Ovechkin gets two games. The NHL had a no-win announcement - anything from 0 to infinity games would lead to an outcry somewhere. I for one feel comfortable with the two games. And I do admit that if Ovechkin's name was I.P. Freely, he would have gotten 10. And I am not totally against a subtle, blurry double standard for superstars if the league can get away with it. From a business standpoint, you gotta do what you gotta do.
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Blake Comeau has 12 points in eight games and is a plus-6 in that span. As a bonus, the guy has six PIM to boot. His ice time has been up noticeably lately.
Brian Campbell will probably miss the rest of the season after getting hit from behind by Alex Ovechkin (clip below). He suffered a broken clavicle and ribs, according to TSN. Brent Seabrook's PP time just shot up.
The amount of excuses and explanations and reasons I am seeing in the media is a little sad. I think OVY should get a couple of games, myself. But that aside, the fact that the excuses and reasoning ("his three game misconducts were for different things" or "it's been over 41 games since the last time he did this") just reek of trying too hard. The media seems to be trying too hard to absolve him. I like Ovechkin (I like him a lot, actually) and I don't think the book should be thrown at him at all, but come on - give the guy two games. He's a repeat offender. If you beat someone up and get arrested for assault, the court looks at that if you do it again six months later. They don't say "six months went by since the last one, so we won't look at that".
Kristian Huselius should be back in the lineup tonight.
Portzline says that Matt Calvert should have been No.3 on the Blue Jackets' prospect list, which I found quite interesting and informative.
After going pointless in three games and getting scratched, Sean Avery returned and had a golden fantasy game - two goals, three shots, plus-2 and of course two PIM. Coach Tortorella is the reason his PIM will be below 175 this season when it should be 250. But Avery has nobody to blame but himself for the weak output offensively. Perhaps this will help him salvage a 35-point season.
Max Talbot and Alex Goligoski were healthy scratches in favor of Jay McKee and Tyler Kennedy. Like the Caps, the Pens have a ton of depth and the players are healthy. Unlike Boudreau, who is scratching players to rest them, Bylsma will punish players who aren't at their best.
Out of all the $8 million men in the NHL, Daniel Briere gets the least ice time. He's seen 17 minutes just once in 18 games, but has dipped below 15 minutes on six occasions in that span. He has 10 points during that range.
In case you're scoring at home - Wojtek Wolski has three points in five games for Phoenix. Peter Mueller has eight in six for Colorado.
Kevin Porter played his second Colorado game Sunday, playing 10 minutes and going minus-1. He didn't get any PP time, but had some PK time. With the pile of scorers in Colorado and virtually all of them young, Porter may have to hone his craft as a checker in order to stick in the NHL. That certainly doesn't bode well for Porter owners. I would shop him, as his value has resurged a little with the trade.
Too bad no fantasy owner in his right mind had Brandon Segal on his team. Last night he scored twice, had six shots, added seven PIM and was a plus-2.
Another day another goal for Latendresse. He has 25 now and 14 games to reach 30.
Cam Barker has four points in eight games for the Wild, which is in the ballpark in terms of expectation. Anything from three to six at this point. Still only 23, if he could ever have a healthy season he would be a top producer on the blue line. That's a pretty big if.
Andrew Ebbett has five points in his last six games. That's what trading Eric Belanger did. I recommend picking him up, if you need a center who will get you 12 points in the final 14 games.
Miikka Kiprusoff was hammered with 20 shots in the first period as his team abandoned him. He got the hook. The Stajan, Bourque and Iggy line was on the ice for both even-strength goals against in the first.
Prior to Sunday's game (as I write this, the game is ongoing), Ian White has five points in 12 games as a Flame, while Mark Giordano has four in that span. The jury is still out.
I sold 20 of these as soon as I made them available. So I changed my package from one large luxury suite to two medium ones and made more tickets available. Six sold quickly. Now, with six days before the event, I have FOUR tickets left to this amazing DobberHockey event. Details are outlined neatly (including some new ones) HERE. As you can see, now that the details have fallen into place, that this will be quite a fun event for Dobber Nation. You can buy a ticket right here - just four left.
Nicklas Backstrom's sweet overtime goal Sunday:
And of course - Ovechkin's hit that got him a game misconduct. Apparently, the rule that brings an automatic one-game suspension for a second offense does not apply here because it has been more than half a season since Ovechkin's last game misconduct. Should he get suspended anyway? The NHL is screwed. If they don't suspend him, they will be a laughing stock for the double standard for superstars. If they do suspend him, they will be a laughing stock because Matt Cooke got zilch just a few days ago.