November 30, 2009

Dobber Sports

2009-11-30

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On the poll today, I voted for 26-30. No scientific reason for this, I’ve just seen Green score 18-20 goals in 50 games before. Easy as pie for that guy. I’m a believer in stats lining up properly when the sample size is big enough. In this case, “sample size” is “games played” and “stats lining up” is Green being a 25-plus goal-scoring defenseman.

 

Alex Goligoski will not play tonight. His groin injury appears to be still bothering him. I had activated him this morning, damn.

 

Angelo Esposito apparently suffered the same knee injury as before and is out for the season. Story HERE

 

Simon Gagne is on the ice skating with the team this morning. No info beyond that, though.

 

He’s still not getting the ice time, which slaps a big red “warning” label on him, but TB rearguard Kurtis Foster has five points and is a plus-3 in his last five games.

 

In the 15 games that Paul Martin has missed so far, Andy Greene has 10 points. I scooped him up in one of my leagues about 12 games ago – hopefully you did, too.

 

After kicking off the year with 12 in 15, Jakub Voracek has just three in his last 10.

 

Radim Vrbata season breakdown, in order: 4 in 2 games; 3 in 15 games; 5 in 5 games; 0 in 5 games. Looks like the cold streaks far outweigh the hot ones, eh?

 

Sean Avery is back to being rotisserie gold – five points, plus-2 and 25 PIM in his last six games.

 

TJ Oshie has eight points in his last nine games. He doesn’t have a penalty minute in that span though.  I like him for 55 to 60 this year. He’ll be a great player, but I have some concerns about his potential Band-Aid Boyness. I know it was an appendectomy, which is hardly a Band-Aid Boy injury, but it’s just a feeling I have. I had this feeling about Jonathan Toews as a rookie, too, and that instinct proved true.

 

I’m working on the December fantasy rankings and I’ll toss up my observations here or on Twitter (or both) throughout the day as pound away.

 

Mikhail Grabovski took a swing at Beauchemin in practice yesterday.

 

Max Pacioretty is next in line. A. Kostitsyn was next in line to get the ice time and start producing after the injuries to Gomez and Gionta. But he got injured, himself. So Pacioretty moves to the front of the line. He has four points during a three-game streak and actually saw 20 minutes of ice time Saturday. He is a must start in roto formats.

 

Dobber Nation is slated to be up later tomorrow. I apologize for the weird schedule last month and this month – and December’s will be off as well, due to Christmas. I’ll announce some or all of the guests later today.

 

Gilbert Brule keeps rolling along. With the injuries that have hit the Oilers, he has seen over 15 minutes of ice time in five of the last seven games. Prior to that, he saw 15 minutes or more in five of the first 17 games. He has seven points in his last six and 17 points on the season, which pro-rates to 55. The Oilers have made him into a top sixer again