J.P. from Japer's Rink tells me that Ovechkin and Laich have swapped lines in practice. So you should see Ovy with Morrison and Knuble next game. He also tells me, I'll give you the direct quote because I wouldn't do it justice otherwise - "Flash is probably two weeks away - not cleared for contact quite yet, but close. I think there's a good chance that when he's back, Laich gets bumped down to the 3rd line, as he's a better fit on an energy/checking line than Flash and he (Laich) gets most of his goals on the PP anyway (not a great 5-on-5 guy). One thing to remember about Flash is that Bruce loves him (way too much for my liking, but seriously - he'd adopt him if he could, I think)."

 

Portzline is saying that Nikita Filatov will be a healthy scratch tonight. Serves him right for not scoring a goal during his four minutes of ice time last game. Let that be a lesson!

 

According to James Mirtle - BIG changes in Leafland tonight. First off, Toskala has a knee injury. The Leafs will start Joey McDonald. James Reimer has been recalled. Also recalled - Tyler Bozak. The team will make Matt Stajan and Nik Hagman healthy scratches. Will it be enough? Bozak's recall was the right move.

 

Give Glibert Brule four points in five games now. The 22-year-old - yes, still just 22 - has lost a lot of believers in the fantasy world. Even myself, who held on until just this past spring before I finally gave up on him. He's getting about 12 minutes of ice time per game, which would be enough to sustain a 40-point season. In roto leagues he is definitely worth a flyer (nine PIM).

 

Wade Redden had three points yesterday despite just 14 seconds on the power play. Del Zotto saw 5:11 of PP time but was held pointless. I wouldn't fall for Redden yet - it was against Toskala and the Leafs.

 

Islanders defenseman Jack Hillen has yet to play a game this season. The team has gone with six rearguards and Freddy Meyer has been ahead of him on the depth chart. Don't worry, Radek Martinek is scheduled for an injury any day now.

 

Tuukka Rask had his second straight start last night, but took the loss. I'm sure Thomas will be back next game.

 

Dennis Wideman is day to day with a shoulder injury, so Johnny Boychuk got into the lineup for the first time this season. He saw some PP time and played 17:15 overall, but was without a point.
Andrej Sekera will miss the next two weeks or so with a rib injury. Toni Lydman will return to the lineup, so a recall likely won't happen.

 

David Moss is day to day with a UBI. I don't get this - they are running with Sjostrom on the top line with Iginla and Jokinen. Sjostrom in the biggest tease in the NHL - all dazzle and no finish. The Coyotes suckered for it for a few years before they happily handed him to the New York. Then New York suckered for it all last season. I know, he only 26 and just entering his prime and I always preach patience with players who have not yet hit their prime, but this guy has seen his share of chances on the top line and the best he has managed is 23 points. So assuming his best season will be in two or three years, what does that mean? 45 points? We'll see. He got a point last night and played a season high 19:41. I'll be watching how the experiment goes, but I think I'll just get teased by this guy again.

 

Dustin Boyd may have tallied two points last night, but he only saw nine minutes of ice. Best to hold off on activating him now. To me, Boyd is the guy who should be on that top line, not Sjostrom.

 

David Jones was back in the Colorado lineup and picked up two points. He was playing with Cody McLeod and Ryan O'Reilly on the third line though.

 

Wow - Kyle Quincey has a point in every game this season. He has six in five games now.

 

Ryan Shannon returned from his concussion and played with Foligno and Neil last night. He's out of the top six and Cheechoo is in, so I doubt Shannon will reach the projections I gave him in the Guide - I don't see the situation changing, barring an injury.

 


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buhockey13 said:

buhockey13
Renegade Shatty (Shattenkirk) is playing for Boston Univ... Him and Brian Strait were supposed to be co-captains... Strait bolted but Shatty stayed.... ussually the way things shakeout in college hockey is that unless the college team tanks and the season ends early players don't start leaving the college ranks and play pro in the same year...
October 31, 2009
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... John K - if you see a pop up, it has to be spyware on your computer. The site was just cleaned. If you see it again on my site, can you take a screenshot of it and email it to me please? Thanks!
October 13, 2009
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Chris said:

Dr.Smurf
Matt Lombardi Matt Lombardi Didn't play last night against the Sharks. Can anyone tell me why?
October 13, 2009
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John K. said:

Kotentie
pop up those make-money-posting-links on google pop-ups are really annoying, and the product is a scam.
October 13, 2009 | url
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STONE. said:

STONE.
... Wow. If Morrison can keep up with Ovy, I'll be a happy man.
October 13, 2009
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rticinelli said:

rticinelli
Re: Sjostrom Fair enough, although I still think he benefited New York with his penalty kill and the energy he brought to the ice!

Re: Filatov - Is it now time to panic?
October 13, 2009
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... rticinelli - yeah, you're right. I think it was more of my thinking that when NYR were rotating Dawes and Voros and I can't remember who else in and out of the press box...I felt they should have included Sjostrom there but they didn't. So not really a big "sucker" for putting him on the top line, but just a "sucker" for sticking him in the lineup at all.
October 13, 2009
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Kyle Wannamaker said:

spuzzumsrats
... Hey Dobbs, whats going on with Koistenen's ice time in florida?

Do you see it improving, or can we only expect 5 min per game?
October 13, 2009
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rticinelli said:

rticinelli
Re: Sjostrom Not sure how you can say New York was suckered with Sjostrom last year. He only averaged around 12 minutes of icetime and played on the fourth line with Betts and Orr. Most of his icetime came on the penalty kill! And while he's definitely not a scorer, he is a great energy player who can play on the defensive side of the puck. I think that's his niche and the Rangers used him in that way last year.
October 13, 2009
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Eric Daoust said:

ericdaoust
Yannick Weber Weber has been demoted to AHL, according to TSN Ice Chips and RDS.
October 13, 2009
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UKflames said:

UKflames
Flames top line The annoying thing is that the one person, Glencross, that had some sort of results with Iggy and Jokinen hasn't been used on the top line yet, despite everyone else's failings.
I also agree with Mabus, Iggy and Jokinen should not be on the same line together, they play too similar a game. Move Langkow with Iginla and Jokinen to his own line then things will improve.
October 13, 2009
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Mabus said:

mabus
... Calgary is going to try everyone until they find someone that can help Iginla and Jokinen click. The problem is that Jokinen and Iginla make horrible linemates. They should never be on the ice together. Flames management will figure it out eventually, but they are stubborn and will try everyone there to make it work. This week it's Sojstrom, but don't worry, Boyd will get his chance to fail too.

Mabus
October 13, 2009
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Jocular Hockey Manager said:

JHM
Sjostrom One of the craziest parts of fantasy, is that once in 25 times a guy like Sjostrom sticks it in our ear. Naslund had a similar career path. Talented and busy wearing out his welcome in the early going. Steve Sullivan bounced all over before getting going. Sjostrom is a cat of many lives, thus ending up in Calgary presents opportunity that many dream of. He remains a 'maybe'.
October 13, 2009
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enfuego said:

enfuego
shattenkirk @Renegade

he went back to school for another year. i think he'll play full time next year. but that's just me and i'm just a guy.
October 13, 2009
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Renegade said:

Renegade
... Is Shattenkirk playing full-time for COL? I have not been keeping my eye on him this year, but he sparked my interest the past few months...
October 13, 2009
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