November 6, 2009

Jeff Angus

2009-11-06

Check what I said earlier – now sounds like Cory Schneider is getting the start against Dallas tonight.

 

Jonas Gustvasson is getting the start tonight for the Leafs.

 

James Neal is out tonight with a groin pull. I’d speculate one of Brunnstrom/Ott gets promoted to the second line with Richards and Eriksson.

 

Alex Burrows has been playing through a lower body injury he sustained last week against the Kings. While he is still producing at a decent clip, he doesn’t have the same speed or agility on the ice.

 

The target return date for Daniel Sedin is November 20th against Colorado. The Canucks have a six day break before that game, and they want to maximize the healing time for his broken foot.

 

Ed Jovanovski left the Coyotes game after getting his leg jammed against the boards while receiving a hit. Angus MD says he has a sprained knee ligament, but I’ll play it safe and go with the “lower body injury.”

 

Jason Arnott returned to Nashville's lineup, but the Preds once again failed to produce offensively. They did pepper Jonas Hiller with 40 shots, but they were 0-5 on the PP.

 

Patric Hornqvist had 10 shots on goal (and attempted another 10 shots). He would be producing right now if he were on a team that could actually score.

 

Since Dan Bylsma took over in Pittsburgh, the Penguins are 30-6-4. That is a 120+ point season over 82 games.

 

I have no faith in Andrei Kostitsyn turning things around. His play has regressed in a big way since the 2007-08 season, and he was relegated to the fourth line tonight. He did record an assist but his play was (once again) completely lackadaisical.

 

Interesting start to the Kings/Pens game – both goalies allowed their first shots against. The best line in hockey (Kopitar centering Smyth and Williams) combined for a few goals. Anze might be the best player in hockey right now. Kings really poured in on in the third period with four goals.

 

Peter Mueller responded to his benching by potting a goal in a 3-1 win over Chicago. He only saw 10 minutes of ice time so its obvious he'll have to earn his way back into the top six. If teams don't show up to play Phoenix this year, they won't win. The Coyotes don't have a ton of talent but they will work a lot of teams right out of the building.

 

The Rangers responded very well tonight against the Oilers after being shut down in Vancouver on Tuesday. Gaborik continues to show why he is worth every penny of his massive contract – even with the health risks. There is no one in the entire league as dynamic as him on a nightly basis outside of Ovechkin.

 

Also, old bones Sather looks like he was on to something when he cut ties with Zherdev in favour of Kotalik (it wasn't a direct swap but a pretty obvious replacement). Kotalik has fit that team like a glove, and is on pace for a monster season (currently 15 points through 17 games).

 

Redden and Rozsival are the 5/6 defensemen on the Rangers depth chart. They saw bottom pairing minutes against the Oilers, and probably deserved it. It is too bad that 11+ million of valuable cap space is going to waste, especially with another talented defenseman (Sanguenetti) waiting in the wings. New York is a must-watch team for those with Center Ice.

 

Andrew Ebbett is not fitting in with the Hawks at all. He played eight minutes and was largely ineffective. I wonder if he is Europe-bound after this season?

 

After a hot start, the flu bug seems to have sappe