November 5, 2009

Jeff Angus

2009-11-05

David Krejci has been diagnosed with H1N1, so expect him to miss a few games.

 

Dobber’s Puck Daddy article from today is awesome. Check it out here.

 

Both Pavelski and Setoguchi are very close to returning – probably not tonight, but expect Pavelski back for the Sharks next contest.

 

Puck Daddy has a fantastic interview up with Kevin Dallman, the former King and current KHL star.

 

Rob Blake has been placed on the IR. The already-thin Sharks defense takes a bit hit.

 

Boston has re-signed Tuukka Rask to a two-year deal (both being of the one-way variety). The cap it is around $1.4 per season.

 

Kevin Bieksa is skating on the top line tonight against Minneosta! The Canucks do have injuries up front but this is very interesting. He was good as a forward last game because he is physical and gets in on the forecheck (two things he did as a defenseman anyways).

 

Angus here… batting the flu right now but that hasn't cut in to my hockey watching at all!

 

John Mitchell will skate with Kessel tonight on the top line. He is a much better fit for Phil compared to Matt Stajan, who is more of a two-way speedy guy with a good shot. Mitchell is a player I noticed two years ago, but for whatever reason he hasn’t progressed all that much since that point. He is a good playmaker and pretty crafty -this could be his big break.

 

Only 11,000 made it out to the Pepsi Center last night to watch the Western Conference-leading Colorado Avalanche defeat Phoenix. So that means there were about 10,098 Colorado fans at the game.

 

Jason Arnott will return tomorrow night to the Predators lineup. They have had a HUGE hole at center with him out (and lets be honest, they still have one with him in).

 

Tomas Vokoun continues to live up to his billing as one of the most inconsistent goaltenders in the NHL. He recorded his second straight shutout over the lowly Hurricanes last night, stopping 32 shots. Previous to these past two games, Vokoun had allowed five and four goals consecutively.

 

Anton Stralman had two powerplay assists for the Jackets. Columbus is currently missing Brassard and Huselius up front, yet Filatov still saw less than 12 minutes of ice time. Stralman was close to 24 minutes.

 

Jan Hejda's return was much needed, as he is far and away Columbus' most valuable defenseman. The Jackets lost in a shootout, but their defensive game was noticeably improved (even with 38 shots allowed). Hejda's fantasy relevance is not direct, but he allows all of the other defensemen to play their game and also settles things down for the entire team.

 

Rob Blake left the game with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. It didn't look good and I'd speculate it is some sort of dislocation or separation.

 

Jamie McGinn saw 15 minutes of ice time and fired three shots on net. The other call-up, Logan Couture, saw only seven minutes of ice time. McGinn is ready to be a full-time NHL player, but San Jose has some crazy cap issues so they have to play musical chairs with their depth players.

 

As Yogi Berra famously said, it's like déjà vu all over again. Kari Lehtinen is out ANOTHER 6-8 weeks after undergoing another back operation. Pavelec owners can breathe eve