November 27, 2008

Dobber Sports

2008-11-27

 

Jokinen's iron man streak will end at 397 games. Mueller's production should rise now, and obviously Turris will be used in more situations. I actually think this could spark the team

 

The Coyotes have announced that Olli Jokinen will be out 2-4 weeks with a shoulder injury. 

 

Janne Pesonen has been recalled by the Pens. Look for a real opportunity this time, given Satan's struggles of late. Pay attention this time – to his ice and PP time, and the results. Max Talbot is injured, the reason for the call up. 

 

As I alluded to in the "trade impact" Steen/ Colaiacovo article, Steve Wagner has been impacted – he has been sent to Peoria. Steen and Colaiacovo will be in the lineup tonight – apparently the latter is not on the top PP yet but they plan to have him there down the road. The former will be on a line with Tkachuk and Boyes.

 

Steven Stamkos vs. Nikolai Zherdev – fight highlight below.

 

With Derek Dorsett out with a broken finger, the Jackets have (or will soon) recalled Kris Russell. Russell has eight points in 14 AHL games. Given Hitchcock's tendency to keep youngsters' ice time low, I do not expect an impact from Russell.

 

Khabibulin left last night's game with a lower body injury – look for Huet to peel off several starts in a row and if the injury is serious enough, we'll get a peek at Antti Niemi. Niemi's SP in the AHL is .939 and his GAA is 1.67. Yes, I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do in the NHL.

 

I've been touting this guy since my preseason Fantasy Guide and it was an opportunity like this that I have been waiting for. With Fleury hurt and Sabourin chased out of the game, the Pens gave John Curry his first NHL shot. He stopped all 11 shots he faced and the team came back to give him the win. Curry reminds me of Cujo – not in terms of style, but in terms of career. Undrafted, underrated and overacheiving. He has earned a start. He'll go back to the AHL when Fleury returns, but the Pens will remember this for next season – and he may become a full-time backup.

 

Alexander Semin – probably will not play this weekend and I would not look for him early next week either. It may be time to certify his Band-Aid Boy status.

 

If Olli Jokinen's upper body injury is serious, look for Mueller to shift back to center. Given Jokinen's near-ironman streak in his career, I would guess he won't be out for long at all though.

 

Chuck Kobasew continues to roll… five in four games

 

Is David Krejci really the No.3 center? He had 19 minutes of ice time last night vs. Bergeron's 14. This is why I stress – if both centers are talented, it is senseless to evaluate fantasy value by a No.2 or No.3 center label. All the dummies who argued with me over Jeff Carter can look at his 15 goals and 20 points in 21 games.

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Derek Roy – seven points in his last six games.

 

Two more points for Todd White last night – who the hell is this guy? He was a dropsy in the summer… now he's a star? The fact that he is fragile is the only thing that will stop him from getting to 60 points. But meanwhile, his production is through the roof.

 

It's a year late from what I was prognosticating, but Tomas fleischmann is looking like the real deal. He has seven points in his last seven games. You can hear J.P. discuss him on Dobber Nation, if you missed it give it a listen.

 

Raise your hand if you knew that Loui Eriksson was leading the Stars in goals. If he gets one more point, he leads them in that department as well. He is one point behind Ribeiro and Richards, and the latter boast a minus-5 and minus-1 respectively. Eriksson is a plus-6. Ribeiro is sinking like a stone without Morrow, while Richards is clicking nicely with Erik