DobberBaseball’s Fantasy Guide is out, you can pick it up here.

 

Mike Comrie, who recently underwent hip surgery for the third time in two years, has announced his retirement.

 

In a minor deal, the Jets have traded Riley Holzapfel to the Ducks for Maxime Macenaur.

 

Pierre-Marc Bouchard is still suffering from the effects of another concussion. In the one league that I had him in, I gave him away as a throw-in because dropping the points from my (rebuilding) roster and sinking for a better draft pick was more important to me than his future value. We're all pulling for PMB to get better - concussions are taking too many good players out of the mix.

 

Today's Studs and Duds can be found here. Yesterday's here.

 

John Carlson’s slump appears to be over. After just two points in 17 games he has three in his last three.

 

Plus/minus stud Ryan McDonagh is proving to be a bit of a surprise offensively. He could finish the year with nine goals and 30 points, which would beat my expectation of him for this year by half. His fifth goal of the season Sunday puts him four ahead of Scott Gomez, the man he was traded for. He’s gonna have 120 shots by the end of the season, too.

 

Alex Ovechkin has 22 shots in his last four games, which is the Ovy we know.

 

Troy Brouwer, who has been Ovechkin’s linemate for the last few games, is pointless in his last six. This is a golden opportunity for him and he’s not taking advantage. Not sure how long the coach will continue to give him this chance.

 

I had been preaching patience with Tomas Fleischmann, who had been in a horrific slump. The reason for the patience, as we see now, is that he goes through this all the time. Very lengthy hot streaks and equally long slumps. Like a more extreme Kristian Huselius. Flash has eight points in his last eight games. In one of my keepers, a guy traded Fleischmann and Justin Williams last week and acquired Matt Moulson. Talk about buying high and selling low – not that grabbing Moulson could ever be a bad thing. But had he waited a week he may have got Moulson for Fleischmann and a draft pick instead of the extra player. Panic move, but I’m sure there were thousands of similar ones when it comes to Fleischmann. Try and remember – he’s making a trillion dollars a year, so he’ll always get 19 minutes of ice time and first PP billing no matter what. Pointless in 20? Doesn’t matter, he’ll still get the prime linemates and prime time.

 

The showcasing of Evgeni Nabokov ended early Sunday, as he got the hook after giving up four goals on 11 shots.

 

Marcel Goc has 13 points in the last 16 games that he played.

 

So what do you think of our new “newsfeed”? We’re not out to break any news, or even break it down. But I thought it would be a great way to gather the information so you can quickly reference it if you were away for a couple of days. Or perhaps you want to research a player two years from now – how handy would it be to quickly see everything that happened to that player over the past two years (you can filter by player). I have put a quick link to this feed, and other great free features, up top if you hover over the “Free Features” in the menu.

 

In last Thursday’s column, I took a look at how scoring is down in the NHL and how you should change your thinking. Still a relevant read if you want to take a look.

 

Brenden Morrow is out for at least two more weeks and Steve Ott owners couldn’t be happier. Ott has six points in his last seven games and always sees a production jump when Morrow is hurt.

 

While Kevin Shattenkirk continues to struggle, Alex Pietrangelo is flying. In his last 17 games he has 18 points thanks to three Sunday.

 

After a drought that saw him manage just three points in 10 games and had some question his value in fantasy hockey, Loui Eriksson has three points in two games.

 

Alex Goligoski has 14 points in his last 15 games.

 

After getting the monkey off his back Saturday with his first goal of the season, Andrei Loktionov followed up with another one yesterday. He’s become an interesting fantasy option now that his confidence is back.

 

He’s no Sam Gagner, but Evgeni Malkin has seven points in his last two games. Actually, he fired a shot at the empty net Sunday with two seconds left, from the blue line, but hit the post. Missed the hat trick by that much. Chris Kunitz also has seven points in two games, Kris Letang has six.

 

I like the threat that Cal O’Reilly brings to Pittsburgh’s third line, but that can only go on for so long before he needs to start producing. He’s looked good offensively with Dustin Jeffrey and Steve Sullivan, but has just one point to show for it in his last five games. They were on the ice for three tough goals Saturday, but I blame the coach for constantly putting out the Engelland pairing with that line. You put your weakest D pairing with your strongest forwards, in my opinion. Anyway, O’Reilly’s ice time was down to 9:48 as we slowly watch that fade to five minutes…and then press box. The only thing that can stop it is, you guessed it, a goal/assist.

 

Lubomir Visnovsky was kicked out of the game last night, allowing Bobby Ryan to see a lot of PP action. He scored on the power play, and then assisted on another power play goal. Did that catch the attention of Bruce Boudreau?

 

James Wisniewski has been back for two games for the Jackets now and has three points (and plus-2) to show for it.

 

Linus Omark (ankle) returned to AHL action on the weekend for the first time in three months. He had two points in the game.

 

The Sabres have sent Luke Adam down and have recalled Zack Kassian. Adam was pointless in his last 20.

 

Here’s a Nicklas Backstrom interview. Basically, he’s not ready to skate yet but is making progress.

 

Jimmy Howard is targeting Friday for a return to game action.

 

After going pointless in 11 games, Mike Knuble has been scratched for the last two.

 

Andy McDonald played 16 minutes in his return to action and picked up an assist. He saw a ton of PP time, but there was plenty of PP time to go around. I’ll wait and see what the distribution of PP time will be like when the team only has a couple of power plays.

 

Here is the Visnovsky incident that led to his getting kicked out – fight with Brassard, jersey not tied down. Why would he tie it down? His first career fight!

 

 


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Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
Pens' 3rd line.... I really like the look of Jeffrey-O'Reiley-Sullivan and the dynamic they bring to the table.

i must say though, your analysis of Engelland is a little off as he has been one of the most consistent Dmen for the pens this year. Last year, he was there to fight (making a name for himself) and play some stay at home D but this year he has been rushing the puck more, his decision making has gotten a lot better and during the Letang suspension/Orpik injury at the beginning of the year(along with all of the other injuries to the D), Engelland was the one to step up. Sure Niskanen got the points but Engelland played great as well.

The real problem with their D is Paul Martin. He has been an absolute bust and Depres (and even Joe Morrow in the preseason) has shown more poise and better ice-vision than Martin. That guy is a HUGE waste of money. He was supposed to be #2 after Letang in terms of making offense happen but when Letang went down, it was the 'throw in' in the Goligoski-Neal deal, that stepped up and made things happen.
February 13, 2012
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Chris said:

Dr.Smurf
Newsfeed Loving it! Definitely nice for those of us who miss a few days, or don't want to search all over for something as simple as who got injured last night!
February 13, 2012
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
Brassard vs Visnovsky So Visnovsky gets tossed for no tie-down, kinda heavy punishment for that- but by the rules shouldnt Brassard be tossed for having tape on his hands? I know that call was made a few years back vs. a Canuck (Torres?)
February 13, 2012
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hammer2003 said:

hammer2003
... I wonder if anybody on dobberhockey.com will ever mention McDonagh without bringing up Gomez? It got old quite a while ago, but please keep it up just in case the Molsons and Pierre Gauthier are dobberhockey readers.
February 13, 2012
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Steffen said:

Steffen
Brassard fighting Wow. Lame.

If Nash gets moved, the Blue Jackets scoring is about who, exactly?
February 13, 2012
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Jake Mathiesen said:

minksauce
Brassard Fighting What's with Brassard and picking on little D-men lately? smilies/cheesy.gif
February 13, 2012
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Santo aka Ross10019 said:

ross10019
McDonagh Love McDonagh. Don't forget he's a blocked shot stud too, now 3rd in the NHL and really next to Girardi and Kronwall and then guys like Seabrook, the only fantasy worthy BS guy out there. In terms of value this year, he's easily competing with those three Dmen, and in leagues like mine that count BS, plus/minus, SOG, I'd say he's the most valuable next to Kronwall, that's saying something. Still smarts that my Habs traded him away PERIOD, not even taking into account what we got for him, ugh.
February 12, 2012
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DuklaNation said:

DuklaNation
... Lets do an Adam vs Leino/Boyes pt comparison vs contract. I said it before, Ruff's line combos are related to the contract status of the player. Adam needs a top 6 role and it doesnt appear to be there. I expect a trade at some pt.

Schenn, 6 goals in last 9 games. Briere might have to move to the wing.
February 12, 2012
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