January 29, 2010

Jeff Angus

2010-01-29

 

A frame-by-frame account of the Mike Green/Bobby Ryan MMA match from last night. Funny stuff.

 

Adam Larsson, the young Swedish defenseman, is having a fantastic rookie season in the SEL. He is playing north of 20 minutes a game, and is only six points back of Robert Nilsson for the scoring record among players under 18 (Larsson just turned 17 in November).

 

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Beastly ramblings today – make sure to click “read more!”

 

Troy Brouwer is making the most of his promotion to the power play – he scored twice last night, including the winner in over time. Has 30 goal upside playing that role on Chicago.

 

Erik Johnson was a late scratch from the Blues game with an upper body injury, per Andy Strickland.

 

Mikael Backlund played almost double the ice time from the night previous, scoring a goal along the way. The Flames still found a way to lose on the shootout (now their ninth straight loss). Backlund still only saw one shift (40 seconds) on the power play, though. He led all Flames with four shots on goal.

 

If you are for whatever reason holding on to Steve Mason (four GA on 18 shots last night) in a one year league, let go. It is like the scene in the Titantic when Jack is floating in the water (although I still sware there was room for one more on that door she was floating on). Let go.

 

Johan Hedberg has some magic up his sleeve (or in his jersey) with this save. A must watch.

 

Breaking news from TSN – Jamal Mayers and Garnet Exelby want to be traded! Wow… stop the presses! I can see teams lining up with those seventh round picks, drooling at the chance to land a decent fourth line winger and a defenseman who has no business on NHL ice.

 

I find it unfathomable how Philly isn’t near the top of the East. Knuble was a big loss, but their only other loses were Lupul and some depth players. Emery and Biron are essentially a wash. Shows much of hockey is a mental thing, as that team has the skill level to compete with any NHL club (aside from the Capitals, maybe).

 

The battle of futility… I mean the battle of Alberta, will commence this Saturday. The winless-in-nine Flames are set to do battle with the winless-in-12 Oilers, who dropped another game last night. Patrick “Charmin soft” O’Sullivan was a healthy scratch.

 

Josh Harding is far and away the star of the NHL last night. He shut out the Avalanche, all while battling a hip injury that was ob