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Ken Hitchcock has been FIRED. This is from Jeff Marek’s Twitter. Jackets owners rejoice! I don’t have to break this one down for you – it’s a GOOD THING if you own Jackets players. ‘Nuff Said.
Ranger line combos last night: Jokinen with Gabby and Prospal; Dubinsky with Callahan and Avery; Anisimov with Christensen and Prust; Boyle with Drury and Voros.
DET line combos with Holmstrom back in the lineup: Datsyuk, Zetts and Bertuzzi; Filppula, Cleary and Holmstrom; Miller, Williams and Maltby
That leaves Johan Franzen as the only injured Red Wing left. Franzen will get in three games before the Olympic break.
Because Mark Popovic returned to the lineup, Anssi Salmela was back to being a healthy scratch last night.
Brian McCabe is mired in a 10-game pointless drought.
Nik Bergfors is pointless in 13.
TJ Galiardi had four assists last night, giving him eight points in eight games. The 21-year-old is ranked 53 on my prospects list and has upside as a second-liner in the low 70s. More likely he’ll be a low 60s player though.
TJ Hensick has 38 points in 29 AHL contests, already leading Lake Erie in scoring despite playing barely more than half the games. The Avs won’t want to lose him via re-entry waivers, so we won’t see him until the fall barring an emergency call-up. but he will get another chance in the fall to make his mark in the NHL. He turned 25 in December.
Alexei Ponikarovsky has 11 points in his last eight games, almost putting back on track for 60 this year.
Back in November, we had a poll asking you to pick who will finish with more points – Lecavalier or Stamkos and 52.7% of you said Lecavalier. At the time, the gap was 16 points to 11 for Stammer. Well, he’s up to 53 points now but Stamkos is still going strong at 57 points. Can he hold him off?
Antoine Vermette has 13 in his last 15.
Andy McDonald is on a seven game point streak. Unfortunately he has just one point in each of them. He has 17 in his last 20 though, which is a 68-point pace.
I’m going to assume that because J.S. Giguere made his Leaf debut with a shutout, that he will get the next start. I will also assume that he has his confidence back, is feeling good, and would have to really blow it not get another start after that one. The Leafs will be riding the adrenalin for awhile.
As expected, Bozak lined up with Kessel. That will be undisputed really, until Grabovski returns and even then he would have to really falter to lose the job. Ponikarovsky was on the other wing.
I don’t know if you caught this, but not only did Phoenix and Nashville take a scoreless tie to a shootout, but it went 10 rounds! Phoenix finally won. Funny story – not funny “ha ha” but funny punch me in the face: before the game started, I remember hoping for a 6-5 Nashville win, to kickstart my team in my one league. I have five NSH guys and three PHO guys. D’oh! On the plus side, I have Bryzgalov in two leagues.