I think Hagman will have an early impact in Anaheim, much like Jason Blake did. Nothing sustainable, but look for a two-week pop.

 

Crosby skates with Neal and Malkin in practice. But still no change in his status. Sullivan/Kennedy questionable for Tuesday

 

One game in with his new team and we can see Kris Russell’s role on the Blues shaping up. He didn’t eat any of the PP time of the other puck-movers (Shattenkirk, Pietrangelo and Colaiacovo), but he did get some PP time. Looks like he’s giving the Blues some more puck movement in five-on-five situations, which is something they would need under a more defensive coaching situation. As Chris Nichols noted in the Ramblings yesterday, the Blues have two shutouts in three games under Hitchcock.

 

Incidentally, Halak has bumped his GAA and SP up from 3.58 and 0.843 to 2.78 and 0.882 in his last three starts (includes one pre-Hitch start). On the flip side, the team has managed to score just eight goals. We’re getting a pretty good hint of things to come. I wonder how this team will do scoring-wise when/if Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwarz join them next year.

 

Meanwhile, the other half of that trade – Nikitin – tallied an assist in his Columbus debut and saw 2:41 of PP ice time, which was third among defensemen. Overall, his ice time was second only to James Wisniewski.

 

Mattias Tedenby has a lot of upside, but he’s not getting the opportunities that he did last season. Under the new coach, he’s seeing around 10 minutes per game and I don’t see that changing unless a couple of key injuries happen.

 

Ryan Miller has a concussion. This certainly gives Jhonas Enroth a great opportunity to Tuukka Rask his way into the starting role (and perhaps Miller will Tim Thomas his way back into it next year?).  The hit on Miller is below, as is his priceless reaction to it.

 

So is this a two-week concussion or a 12-month concussion? If it’s anything beyond two months, you have to think that Enroth will be one of the three Calder finalists. At this point, Craig Smith and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are the unanimous two favorites.

 

How important is Matt Read to the Flyers? He played 3:33 on the power play and 5:09 shorthanded, or 8:42 on special teams altogether. He played 8:05 at even strength. That’s a great sign of confidence from the coach, we just don’t want that confidence to start honing itself under the SH column. But his team-leading four shots, if it happens consistently, will see to it that he remains in the mix offensively.

 

Shea Weber isn’t going anywhere. The Preds still have him after this year, as he is only an RFA next summer. So there is no rush in moving him, rumors be damned.

 

Last week was hilarious, reading all the Leaf chatter about their goaltending woes. Then Ben Scrivens comes in and wins a great game against the Blues, and a decent game against the Sens. I’m sure he can keep this team playing .500 hockey for three or four weeks until James Reimer returns. But signing Marty Turco would be beyond stupid and I don’t see Brian Burke ever doing something like that. Perhaps a trade for Scott Clemmensen or Evgeni Nabokov – but nothing like that would ever happen unless the Leafs went on a 2-8-0 run and they then receive word that Reimer is out for a few more weeks yet. Certainly not after two losses and a Reimer return in 2011 still feasible.

 

Ryan Strome got off to a late start in the OHL, thanks to his extended stay on Long Island. But since arriving there, he has yet to be held off the scoresheet. Points in all 13 games that he has played, and 20 points in all. He had three points in Team OHL’s game against Russia in the Super Series.

 

I’m noticing a spike in PP time for Matt Cullen and Kyle Brodziak of the Wild, in the absence of Guillaume Latendresse (concussion). Just food for thought. Nick Johnson is (and rightfully so) also seeing more ice time, and picked up an assist Sunday.

 

Brooks Laich played a full game on defense for the Caps Saturday. A couple more of those and he’ll get eligibility. With Caps’ rearguards dropping like flies, it could very well happen.

 

Ian White is out for the next four games with a fractured cheek bone. Brendan Smith has been recalled, but Smith still has one game left on his suspension. So Smith could get in after Tuesday’s game, if White’s replacement Mike Commodore has a poor outing.

 

Evgeni Nabokov hasn’t been playing terribly. But his record is weak and the other key stats – GAA and SP – are soundly trounced by Al Montoya. He has played well enough to be traded, but the teams that need a goalie have not stepped up with the right price as of yet.

 

How in the hell does Aaron Rome have five points in four games this season? And 21 PIM to go with it?

 

Matt Cullen takes a sweet pass from Clutterbuck:

 

 

Nichols discussed this yesterday, but here is the footage – Milan Lucic hammers Ryan Miller:

 

 

And Miller’s great response:

 

 

 


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sansai said:

sansai
... Ah well, so even the iron fisted Shanny didn't think it was a suspendable offense. I was hoping for an outcome where neither player was going to be on the ice for awhile, because neither are on my fantasy team. But I guess I got it wrong, or Shanahan has a gripe with goalies playing the puck. Wasn't he part of the competition committee that instituted the trapezoid? Conspiracy against goalies? yeah, probably not. @nate, I don't think it was a charge, I just thought it was a deliberate check. IT's a fast game and all, but he's a scoring line forward in the NHL. Albeit one with bricks for hands and feet. He should be able to skate with his head/eyes up and anticipate a play.
November 14, 2011
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kjazz said:

November 14, 2011
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Nate said:

Nate
Lucic Sansai I'm gong to have to disagree with you here.

I think the fact that Lucic stopped taking strides forward means that he was stopping himself from "charging" Miller. There was a fraction of a second between Miller playing the puck and Lucic checking him. If a d-man had been playing the puck there would have been nothing wrong with the check.

The real question here is this. Should players be allowed to body check the opposing goaltender if they are far enough out of their crease? Personally, I believe that once a goalie leaves his crease, he's fair game.
November 14, 2011
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Draft Dodger said:

steve_oshp
my 2 cents Lucic got 2 mins for the hit which was fair. Yes it's a penalty but it wasn't a hit to the head or an attempt to injure. If Miller had not been turning his body on the follow through of his shot it would have been shoulder to shoulder and Miller likely would have simply got knocked down. My guess is Lucic gets a game or two because they don't want guys running goaltenders even when they come way out and play the puck. Nothing wrong with Miller coming out to deny the breakaway it was a smart move.
November 14, 2011
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... Miller clearly had gotten rid of the puck and was not facing Lucic at the time of the hit. If Miller was a defenseman, it's a borderline suspension-worthy hit. The fact that the hit was on a goalie makes it at least a game. If Wisniewski was suspended for 8 games for his hit on Clutterbuck, how is this not at least a one game suspension?
November 14, 2011
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sansai said:

sansai
half truths When I read stuff like "Goalies who wander that far to handle the puck instead of just tapping it away deserve this". I've read a lot of "handle the puck" comments. First off, if Lucic could handle a puck he'd have skated in on a breakaway. Are you guys even watching the replay? Miller came out and swiped the puck to the boards like every goaltender in that situation, he never "handled it", that's something goaltenders do behind the net. Lucic abandoned his forward-leaning power stride before miller touched the puck, it's obvious he knew he wasn't getting that puck. The rules take care of the rest. I hate Buffalo announcers, I hate Ryan Miller (and his soft Olympic losing goal to Sindy), I would love to see goalies get run when they wander out from their cages, but half of these comments are the joke. I can't wait to see how many games the punchline is.
November 14, 2011
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hockeytowner said:

hockeytowner
No foul? Just caught up on the hockey world of yesterday's comments. No foul on Lucic? Suspend Miller? Are you kidding me? I can't really add anything that hasn't already been said other than that this is typical Buffalo. Never willing to defend their goalie. That's why Hasek was always so feisty taking all those roughing and slashing minors. I'd like to see Miller take after him since he doesn't have a teammate willing to stand up for him. But back at our fearless leaders...Dobber, Angus, Goldman...what are your thoughts?
November 14, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
ryan Adam - a distant fourth and slipping. Looks like it's the Roy line that is shining right now while the other line that was so hot is undergoing a market correction.
November 14, 2011
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Buffalo87 said:

Buffalo87
Miller/Lucic I'll just go ahead and re-post what I posted on yesterdays comments:

Everybody who is crying no foul on Lucic realizes that that is explicity against the rule, right? Stated directly in the rule book, Rule 42.1:

"A goalkeeper is not “fair game” just because he is outside the goal crease area. The appropriate penalty should be assessed in every case where an opposing player makes unnecessary contact with a goalkeeper. However, incidental contact, at the discretion of the Referee, will be permitted when the goalkeeper is in the act of playing the puck outside his goal crease provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact. "

Not only was the contact avoidable, but it was clear that Lucic had plenty of time to get out of the way but clearly made no attempt to. You can give me that he only had 3/4 of a second to 1 second and he's not the best skater, the dude is a professional hockey player, if you can't avoid a hitting somebody that you could see clearly was going to beat you to the puck (and you can't hit) a couple seconds ahead of time, you have plenty of time to avoid it.

As far the Miller stick swinging, I certainly do not condone that at all, but he missed so it's a non-issue. Just like if Lucic went for the hit on Miller and missed, nobody would be talking suspension.
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ryan said:

ridinryan44
Adam No love for Luke Adam in the Calder race?
November 14, 2011
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Mack Gordon said:

Mackgord
Weird question about yahoo So I accidentally logged myself out of my yahoo id which I don't remember and is not attached to any email address that I can get access to any longer. Can someone advise me how to get my hockey pool attached to a new yahoo id that I've created so that I can get back in. Help!
November 14, 2011
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Chet said:

soothy69
Meh... I'm not a Bruin fan by any means, but if you look at that hit, he sure could have done alot worse. He put his arms into his body and pushed off as he hit Miller. I'd say it's a 50/50 hit. Luc could have tried to move, and Miller, who is your typical whiny goaltender, should have stayed in his net. I'm a huge Vancouver fan, and we have to deal Lou who tries to do the same thing and play the puck... which always seems to backfire. But that was no where near the Matt Cooke type hit.
November 14, 2011
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Hockey Pool Guru said:

joeygmoney
Lucic Lucic was striding for the puck and Miller came far to far our of his area. If a suspension is coming that is an absolute joke. Goalies who wander that far to handle the puck instead of just tapping it away deserve this. Why are they so untouchable when they are 10+ feet out of their crease. Listening to the Buffalo announcers sound just like miller with their sore vags.
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mick said:

hawkdog
piece of sh#$ I hope Shanahan sets a new standard with this incident and throws the book at Lucic. Total Matt Cooke move there.
Another goon move by a Bruin.
November 14, 2011
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