It was a rare busy Friday night of action as there were 10 games on the schedule. Here are some quick hits on the contests.

 

Well the Toronto Maple Leafs hit a new low last night losing 3-1 to the Buffalo Sabres. With the Nazem Kadri suspension and the lengthy absences of David Bolland and Tyler Bozak due to injuries, the Leafs are really starting to feel it down the middle.

 

Toronto recalled Trevor Smith from the Marlies to take Kadri’s spot and he scored the lone goal on Friday. I guess Mike Krushelnyski wasn’t available.

 

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Buffalo picked up a victory, thanks in part to a nice night by Steve Ott that saw him pick up a goal and an assist.

 

Tyler Myers added a helper and it was his first point in four games.

 

Marcus Foligno also found the score sheet picking up a goal after going seven games without a point. Foligno also added five hits and played just 12:53, his lowest ice-time of the season. Perhaps that effort earns him some increased minutes.

 

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The Kings beat the Devils 2-0 and Ben Scrivens was solid picking up the shutout. That’s his second straight nice effort since Jonathan Quick went down and he might be a decent short-term pickup if you had Quick.

 

Dwight King had a goal and he now has four points in his last four outings.

 

Anze Kopitar has picked it up after somewhat of a slow start to the campaign. He had an empty-netter and now has eight points in his last seven games.

 

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The Preds dropped a 4-1 decision to the Penguins and rookie Seth Jones is going through a rough stretch. He hasn’t recorded a point in his last five contests and has gone minus-7 over that span.

 

On the brigthtside, Patric Hornqvist was noticeable again when it came to shots on goal. He fired four at the Pittsburgh net and now has a whopping 19 shots in his last four games.

 

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Good news if you are a Kris Letang owner, as the blueliner notched a goal and five shots, but if you are a Matt Niskanen owner you weren’t as lucky. Letang’s return to the lineup has seemed to slow Niskanen’s production and he played barely 16 minutes against Nashville.

 

Brandon Sutter snapped himself out of a slump picking up a goal and an assist, while finishing plus-2. He ended a run of four games without a point.

 

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Carolina beat Anaheim 3-2 and Justin Peters has started to string some good games together recently between the pipes. He has now had five straight good starts that saw him collect four wins, including a shutout.

 

Drayson Bowman scored for the Canes and led the team without six shots.

Eric Staal also tallied and it was his first goal in almost a month. Does this get him back on track?

 

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Viktor Fasth made his first start in over a month and made 21-of-23 stops. Frederik Andersen, who had been playing great for the Ducks, was sent back to the AHL on Thursday.

 

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The Canadiens topped the Blue Jackets 3-2 in a shootout thanks to Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller. Each scored for Montreal and they both have four points in their last three games.

 

Max Pacioretty wasn’t as lucky. Despite putting up eight shots, he was again held pointless and has just a single assist in his past seven games.

 

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Curtis McElhinney gave Sergei Bobrovsky the night off and was impressive stopping 38 shots.

 

Artem Anisimov scored his first goal in seven contests, although using the term ‘goal’ might be giving him too much credit.

 

 

Columbus also received some bad news Friday as it looks as though Marian Gaborik will miss 4-6 weeks with a knee injury.

 

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The Senators got the better of the Bruins 4-2 after a third period rally that saw Bobby Ryan score a beautiful clinching goal. Ryan now has points in seven of eight, but he also left the game late in the third after being hit awkwardly into the boards. Something to monitor, but it didn’t seem overly serious.

 

Jason Spezza got back on track after going three games without a point, picking up a goal and an assist against Boston. Spezza still isn’t seeing a ton of time with Ryan, which must be frustrating to his owners.

 

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Loui Eriksson had a goal and an assist in a losing cause. He now has points in five straight outings and has played well since returning from a concussion recently.

 

Matt Bartkowski is a defenseman to keep an eye on. He got over 18 minutes against Ottawa and picked up a couple of assists. Bartkowski now has three points in three games.

 

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Detroit fell to Washington in a shootout, despite getting some decent offensive production from their blueline. Danny DeKeyser had a goal and an assist, while Jakub Kindl chipped in with two helpers.

 

Tomas Tatar also added an assist to end a five-game pointless run.

 

Johan Franzen seems to be back on track after missing some time with an illness. He had two goals and an assist on Friday and now has four points in two outings since returning.

 

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Brooks Laich had a goal for the Caps and now has points in two straight. He played over 20 minutes in both of those games.

 

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Florida lost to the Minnesota Wild on Friday, but Nick Bjugstad seems to be showing signs of getting it going. He picked up an assist and has four points in his last five games.

 

Jonathan Huberdeau also scored for the Panthers, and it was his first tally in a month.

 

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A couple of Minnesota forwards are playing some steady puck right now. Mikko Koivu had two assists against the Panthers and he has seven points in four games.

 

Charlie Coyle scored for the Wild and he is on a stretch of four points in five games.

 

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The Jets defeated the Flyers 3-2 in a shootout and Claude Giroux is starting to show some signs of life. He picked up an assist and now has four points in the games. Maybe he will end up rewarding owners who hung on to him after all.

 

Scott Hartnell is also finding the scoring touch as he grabbed a goal and an assist, giving him four points in his last four.

 

Sean Couturier is going in the other direction, however. He failed to find the score sheet and has just a single point in his last nine games. He still got nearly 21 minutes of ice though, but how long is that going to last if he continues on this pace.

 

Steve Mason had another excellent effort, his fourth straight, making 36 stops. He’s been one of the few bright spots this year in Philly.

 

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Dustin Byfuglien scored goals number two and three on the year. He played a massive 31 minutes for the Jets.

 

Olli Jokinen had two assists for Winnipeg and is heating up. He’s notched six points in his past five games.

 

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The Sharks beat the Oilers to no one’s surprise and don’t look now, but rookie Tomas Hertl is picking it up again. He cooled after that first couple weeks where it looked as though he would have a permanent stay on the highlight reel, but scored against Edmonton on Friday and is enjoying a run of seven points in six games.

 

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Other than Nail Yakupov scoring again, the majority of Oilers news came off the ice on Friday.

 

Ilya Bryzgalov played his first game in Oklahoma City last night and gave up five goals on 24 shots. Although, apparently the majority weren’t his fault. I guess the Oilers AHL affiliate has modeled its defensive game after the big club.

 

The Oilers also sent Mark Arcobello down to the AHL and recalled defenseman Oscar Klefbom. Arcobello had some good opportunities early in the season where he saw some minutes with the top line, but he didn’t do enough to take advantage of them. Klefbom is someone to watch because he is tremendously talented, but the Oilers are a mess right now and he’s being thrown into a situation that is far from ideal.

 

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The Rangers plan to make Michael Del Zotto a healthy scratch on Saturday when they take on the Montreal Canadiens, according to Katie Strang of ESPN. Del Zotto has only managed four points on the season thus far and that’s not going to go over well when you’re billed as an offensive defenseman. Perhaps most shocking is the stat that Del Zotto has played 43:09 on the man advantage this season and managed just a single assist.

 

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Patrick Eaves has cleared waivers and has been sent down to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. Eaves played in just three games with the Red Wings this season and failed to register a point.

 

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St. Louis waived forward Chris Porter on Friday. Porter’s claim to fame occurred last spring in the post-season when he played on a checking line with Ryan Reaves and Adam Cracknell that gave the Los Angeles Kings some headaches.

 

 

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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sparrowtrini said:

hockeysmygame
... Dobber Help ME!!!! I was posting before on the forums and now I can't. Ive done everything you posted above the forums(deleted the cookies etc) but it still doesn't work.
November 16, 2013
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Michael Amato said:

Michael Amato
... @pikamonk is correct. Someone pointed this out to me on Twitter as well earlier. This figures to be a short-term thing.
November 16, 2013
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pikamonk said:

pikamonk
... Arcobello is coming back. This move was made because they only had 6 D-men and some unnamed d-man was questionable for the game. This and supposedly they wanted a heavier lineup against SJ. "@EdmontonJack Arcobello has been told to find a place to live in Edmonton." Also with bryzgalov on a conditioning stint it still counts towards their NHL roster and didn't have flexibility to bring in an extra d-man.
November 16, 2013
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27Blue said:

27Blue
... Arcobello was reduntant. Just another small forward who is soft and doesn't play defence.

The Oil couldn't send down Eberle or Gagner or Yak, so Arcobello is the man on the move.
November 16, 2013
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Michael Amato said:

Michael Amato
... I think Arcobello's move was strictly about goal scoring. Edmonton sits 23rd in that category and Arcobello only has two and they both came in one game over a month into the season. Obviously it's not just him that's struggling, but he's a guy they can send down that's not a major name. Not saying I agree with it
November 16, 2013
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immortal_leafs said:

immortal_leafs
... Arcobello didn't do enough? Have you watched any oilers games this year? W/ Nuge and Gagner out he was their best player some nights - he was putting up points until he lost out to golden boys. This is a misstep by the Oilers unless their thinking is Arcobello can get top line minutes in the A. I still think they're a better team with Arco up than down.
November 16, 2013
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Zorro said:

Zorro
... Who needs to watch the highlights when we have baumer's report?? I actually enjoyed that blurb!!
November 16, 2013
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germant said:

germant
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Solid ramblings Mike!

And as usual, the Dobber community adds to a great read this morning as baumer drops some great notes. Do you do this for your league daily??? Thanks for sharing your ramblings!

- Wayne Simmonds scored last night which gives him 3pts in 3 games. He's been a huge disappointment this year (along with most Flyer forwards). 8 points in 19 games but only 2 goals. His spot in the lineup has been eclipse by Matt Read who is 2nd on the team in ice time behind only Giroux!

- In Buffalo, no payback for John Scott's attempted murder of Phil Kessel which some are likening to the reaction Buffalo had to Lucic running Miller. If you're looking for PIMs, tonight may be a different story as the two tams meet again in tonight in T.O.'s barn.

- and finally, in Montreal David Desharnais scored in the shootout to win it for Montreal. Still, his hold on an NHL roster is tenuous (1 point in 18 games and less ice time than the goalie coach). That being said, it's a bit of a feel good story after he received some public criticism from Montreal's outspoken (though free of crack) mayor Denis Cordere.
November 16, 2013
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baumer said:

baumer
... Great post Axeman. Arcobello did everything he could while given the opportunity. The Oilers were losing before but at least they were scoring goals. I don't have the time to look it up but since Gagner has come back and Arobello has been given less minutes, I'm sure the Oilers GPG are way down. Gagner has done very little since he's come back. At least Arcobello was setting everyone up. At this point it's a numbers game imo. Gagner makes a big salary, Arc doesn't. So you send him down. How about sitting some of these guys in the press box and let those that deserve to play, play, regardless of salary.
November 16, 2013
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Axeman33 said:

Axeman33
... Arcobello was actually playing well in the #2 center spot while Gagner was out with his injury. Gagner has since come back and bumped Arcobello down the 3rd line. Gagner in 8 games this year, 2 assists. Arcobello, sent to the AHL. Whats wrong with that picture?

"Arcobello had some good opportunities early in the season where he saw some minutes with the top line, but he didn’t do enough to take advantage of them."

12 points for Arcobello in his first 16 games. Not sure what else he could have done to not take advantage of his opportunities.
November 16, 2013
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baumer said:

baumer
... In Pittsburgh last night, every fantasy relevant player with the exception of Kunitz, put up points. Crosby had 1, Malkin 2, Fleury got the win and Letang had 1. Sid is actually struggling since the big trade in our pool. He is still the league leader in points but he isn't putting up multiple point games right now. Maybe he's playing with an injury. As for Nashville, Jones and Weber went pointless.

In Carolina, Getzlaf returned from missing a few games and he got a point. Perry got two and on Carolina's side, E. Staal had one. Light night for scoring and the only one with fantasy relevance this week is Perry.

In Columbus, Montreal beat the BJ's 3-2 in a shootout. Both backups were in so there were no points for the two gM's who own the starters. The GM who owns Markov started Markov for the first time this year and it paid off as he got his 11th pt of the year. Subban contributed a pt as well. On the injury front, Mr. Glass, Marian Gaborik is out 4-6 weeks with a pulled vagina. On Columbus' side, James Wiesniewski notched his 15th point and for a D that puts him top 5. No one has him.

In Ottawa, it looked like business as usual when Boston went out to a 2-0 lead on the strength of 2 points from Lou Erickson. Anderson has really struggled this year and Lehner has looked amazing. But then the Sens scored 4 unanswered goals to give Anderson not only a much needed win but a strong outing. For the Sens, Karlsson continued his fantastic season with a point and Spezza had two. Ryan also got one and the only one who didn't was Turris. This makes sense, of course because I am cursed this year. Ryan, however, got elbowed late in the game and he did not return.

In Detroit new Eastern rivals, the Wings and Caps, played to a 4-3 shootout win for the Caps. For Washington, the line of OV, Backs and Johansson notched points again. OV and Backs are among the league leaders with 22 and 21 pts respectively but Johansson has now notched 17 points and could be a good replacement for the GM who owns Stamkos in our league. All the Detroit fantasy players were kept off the score sheet.

Florida played in Minnesota and the Wild are hot. First of all, the best fantasy goalie still available is Harding and he is absolutely killing it this year. He has 11 wins and two shootout losses and two more shutouts, good for 30 points and that might be the top point getter in our pool. And again, nobody has him. Fantasy wise, Parise and Suter and Koivu all notched a point and the population of Pominville added two more (but he is not owned in our league either). Florida is struggling as usual. How long until they move to Markham?

In Winnipeg, the suddenly hot Philly Flyers lost in a shootout to the Jets. Fantasy wise, Giroux and Voracek put up a point each. Voracek is showing signs of coming around as he has points in 4 straight and Giroux is looking better but still only has one goal. The Giroux, Kessel deal (in our pool, one GM traded Kessel for Giroux plus a 2nd and 3rd pick in next years draft) is a wash at this point. As for the others, Streit did nothing and on Winnipeg's side, Byfuglien scored two goals for his GM last night and E Kane (not started) added an assist.

Out in Edmonton the ECHL Edmonton Oilers played the NHL San Jose Sharks. The results are what you would expect. Thornton had two points, Couture one and Pavelski one. Patrick Marleau is still playing like he cares and Hertl is making a case for the Calder and the Cy Young award as he scored his 12th goal of the season and his 18th point. For Edmonton, Yak scored a goal. Hall, Eberle, RNH were all thinking about partying after the game with their matching 6 million a year contracts, so they took the night off. Justin Schultz, who is a shoe in for 60 points this year, according to one GM in our league (I can taste those wings already...Angels on the Moon...MMM MMMM good), missed his 5th game with an injury.
November 16, 2013
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baumer said:

baumer
... Here's my own recap for the pool I'm in:

Last night was an unusually busy Friday night in the NHL. I'll give you a recap of the NHL action last night, with fantasy relevance of course.

The Leafs and Sabres played in Buffalo last night and it was Ted Nolan's return behind the bench. It was also the first game since the Scott/Kessel/Clarkson stuff in preseason. Nothing of interest happened during the game and both teams from a fantasy standpoint did nothing. Kessel has gone cold now since his 4 point night. In fact, since that night he has 1 point in 7 games. And he's not the only Leaf struggling right now. JVR has 0 in 5 games, Phaneuf is basically dead and Lupul and Kadri are on similar down spirals. Even Franson has sputtered lately. As for Buffalo Moulson and Hodgson both were kept off the score sheet as well. Buffalo won the game 3-1 and maybe this is a good sign for Miller.

The Kings and their "AHL goalie who will be looking for a job in the NHL next year" (yes one of our GM's told me this ) shut out the Devils. Fantasy wise only Doughty and Kopitar contributed points. Doughty still isn't playing up to his monstrous contract he signed a couple years ago, but the fat hobbit is quietly having a good season. As for Scrivens, he has three wins this year and two of them are by shutout. His goals against is around 1.55 and his Save percentage is a ridiculous 940. Quick will be back in a few weeks but for now Scrivens is doing just fine for them.

November 16, 2013
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baumer said:

baumer
... Arcobello got sent down? HAHAHAHAHA. That just goes to show how inept that franchise is. He did more than enough to show he belonged with the big club.
November 16, 2013
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