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I was going to write a big thing about Beau Bennett for the ramblings, but it started getting lengthy as I did brief write-ups on the prior prospects in Pittsburgh's system and how they fared on Crosby's and/or Malkin's wing. Then I just made it into a column and gave it to The Hockey News - here.
And Malkin's injury was announced, as I was writing it.
San Jose has only won twice in regulation in their last 19 games. They're in the playoffs by one point. It doesn't look good. And if they lose eight of their next, say, 13 games - the trade deadline gets a hundred times more interesting. If the Sharks become sellers - watch out.
Bobby Ryan is really clicking on the Getzlaf - Perry line. That's terrible news for Kyle Palmieri owners. He was really flying on that line before getting hurt. Now he'll come back and perhaps not get that sweet job back. Things like that have turned many future 70-point players into 45-point checkers. This is the 'luck' factor I allude to with my advanced stats piece. In this case, bad luck.
Palmieri should be back in three or four games, so says Dr. Dobber
The Preds have lost Patric Hornqvist and Colin Wilson to UBIs for the next while - they were placed on IR, so at least a week right there. This beatwriter considers them the most irreplaceable forwards on the team. Disagree. Hornqvist they're replacing every two weeks because the guy always gets hurt. Wilson, sure, you have a case there. But my pick is - nobody. They're all replaceable. A dime-a-dozen, this group of 55-point forwards.
Tyler Toffoli did not get into the game last night. Healthy scratch. The wait continues, for his NHL debut.
Ray Whitney could also return - still questionable at this point. He's missed 16 games.
AHL player of the week - Patrick Maroon. He's ranked 106 on the Fantasy Prospects list I updated last night. Maroon was called up Monday so we'll see if he can ride that momentum.
OHL player of the week - Mark Scheifele. He weighs in at No.2.
The Jordan Schroeder experiment is over. At least for this season, barring an injury in the Vancouver lineup. Schroeder has been sent down and Andrew Ebbett has been called up. Schroeder had one point in his last 13 games (and minus-9), and five points on the season.
And here's something - remember a player by the name of Ville Leino? I think he'll get into the lineup tonight, but that may be dependent on Ennis.
The domino effect of the Martin Brodeur injury - Scott Wedgewood gets to play in the AHL. He started back-to-back games over the weekend for Albany and won them both - his first two AHL games (he's been in the ECHL).
Ottawa line combos (and PP units) from last night - already up and you can always get them quick and easy right here - but here they are anyway:
OTTAWA SENATORS LINES FOR 2013-03-11
#1 22.7% GREENING,COLIN - SILFVERBERG,JAKOB - TURRIS,KYLE
#2 20.3% ALFREDSSON,DANIEL - LATENDRESSE,GUILLAUME - SMITH,ZACK
#3 19.9% DAUGAVINS,KASPARS - NEIL,CHRISTOPHER - ZIBANEJAD,MIKA
#4 15.1% CONDRA,ERIK - O'BRIEN,JIM - STONE,MARK
#1 35.1% GONCHAR,SERGEI - METHOT,MARC
#2 26.7% GRYBA,ERIC - PHILLIPS,CHRIS
#3 14.7% BENOIT,ANDRE - WIERCIOCH,PATRICK
#1 38.5% ALFREDSSON,DANIEL - LATENDRESSE,GUILLAUME - TURRIS,KYLE
#2 30.8% NEIL,CHRISTOPHER - SILFVERBERG,JAKOB - ZIBANEJAD,MIKA
#3 7.7% CONDRA,ERIK - O'BRIEN,JIM
#4 7.7% CONDRA,ERIK - SILFVERBERG,JAKOB
#1 30.8% BENOIT,ANDRE - GONCHAR,SERGEI
#2 23.1% GONCHAR,SERGEI - WIERCIOCH,PATRICK
#3 15.4% GRYBA,ERIC - PHILLIPS,CHRIS
You can get Boston's yourself - right here.
Interesting to see Latendresse's presence impact the lines, moving Alfredsson off of the Turris line, and Silfverberg off of the top power play. Latendresse scored and played nearly 19 minutes.
And speaking of neck injuries (what Latendresse had), I did something to my neck Monday morning and as I write this…I fear I can't go much longer. I'll wrap this up early. Consider me "day-to-day" with an upper-body injury.
Here is a hit that took out Chris Neil last night. From the first angle, it looked like Neil fell and McQuaid hit nothing but the boards. But as you see at 1:30, McQuaid actually banged Neil's chin off the top of the boards.
Here is Hanzal hitting Benn. Keep your head up! And he made contact with the head, I question that this was not a concussion, wow…