January 15th, 2010

Jeff Angus

2010-01-15

Here it is – the official DobberHockey Olympic Pool! To sign up, simply click on the link here. Click on “Join this Pool” and then proceed to make a team name and fill out the other information. You can then pick your players. You are able to change your picks from now until the beginning of the games, so don’t stress over them too much right now!

 

From Tarik El Bashir’s twitter: Ovechkin on the “rumors” that he is mad about making escrow payments and will leave to the KHL, “AO report suggesting he’s considering the KHL because of the escrow : “Yeah, I’m leaving today. I have a private plane.”


David Krejci’s injury – all I could dig up was that it is a lower body injury, and he sustained it during the Ducks game. I’ll try and find more.

 

The Benoit Pouliot-for-Guilliame Latendresse trade is looking like a win-win right now. Latendresse is clicking on the Wild’s most potent like with Kyle Brodziak and Martin Havlat, and Pouliot has five goals in 10 games with the Habs so far.

 

 

And of course if you haven’t done so already – buy the Midseason Guide and support the site!

 

Crazynuck’s Looking Ahead article will be posted this afternoon.

 

It was a night of donuts in the NHL, with numerous shutouts posted.

 

The Rangers, for the second time this week, were shut out by Brodeur. However, it was Mike, not Marty, who blanked them most recently. With Leclaire injured and Elliott battling the flu, the Sens recalled Brodeur from the AHL and he had a solid game obviously, stopping all 32 shots he faced.

 

Ales Kotalik played under 10 minutes last night. Can you say doghouse?

 

The Leafs played a very solid game last night. Vesa Toskala had a 38 save shutout (yes, that is not a typo, Toskala actually stopped all 38 shots). Tyler Bozak, keeping his PPG pace at the NHL level alive, had an absolute beauty goal – the first of his NHL career, in fact.

 

I really like this Jay Rosehill the Leafs have. Obviously limited skills, but he is young, big, tough, and a decent skater. Not much fantasy upside but could develop into a solid fighter who can play a regular shift.

 

Blair Betts, the checking center for the Flyers, was a brutal –4 in only 13 minutes of ice time.

 

I tweeted this a few days ago – Nikolai Kulemin has more skill than I think he realizes. He also is deceptively strong. Look for a breakout next season.

 

Nick Lidstrom scored his first goal in over 40 games last night.

 

Henrik Zetterberg scored as well, his first in four games since returning from injury.

 

In his last nine games, Filppula has six points. He had two last night.

 

Steve Downie was at his best last night – scored a goal, and earned four PIM the hard way. After a clean hit on Weiss, he was jumped and tripped a bit from behind. Downie then proceeded to snap and pound away on Weiss. I really like Downie's upside in keeper leagues – as The Comish put it, he is like Avery on steroids (a reference to his skill, not his muscular build).

 

Georges Laraque scored his first goal in almost two years last night. Usually I hate when non scorers celebrate like it is the Cup Final, but Georges has some family in Haiti and this obviously meant a lot to him. The Habs beat