Angus here - voting is up for the Replace the KB contest at the Province. Give me a vote! The support from the DobberHockey community has been amazing.
Phoenix has recalled Goncharov - speculation is that Klesla is hurt. Goncharov only has three points in 16 AHL games this campaign.
Jaromir Jagr skated on his own yesterday, but did not practice. Still, speculation is that he will not be out any longer than Wednesday with his LBI.
Interesting quote from Dmitri Kulikov on former coach Peter DeBoer, whom he faces today at the helm of the Devils: Dmitry Kulikov: 'One mistake and you're shaking the rest of the game'. Sounds like a tough coach! "You've got more freedom to do wjhat you want on the ice (under new coach Kevin Dineen)" Kulikov adds.
The Hurricanes have assigned Zac Dalpe and Zach Boychuk back to the AHL. I'll just copy and paste this line from now on, to save time. I don't like how Maurice is using these players at all, but I am relieved that they get to log ice time in the AHL.
I have rolled back the prices on my older guides. You can now get any archived Fantasy Guide that I’ve ever made (including older Midseason Guides) for $4.95 (previous price was $6.95) and the older Prospect Reports are now $8.95.
I have had a great start to the season in terms of this year’s Fantasy Guide. From some of the thoughts that I floated, to sleepers, to the predictions. After an average 2010-11, I think the 2011-12 is the best yet. So great, in fact, that I’ve decided to give it away for free – to anyone who has purchased a Guide from somewhere else. You send me an email with a copy of the “other guy’s” Fantasy Guide, and I will send you mine. Granted, it’s two months old now, but I want you to flip through all the content, read the gold, and compare it to the other guy. What did the other mags have for Craig Smith this year? Jamie Benn? Claude Giroux? Matt Read? Then give me a shot next year.
One final plug – the DobberBaseball Fantasy Prospects Report is being released later today – be sure to drop by the site and pick that up if you’re in a baseball keeper league.
One point in the first eight games. That’s your typical Marc-Edouard Vlasic. We long ago gave up on this guy’s offensive potential in the NHL. After his surprising season as an 18-year-old and even better third-year campaign, we haven’t seen Jack nor Squat out of this guy in the last two seasons. But wow, something has certainly clicked. Three more points last night give him 10 in his last 10.
In one of my keeper leagues, I own Crosby. I have 241 points and in second place to a team that has 244. Pretty proud that I’ve kept the team competitive sans Sid, much like the Penguins have. Here is a special message for that guy in first place – start trembling with fear. Party is over.
I think Nikita Filatov is finally taking the bull by the horns. Just a hunch, but from reading this it would seem that he took his last conversation with Sens’ brass quite seriously.
Although Peter Mueller has been placed on injured reserve, this is just pushing paperwork around the desk. He is still skating with the team daily and could still play any time within the next week – although you won’t catch me putting money on that.
After a nervous first NHL game, Brendan Smith has now tallied points in games two and three of his career. As you know, because you’ve been reading this site, Smith is an elite prospect defenseman who is NHL ready. The Red Wings like to take it slow with their d-men, but they may not have a choice with this guy. We could see Ian White slide down the totem pole just a little bit here. But we’re accustomed to seeing White as a 34 to 38-point player. This would just put him back there, instead of the potential 45 that he might have reached.
Eric Staal was put on a line with Jeff Skinner and the move worked – Staal was finally a plus-2 and he posted two points. It was just his third multi-point game of the season. He has been shut off the scoresheet 15 times this year. Yeah.
Still waiting for Phil Kessel to relax. And Joffrey Lupul, of course, isn’t a Top 5 scorer.
How important is Alex Goligoski to the Dallas Stars? Regardless of the point total, the team has lost all five games that he’s been out. Yes, I know he’s only been out for four – but he was knocked out of the first period in that fifth game, so I’m counting that. Dallas was 11-3-0 before the injury.
Tyler Myers injured his wrist or possibly his hand Saturday and I get the feeling he’ll miss some time. We’ll get an update on that today. But this could be the opportunity that Sekera has been waiting for. It’s a dogfight for good ice time in Buffalo.
Tough news in Edmonton – Corey Potter is out for the next four weeks. Ryan Whitney is back soon, but not soon enough to replace this loss.
So the Caps are all panicky. And as well they should be. Lines have been juggled and Dmitry Orlov has been recalled. Alexander Semin practiced with Eakin and Johansson, but warning: he also practiced on the fourth line. He was only moved up to the Eakin/Johansson line because Joel Ward left practice (injured?). If Ward is okay, you may see Semin get scratched. I also believe Mathieu Perreault will draw in.
The Blues have recalled Brett Sterling, the AHL’s second-leading scorer with 22 points. He’ll replace the suspended Chris Stewart and the injured TJ Oshie. He’d have to make a quick and frequent impact with minimal ice time in order to garner any fantasy relevance. Then again, he did it last year in Pittsburgh. Oshie is day-to-day with a wrist injury.
Jimmy Howard – Robbery!
I love this goal. Man, the Panthers really have their act together. Tallon is a genius – and to think my column in the summer was about how genius he was about the future. Well, the future is now. Anyway, here is the goal: