Thoughts on Tyler Bozak – man he looks great out there already. I thought he would be “adequate” for this season with potential for so much more in the next year or two, but since the trade Bozak has really looked like an NHLer out there and a great match for Kessel. I actually wonder if he’ll even get past 20 points the rest of the way? He’s in the NHL for good at any rate.
Rene Bourque was hit from behind last night by Kurtis Foster, leaving the game with an undisclosed injury. No word on anything beyond that.
To expand on Ville Leino, and I think Angus commented on him yesterday, but he’s in tough to turn his NHL career around. It will take two things: 1) a Philly injury and 2) Lucky bounces that bring early results. If he doesn’t get that, then you’ll be waiting on him until next camp. He’ll still get another chance.
Cam Ward is battling a sore back that will have him see a back specialist this week. Without knowing anything further, all I can do is take my best guess. If I owned him, I would count on him not playing until after the Olympic break and i would put it 50/50 that he’ll shut it down for the season.
I’m happy to see that my team in the Expert’s League – 11th place by as late as November 10 – is now up to third behind Frozen Pool’s Jason Arbuthnot and Expert Audit’s Ian Fergusson. Salvaged what I really thought may have been a dead season. Fleischmann, Greene and Kostitsyn have been the best waiver pickups that have helped, although Dan Sexton had his moments too, and Upshall and Jones before they got hurt. Trading Theodore for Boyes hasn’t paid huge yet, but it could (my weakness is goals and shots).
Patrick Elias was back in the New Jersey lineup: He played with Kovalchuk and Zubrus, putting Parise and Zajac back with Langenbrunner. Awesome first two lines. Odd man out: Brian Rolston is stuck playing with Niedermayer and Pandolfo.
Erik Karlsson is out until after the Olympic break with a shoulder injury. He had really come into his own and makes an excellent buy-low candidate in keeper leagues. It wouldn’t surprise me if he tallied 50 points next season.
Ray Emery has soreness in his hip and missed yesterday’s contest. He is day to day, and could play as early as today.
Ville Leino may not get into the Philly lineup soon because “I wouldn’t take someone out of my lineup right now” Peter Laviolette told the Philadelphia Inquirer. Leino has seven points in 42 games after getting nine in just 13 last year.
The Leafs have recalled Viktor Stalberg.
Henrik Sedin has two points in four road games so far on their 13-game road trip. Daniel has four points. So does Burrows (but all in one game).
Love it when a goalie emerges this late in the season, cause they’re so hard to come by in fantasy leagues. But Anton Khudobin got his first NHL start yesterday and gave up just a goal. This after coming on in relief Thursday and allowing zero goals on nine shots. He was awarded the win in each of them. From the sounds of it, Backstrom will be out for another game or two yet, though he’s back skating.
Look for a nice run from J.P. Dumont. He was given just 8:45 of ice time Thursday due to a perceived lack of commitment and he responded yesterday with two points. Since he plays with Cal O’Reilly (three points last night) it bodes well for him too. The added offensive depth can only help the other lines.