My lengthy piece on Alex Burrows is up at the Canucks Army. Put a lot of time into it. Hope some of you enjoy (I know not all will).

 

Andrew Ebbett scored the OT winner, and he now has three goals in his past two games.

 

Roberto Luongo was fantastic last night against the Sharks, especially late in the game. He stopped 33 of 35 shots, including probably a half-dozen quality scoring chances in the final frame.

 

Starting next week, my 15 Points to Consider column is moving from monthly to weekly. I enjoy writing it too much to wait 30 days between posts. Still deciding on which day I will be publishing it each week…

 

I’ll weigh in with my thoughts on Crosby during next week’s 15 PTC – how to value him in your pool, if I think he’ll ever come back, and more.

 

His numbers aren’t great, but Ondrej Pavelec has been so good for the Jets lately. Such a fun goalie to watch play.

 

I wouldn’t be selling high on Tomas Fleischmann – he is for real. He’s always been a really talented player, but was buried in the Washington system. His injury issues appear to be in the past, as he takes daily medication to take care of any potential blood clots. If you can get a lot for him, by all means shop away, but he isn’t a guy I’d be actively looking to trade away.

 

Boston is 21-1-2 in their last 24 games. Wow.

 

Tuukka Rask has allowed one goal in his last three starts (not in each one, but combined). He could very likely be the best goalie to own in all pool formats once Thomas retires (still a few years away, though).

 

Strong words from Jagr as he gears up for a return to Pittsburgh.

 

“To be honest with you, not really. I didn’t think they wanted me,” said Jagr. “Truly, I don’t think the management, the coaches wanted me to be there. When you look back to the articles over there, what happened one month before I was a free agent — and I didn’t even talk to anybody.”

 

Caught a bit of the Minnesota/Nashville game (wanted to get a look at Roman Josi). Picked a good game to watch.

 

Josi was fantastic for the Preds – he ended up playing almost 25 minutes, finishing with no points, two shots on goal, and a regular PK shift. He has lots of offensive upside, but I wouldn’t expect him to produce at a relevant rate until he sees consistent PP time. Really good and really underrated young defenseman.

 

Craig Smith has eight points in December, but only one goal.

 

Kyle Brodziak has one point in his last six games. Unsurprisingly cooling off. Time to dump to the waiver wire once again.

 

Shocked that Cody McLeod wasn’t suspended for his boarding major on Jared Spurgeon. About as blatant as a hit from behind can get.

 

Great game from Pekka Rinne – he’s been in the skids a bit lately but is easily one of the top three goalies in the league. 34 stops on 35 shots.

 

The Dallas Stars have waived Andrew Raycroft, who had his back up gig stolen away by Richard Bachman. Thanks again for the advice, Mr. Goldman!

 

No news is bad news regarding Jeff Skinner – no update on his timeline as he recovers from a concussion.

 

The Kings blew out Chicago last night. Well, not really, they won 2-0. Considering how bad their offense has been this season, I’d consider a two-goal win a blow out.

 

Tomas Vokoun played great in his first start in six games. He stopped 31 of 32 shots New York fired his way.

 

Ryan Callahan is a beauty hockey player. He had four blocked shots after one period alone, and one of them was an assist on Brandon Dubinsky’s goal. The prototypical captain.

 

Carl Hagelin was a minus-3 in only 12 minutes of ice time – not a great game for the rookie.

 

Almost half of Brad Richards’ 19 minutes of ice time was on the PP – which makes his no points and minus-3 rating even worse.

 

There were rumours swirling (maybe not swirling, but drifting around at least) that the Caps were going to make a move if they had a bad game – Semin scored twice, Ovechkin had two helpers, and the team got great defensive efforts from most of the roster.

 

Perhaps trade rumours should be leaked more often?

 

Karl Alzner has 12 PIM in 34 games. Not good for poolies, but really impressive considering the minutes he puts up each game.

 

With Gagne out, Loktionov saw time on the left wing on line two with Mike Richards. He didn’t last long there, playing less than 10 minutes.

 

Mike Richards and his son Brad combined for 11 shots on goal.

 

Brandon Pirri played, but only nine minutes. I’ll have more on him in my 15 PTC next week. Has some upside, but Chicago needs an established second line center.

 

Great games from both goalies – 38 save shutout for Quick, while Crawford allowed two on 38. Crawford has played really well – he isn’t handing the reigns over to Ray Emery willingly.

 

Speaking of trade rumours – how much longer can the bleeding go on in Buffalo? The Sabres dropped another game after putting up only one goal against the Devils.

 

Tomas Vanek scored the only goal and has nine points in his last six games – not slowing down yet. He’s done the quick start in the past, but this season he is looking more consistent with his effort deeper into the season.

 

Luke Adam saw only 13 minutes of ice time, but he did have three shots on goal. Brad Boyes saw almost 19 minutes, but had only one shot. Buffalo needs to shake things up – that roster has too much talent from top to bottom to continue struggling.

 

Zack Kassian and Jason Pominville had five shots apiece to lead the team.

 

Henrique, Zajac, and Elias all saw between 18:50 and 20:00 of ice time. Will be interesting to see how the ice time is divided up when Jacob Josefson returns to the lineup.

 

Adam McQuaid is a scary, scary dude – pretty good defenseman, too:

 

No suspension for this?


Write comment
Comments (22)add comment

Ben Greenhouse said:

thinice
McQuaid @Seth

Hey Seth - I know what you're saying, but that's exactly what makes it so wrong. No where else in life do you get to beat the snot out of someone you're pissed off at. So, fair enough - in hockey it's "accepted" as "part of the code". But live by the sword, die by the sword. If the code of honour is that you pay for what your actions by being attacked, the same code of honour should say you pull your punches once the guy's gone down. He's down, you won, honour avenged. If you're out there attacking the guy to injure him and therefore keep punching while he's down, while his head's on the ice, etc., I think that goes beyond the "code" and becomes criminal. The guy's no longer a willing participant.
December 29, 2011
Votes: +0

Martin Doll said:

PuppyKiller
... So much for Zidlicky being quiet, 3 assists against Edmonton tonight so far.
December 29, 2011
Votes: +0

Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Any team is beatable, but the Canucks have been on an absolute tear over the past few months, and they have dominated San Jose recently. I can understand frustrations regarding a home loss, but this wasn't an easy game for San Jose (compared to a Calgary, or Carolina).

I agree they need a coaching adjustment. Marleau was awful/uninspired. Couture once again was the most dangerous forward, along with Pavelski. Time to reward good play.
December 29, 2011
Votes: +0

Paul said:

puckmonkey888
... Angus, the Canucks, if you hadn't noticed, have a depleted roster, missing two of their top six and Rome. The Canucks are beatable, eg, Calgary and the 'Canes. I was merely pointing out the fact that the Sharks need a management/coaching adjustment.
December 29, 2011
Votes: +0

Seth said:

Fast Tony DeNiro
McQuaid @Ben - There are times where I would agree with you. Staged fights between two goons don't see that happen because they know they're just out there for their gimmick, and they have the "code" and all of that stuff.

But when you're legitimately pissed off at someone, like McQuaid with Torres, you really don't care about "sportsmanship" you just want to beat the crap out of the guy. I'd say McQuaid did a pretty good job of that, and Torres definitely deserved it not only for that hit on Ference but for all the crap he's pulled throughout the years.....you don't think players don't notice that and know who those guys are, do you?
December 29, 2011
Votes: +0

dan harris said:

Wrist_Shot
Doughty's "Reach-around" on Stoll Damn funny...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=B1qHnhXOfBQ
December 29, 2011
Votes: +0

Ben Greenhouse said:

thinice
McQuaid Anyone else hate when guys pull other players up off the ice and keep pounding them? The guy's gone down - you've won! I think it's pretty poor sportsmanship to do that and verges on assault. Seriously - how can the league legitimately target concussions when they allow a guy to do that.

Don't get me wrong, Torres' hit was dangerous, but I don't think it was intentional - he didn't know where Ference's head was. I'm all for tough hockey, but that is out and out thuggery if you ask me.
December 29, 2011
Votes: +1

Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Allow? The Canucks are one of the best teams in the league. Not going to win all 82 of them, especially against the really good teams. I was less than impressed with Thornton's constant whacking, slashing, holding, and hooking. He did score a nice goal.

At this point, San Jose's best offensive weapons are Pavelski and Couture.
December 29, 2011
Votes: +0

mick said:

hawkdog
@ Paul I think the canucks record against the sharks going into last night was like 8-1
pretty good odds they were going to win.
December 29, 2011
Votes: +0

Paul said:

puckmonkey888
... How could the Sharks allow Vancouver to walk into their building a beat them like that? There is something wrong with that team. There was a lack of intelligent effort. Someone need to be fired - the GM and/or the coach.
December 29, 2011
Votes: +0

Hek said:

87Flyer
Angus Just awesome, you're improving your grammar and also creating new grammar. I expect that it was just a mistake but maybe I am wrong.

Bro + Boner= Broner?

Nothing better than creating new fantasy hockey terms!
December 29, 2011
Votes: +0

Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Very nice. Solid rambling (as almost always).
[Tough that we, especially me, all enjoy criticizing one item... when there are 99 that are terrific that go uncomplimented - nature of the beast of your job. But fantastic ramblings as always!!! The daily ramblings are actually my favourite part of the non-forum content.]

Pengwin's Nitpicker-of-the-Day: Brodziak/Nick Johnson.
Kyle Brodziak has one point in his last six games. Unsurprisingly cooling off. Time to dump to the waiver wire once again. I agree with this line. I was riding Brodziak's hot streak too... but at least he was making that Coswell-cog making that line go.

Riding the coat-tails of that line was Nick Johnson - who now has 1pt in his last 9games. Any fellow Dobberites out there that want to re-calculate his full-season pace?

(ps. I love +/- as a statistic. Most telling statistic in the game of hockey, IMO... but I've found that only about 1/4 hockey fans know how to extract the value.)
December 29, 2011
Votes: +0

mick said:

hawkdog
@ Angus re trading Schneider The discussion during intermission got off track when what's his face went straight to Tampa.
The other teams Pang mentioned have potential players.
Ottawa has Chris Neal - he would be an asset in the playoffs.
Columbus has Umberger and the Wiz.
New Jersey has Clarkson.
Canucks need more talented grit.
Just my thoughts on that whole discussion that went no where.

It must have really stung big Joe to lose after taunting Henrik like he did.
December 29, 2011
Votes: +0

Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Pokerface - +/- has its usages, but needs to have proper context for comparison and evaluation

R - thanks for the grammar correction - always looking to better my writing

James - I unfortunately don't get to watche very single game and have to rely on highlights and box scores some times. I wish I could watch the Rangers more, as I like several of their players (including Hagelin).

David - full blown broner. Not afraid to admit it.
December 29, 2011
Votes: +0

Pokerface said:

Pokerface
+/- +/- is a useless tool to assess how an individual player played in a particular game
December 29, 2011
Votes: +0

R said:

Hey Robbie
... Good call on Crawford; those just looking at the loss might not realize the strong effort he had.

One minor, annoying, nit-picky comment: reins that you hand over, pull back on, or rein in something with are like the ones on a horse - no "g." Reign with a "g" is a period of ruling.
December 29, 2011
Votes: +0

Sheepish said:

Sheepdogged
Shanahanigans I can't seem to find the difference between Colin Campbell and Brendan Shanahan. If the hit on Spurgeon by McCleod had been on a "star" player he would have been sitting in the press box for at least five games. I have a real problem with this guy, especially with all of the concussions in the league this year.
December 29, 2011
Votes: +0

James said:

jimywho1
Watch the game Hagelin actually played a stron game once again as he continued to display fantastic speed and the ability to create scoring chances on his own. The goals against him had very little to do with his play and were not results of his poor decision making.

I see Hagelin sticking with the Rangers from here on out. With his willingness to shoot the puck and speed, I see him developing into a consistent 30 goal scorer.
December 29, 2011
Votes: +0

David said:

OceanMon
broner angus, you have such a broner for callahan! admit it! hahhaa. just teasing.

great writeup as usual. super pumped about your more frequent edition of 15 points.

seriously, i'm considering buying the midseason guide even though i don't want it...just to thank you for your great writeups during the year.
December 29, 2011
Votes: +0

Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Eyes were deceiving me, thanks editors. smilies/smiley.gif
December 29, 2011
Votes: +0

Martin Doll said:

PuppyKiller
Zidlicky has been back for a couple of weeks. Marek Zidlicky has played 6 games in December, he has been very quiet on the scoreboard but he has been out there. Tonight was his seventh game this month.
December 28, 2011
Votes: +1

Jeff Lucarelli said:

jeffl97
Zidlicky First game in almost two months? He's been playing regularly since Dec 14th.
December 28, 2011
Votes: +2
You must be logged in to post a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.

busy