November 7, 2009

Jeff Angus

2009-11-07

Sounds like Jhonas Enroth could make his NHL debut tonight for the Sabres.

 

Finally some good news on the injury front. Daniel Sedin will fly in to Dallas and practice with his teammates tomorrow (Sunday). This is a surprise as the newspapers were speculating a November 20 return for him. Sounds like he had a few great skates over the past few days.

 

Mike Green is a game time decision tonight for the Caps, as they battle the Panthers for the second straight night.

 

As of now, neither Pavelski or Setoguchi are playing tonight. Pavelski may take the pregame skate and then make a decision. I think Setoguchi is a little further away.

 

Ouch. The Islanders lose one of their best blueliners for the season. Radek Martinek tore his ACL last night against the Devils. This means more ice time for the likes of Hillen and co.

 

Washington has placed Michael Nylander on waivers. Will they be willing to bury him in the minors all season? That may be the only option here.

 

The Leafs won again! However, it came against the only team worse than them – Carolina. Jonas Gustavsson is tightening his stranglehold on the starting job – after two early goals he locked it down during the final two periods. He is big, fast, and extremely athletic. Once the positioning comes around (and with Allaire coaching him that is a given), I think he has star potential.

 

Of the Leafs' nine points, Gustavsson has earned them seven (record of 2-2-3).

 

An interesting feud has started between Maxim Lapierre and Pierre McGuire. Pierre called Lapierre out two nights ago on TSN for refusing to answer the bell. Being an agitator is tough sometimes – there is a fine line between constantly chirping and refusing to fight. As Pierre said, reputations travel fast around the league – and players are going to start taking liberties with Lapierre if he doesn't change his ways.

 

The Canucks let an amazing start by Cory Schneider go to waste as they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Stars. Schneider was absolutely peppered – through two periods he had already faced 40 shots (and only allowed one goal). Dallas looked they were on the PP the entire game. Promising for Schneider owners, as this helps his trade value (which in turn increases the chances Vancouver moves him).

 

Ryan O'Reilly scored two goals for the NHL-leading Colorado Avalanche. Was there ANYONE out there predicting this? Even the most optimistic Avs fans were hoping for 10th-12th in the West… A second round pick playing close to a PPG fresh out of junior is absolutely amazing.

 

Kessel recorded his first point in a Leafs uniform, earning a Denis Wideman on a third-period Jason Blake goal. (A "Dennis Wideman" is a saying I use to refer to a second assist).

 

Zach Boychuk played 15 minutes, but was held pointless. He did fire five shots on goal, though. Carolina is a great team to buy low on right now – good luck figuring out who (MS Word wants me to change this one to whom, but too bad!) to get though. Ruutu is a decent multi-cat guy, but Brind'Amour is washed up. I like Corvo  – this team has too much talent to be a bottom feeder. Do they miss Seidenberg that much? 11 losses in a row…

 

Tomas Fleischmann didn't score (but he did record an assist). Washington got some secondary scoring in a 4-1 win over the Panthers. Morrison (with one "n") netted two goals. Theodore had a strong game, only allowing one goal on 29 shots.

 

Mike Green left the game with an injury – I have no idea what happ