Steve Mondator had a goal and an assist last night and how has six points in his last four games. He's been a solid point producer in the past, and playing on a strong even strength team like Chicago is going to help his production a lot.

 

Slava Voynov played for the Kings with Alec Martinez injured. Voynov saw a lot of ice time (close to 24 minutes, five of it being on the PP). He had a great stint with the Kings earlier on in the season. No points last night, but he's a defenseman to watch in the short term for one-year leagues (and of course longer term for keepers).

 

Matt Duchene is so obviously a winger if you watch him play. He is way more effective playing there, as it allows him to linger around in the offensive zone a bit longer. He’s one of the most creative players in the league. Colorado doesn’t have a center capable of playing a top six role right now (to replace Duchene), although Ryan O’Reilly could one day get there if he adds some more offense to his game.

 

If/when he ever is moved to wing full time, expect his production to increase quite a bit.

 

Ilya Kovalchuk scored a beauty goal and played close to 23 minutes – he is logging a crazy amount of ice time once again this season. Seems to be able to handle it well, as he’s done it for his entire career.

 

Some interesting numbers from DobberHockey member Pengwin7:

 

Among forwards:

TOI/game


#1. Kovalchuk 25:14
#2. Parise 22:30
#3. Getzlaf 22:30
#4. C.Perry 22:25



TOI/shift


#1. Kovalchuk 61s/shift
#2t. M.St.Louis 57s/shift
#2t. B.Richards 57s/shift
#2t. E.Malkin 57s/shift



5-on-5 Goals For/Goals, Against/Net


Kovalchuk: 6/13, -7
Parise: 10/12, -2
Getzlaf: 7/11, -4
C.Perry: 7/10, -3
M.StLouis: 15/10, +5
B.Richards: 11/11, E
E.Malkin: 8/8, E

 

David Clarkson also scored, benefitting from increased time on the power play (3:25 last night).

 

Adam Larsson was pointless, but he was a plus-2 and played close to 23 minutes (including over four on the PP).

 

Adam Henrique had a great game. Two helpers, including a really good one short handed on Parise’s goal. He’s filling in seamlessly on the top line. He’s played the role before (albeit in junior) when he skated with Taylor Hall in Windsor. Henrique isn’t the most skilled prospect in the world (not to say he’s a slouch in that area), but he’s a very smart player and is making the most of this opportunity. Two very important things.

 

Tyler Myers scored twice and added four shots on goal in his first game back after being a healthy scratch last night. Coach takes the credit for this one?

 

Enroth allowed five goals on 19 shots – as quickly as poolies rushed to pick him up yesterday, do they drop him today? He’s a great goalie, but it is tough to win consistently at the NHL level. Chalk it up as a bad start, and don’t overreact to it.

 

Christian Ehrhoff is on pace for close to 50 points (like last season), but he has scored only once this season.

 

This isn’t entirely fantasy relevant, but Carolina is awful. Montreal looked they were playing against a QMJHL team last night.

 

PK Subban scored his first goal of the season – look for them to start coming in more regularly now. He was getting a lot of pucks on net without any going in (before last night, of course).

 

Lars Eller is a fun player to watch – I see his career going one of two ways: he could use his speed and size to become an elite checking line winger, or he could progress offensively into a two-way force. He’s still young, and I like his chances at developing into the latter. Looks a lot more confident than he did last season.

 

Chris Stewart was given three games for the hit on Kronwall. He’s not a dirty player but it was a pretty reckless play.

 

Some injuries in Toronto will force Ron Wilson to shuffle the deck – Grabovski out for a few weeks and MacArthur out for an unknown period of time.

 

Connolly will center Frattin and Kulemin on line two, while Bozak stays on line one with Kessel and Lupul.

 

Filatov is unhappy in Ottawa and is rumored to be returning to the KHL. Color me surprised…

 

A video interview with Jason Farris, the author of the book “Behind the Moves” I have been talking about. Check it out here.

 

Kovalchuk’s beauty from last night:


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Seth said:

Fast Tony DeNiro
Montador Talk about a smart coaching move. Not sure what prompted it, but Montador has been playing forward on the 2nd PP unit for the last several games. He plants his ass in the slot and has been the benificiary of smart puck movement by that unit. Pucks just keep finding his tape in perfect scoring position, and he's been burying them.
November 17, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Pengwin7 - you need to be contributing to the ramblings. Love your insights.
November 17, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Kovalchuk Some random 2011-2012 stats on Ilya Kovalchuk.

Among forwards:
TOI/game
#1. Kovalchuk 25:14
#2. Parise 22:30
#3. Getzlaf 22:30
#4. C.Perry 22:25

TOI/shift
#1. Kovalchuk 61s/shift
#2t. M.St.Louis 57s/shift
#2t. B.Richards 57s/shift
#2t. E.Malkin 57s/shift

5-on-5 Goals For/Goals, Against/Net
Kovalchuk: 6/13, -7
Parise: 10/12, -2
Getzlaf: 7/11, -4
C.Perry: 7/10, -3
M.StLouis: 15/10, +5
B.Richards: 11/11, E
E.Malkin: 8/8, E
November 17, 2011
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Colin said:

NJDevils
Brodeur Save... Incredible!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdCMv0zx928
November 17, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... My wording wasn't 100% clear. I guess I assumed you would have figured that Stastny is a top six center. I was referring to no one replacing Duchene.

O'Reilly isn't a top six center, yet. 64 points in 173 career games. He's better in a third line role right now anyway, for the reasons you mentioned. He could get to the top six one day (and likely will).
November 17, 2011
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shaun b said:

shingy
Colorado C"s @Veritas0Aequitas

I believe he's referring to C's that can play on Duchene's line. This leaves out Duchene as his own centerman. O'Reilly is doing well as you stated but he's arguably ready for 2nd line C, and more arguably not ready for 1st line C with the likes of Duchene. I sorta chuckled when I noticed Stastny's name not mentioned. Maybe be an oversight, maybe it was assumed, I'm not sure, people make mistakes. But I can probably say most people see Stastny as top 6 so it's a quite a stretch to imply a writer here thinks that Stastny is a 3rd line C. Just my perspective.

Thanks for the ramblings by the way.
November 17, 2011
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UKflames said:

UKflames
Filatov Pt 2 Angus looks like I owe you an apology, this story does seem to have some legs after all. Maybe I should recheck before posting, just a frustrated Filatov owner i guesssmilies/cheesy.gif
November 17, 2011
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UKflames said:

UKflames
Filatov Angus I have to take issue with you adding fuel to the fire on Filatov. The article Tweeted to a couple of days ago was just his old team saying that they would like him back and think he could come back as he is playing in the AHL.
Everyone has now taken this as him saying that he wants to go back, which is not correct.
November 17, 2011
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josh said:

braaksma
Re: veritas Man read the article. The whole time Angus was saying that Colorado doesn't have a top six center IF they put Duchene on the wing (where i agree he has looked a lot better). Hence needing him to play center.. I'll give you Stastny as a top 6 center but Ryan O'Reilly isn't quite there yet.. Ya he may one day be a serviceable second line center but never an elite top/second line center. And correct me if I'm wrong but I believe Angus was critiquing Colorado where they are at now... Not where they could be in 3-5 years.
Have been an avid reader of Dobber for a couple years now and Angus continuously pumps out great articles. Do I smell a disgruntled Avs fan here??

As a huge Habs fan I totally agree with the Lars Eller assessment... Hoping he can one day be the solid big second line center.
November 17, 2011
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DuklaNation said:

DuklaNation
... Eller's offensive game still seems somewhat raw for some reason. I heard somebody compare him to Jan Bulis. Not bad 3rd liner but you want more than that. Jury is still out on him. Would be nice if he played in a consistent scoring role. Even when Gomez was out, Desharnais got the 2nd line. But he isnt the future for that team. I have a bad feeling he will be slotted on the 3rd line and stagnate offensively.
November 17, 2011
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Veritas0Aequitas said:

Veritas0Aequitas
CO Doesn't have a top 6 C? Seriously, Angus? Some of the stuff you say I disagree with but this is just downright WRONG.

Stastny = top 6 C. He has broken 70 points three times and almost hit 80 two of them. He is near a PPG pace every year. That is not only top 6 material, but that is #1 C material.

Duchene = top 6 C. He hit 27 goals and 67 points as a 19/20 year old sophomore... on a team ravaged with injuries and that finished 2nd to last. Yeah, he's not top 6 C material either.

O'Reilly = top 6 C. Any team would be happy to have this kid C their 2nd line. He is 2nd in the league in takeaways, has offensive instincts, is defensively responsible and brings it every shift. The reason his point totals have not been stellar is because he is being used on the PK and has been playing with scrub wingers. Now that's he's playing with some talent in Landeskog and given some PP time, he can shine a little more.

Seriously, I don't have a clue what you are thinking. I'd love to hear it.
November 16, 2011
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