February 21, 2009

Dobber Sports

2009-02-22

 

Nik Zherdev has just 10 points in his last 20 contests.

 

Niklas Kronwall has 20 points in his last 20 games. That beats Lidstrom in that span (16 points) and Rafalski (19).

 

Snap up Patrick Lalime. Ryan Miller has a high-ankle sprain and I figure he will miss March. If you lose out on the race to grab Lalime, take a look at Jhonas Enroth for a cheap price. He has an outside shot of stealing the job. If neither really step up, look for the Sabres to grab a cheap goalie who is in the last year of a contract.

 

The buzz in New York is that the Rangers will fire Tom Renney if the team loses to the Leafs tonight.
As expected – as always expected when Alfredsson gets hurt – he was back in the lineup after missing just one game. The guy could have his leg cut off, and be back by the end of the week.

 

The Sharks welcomed back Lukowich, Shelley, Roenick and Plihal from injury. So they sent Kaspar, Staubitz and McGinn back to the AHL.

 

Playing on the big line, Ruslan Fedotenko has five points in two games.

 

Alex Burrows has seven points in his last four games and is a plus-5 in that span. He is on pace for 44 points, 119 PIMs and plus-11. Not too shabby.

 

Martin Havlat has eight points in his last four games and 12 in his last nine. I still can't believe we're seeing this guy in the lineup and not in the injury ward. This should be generated more buzz than Mike Green's streak last week!

 

Give Owen Nolan nine points in six games since his return from an UBI.

 

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Tomas Plekanec has nine points in his last eight games. Throw in the fact that he was suspended for two games… and it is no coincidence that Robert Lang has been out for 10 games so far with his injury. Clearly, Plekanec is back to his old self. Kovalev playing better doesn't hurt either.

 

Viktor Tikhonov has six points in his last four games. He is still seeing 11-14 minutes a game though, so don't expect it to continue. Still – very promising if you have him in a keeper.

 

Joe Pavelski has 16 points in his last 16 contests. He is on pace for 62, but I think he'll top 67. Next year, look for 72.

 

Jason Williams has 11 points in 17 games as a PP specialist for the Blue Jackets. He is a plus-4 for them as well. His ice time is usually around 14 minutes – half of which is manning the point on the PP. But last game he played nearly 20 minutes. That should go back down to 14 minutes when Gratton joins the squad.

 

Andy McDonald has been back for seven games and Patrik Berglund has been pointless in the last six of them.

 

For the first time all season, Marc Savard has gone four games without a point. Even more concerning is the fact that he has just two in his last eight. Looking at his game-by-games, I am reminded that he had nine points in his first five games. That means he has 54 in his last 55, which is of course under a point per game.
 

 

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