November 27, 2009

Jeff Angus

2009-11-27

Just heard that Ales Hemsky may be done for the season with serious shoulder surgery. I’ll keep my eyes on this one here…

 

Phoenix has recalled Mikkel Boedker.

 

Washington has recalled Alexandre Giroux with Tyler Sloan out. Giroux skated with Ovechkin and Backstrom at practice. Obviously his value (even for a game or two) skyrockets if he plays with those two for any extended period of time. Thanks to James for posting this.

 

As per Ian Mendes (Sportsnet) – Mike Fisher skated on his own today and hasn’t ruled out playing on Saturday.

 

Looks like the Bruins are not as optimistic about Lucic’s injury as they were a day ago. He won’t play tonight against the Devils. Bob McKenzie is reporting that he will be out one month(at least) with a dreaded high-ankle sprain.

 

Ottawa has recalled Erik Karlsson to replace Brian Lee in the lineup, and it sounds like Volchenkov is out as well for tomorrow.

 

Definitely the lightest schedule I have had on my days covering the ramblings! I am used to breaking down the results from at least eight or nine games.

 

Henrik Sedin has 14 goals through 24 games (roughly a 50 goal pace). His career high is 22, and during his best offensive season (82 points in 2006-07), he had 10 goals. Go figure. He has eight in his last nine and is red hot. It will be interesting to see if his goal totals keep up, even with Daniel back in the lineup.

 

Like I said last week, buy low on Alex Burrows if you still can. His production suffered when Daniel went out, as he slid down to the second line, and was battling through hip and groin issues. He is skating much better now and obviously has great chemistry with Daniel and Henrik. Burrows should be good for 22-25 goals – looking for a repeat of 28 may be optimistic, but he is way under the radar right now.

 

Burrows finished the night with one goal, one assist, seven shots on goal, and a plus-3 rating.

 

Comical moment with Kyle Wellwood – he finally got his first goal of the season. Many thought he got it when Tanner Glass scored, and the fans even booed when they announced Glass as the goal scorer. Wellwood was then put out there when Quick was pulled, and preceded to hit the post with an empty net. However, he got another crack at it and snuck it past a sprawling Drew Doughty.

 

Huge news out of Montreal – Andrei Markov is shooting for a late December/early January return. He hit the ice yesterday and is way ahead of schedule. Obviously Markov owners should be excited, but this is huge for Carey Price. If he can keep his current level of play up, Markov will really stabilize things and he won't have to steal points every single night.

 

Ovechkin wasn't suspended for his hit on Patrick Kaleta on Wednesday night.

 

Think Kopitar misses Smyth much? He has one assist in four games without Smyth, and the Kings are 1-3 during that stretch. He obviously was going to slow down from his 140 point pace, but he has gone ice cold very quickly. No one on LA does the little things as well as Smyth, that is for sure.

 

Alex Semin is slated to return to practice with the Capitals today. Not sure when his full return to the lineup will be – I'll try and update this if any news comes in.

 

David Booth still struggling mightily. Forget rehabbing, he is still experiencing headaches watching TV and reading. It may be really early to speculate