November 28, 2009

Jeff Angus

2009-11-28

The ageless wonder Teemu Selanne had another great game last night. He is on pace for over 40 goals. He has lost a step, but maybe this shouldn't be that big of a surprise. In 2007-08, he had 12 goals in 26 games, and last season he had 27 in 65 games. If he can stay healthy, 30-35 is a pretty realistic target.

 

Corey Perry has points in 17 straight games. Not quite in ink for Team Canada – consider it very dark pencil.

 

JS Giguere had a great game, earning the shutout. Hiller fans beware! These platoon situations are so tricky from a fantasy perspective.

 

Chuck Kobasew had a hat trick. I drafted him this season hoping he would earn some time on Savard's line with the Bruins. He did play with Koivu last night, and it obviously helped. Kobasew is a bit of a band-aid boy, but he could hit 20 goals on an offensively-starved Minnesota team.

 

Thud. Craig Anderson has crashed back to earth.

 

Backstrom was very average in the win for Minnesota – he just does not look himself this season – maybe he is not a fan of the new system?

 

Alex Semin skated today, but don't expect him back until next Thursday, according to Bruce Boudreau.

 

Tim Connolly had a massive game – he was involved in all four of Buffalo's goals. The injury bug has to bite soon, doesn't it?

 

Ray Emery has one win in past 6 starts. Maybe try and buy low on him right now. He is a good goalie on a good team – slumps happen.

 

Milan Hejduk left with knee injury – doesn't sound good. He has had a lot of knee problems before. Not sure which knee he hurt or which knee is his bad one – I'll update this.

 

David Clarkson probably has a broken ankle after taking a Zdeno Chara bomb off of it last night.

 

Congrats to Marty Brodeur, who last night passed Patrick Roy on the all-time most minutes played list.

 

Tuukka Rask had a great game stopping 36 of 37 shots. He is a great stop-gap goalie until Thomas returns (haven't heard anything more, I'd love a link of someone had one), but the Bruins simply cannot score.

 

Craig Rivet left the game with an ankle injury. He also was beaten badly by Dan Carcillo in two fights.

Speaking of Carcillo – 20 PIM is music to the ears of those who have been patient with him, but I don't think it is a sign of things to come. He was mad because Rivet got a late punch in and he lipped the refs about it, which earned him the misconduct.

 

Rob Blake is slated to return on Sunday in Vancouver.

 

Andy Greene led all skaters in ice time in the NJ/BOS game with over 28 minutes played.

 

Blake Wheeler is on pace for nearly identical numbers as the ones he posted last season (21 goals, 24 assists). I think he has 70 point upside – so buy low in keeper leagues.

 

One night after receiving end of a questionable hit, Kaleta dished one out and was kicked out of the game to boot. Video below. Very similar to Ben Liambas on Fanelli hit in the OHL. Eerily similar.

 

Latendresse debut – 14 minutes of ice time, no points, and minus-1

 

Atlanta scored five unanswered goals in the 3rd period to win. This shows both how bad a team Carolina is (they were great through two), and how potent the Atlanta offense is.

 

Scary moment as it appeared Kovalchuk re-aggravated his ankle – but he quickly returned. It is a contract year, after all!

 

Tobias Enstrom is quietly (or maybe not so quietly if you own him) having a monster season. He is on pace for over 60 points and is doing a fantastic job running the top power play unit.

 

Kipper had a monster game, posting a 40 save shutout in Detroit. Is that back to back shutouts for the Wings, at home?

 

Savard who? Kessel had two more goals last night, and now has more goals than any Bruin – in half as many games.

 

Hagman is really raising his trade value – he had two goals as well. He is a very versatile player, as he can play in all situations and on either wing.

 

Kulikov had two goals for the Panthers, but don't expect much out of him this year. He has a lot of value in keeper formats, though.

 

Ian White continues to be one of the better under-the-radar stories this season. He had an assist and was plus-1 in 26 minutes of ice time. Last year at this time he was being healthy scratched.

 

Dany Heatley returned (well I guess he didn't return, but whatever) to Edmonton. He had an assist in 22 minutes of ice time.

 

Marleau had a monster game with three goals and a helper. Stripping the C seems to be paying off, at least on the score sheet!

 

With Hemsky done for the season, they will need some depth players to emerge. Brule had two points last night, and Ryan Potulny had two goals. Both are small and very skilled. Losing Hemsky is a really, really tough break for the Oilers.

 

Comment if I missed something, and I will add it in!

 

13 games on the schedule today/tonight!

 

Kaleta’s hit here:

 

Kessel showing off his severe case of dangle-itis:

 

 

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