October 27, 2007

Dobber Sports

2007-10-27

 

Want an easy win for your goaltenders? Try Chris Osgood for the time being, as Hasek's hip irritation will likely keep him out of the lineup for at least a week yet. The Red Wings have allowed just 26 shots in their last two games. That's TWO games. San Jose only had 11 shots on Ozzie last night in a 5-1 loss.

 

Chris Clark had another two assists last night – four points since being reunited with Ovechkin. However, at the end of the game he took an Ovechkin slapshot off the face that had him bleeding profusely and helped off the ice. He needed stitches in his ear and it looked serious. He is doubtful for today.

 

Tomas Fleischmann was a healthy scratch. The writing was on the wall for that one.

 

Tom Poti missed last night's contest, as I forewarned yesterday, with that groin injury. 

 

As expected, the Bruins have elected to keep Milan Lucic for another year. Drop Brandon Bochenski now, as only an injury will get him back into the lineup.

 

Mike Van Ryn was back in the Florida lineup last night. He played 12:40 and surprisingly got three minutes of PP time. He was a minus-1.

 

Cory Murphy was a minus-2 and played an astounding 10:04 on the PP, but was held pointless. That minus-2 is concerning, as he is still new. Two or three more games like that and his ice time will slowly be reeled in. I've seen it a million times. 

 

Two games to watch for Edmonton: Mathieu Garon will start against his former team the Kings today. Dustin Penner will line up against the Ducks for the first time tomorrow. Both should have big games. 

 

Matt Schneider is skating again. His broken foot is mostly heeled, but is still about a week away.

 

Todd Bertuzzi is still suffering from the effects of the concussion and as such will be at least another week away. I would guess he is a good two or three away. 

 

A situation to keep an eye on – New Jersey coach Brent Sutter has it in for Patrick Elias. So far he has stripped him of the captaincy, chastized him in the media for poor play about a week ago and chastized him again yesterday. We're still in October. It may be a good idea to quietly shop him around and see what you can get for him. He is practicing with Zajac and Zubrus these days.

 

In his last eight games, Geoff Sanderson has zero points and is a minus-6. Has he ever had a good year without Andrew Cassels?

 

With Shawn Horcoff back on Ales Hemsky's line, both make great pickups right now because they are really clicking.

 

Sergei Zubov is pointless in five games. He has always been a second half player, so sometime in December you may want to try and scoop him up. Right now, however, he is ice cold.

 

To take Jordan Leopold's spot (see yesterday's ramblings), the Avs have recalled Jeff Jillson. He won't be a fantasy factor.

 

Florida signed unrestricted free agent Jassen Cullimore and assigned him to Rochester for conditioning.

 

Darius Kasparaitus has signed to play in the RSL this season. If he wants an NHL job, he will need to play for under a million.

 

According to SPECTOR , Sandis Ozolinsh was only in Worcester for a two game tryout, which he completed. He is now working out one on one with Mike Ricci and the Sharks still hope that he can become a part of their plans.