November 12, 2009

Jeff Angus

2009-11-12

Dobber’s weekly Puck Daddy article is here. As always, it is a must-read.

 

The Leafs have recalled Carl Gunnarsson (what an awesome hockey name). Komisarek may miss a few games with his lower body injury.

 

Matthew Corrente will probably make his NHL debute with the Devils tonight. He is off to a great offensive start in the AHL this season (11 points through 15 games). I wrote about him in the summer as a guy to watch in keeper leagues.

 

Tom Pyatt has been promoted to the Habs second line with Plekanec and Kostitsyn for the game tonight.

 

Buy low on Bryan Little. I see him being shopped and dropped so much right now. He has had a slow start but Atlanta has a very strong offense, especially now with Kovalchuk’s return immenent. Last week I was saying to buy low on the proven Blues (Boyes and McDonald), but it is too late for that now.

 

Puck Daddy talks about the 10 most significant goals of the past decade here. Awesome read.

 

As for Kariya, I am not sure. After a good start to the season, he has been a ghost. He can’t get much worse, but after watching him play recently, I am not sure he can get much better either.

 

So it looks like Kovalchuk did make the trip to NY tonight. Sticking with that game, Lundqvist is starting after missing a few with a mystery injury.

 

Manny Legace allowed four goals on 30 shots in his debut with Carolina. The ‘Canes lost their 13th straight… Taylor Hall watch?

 

Kovalchuk didn’t travel with Atlanta to New York, so he won’t play tonight. However, there is a chance he will suit up tomorrow. I’ll update when I hear something.

 

Joni Pitkanen missed the game last night with the cold. I hear it was a new strain of the H1N1 called “suckitis.”

 

Mike Green had a two-point night. He needs a few more of them to get back on pace for what many of us expected out of him.

 

Jonathan Ericsson led Detroit’s defense in ice time, logging 23 minutes. Lidstrom saw just over 16 minutes. You know it is a blowout when…

 

Eric Fehr had a goal in regulation time, but he played less than 10 minutes. I really like Fehr and think he still has big time upside, even with the back injuries that have slowed down his development. He needs to get steady top-six minutes and I doubt that is in Washington, though.

 

The smooth-skating Kyle Cumiskey had a goal and played close to 22 minutes last night. He will take some time to get the offensive thing down, but he is such an impressive skater that he should be a solid 30-40 point defenseman at some point in the future. If you want to know what skating should look like – watch him.

 

John Madden saw close to 19 minutes in ice time – he will have to shoulder some of the load offensively with Bolland out. Madden isn’t the answer, but his compete level is a perfect fit for the young Hawk team.

 

Zach Parise had two points and is quietly going about poking holes in the off-season theory that players can’t produce under Jacques Lemaire. Parise will become the first player to EVER score 90+ points on a Lemaire-coached team.

 

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