October 31, 2008

Dobber Sports

2008-10-31

 

Rankings are up and on the front page. Defense rankings are also done (not on front page) – for the second month in a row we have a new leader: Brian Rafalski finally takes a turn as the most coveted defenseman in points-only keeper leagues that count playoffs. 

 

Smack1919 answered the trivia question. Nine players who were drafted first overall scored their first two NHL goals in the same game: Steven Stamkos, Denis Potvin, Dale Hawerchuk, Wendel Clark, Pierre Turgeon, Joe Murphy, Alexandre Daigle, Patrik Stefan and Alex Ovechkin.

Alex Ovechkin will not play tomorrow. He should be back Monday. He is still in Russia for personal reasons. 

 

Just a day after I tout him as the next Devils' quarterback solution and two days after he gets three points, Andy Greene broke his hand and is out for 4-6 weeks. The team will recall Anssi Salmela in all likelihood.

 

Okay, this is NOT for a free book from Firefly, that promotion will begin in a week or two (see "Announcements" in the forum for details on that). But this trivia question will be for five Karma. The first to answer correctly in the "NHL Discussion" section of the forum will receive five bonus Karma points. Steven Stamkos is the ninth player drafted first overall to score his first two goals in the same game. Name the other EIGHT. 

 

Jamie McGinn played just seven minutes in his second NHL game, but he sure made the most of them tallying two points. It is amazing how San Jose's offensive prospects – and they never have many of them – get called up and make an impact right away. Steve Bernier did it. Joe Pavelski did it. Devin Setoguchi did it. All these guys get called up for the first time and post five or six points in their first five or six games. Remarkable. All of them eventually tailed off though and took a couple of years to get rolling again.

 

Jared Boll has been suspended for one game for instigating a fight with five minutes left Thursday. Boll will miss Saturday's contest.

 

Stephen Weiss will probably sit out the next two games with his groin injury.

 

The Bruins continue to scratch Sobotka. It's just the numbers game.

 

Shawn Matthias played 7:21 last night in his season debut and was pointless. Frolik played 8:26.

 

Owen Nolan is back on the shelf – lower body injury.

 

The Flyers have recalled Steve Downie. He played 6:34 last night. It did not effect Andreas Nodl, who played nearly 16 minutes. 

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Sidney Crosby left last night's contest in the third period with an undisclosed injury. It appeared to be a jab in the rib area and he said after the game the discomfort was to the extent where he couldn't do much. He is considered day-to-day – but I would keep him in your lineup.

 

Kevin Porter scored his first NHL goal last night and Viktor Tikhonov notched an assist – his first point.

 

The decision to start Bryzgalov paid off, as he was back to his old self stopping 27 of 28 shots.

 

Keith Yandle was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. 

 

Steven Stamkos followed up a night where he notched his first NHL point with three more points. Suddenly, fantasy owners across the land are more relaxed. He still played just 13:47 though, but that's better than what he was getting.

 

Paul Gaustad played 11 minutes in his season debut.

 

Tom Priessing continues to be a healthy scratch. Matt Moulson replaced Brad Richardson (scratch) in the lineup

 

The Kings will make a decision on Oscar Moller today. He will either go back to junior or remain with the big club. It looks like they're leaning towards him staying, but it's a close decision and could go either way. We'll find out today.

 

Kyle Wellwood