Goldie Says: Here's my first completed Starting Goalie Rating Index. I had a lot of fun doing this for all 13 games tonight and I can't wait to see how everything goes down! Learn about my new free SGRI fantasy tool here. My eyes are mainly on Dubnyk and Varlamov tonight -big games for both young tendys!

 

The Pens have recalled 25-year-old Colin McDonald from the AHL. I doubt he gets the ice time/ scoring line, but if he does then he bears watching. He has 54 goals and 42 assists in his last 121 AHL games. I'm always watching these AHL stars in their mid-20s for the next Matt Moulson or PA Parenteau... long shots, but I like to keep them on my radar so that if they do step up in a year or two, I can feel more comfortable about knowing their background.

 

I addressed my SJ statement early on in the comments section, but there have been so many comments that my comment has been buried and now people are starting to ask the same question again. So I'll just state it here. Just some poor wording on my part. San Jose winning the Cup? Nope. Cup contender, as in Final Four? Yep. They get to that point often and I think they'll bow out in the semi-finals once again.

 

Why do I feel as though Chicago is not a Cup contender? They won it recently. Great team. A born winner in Toews. Hell, a born winner in Bolland. MVP-type of year from Hossa. Kane, Keith, Seabrook… So why? I don’t have an answer. Same goes for the Rangers and Kings. Great teams. I don’t know why I don’t see a Cup. Yet Pittsburgh, Detroit, San Jose, Vancouver and Boston are all teams that I do see going to the Final. Just instinct? Or is it just that I’m used to those teams being successful and I’m unable to add any ‘new’ teams to that list until they are successful too? The Psychology of Fantasy Hockey 101. Or is that philosophy?

 

So Gary Bettman has backed the shootout again. I’m not against it. I just don’t understand why they don’t go 10 minutes of OT first. Never understood it, even when they announced it would be five. And to me, no more loser point. If you lose in the shootout, you get zero. You know what that would do? Make teams try harder to win in OT rather than flip a coin with a shootout. It may even make teams dress a “shootout specialist”, give him 10 minutes of ice time in a game… just on the one in 20 chance of a shootout (shootouts would be down to just a few per season due to the 10 minutes and the no loser point).

 

Top draft pick Nail Yakupov will miss the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game due to his knee injury. Won’t impact his status as the top guy next summer. Game time is 7pm Wednesday.

 

A lot of rookies/players were sent to the AHL prior to the five-day break to get in some action and save some cap space. A whole slew of them were called back up Monday.  Of interest – Mark Bell (Anaheim), Riley Nash (Carolina), David Savard (Columbus), Philip Larsen (Dallas), Matt Taormina and Jacob Josefson (New Jersey), Rhett Rakhshani and Kevin Poulin (Islanders), Cody Eakin (Washington).

 

Of note, Jimmy Hayes has not yet been recalled by Chicago, indicated that Patrick Sharp and/or Jonathan Toews will indeed be back. The official word is that Sharp is still questionable.

 

The Devils signed Steve Bernier to a two-way deal. Adam Henrique is still out with a groin injury, will not play tonight and is considered day to day. Bernier has no fantasy value at all, but there was a time when he did and he is still only 26 years old if you can believe it. So I won’t be burying his fantasy career 100%. Just 99.99999%.

 

Travis Zajac is still not skating.

 

Need penalty minutes? Look into Joel Rechlicz. The guy is strictly one dimensional – and the Caps signed him and called him up yesterday. I don’t know if they’ll dress him, but give him one shift and he’s fighting.

 

Tyler Ennis skated on a line with Gerbe and Stafford in practice yesterday. There are strong indications that he will be back in the lineup next game.

 

Guillaume Latendresse (concussion) was back in practice, but not taking contact Monday. And although Mikko Koivu was not in practice, the coach thinks he’s “much closer” than Latendresse.

 

Andy McDonald was in practice without the ‘no-contact’ jersey Monday, which is a great sign. He’s close. Alex Steen, not so much.

 

Ryane Clowe was back in practice, no face cage, no special ‘no-contact’ jersey, and was working hard. Looks like he’s back next game, but neither he nor the team will commit to that.  Looks like Brent Burns is back as well.

 

In Canada, 2.461 millions viewers watched the All-Star Game, but 2.468 million watched the Skills Competition. The reason? Saturday night. You can’t beat Saturday night hockey. Be it with the boys and drinking beers, or at a party with it on in the background. Unbeatable. Americans, you have to trust us here. Give it a few years. A real chance. It will work.

 

Nathan Horton still hasn’t even ridden the bike yet, but is apparently “getting better”. If he is indeed improving, then I would estimate two to three weeks.

 

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Chris said:

Dr.Smurf
ASG time/date Totally agree that the ASG should be on a Saturday night. Keyword: night.
I'd probably have watched it if it had been on in the evening on Sunday (I live on the West coast). I'm not killing my day watching a joke hockey game from 1pm-4pm. Throw it on at 4pm (7PM EST) and they'd get way more viewers from the West (hell, probably form everywhere!)
January 31, 2012
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... I think the Kings, Sharks and Rangers can all be shut down and I could see each team struggling to get a goal when they absolutely need one. These are team-wide problems that are unlikely to be remedied by a mere tweak of the lineup. On the other hand, the Hawks don't have the goaltending, but that could possibly be addressed by adding just one player (not sure who that goalie would be but it is possible). The Wings are a bit like the Hawks in that their goaltending doesn't inspire much confidence. The Pens will go nowhere without Crosby and there's no way Crosby plays again this season (hopefully he's back in October). The longer he plays in the league, the less likely it seem that Luongo will ever win a Cup and I'm not sure the Canucks will take the step of benching their 100-million dollar goalie and handing the keys over to Schneider. The Flyers (not mentioned) may have a similar dilemma with their goalie and also, like the Pens, won't win it without their best player (Pronger). So who does that leave? The big, bad Bruins. Usually, I'm not a big believer in defending champs winning it again, but the Bruins are just deeper and tougher than anyone else.
January 31, 2012
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shaun b said:

shingy
Ramblings Thanks, much appreciated.
January 31, 2012
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Nick - agreed, I already addressed this in an earlier comment.

Pengwin - agreed. The shootout has to stay. But loser point should go, and OT should be longer. Shootouts may lose their luster if they appear in one out of every eight games. But reduce that to one in 20 games and the excitement increases IMO
January 31, 2012
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Nick said:

slufoot
Playoff contenders I'm with other wondering how you can possibly consider SJ a legit contender. The epitome of perennial disappointment.

As for not "feeling" the Hawks, they are as much a contender as Vancouver without a doubt. Were it not for Luongo having one of his 4 great games last year in game 7 vs the Hawks, the Canucks would likely be your afterthought this year. The fact is the Canucks play in the West's weakest division, and that inflates popular opinion about how good they actually are.

And Pittsburgh over NYR? The Rangers have a team BUILT for playoff success - top to bottom - player 1 through 20 - just like the Bruins last year. The Lightning showed just how ordinary Pittsburgh is in a 7-game series without Crosby last year. They lack far too much depth with Crosby out and the departure of Talbot to be considered a legitimate contender.
January 31, 2012
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James said:

jimywho1
... Rangers are 19th in the league in terms of average age. Their defense is the youngest in the league by average age. Nice thing is age doesn't matter cus they're all mature defensemen. Can't wait till they go all they way and everyone says 'wow, how did they do it with such young players?' maybe it's just because theyre good young players. Not young players with hype all around them that don't do anything (I'm looking at you Jakub Voracek and Mike Frolik).
January 31, 2012
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Unspoken truth about the Shootout I'm not a fan of the shootout. Don't like it. I'm OK with ties.
But that doesn't matter... I'm a hockey fan, I'm here, keeping inline with my preferences doesn't grow the game.

1) Non-hockey purists find the shootout exciting.
2) It ends the game with a definitive winner.
3) For parents (& kids), the 5 minute OT feels "short"... the game will be over soon... we can see the ending and still get home to bed.

The shootout stays for exactly these three reasons.
***Finding a way to draw new fans increases the hockey-base. More fans = more viewership = more lucrative TV contract. I've stated this a billion times, I'm happy Versus/NBCSN has the hockey TV contract. I get to watch hockey 3-4 nights a week as part of my regular cable package. I can accept this type of game-ending if it means I get more hockey games on TV - and you've left the playoff game-ending in tact.

As a hockey fan, nothing beats this.
I'm always in the minority when I saw this... but I'm very fond of Bettman and what he has done for the game of hockey.

January 31, 2012
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Jerome said:

Bluenorth
ASG moments Mario's goal should be #1. I saw it live then... I still have goosebumps when I watch it! Just unreal.
January 31, 2012
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CBerg said:

cbergeron
NYR I think the Rangers could surprise in the playoffs. Had Callahan not been injured last Spring, I think they would have had a very good chance of advancing beyond the Caps and possibly further. The way I see it, Boston is the team to beat (duh) but if there is one club that may be able to do it, it is the NY Rangers (I don't see any other team in the East having as good a shot, unless Crosby is back strong by then of course).
January 31, 2012
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Marc said:

MGW
SJ Ooops, should have read the comments haha
January 31, 2012
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Marc said:

MGW
Chi The reason I'm questioning whether Chicago can go all the way is the goaltending. I just don't know if Crawford can carry them. I definitely have enough faith in the F and D on that team.
I think the Kings have a fairly complete team, but they haven't been able to put things together this season. Kopitar needs to take the next step. The Rangers have a good young team, and I could see them surprising this spring.
I am very surprised that you would list San Jose as one of those teams that you consider as "successful." If success is winning the Cup, San Jose is pretty much the last team that I would have faith in. They've had chances year after year and until Thornton and folk get their heads in the right place, I don't see them doing it. I have a more faith in all the teams listed than the Sharks...although the more players like Pavelski and Couture start leading the team, the more they will be successful in the playoffs I believe
January 31, 2012
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David said:

OceanMon
Dobber for Commissioner! Thanks for the ramblings, Dobber!
January 31, 2012
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... committedtotheindian - that was just bad wording on my part. I owned Mark Bell before, and he's from my hometown, in other words I know his history smilies/wink.gif, I added the word "player" after rookie.

Steve - more bad wording. I think SJ is a Final 4 likely, but then their usual semi-final failure. I mean to say "go deep", not "win Cup".
January 31, 2012
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steve laidlaw said:

metaldude26
... Did you think Boston was a legit Cup contender at this time last year? What about at the start of the playoffs?

I'm not sure you can totally peg a team as a contender based on the regular season. Not when there are deadline moves to be made, injuries to occur, hot/cold streaks to weather and the sheer coming together of a team in the playoffs.

Also I cannot believe you'd back San Jose after all their failures. If ever there was a contender to not buy in on it was them. If the Sharks won it all it would be akin to Dallas finally breaking through and winning the NBA title last year. Completely unexpected.
January 31, 2012
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Seth said:

Fast Tony DeNiro
@CI That was the reason the Hawks weren't going to win the Cup in 2010 as well, and that worked out for them pretty well. Goaltending is incredibly important, but it's a bit overrated. Crawford still has 30 games to round into shape and Emery has shown the ability to be absolutely dominant at times in his career....I definitely put Chicago right near the top of Cup contenders.
January 31, 2012
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paul said:

donpaulo
... Bettman is a buffoon so don't expect anything other than maintaining franchise value. If that means changing nothing, then that is exactly what GB will do.

As an American I love watching HNIC on a Saturday night, but I think many US fans don't know what it is. Perhaps the All star game is better on Sat but that would require the NHL and GB to change a revenue model which means its highly unlikely.

At least in this fans opinion
January 31, 2012
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CommittedToTheIndian said:

CommittedToTheIndian
Mark Bell He may have been among the players sent to the AHL and then recalled, but he's not one of the rookies. Had a couple of pretty good points/PIMs seasons with Chicago but hasn't been the same since a DUI/hit-and-run in September 2006, shortly after the Hawks traded him to San Jose.

Also, Chicago doesn't look like a Cup contender because of goaltending: 20th-ranked 2.82 GAA, only team in the league without a shutout.
January 30, 2012
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