Ovechkin gets two games. The NHL had a no-win announcement – anything from 0 to infinity games would lead to an outcry somewhere. I for one feel comfortable with the two games. And I do admit that if Ovechkin’s name was I.P. Freely, he would have gotten 10. And I am not totally against a subtle, blurry double standard for superstars if the league can get away with it. From a business standpoint, you gotta do what you gotta do.
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Blake Comeau has 12 points in eight games and is a plus-6 in that span. As a bonus, the guy has six PIM to boot. His ice time has been up noticeably lately.
Brian Campbell will probably miss the rest of the season after getting hit from behind by Alex Ovechkin (clip below). He suffered a broken clavicle and ribs, according to TSN. Brent Seabrook’s PP time just shot up.
The amount of excuses and explanations and reasons I am seeing in the media is a little sad. I think OVY should get a couple of games, myself. But that aside, the fact that the excuses and reasoning (“his three game misconducts were for different things” or “it’s been over 41 games since the last time he did this”) just reek of trying too hard. The media seems to be trying too hard to absolve him. I like Ovechkin (I like him a lot, actually) and I don’t think the book should be thrown at him at all, but come on – give the guy two games. He’s a repeat offender. If you beat someone up and get arrested for assault, the court looks at that if you do it again six months later. They don’t say “six months went by since the last one, so we won’t look at that”.
Kristian Huselius should be back in the lineup tonight.
Portzline says that Matt Calvert should have been No.3 on the Blue Jackets’ prospect list, which I found quite interesting and informative.
After going pointless in three games and getting scratched, Sean Avery returned and had a golden fantasy game – two goals, three shots, plus-2 and of course two PIM. Coach Tortorella is the reason his PIM will be below 175 this season when it should be 250. But Avery has nobody to blame but himself for the weak output offensively. Perhaps this will help him salvage a 35-point season.
Max Talbot and Alex Goligoski were healthy scratches in favor of Jay McKee and Tyler Kennedy. Like the Caps, the Pens have a ton of depth and the players are healthy. Unlike Boudreau, who is scratching players to rest them, Bylsma will punish players who aren’t at their best.
Out of all the $8 million men in the NHL, Daniel Briere gets the least ice time. He’s seen 17 minutes just once in 18 games, but has dipped below 15 minutes on six occasions in that span. He has 10 points during that range.
In case you’re scoring at home – Wojtek Wolski has three points in five games for Phoenix. Peter Mueller has eight in six for Colorado.
Kevin Porter played his second Colorado game Sunday, playing 10 minutes and going minus-1. He didn’t get any PP time, but had some PK time. With the pile of scorers in Colorado and virtually all of them young, Porter may have to hone his craft as a checker in order to stick in the NHL. That certainly doesn’t bode well for Porter owners. I would shop him, as his v