November 21, 2009

Jeff Angus


Thanks to newper on the message boards for bringing this to my attention – Hossa is not playing tomorrow, but is aiming to return on Wednesday. I had read a report a few days ago that said he was playing tomorrow, but that isn’t the case.


Vancouver lines for tomorrow: Burrows with the twins, Raymond with Kesler and Samuelsson. Time to buy low on Burrows – playing hurt plus not with the twins hurt his production quite a bit. He should be close to 22-25 goals when the season is all said and done.


Minnesota has claimed Andrew Ebbett off of waivers.


Nathan Horton has 13 points in his past 11 games. He does have a lot of upside, I just personally have never been a fan. I am not sure Florida is the place he will break out, but I can’t see the Panthers moving up unless they get a scoring forward back.


The Leafs are in a tough spot – Wilson and Burke are great friends, but I don’t think Wilson is a good fit for this team. He is a great motivation coach and can get a lot out of his players, but he has this Leafs team playing way too wide open for a team with such little skill. What they need is a really sound tactical/defensive coach to build a foundation and a system until more talent comes along.


Yann “the man” Danis is getting the start tonight for the Devils.


Orpik is playing tonight. Gonchar is as well, but he is experiencing some pain in his wrist after logging heavy minutes against the Sens. He probably came back early, so hopefully it is more of an issue of just being sore instead of another injury.


Daniel Sedin is playing on Sunday. These may not be the lines for Sunday night… but expect to see Burrows with the twins, and Samuelsson with Kesler and Raymond. Things get cloudy when Grabner (mid-December) and Demitra (January) are ready to return.


Sounds like Hossa is going to make his return on Sunday night as well. Hossa, Kane, Toews, Campbell, Keith? Scary.


Neuvirth has been returned to Hershey, Varlamov is starting tonight. I assume this means Theodore is back with the team.


Florida has recalled both Shawn Matthias and Michal Repik for today’s game. Repik has 12 points in 13 games with Rochester, and Matthias has six in 12.


Nikita Filatov’s first game in Russia was a three-point effort in a win for CSKA. Thanks to Dmitry Chesnokov for the update.


Vesa Toskala is getting the start tonight for the Leafs.


Drew Stafford left the Sabres/Bruins game with an injury and is doubtful for tonight.


John Carlson had a strong debut for the Caps – the way he skates and the fact that he shoots right… I mixed him up with Green a few times. He’ll see more ice time now that Tom Poti is hurt as well… no update on Poti’s status yet.


Comeback player of the year… how about Tomas Plekanec? 69 points in 2007-08, only 47 last year, and currently on pace for a team-leading 71. (Check that, he is on pace for 78, ESPN is always late to update their projections page.)


Rene Bourque left Thursday's game after being rocked by Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, and didn't travel with the team. He was placed on the IR and is out at least a week.


Eric Fehr showed exactly why I am high on him in keeper formats. He let go with an absolutely lethal wrister to beat Price for the first goal of the game. He isn't seeing a lot of ice time, but looked great skating on a line wit