December 24, 2009

Jeff Angus

2009-12-24

Posted some videos for you to enjoy!

 

Ilya Bryzgalov has been a monster all season for the stingy Coyotes. I am flying down to Phoenix to get a first-hand scouting report next week! Going to catch the Coyotes/Canucks game on December 29th.

 

Expect Michael Grabner to be called up shortly if he performs well for the Moose. He was playing really well before breaking his ankle, and the Canucks just wanted him to get back in game shape down in the AHL. He really clicked on a line with Kesler and Raymond, as all three can absolutely fly.

 

The St. Louis Blues enter Christmas on a high note, having swept their Western Canadian road trip. Chris Mason was spectacular last night, going save for save with Miikka Kiprusoff.

 

Chicago has four shutouts in their last five games. Niemi and Huet have two each – absolutely insane and the fact that two different goalies are responsible shows how strong Chicago is defensively.

 

Andrei Markov's impact has been immediate. He finished the game with a goal, and played over 23 minutes of ice time (and over three on both the power play and penalty kill). The Habs scored five goals.

 

Tomas Plekanec continues his torrid pace. He had three assists and is inching closer to the NHL scoring leaders. Quite the comeback after a dismal 2008-09.

 

Dennis Wideman had two assists. He was a minus-2, but any production from him is a positive right now.

 

The Afinogenov-Antropov-Kovalchuk line combined for six points. Atlanta was let down by goaltending tonight, as they were behind the eight ball early. They trailed 3-zip a little over 10 minutes into the hockey game.

 

Alex Ovechkin has back-to-back three point games and is only seven behind Thornton, despite missing 11 games with injuries and his suspension.

 

Eric Fehr had an assist, but as I expected his ice time has been cut dramatically with the return of Mike Knuble. Fehr played just over 11 minutes, while Knuble played close to 15.

 

Brendan Morrison scored a highlight reel goal through his legs against Ryan Miller. I'll post a video when I can.

 

Afinogenov is out-pointing any Sabre by four points (Derek Roy has 29).

 

Scott Gomez had three helpers in the Montreal win. It was his first three point game of the season, and first multi-point game since December 4th.

 

The dive for Taylor Hall continues in Edmonton. The Oilers lost their fifth straight to the Wild. Denis Grebeshkov looks lost on the ice, and Patrick O'Sullivan is just plain unwilling to compete.

 

Guilliame Latendresse scored last night. Four of his six goals have come since the trade, and his ice time in Minnesota is around 16 minutes per game on average, compared to 10-12 in Montreal. He still has upside as a solid 20/20 guy.

 

Is Marian Gaborik going to defy the odds and play a full season? He had two more points last night, and fired seven shots on goal. What a signing so far by the Rangers. Scored his league-leading 26th goal, keeping his mid 50's pace.

 

Not the return Pascal Leclaire was looking for. He gave up six goals on 24 shots, including two apiece to Malkin and Guerin. Malkin later beat Brian Elliott to complete the hat trick.

 

Alfredsson left the Sens game in the first period last night after being on the receiving end of a hit from Craig Adams. He didn't return.

 

I am looking forward to the announcement of Canada's Olympic roster next week. I have been a bit surprised that many media outlets don't have Marty St. L