Dobber Nation – up now! Great insights from all three guests!
Dobber’s Puck Daddy article is up today. Check it out here.
Absolutely hilarious article about Anton Stralman. He had to have an impromptu wedding in order to get his family in to the States. I can’t really describe how funny it is – just read it.
LOOOOOOOOCH. Milan Lucic is a game time decision tonight. I’d wager 75% of the time that means the player is in (no hard facts to back up my claim, of course).
Washington has recalled John Carlson.
Dobber jumping on for a sec – man, the Wings were really screwed out of a goal in that clip below. A must see. Anyway, I just wanted to share this link to MacLean’s interview with Gary Bettman. He is truly the King of Weasels – answering everything yet answering nothing. I want to hire him to defend me when I’m in my wife’s bad books.
Another Panther I forgot to mention – Keith Ballard. Three helpers last night (in addition to being +3). I had commented before that I was surprised at his lack of production in Florida. When he was Coyote (and I saw him play more often), he really impressed me with his shot and skating. I figured he had monster potential offensively. It isn’t too late to turn it around now, but he is seeing only 54 seconds of PP time per game, good for SIXTH among Florida defensemen.
Florida really spreads out their ice time – Radek Dvorak led all forwards in ice time with 17 minutes played, and there were nine forwards between 13 and 17 minutes of ice time. Hard to get point-per-game production in limited minutes. (More a comment on why they have no PPG players so far.)
Backstrom has gone from fantasy gold to a losing machine this season. The Wild can't seem to get him a win. He was decent against the Coyotes, allowing three goals in 32 shots. It is hard to justify dropping him because he is such a good goalie, but it sure is frustrating getting nothing out of him right now, especially considering his pre-season value.
Peter Mueller, what gives? After an awesome rookie season that saw him net 22 goals, he has 14 in his past 90 games (including one in 19 this season). He was one of the most dominant players I saw play in person when he was with the Silvertips of the WHL, but for whatever reason he just isn't bringing it at the NHL level.
Peter Budaj, miracle worker! Just what the doctor ordered for the goal-starved Oilers. They had six different goal scorers, and four players with multi-point games (Brule, Visnovsky, Hemsky, and Gagner). Brule saw 16 minutes of ice time, higher than his usual 12-14. Patty O'Sullivan had a goal as well and led Oiler forwards in ice time. He needs to step up his compete level but the talent is there – just may take another year or two for it to all click together.
Daniel Sedin is eying a Sunday return against Chicago after skating on his own for an hour before practice today. There is still some soreness but he looked pretty good. There is a slim chance he plays on