March 4th, 2010

Jeff Angus


Tuukka Rask will be out day-to-day with a minor knee injury.


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Does anyone expect Mueller to get cheered tonight as his Avalanche pay a visit to Phoenix? I’ll toss my hat on the “no” side.


Sidney Crosby has the most goals in the league since the halfway point of the season. Guess who is second? Alex Burrows.


The promotion of Pavol Demitra to the second line will hurt Mikael Samuelsson’s even strength production. He did score a goal last night (his 22nd on the season), but playing with Kyle Wellwood and Jannik Hansen is a step or three down from playing with Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond.


Peter Mueller’s Colorado debut: one goal and two shots on goal in just over 15 minutes of ice time. If there is a place that Mueller will find his groove again, Colorado is it. Unlike Phoenix, the Avalanche have a lot of young players around Mueller’s age, who will be able to push him and develop with him. Most of his young teammates in the desert ended up playing on the farm this season (Turris, Porter, Boedker, etc).


Dobber here jumping on real quick. Our live chat was a success, at one point Angus, Lemon, Ma, Goldman and myself were chatting with 398 readers – not bad considering we only decided to do it about 12 hours in advance! You can read the live chat again here.


Also – I have two luxury suites side-by-side at the Marlies game on Sunday March 21. The game is sold out as it will be on CBC. They play Calgary’s farm team. I have sold most of the tickets for the two boxes, but still have six left – if you live in the Toronto area and want to hang with myself, Russ Miller, Brent Lemon and Notch – while eating wings and talking fantasy hockey – get your ticket now. Just $35 for all that. But it HERE.


Defenseman Jason Garrison had two points last night for the Panthers. He also had three shots on goal, which is pretty impressive considering in his first 19 games this season, he only had six shots on goal total. Garrison did have eight goals and 35 points last year in the AHL, and he may get a shot to play more minutes with the Panthers down the stretch. His ice time last night (12 minutes) was only about 50 seconds higher than his season average, though.


Check out Pick Em First – an awesome fantasy hockey add-on to both Firefox and Internet Explorer (I am a Firefox guy myself). Go to the site and watch the instructional video – it explains it better than I could. There are a lot of gimmicks in the fantasy sports world, but so far so good with this thing for me. Essentially cuts out a ton of time and saves the hassle of having to always switch back and forth between your league page and whatever other web page(s) you are browsing at the time. Works especially well with comprehensive player lists.


One of the more under the radar moves of the past few days – Minnesota re-signing Marek Zidlicky. For whatever reason he is a player that is often forgotten about in fantasy circles. He is on pace for about 50 points and close to 70 PIM. As a defenseman, that is awesome value.  Unless Brent Burns suddenly shakes off the cobwebs, expect Zidlicky to be the man on the blueline for Mi