January 4, 2008

Dobber Sports

2008-01-04

 

Straight from the rumor mill. Is Teemu back? It's sketchy, but it gets your attention regardless. Let the speculation begin.

 

Top Blues prospect T.J. Oshie has been suspended by his team at the University of North Dakota following his arrest for disorderly conduct this past weekend. Oshie, a junior and the team's leading scorer, will be suspended one game, the school announced. This move could upset Oshie enough to jump ship and join the Blues before the end of the season. Stay tuned.

 

Tomas Holmstrom (knee) won't play Saturday, but could play Sunday – he hopes.

 

Michael Ryder scored twice and assisted on another, breaking out of a horrible slump and making a huge statement to his coach. He also improved his trade value for Bob Gainey…

 

Anton Volchenkov will play his 1st game after missing the past 15 with a broken finger. Isn't about 15 games ago when the Sens goaltending started to stumble? Paddock won't announce who will start tonight, but whoever does – Volchenkov will help them look good. Whichever one looks good will be the starter for the next little while. So it's important that you pay attention to which one out of Emery and Gerber gets the start, as well as Volchenkov's impact on the goals against.

 

Mikko Koivu will be back in practice for the first time today since breaking his leg November 16. Remember when I questioned reports that he would be out for a week with a broken leg? I laughed at that one, and here we are – seven weeks later.

 

With Sergei Zubov on the shelf with his hand injury, Matt Niskanen led the Stars in PP time last night and scored a goal.

 

Sam Gagner missed yesterday's contest with the flu

 

Raffi Torres is still looking at the possibility of season ending knee surgery. We will find out within a couple of weeks if rehab isn't working.

 

Ales Hemsky should be back in the lineup Saturday. This will help Horcoff owners as well.

 

Sheldon Souray received treatment on his shoulder and missed the game against Nashville. He should be in the lineup Saturday, but it looks like he will require surgery in the offseason. He is overrated, regardless – the product of the top NHL power play last season.

 

Martin Erat sat out of the third period last night because of back spasms.

 

Ryan Suter was back in the lineup for the Preds last night and played over 19 minutes (none on the PP).

 

David Legwand also returned to the lineup.

 

Alexander Radulov is on a five game point streak and has seven in that span. In those five games, he has played more than 15:07 just once. Last night he received zero power-play time. I guess he's in the lineup for his checking skills. Yes, Radulov owners can't wait until Trotz is fired.

 

With the aquisition of Bochenski, the Ducks have sent Drew Miller down to the minors.

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