To give you an organized list of our content (and to prove that I am somewhat organized), I have created this schedule of columns on DobberHockey.

 

Crosby, per TSN, is missing the next two games "as a precaution". This precaution is for a hard hit that he took, and although the blow was to his knee, his entire body was rattled and he is not feeling 100 percent. Can't say I'm thrilled with this, as a Sid owner in one of my leagues. I wonder if this is what we can expect after every "hard hit"?

 

After getting the win and then coming on in relief of a struggling Corey Crawford, Ray Emery gets the start tomorrow. I warned of this when they signed Emery - I said he was a threat, however small, to Crawford and that the Hawks would have been better served with no threat at all. I was a worried Crawford owner. So worried that I traded him a few weeks ago. Crawford is still the starter, but the starts won't be as frequent going forward. And the 'threat' will linger until he strings together a bunch of good starts and Emery struggles.

 

I am changing the release date of the Midseason Fantasy Guide to January 6, based on the poll results. And what I may/ probably will do is tack on an addendum to it on the 13th. I tried to weasel the later date so that I could relax more during the holiday ;). No dice!

 

Devin Setoguchi suffered what appeared to be a "serious right knee injury" and was wearing a soft cast after the game. This will only help the secondary scoring forwards such as PM Bouchard and Casey Wellman, as well - Nick Johnson gets to climb another rung on the ladder.

 

Dustin Jeffrey has had a tough setback from his rehab on his knee. Sounds like we won't be seeing him this month at all, and I'm thinking January may be out as well. Also in this article, a brief explanation of Sidney Crosby's "maintenance day" after apparently hurting his knee last game (he returned to the game though).

 

Groin okay. Head is still... not. The latest Peter Mueller news is not great, but not shocking either.

 

Forgot to note this! I'm sure most of you know already but in case you don't - Tyler Seguin was a healthy scratch last night because he missed the team breakfast.

 

Correction on a note below. Louis Leblanc has played four games now. Where have I been?

 

Kristian Huselius left last night's contest. Lower body injury. He had missed time because of his pectoral muscle, so nothing concerning from that standpoint.

 

Alex Goligoski is a possibility for tomorrow's contest. Again - with a thumb injury like that, I sincerely doubt he'll be scoring any goals. He may fluke some assists though, I just have low expectations for him in the first week back.

 

A lot crazy things happened in the goaltending world last night and Justin really breaks it all down for the members over at Goalie Post. Josh Harding left the game with what as pretty tough looking head injury and did not return. Suddenly, the first place Wild are riding Matt Hackett. Hackett is a favorite goalie prospect of mine and despite being peppered with shots (34) he shut the door. A great opportunity for those in desperate need of goaltending help (i.e. most of you). I don’t have any word one way or the other on Harding or Backstrom – but Goalie Post will keep you up to the second with the latest, as well as insight from pro goalie scout Justin Goldman.

 

Also – Roberto Luongo was forced to leave the game and Cory Schneider came in. Luongo took a puck to the neck and left with a 1-0 lead. He gets the win (it was 6-0). Neither goalie gets the shutout.

 

Also – Cam Ward got the hook. Get this – he gave up six goals, Mike Murphy made his NHL debut and stopped both shots that he faced… yet Murphy gets the loss! How it happened – the Flames scored an empty netter to make it 7-4. Then Carolina scored two. Ward gets off the hook and the loss is saddled on the poor guy who came in and was perfect. Nice debut!

 

Ward has lost four in a row – so missing out on the ‘L’ this time was a lucky break for his fantasy owners.

 

Brendan Morrison with four points playing with Iginla and Jokinen who had three each. That’s Iginla’s second three-point game in three contests and his numbers are correcting themselves. Last week I reminded you that he posted 76 points in his last 65 games after 10 in his first 17.

 

That brutal start that Eric Staal had is a thing of the past. With three points last night he has seven in his last five games.

 

With two points and plus-3 last night, Kaberle showed some signs of life. We shall see, but my hopes are not up.

 

Back to back two-point games for Jamie McBain and five in his last four games. He had five in 19 games before that. New coach is working out. So far.

 

Surprisingly, Jiri Tlusty is not being hurt by the new coach. He has two points in four games and is seeing a solid 15 minutes of ice time.

 

Speaking of young on the cusp players and their new coaches, Matt Beleskey has points in three straight. This after zero points in 19. He’s getting the best of linemates in Anaheim right now, although the ice time is still being held down.

 

I like Devante Smith-Pelly. I like his future as a power forward. But at some point, the team has to take a look at his minus-10 and decide that he would be best served with a year in the AHL.

 

In my Forecaster keeper league I have a slim lead over second place and I just swapped him Vinny Prospal for Justin Williams. I figure that Prospal will slow down now that Huselius is back, whereas the injury-prone Williams will get me points while healthy…and I have a great bench to cover him off if he gets hurt. Both players got a point last night.

 

So much for strong play. After six very good games (four of them wins), Semyon Varlamov gets chased after giving up six goals on 21 shots. Giguere came in and stopped both shots he faced – but unlike Mike Murphy he wasn’t saddled with the loss for that.

 

With two last night, Jannik Hansen has nine points in his last 11 contests.

 

Vancouver really got to the white hot Ryan O’Reilly. He was a minus-3, after going plus-7 the three prior games total.

 

David Booth took a knee on knee from Kevin Porter and left the game early. Didn’t look good.

 

Joffrey Lupul also took a knee on knee, but he returned for the third period.

 

Corey Perry also left the game, but later returned. He had a leg injury but seems fine now.

 

Stefan Elliott was back up over 19 minutes for the Avs, which is a relief for those owners who picked him up recently.

 

After plus-3 last night, Kevin Bieksa sneaks over the “even” threshold. And now his 13 points, 36 PIM and plus-1 stats in 27 games are about what fantasy owners expected of him when they drafted him.

 

Ondrej Pavelec has allowed just three goals in his last 98 shots faced over three games. All three wins of course.

 

Craig Smith led all Nashville forwards again with 20:50 of ice time.

 

Radim Vrbata is 28th in scoring right now with 24 points. He was a big Dobber favorite back when he was in Chicago and his early times with Phoenix. Ironically, just when I finally write him off as a streaky 50-point player at the age of 30, he finally explodes and does what I thought he could do. All thanks to a top linemate in Ray Whitney. That being said, I’ll be shocked if he reaches 65 points when it’s all said and done. But he could come pretty close.

 

Great game for Brian Elliott, getting the win over a hot team. I had figured that after a tough Saturday game he was being put in a position to lose, so it showed great poise that he was able to bounce back from that. And so the back-and-forth between he and Jaroslav Halak will continue.

 

Four straight games with a point for Patrik Berglund. He’s playing with Stewart and Perron. David Perron, by the way, has points in each of the two games since his return.

 

Louis Leblanc’s NHL debut – 4:48 of ice time, one shot.

 

Still getting a feel for things is Kristian Huselius. Pointless in two so far. His ice time was around 13 minutes Tuesday.

 

Al Montoya has won three of his last four decisions and the Isles are finally riding him. He can finally be activated from your bench (if you didn’t do it last week) and counted on as one of your starters. His .933 SP is fifth in the league.

 

Matt Moulson – 10 points in five games. John Tavares – seven points in three games. These two are instrumental in the production of the entire roster. When they roll, all fantasy-worthy players on the team also roll.

 

Matt Frattin is looking very good out there lately for the Leafs. A lot more confidence. He has three points in four games now. His ice time is still around 13 minutes, so I don’t recommend him. But he is looking like a future second liner right now.

 

Val Filppula did not get into the game due to the cut on his leg. Should be back soon though.

 

Paul Stastny missed the game with a torso injury. This one feels like another two games or so, but that’s just Doctor Dobber’s guess.

 

Backstrom, Ovechkin and Semin reunited! That’s more like what we expected when Dale Hunter took over. I guess you can only fight it for so long, eh Dale? (watch, I say this and they’ll be broken up after one shift…)

 

Patrick O’Sullivan – sent to the minors. No shocker there. Unfortunate decline of a talented player.

 

Interesting feud brewing between the Lightning (and Yzerman) and Versus. The commentators Pierre McGuire, Keith Jones and Mike Milbury are not being nice. I wonder what the comments were, anyone know?

 

Kevin Porter knee on David Booth:

 

 


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AL said:

grindin griers
Nick Johnson Doesn't climb a rung on the ladder if you are referring to line combos, he will stay on the very effective third line of MN.
December 07, 2011
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Patrick Hall said:

pattywins
... As a former semin owner, I can tell you having him on the first line is awful for his fantasy owners. Typically, Backstrom goes into the d zone to get the puck, skates to center and then passes it to OV either just before or just after the offensive blueline. Ov then shoots or drives towards the net. Semin does not crash the net, so
he just skates up and down the right hand side of the ice. He is better on the 2nd line where team mates will pass him the puck or he can skate into a shooting position and take advantage of his awesome shot.
December 07, 2011
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Tyler Haskell said:

TheBoneweasel
... no mention of luke schenn who had an assist and 10 hits. in leagues that count hits thats a great night
December 07, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
NHL rules the NHL rules regarding goalie wins/shutouts really need to be looked at revamped. Maybe shared shutouts should be fractionalized? or awarded fully by most time on ice or most shots faced. Luongo did return to the bench so he should be fine for the next start (in Montreal) but Schneider was outstanding in relief- came in cold and had to make some great saves, his puck tracking was perfect (something Luongo struggles with on occassion), it was as good a performance if not better than his other back to back shutouts last week.
Booth hit didnt look good at all, players were dropping like crazy in this game. Colorado's D wasnt great, but their overall team speed was impressive.
December 07, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
DSP Its tough to fault him for his -10 when you look at some of his fellow teammates: Fowler (-13), Getzlaf (-11), Lydman (-11), Perry (-10), Ryan (-6), etc.
December 07, 2011
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Tim Jarrold said:

TJ4
... Pengwin7...Pink Floyd reference?
December 07, 2011
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Edm said:

emurdoch
Murphy Loss Does anyone know where to find the official NHL definition for goalie Wins and Losses?

I've read that a loss happens if the goalie is on the ice for the GWG (In this case Iginla scored the winner on an empty netter)

I've also read that the starter is only off the hook if his team ties the game after he's pulled.. and that never happened either.

I get the logic that was applied, but I can't seem to find where it's written.
December 07, 2011
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Jeff Sabatine said:

marsid6687
Ward Does anyone thing Ward/Carolina can turn it around this year? I have Ward and he's killing my goalie stats every week.
December 07, 2011 | url
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Ryan Kimel said:

oudie32
Alignment I know it was the big news yesterday, but it was driving me crazy thinking about what next year will bring. I am already tired of seeing one team 6 times, but now with the new playoff structure fans will be forced to watch a team (including playoffs) at least 10 times and if they get into the 2nd round another team 10 times. The rivalry will be good, but I think that is way too much. Had to get that off my chest...
December 07, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
... Great rambling today.

Very nice to see the TB brass with their panties in a bunch. (For the record, I'm a big Yzerman fan but...) Just goes to show, if you want to play pansy-hockey (stagnant 1-3-1) the media will publicly rip you. Tampa is now 3-8 since the the Philly game and 3rd last in the Eastern Conference. Yzerman and Tampa have likely been laughed at by the league and probably some of their own fans. This leaves the players feeling helpless and unmotivated... a bad, bad trickle down effect. The lack of effort is evidenced by four straight games now where Tampa has given up 30+ shots against. After getting ripped by OTT & NYI they've got upcoming games vs NYR and PHI.

Versus is also carrying the December 12th game against New Jersey, @ TB.
(Rubbing hands - oh goodie!)

Uh oh Boucher... watch out for that axe!
December 07, 2011
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Kevin said:

mrmojorisin
Broken Record Another game, another point for Adam Henrique. The kid has 18 points now in 23 games and that is after only posting one point in his first 5 games, Travis Zajac is going to have about one period to produce or Henrique will be right back between Parise and Kovulchuk.
December 07, 2011
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Username said:

Username
... Wow, it actually looked as if Porter targeted Booth's knee. Nasty.
December 07, 2011
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Louis-Alexandre Jalbert said:

louisjab
Leblanc and Kostitsyn Leblanc was buried on the bench by Martin. Martin will ride his veterans to try to get the team out of that slump. They should send him back to Hamilton if they're playing him less than 5 minutes a game.

True to his Windex Wonder status, Andrei Kostitsyn is heating up right now. 4 pts in his last 5 since his return from injury. Could be interesting for anyone needing temporary scoring for an injury replacement.
December 07, 2011
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shaun b said:

shingy
Ramblings If a person really enjoys fantasy hockey, there isn't a better site to visit. Especially in the morning. Thanks.

Ward; The sooner he hits rock bottom the better. Any second now...
Belesky's 10 mins played scares me too much. I grabbed Foligno, nice run he's on.
David Clarkson had goal, 6 shots adn 4 hits.
Price had a strong home outing.
Bryan Little continued his scoring run. Nice to see a goal without Kane factoring in.
E.Kane and Lucic had 5 shots each.
Clutterbuck's had 2 shots, 2 blocked shots and 10 hits! I think he left with a sore leg?
Nashville only provide Rinne with 6 blocked shots last night.


December 07, 2011
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Karlos El Taco Piquante said:

Fighting_Emu
The Juice Huselius- Just backing up what Lusshouse said- Huselius left in the third and didnt return. Word is LBI- no word on the severity yet. Throws a wrench in the Prospal trase smilies/tongue.gif
December 07, 2011
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lusshouse said:

lusshouse
Leblanc and Huselius It was Leblanc's first home game. He played all three on the West Coast trip thanks to Max Pacioretty's suspension. He recorded an assist in LA.

Also, Huselius played only 13 minutes because he got injured in the 2nd period and did not return. He was on pace for much more than that.

Finally, I thought DSP was junior bound as well, but not 100% sure about that.
December 07, 2011
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Lukasz said:

pahlsson26
Ducks I like DSP too, and I think he's steadily improving his game. He's been playing really well in the last few games.

Beleskey's linemates under Boudreau: first Koivu and Selanne, then Getzlaf and Perry. I don't know why, but Beleskey was benched for the whole third period against Kings and Hagman moved to the first line. The problem with Beleskey is that he has trouble finishing even in good situations.

Parros and Jacques were benched also and Guenin played only 2 shifts in the third. After those few games it seems like Boudreau likes to roll with only 3 lines in the third period.

The best line for the Ducks right now is definitely Ryan-Koivu-Selanne.
December 07, 2011
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Carcillo said:

Carcillo
DSP
I like Devante Smith-Pelly. I like his future as a power forward. But at some point, the team has to take a look at his minus-10 and decide that he would be best served with a year in the AHL.


While he might be best served with a year in the AHL, his only options this year are NHL or juniors. So AHL is not an options for DSP this year.
December 07, 2011
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Twiggy said:

Twiggy
Leblanc Just a note on that - Tonight was his 4th game (Though his ice time was down from about 11 mins I think). He also got an assist vs LA the other day smilies/smiley.gif
December 07, 2011
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steve laidlaw said:

metaldude26
Tampa Bay Just guessing sarcastically here but I wonder what the Versus announcers could be saying that is negative about the Lightning? Certainly they couldn't point out their terrible group of defensemen or their subpar goaltending. And they definitely couldn't say anything bad about the brutally annoying system that has been put in place to cover up for those serious deficiencies. And don't even think for a second that they'd question the way that the Lightning system is sapping the offensive of one of the most talented groups of forwards in the NHL. No, they definitely couldn't say anything like that.
December 07, 2011
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