December 18, 2009

Jeff Angus

2009-12-18

Minnesota’s equipment truck caught on fire in Ottawa today, and the team probably won’t be able to play their game tomorrow. I had a good joke for this one, but Minnesota is actually playing some good hockey lately.

 

Puck Daddy has some awesome jersey fouls up today. Check it out here.

 

Sounds like Zetterberg will be out for a few weeks with a slight shoudler separation. I’d say that is good news.

 

Stephane Robidas leads all NHL defensemen with nine goals.

 

Toronto has recalled Viktor Stalberg and he will play tonight.

 

Colorado has called up Chris Durno and Brandon Yip. Yip, a college star with Boston Univeristy, has some upside as an offensive forward. He had 20 goals in his senior season.

 

Some more great stuff from the message boards. Member r22yu reminds us all how badly the Rangers have been doing lately offensively. Henrik Lundqvist’s stats over his last six games: 1.98 GAA with a sparkling .936 save percentage… and five losses.

 

Hedman missed the game with a sore foot after getting hit with a Kurtis Foster shot in practice on Thursday.

 

This one was flown RIGHT over my head. Paul Ranger has been out of the Tampa lineup since October 24th dealing with “personal issues.” No one has any idea when he will be back, or why he is even out. Bizarre…

 

Pekka Rinne was pulled after allowing two quick goals. He was questionable to even start because of the flu, and Dan Ellis was prepared to come in. That preparation showed, as Ellis allowed only one goal in the win.

 

Oscar Moller was really impressive in Calgary last night. He is a tough little guy – the Flames were running him all night, but he is used to it after playing in the WHL with Chilliwack for a few seasons. He made a great play on the lone LA goal (the first career goal for Corey Elkins).

 

I must eat a bit of crow for writing off Nigel Dawes. He didn’t show much in either New York or Phoenix, but he is competing hard for the Flames. He has always had the lethal shot, but only this season has been willing to play hard consistently. He is on pace for around 25 goals – don’t be surprised if he hits it.

 

Ryan Jones has goals in four straight for the Preds. He isn’t playing much, but is making his chances count.

 

Patric Hornqvist had a great game for the Preds, scoring twice and adding an assist. He had five points in the first four games of the season, and has six in the last three. In between those hot stretches, he had six points in 29 contests. Streaky, but lots of upside, and he is clicking with Arnott and Dumont on the top line right now.

 

The Oilers have dropped two straight at home after winning five in a row on the road. Jeff Deslauriers looked awful tonight, spitting out rebounds all over the slot.

 

Drew Doughty was a force all night. He played close to 27 minutes, and fired six shots on goal (and another six that missed the net).

 

Miikka Kiprusoff is playing out of his mind this season. Sutter’s defensive structure has helped a ton, as the Flames often got involved in chance-trading last season under Mike Keenan. Don’t expect Kipper’s numbers to dip much, he is one of the best in the world.

 

Derek Boogaard has not scored a goal in 189 consecutive games, after once again failing to produce last night