Wrote a piece on Canuck prospect defenseman Jeremy Price for the CanucksArmy today. Price is a puck-moving defenseman playing for the Colgate Raiders.

 

The DobberHockey Midseason Guide was released Friday, get it here. If you want to see how great the guide is, you can pick up last year’s edition for free here. This will have an update added (an addendum) on Friday the 13th.

 

For a 1-0 game, the Pens/Caps one from last night was pretty good. Both goalies (Fleury and Vokoun) were fantastic.

 

Dustin Jeffrey played in his first game since November 3rd. He had a few good scoring chances, but ended up with no points and no SOG in 14 minutes.

 

The recently called up Eric Tangradi also suited up - about 10 minutes of ice time for him. He looks to be a bit quicker than he has been in the past (skating has been the major issue for him at the NHL level).

 

James Neal played and looked good - really taking the puck to the net with authority, and shooting from anywhere in the offensive zone. The bone bruise on his foot didn't seem to slow him down at all.

 

Troy Brouwer had a Clutterbuck-like 11 hits last night in just over 20 minutes of ice time.

 

Kovalchuk and Parise scored the two New Jersey goals, and the duo combined for 11 shots on goal.

 

Patrik Elias had two points and is now quietly in the top 10 in league scoring. Great season for a player many of us had written off as a top line producer.

 

Kovalchuk's goal was short-handed, giving the Devils 11 on the season to lead the league.

 

I missed this the other night but wanted to comment on it - cool to see rookie Adam Henrique with the Gordie Howe hat trick against Calgary on Monday night. He had a short handed goal, and fought Jarome Iginla after leveling the Flames captain with a clean hit.

 

Sidney Crosby is ready to return to skating, according to ESPN.

 

Brian Gionta could be out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his arm. Tough break for a team already lacking goal scorers.

 

Erik Karlsson didn't practice yesterday, but he could play tonight.

 

Cody Hodgson was moved to the RW against Tampa Bay. He had an assist and played 16 minutes (a lot for him), but he is obviously much better and much more comfortable at center. Pretty impressive rookie season – he’s gone from unproven prospect to arguably the third most talented offensive player on Vancouver’s roster.

 

Mike Cammalleri has some harsh words for himself and his teammates.

 

“"I can't accept that we will display a losing attitude as we're doing this year. We prepare for our games like losers. We play like losers. So it's no wonder why we lose," Cammalleri said in response to questions about the repeated failures of the Canadiens.”

 

#17 for #17 - vintage Kovalchuk:


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Bruno Martel said:

bmartel
Cammalleri to Calgary And Bourque to Montreal...
January 12, 2012
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Austin said:

austeane
Talent Talent in hockey can be equated to school.
The most intelligent student might only get 90% because he doesn't work that hard. (Wellwood)
The best student is someone who works hard and is intelligent. (Most superstars)
Someone who is not that intelligent but who works incredibly hard can also get 90% (Jannik Hansen)
January 12, 2012
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Jeff Angus said:

January 12, 2012
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Anze Claus said:

Anze Claus
Patrik The Quiet Elias is indeed very quietly in the top 10 considering he just cracked the top 20.
January 12, 2012
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derek said:

buck0198
Talent Talent is the skills/intangibles that you can measure....

Heart, Work ethic, Drive...those things cannot be measured.

You can measure skills/strength/speed.
January 12, 2012
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... @Remy

Nino is currently, inexplicably, languishing on the 4th line, playing about 8 minutes a game with the AHL-caliber likes of Pandolfo and Wallace. He will not be doing much this season, but he still shows occasional flashes that make you think he will be a good offensive player in the future, especially if he ever gets to play regularly with Tavares.
January 12, 2012
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Remy Belanger said:

rebelanger
... What the hell is happening with El Nino ? No point since his return from his injury. Any news about him ? Should I trade him or be patient ? What is its upside ? Thanks.
January 12, 2012
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david said:

newper114
Devils top line Pengwin: that really is a drastic difference. The difference for kovy is bc he gets double and triple shifted at times so his +- is worse due to him being out there with the 3rd and 4th liners gettig scored on. Then again I think it's more bc of the pp that his +- is worse than the others. Henrique doesn't get 1st line duty and they the devils have given up the most shps this season driving the +- down for those guys. But parise has balanced out bc him and henrique get a ton of shp points themselves.
January 12, 2012
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Devils top line Players -10 Kovalchuk, 38pts
-2 Parise, 38pts
+9 Henrique, 34pts

Case #403 on why I enjoy studying the plus/minus:
Same line players, play in front of the same D, same goalie, against the same opponent, why the drastic +/- difference?

Things that make you go hmmmmm.
January 12, 2012
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PD said:

ZamboniNation
... Yesterdays cage match touched in this topic and relevant here.. how effective would kesler be without the sedins? Same would apply to hodgson but still food for thought.
January 12, 2012
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SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
what is talent? This has the makings of an interesting debate, perhaps for another forum. What exactly is talent? Is it puck skills, shooting ability, skating ability, vision? Or can physical attributes, such as size, strength, speed make you talented? What about the intangibles, such as leadership, courage, heart, effort? Kesler is arguably the 3rd best player on the Canucks due the intangibles, his strength, speed, and above average offensive abilities too. Hodgson is more talented for the reasons already mentioned. I guess the distinction is between talent and value. Hodgson may be more talented than Kesler, but he certainly isn't more valuable to his team, nor a "better" player than Kesler at this point in their careers. Certainly an interesting distinction.
January 12, 2012
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... He is more talented. He isn't better, though. Kesler is stronger, faster, etc. Hodgson sees the ice at an elite level, and he has a great shot as well.

Wellwood was never even close to being a top three most talented. Most skilled with the puck, maybe. I think there's a difference, but maybe you disagree.
January 12, 2012
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Austin said:

austeane
Strong words! Those are some strong strong words right there! Calling Hodgson more talented then Kesler is a bit premature. Unless you mean it in the way that Kovalev was the most talented player in the league. Semin is likely one of the top 3 most talented players in the league if not the most talented. Wellwood was probably third most talented on the Canucks and probably is the most talented on the Jets. If you mean it like that then sure; otherwise I still think Kesler has him.
January 12, 2012
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