Some injury notes for you - Pavel Datsyuk is out two weeks after knee surgery. And Jonathan Toews is day to day with an upper body injury.

 

Between Grossman and Kubina, the Flyers added over 480 pounds. I hadn’t realized they were so big. Found that interesting.

 

Didn’t I say that Sutter was a bad fit for the Kings? Of course, I also said that they would win under him, but wouldn’t score. I was correct with the latter, not with the former.

 

With the trade deadline coming next week, this column is both timely and hilarious. It’s also quite true. I’m tempted to follow his step- by –step program to thousands of Twitter followers as a rumor maker-upper. Brilliant!

 

And please join us Monday for our live Deadline Day chat. Always lots of fun…

 

The Kings new lines in practice: Kopitar with Williams and Nolan; Richards with King and Brown; Loktionov with Lewis and Clifford. Jordan Nolan is a big agitator with some potential to rack up the PIM. On that top line, there is also potential for a point or two.

 

It sounds as though Vincent Lecavalier will miss some time with an upper body injury. Details are still sketchy, but that would probably push St. Louis back to the line with Stamkos.

 

My Puck Daddy column from yesterday.

 

Martin Hanzal left Saturday’s contest with a lower-body injury, but there is no further news on that front.

 

To snap Krejci’s scoring drought, he was moved to the wing to play on a line with Chris Kelly and Milan Lucic. It worked well and the line could stick. With Peverley and Horton both out, the Bruins are trying new things. They recalled college star Carter Camper yesterday. Although Camper has just 38 points in 53 AHL games, he had a hat trick Sunday and is wielding a hot stick. Worth keeping an eye on.

 

Alex Ovechkin probably suffered a lower-body injury Monday. He played a few shifts in the third, but was seen limping and he did not play in the final five or six minutes of regulation.

 

Make it eight games in a row for 23-year-old Jiri Tlusty. He has nine points during that streak and is a plus-10. I picked him up in one league late last week. You should too.

 

The Caps are in some serious trouble.  Tomas Vokoun got the hook five minutes in. Neuvirth was better, but the team still lost and they are still out of the postseason at this point.

 

Justin Peters earned a 17-save shutout Monday. His first career shutout. He has allowed just three goals in three games since being recalled, though one game was just for a period.

 

Eric Staal has 29 points in his last 22 games. With a plus-3 yesterday, he has boosted his plus/minus to a minus-15 on the year. His career worst is minus-10 and in November I said he wouldn’t finish worse than that. Let’s hope this goes in my “right 52% of the time” section.

 

Mike Green was a minus-3 and played over 21 minutes.

 

Erik Karlsson tallied four points and was a plus-4. He has 57 points in 60 games, keeping himself in the mix as becoming a 75-point defenseman.

 

PA Parenteau owners must be ecstatic. Not only does he have 53 points in 59 games, but after his 24 PIM yesterday, he’s up to 73 on the year! Can you imagine if he tops 70 points and 100 PIM? Man, I would have bet the house against that back in September.

 

Craig Anderson now has two shutouts in his last three games. And the game he didn’t get a shutout in he stopped 42 of 44 shots.

 

I will hopefully have the Goalie Rankings up later today. After discussions with a reader, and fielding some suggestions over the last few months, I am revamping the formula to better reflect workload and better balance prospects vs. backups, etc.

 

Faulk vs. Brouwer:

 

 


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Anthony Lancione said:

messierforlife
Downie & Quincey trades--Sale off continues in TBay.--(clarification) I remain surprised that Colorado made the move for Downie while yet again giving up on a young highly regarded reargard(tongue-twister lol)such as they did with offloading Shattenkirk. Erik Johnson certainly hasn't ever come close to showing signs of being a legitimate #1 d-man, so you would think they'd keep another young d-man star at bay for a little while longer until their blueline were to come of age.

Meanwhile, with TBay acquiring the Red Wing 1st rounder, it really is a boon to Stevie Y for continuing to quickly amass a # of decent picks in short order with the trio of deals he's pulled off the past week.
February 21, 2012
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Anthony Lancione said:

messierforlife
Downie & Quincey trades--Sale off continues in TBay. Very interesting that Stevie Y turned back to his former mentor(Kenny Holland) after the Downie and flipped Quincey back to where he won his 2008 cup. I thought considering how well he's done (on pace for 35-40 pts(after missing most of last season), that Colorado would like to play it out a little while longer. Afterall, Detroit's 1st rounder in all likelihood will be between the 25th & 30th selection. Very interesting.

Although, in Motown one would assume that Jakub Kindl now gets pushed to the 7th d-man on the depth charts. Good luck seein Commodore any any action going forward, barring any injury.

As for TBay-- it looks like a mini firesale is in place. Though I don't expect a massive overhaul aside from the goaltending situation which assuredly will be addressed soon enough. (Though more likely to occur in the off-season)
February 21, 2012
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pull the goalie said:

pull the goalie
... I picked up Parenteau on waivers about 2 years ago, just traded him this morning with a 2nd round pick for Kuznetsov, Havlat, Bertuzzi and a 1st.
February 21, 2012
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paul said:

donpaulo
... Faulk looked pretty good in that fight despite being out gunned by Brouwer. In fact he looked about as good as Washington looked terrible in that game.
In the 2nd period there was miscommunication on the puck as Ovi tried to take it off a teammates stick resulting in counter play by the Canes and a shortie by Staal. Then later on the bench Ovi was yapping, clearly frustrated. The two guys who stood out for Washington were Semin and Chimera.
I think the Caps need a shakeup and probably should have kept Scott Hannan rather than sign Hamrlik, but what do I know ? I am a lowly rangers fan
February 21, 2012
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