February 18, 2009

Dobber Sports

2009-02-18

 

Save of the year? Kipper on Wellwood – clip posted below.

 

Puck Daddy has a great interview up today with Pavel Datsyuk. He has been on fire with the Russian interviews lately. Check out part one here , and part two here .

 

Martin Havlat – 54 games without an injury. Another 28 games and I'll lose my house that I bet.

 

Anze Kopitar has 18 points in his last 17 games and nine in his last six.

 

Owen Nolan has 11 points in the last nine games that he has played. His PIMs are almost non-existent and he is a injury risk, but he's putting up the numbers.

 

Vladimir Zharkov, ranked 72 on my prospects list, has six points in his last five contests for New Jersey's farm team Lowell

 

Paul Ranger's UBI could shut him down for the season. A decision on that will come shortly.

 

Evgeni Artyukhin was a healthy scratch last night. His play has slipped since his suspension – it's as if he is tentative /careful now. Look for the scratch to kickstart things again.

 

With Alex Picard back, Brenden Bell was a scratch for the Sens. Bell had five points in the six games that Picard was out – so the scratch seems unwarranted.

 

The Flyers are extremely happy with Claude Giroux since moving him to center the third line with Upshall and Powe. He has four points in two games and adds an element of offense that provides relief to the Carter and Richards lines. All the same, Giroux's numbers will drop off when Briere returns (next Wednesday).

 

Keep in mind that Brad Richards also manned the point on the PP. With Zubov also out – the Stars will rely heavily on Niskanen and Daley. Watch for a 'pop' in their numbers, unless the Stars find another forward to move back.
 

 

I found it interesting that with Paul Martin out of the lineup with an upper body injury (day to day), Andy Greene still didn't get top PP time. Greene was really rolling prior to his injury, and hasn't had the PP time since he has returned to find that groove again. Don't expect him to this season, but that glimpse we had prior to the injury is promising enough to give hope for next campaign.

 

DobberHockey favorite Ryan Shannon has three points in his last four games for the struggling Sens. He is one of those smaller, skilled players that I have a soft spot for. Like all players of that ilk, he is boom or bust. So far, it is looking like "bust", however his recent play and opportunity is like a career "hail mary".

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WAS coach Bruce Boudreau is apparently unhappy with the name that his newest successful line has been dubbed. The F Line: Fedorov, Fleischmann and Fehr. All three are on fire,