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Dobber’s article from Puck Daddy yesterday. I sure am glad that some of the “people” who comment over there haven’t made their way to the site here. Yikes! For such a great blog Puck Daddy sure attracts the clowns with computers.
Mike Green’s mysterious injury is/was a sore hand. He is expected to play tomorrow against the Coyotes.
Just browsing some box scores from last night… first off – Andrew MacDonald (who I had never even heard of before, and that rarely happens) played over 27 minutes last night for the Isles! I did some more digging, and it sounds like he has been the best Isles defenseman over the past few weeks. Both him and Jack Hillen aren’t producing, but they are logging heavy minutes and playing steady defense.
Looking at MacDonald’s career history, he did have 14 goals and close to 60 points in his final QMJHL season with Moncton. He had nine goals and 32 points in 69 games with Bridgeport last season as well. Those numbers aren’t spectacular, but they do show that he has been an offensive contributor before. Often times young defensemen really break out after they have mastered the defensive side of the game first. There are players who don’t fit this mold (Phaneuf and Del Zotto, to name two), but more often than not it rings true. Get him on your radars.
Colorado has recalled Ryan Stoa.
Jason Pominville, after a very poor start to the season, is turning things around (a bit). He has six points in his past three games.
Tim Connolly continues to stump doctors all over North America with his health. He had another two points last night in the Sabres game. If he hits 80 games, there may have to be a re-vote at the next Bandaid Boys directors meeting!
Patrick Marleau may be having the quietest elite season in the NHL right now. He is on pace for close to 60 goals and 90 points. Three more last night – contract year too. I can’t see him making it to July 1st, but if he does, you can bet teams would be lining up with BIG money.
The Phoenix top line of Upshall, Doan, and Lombardi combined for eight points. Upshall had the natural hattrick in a shade over 10 minutes.
John Carlson recorded his first career NHL point last night for the Caps.
Vinny Lecavalier is quietly on fire in his last 10 games. Over that span, he has 13 points, and is competing a lot harder. The key to Vinny’s game in my view is how involved he gets physically. He only emerged as an elite NHL player once he started hitting and playing with a bit of an edge, and it appears it is back (to a degree).
Steven Stamkos has 41 goals in his past 77 regular season games.
The Leafs lost a heartbreaker after some horrendous penalties in both the 3rd and OT. The one bright spot right now is the play of Ian White, who has emerged as a strong two-way defenseman. He plays an aggressive,