February 10, 2010 (or 02/10/2010)

Dobber Sports

2010-02-10

16 players have a plus/minus of plus-21 or greater – seven of them are Washington Capitals. Amazing – if you’re hurting in that category just drop half your team and scoop up whichever Caps are available! (Thanks Joey for the line)

 

Cal O’Reilly followed up his three-point game Saturday with a goal last night. He’s heating up just like he did last February. I strongly recommend him in keeper leagues – he’ll be next year’s Hornqvist in terms of points and impact (although assists instead of goals). Horny, by the way, had a goal called back last night.

 

David Backes was announced as a member of Team USA on January 1. Since then he has 15 points, 25 PIM and plus-2 in 17 games. In fact, remove his brutal start and he has 30 points in 36 games.

 

Spezza is 8-2-10 in eight games since returning from injury.

 

Brandon Dubinsky has just two points and is a minus-5 in his last nine games. Jokinen’s arrival has contributed to the tail end of that.

 

It looks as though Jokinen has taken Ruutu’s job. But what else is Maurice to do? Jokinen has been as hot as anyone lately and it would be silly to remove him from the Staal/Whitney line. So Ruutu, in his return to action after 15 games on the shelf, played with Sutter and Dwyer.

 

Sergei Samsonov finds ways to not get points. He played with Matt Cullen (three points) and Tom Kostopoulos (a goal) and walked away with nothing. Again. And he somehow managed to be minus-1. It’s a remarkable skill.

 

Red Wings line combos with Franzen back in the lineup: Datsyuk with Zetts and Bertuzzi; Filppula with Franzen and Cleary. Later they swapped Franzen for Bertuzzi. That actually resulted in a goal from each of those lines so expect those changes to stick to start next game (i.e. Franzen with Dats and Zetts).

 

Tampa signed Mark Parrish to a two-way contract. He’s persistent, that guy.

 

Pavol Demitra flew back to Vancouver, missing last night’s contest for a “personal matter”. No word on whether he will be back for any of the games before the Olympics break.

 

Vancouver fans and Sedin owners didn’t like this article of mine very much, but so far it has proven to be quite true. Henrik Sedin and Alex Burrows are pointless in four road games and Daniel Sedin is pointless in three.

 

Gaborik suffered a laceration on his leg when a skate cut him in practice. It required stitches. No official word, but I have a feeling he’ll miss the last two games before the Olympics.

 

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Let the Marty Turco watch begin. If he is dealt to Philadelphia, I can’t help but wonder if Briere is part of the package. Also – what are the Stars doing? Lehtonen can’t play a full season to save his