The Avs are gettin scary.

Also managed to snag Mason just over a few weeks ago for for Johansson.

November 13, 2013
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