December 12, 2009

Dobber Sports

2009-12-12

Tarik El Bashir noted on Twitter that as of 11:15 am this morning the Caps were still not in Toronto. They could be tired tonight.

 

Portzline is reporting that Fred Modin will be in the CBJ lineup tonight.

 

Steve Zipay is reporting that Dubinsky could play Monday.

 

Michal Repik has been recalled to replace Dominic Moore, who was injured last night. Repik should be a regular by next season, as he’s getting closer. He’ll be a second liner in the NHL.

 

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It now appears as though we won’t see Varlamov in the lineup until Christmas. The Times is hinting at December 23rd.

 

The Gazette is reporting that Chris Kunitz is practicing with Crosby and Guerin and could return to the lineup tonight.

 

Joffrey Lupul is day-to-day with a leg injury. Hopefully he won’t be out for too long, as he was really in a groove on that top line.

 

Jiri Tlusty scored a goal in his first shift as a Carolina Hurricane. He played just 10 minutes though and was a minus-1 as the game got tight and Maurice wound down his ice time.

 

Rod Brind’Amour saw just six minutes of ice time.

 

Mike Knuble was back in the lineup for the Caps, which hurt Eric Fehr’s ice time – he saw just under 10 minutes and was pointless.

 

Rick DiPietro stopped 13 of 14 shots in his second AHL start. He left after the second period with “tightness”. It was apparently precautionary, but it is RDP we’re talking about here.

 

Dan Sexton – another two points. That gives him four in two games playing with Koivu and Ryan. Be cautious – he could just be an Andrew Ebbett…but for now he looks like a great roto-league acquisition.

 

FOUR points for Dustin Penner? Alright – he’ll get 75 this year.

 

Three points for Gilbert Brule? He’ll still get 55. I’m sticking to that one.

 

With two points last night, David Backes has nine in his last nine games.

 

Robert Nilsson always always responds to healthy scratches. I know he missed time with a concussion, but given his play all season I figure that his games missed was extended a little further than it needed to from a medical standpoint. But he’s back with a vengence, posting points in all five games that he has played since his return.

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Interesting to see Ryan Potulny play over 17 minutes last night, including significant time on special teams. I think he’s in the NHL for good this season. He’s good for just over a point every two games.

 

Andy McDonald has just two points in his last 10 games and is a minus-3 in that span. He’s on pace for just 43 points and I wouldn’t bet on him topping 55.

 

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