Nope. I was wrong – the Leafs have sent down Nikolai Kulemin to make room for May-day.
As expected, the Blue Jackets have indeed recalled Nikita Filatov from Syracuse. He is the number one fantasy prospect on my list and if given any amount of ice time at all, he will produce.
The Leafs have traded a conditional sixth-round pick to Anaheim for tough guy Brad May. This should sit Hollweg, or send Deveaux back to the minors.
In the latest Hockey News, they have the top scorers from Christmas 2007 to Christmas 2008. Here are the Top 10: Malkin 115, Ovechkin 113, Thornton 91, Iginla 86, Datsyuk 82, Getzlaf 81, Doan 80, Backstrom 79, Roy 78, Dumont 78.
Mats Sundin will probably make his season debut tonight for Vancouver.
The good news for Bryzgalov owners is that he played fine last night and seems to be recovered from a sore back. But that's bad news for Tellqvist owners. Tellqvist was pulled after giving up four goals on 13 shots. Bryz gave up two on 28.
Tim Connolly is expected back in the Buffalo lineup this weekend.
Max Afinogenov will be out indefinitely with a groin injury. From the Buffalo News: “Max is going to have some further tests today to evaluate,” Ruff said. “I don’t think it’s a short term. It could be a little while.”
Rick Nash suffered a lower body injury last night and did not return after the first period. Apparently, it is his ankle. Columbus is expected to recall Nikita Filatov. Major injuries always seem to happen when my Midseason Guide is set to be released – just to make things fun for me as I scramble to update everything.
Kristian Huselius did not play last night – he has a possible concussion suffered from a David Backes crosscheck Saturday. With both Huselius and Nash possibly out Friday, look for Voracek, Mayorov and Filatov to actually see some minutes – Hitchcock is running out of excuses.
Columbus prospect Stefan Legein has been assigned to Syracuse where he will hopefully make his return to hockey. He is ranked 171 on my prospects list.
As expected, the Kings have brought Oscar Moller back to the big club from the Swedish National Team.
Simon Gagne returned from his shoulder injury last night and saw over 20 minutes.
The Preds recalled Ryan Jones and he played 13:49 last night, notching a goal and seeing some PP time. His success could keep him there and chase Philstrom back to the AHL when Sullivan makes his long-awaited return this weekend.
Colby Armstrong fighting his Crosby-line replacement Ruslan Fedotenko – short and sweet: