Angus here – if you have a fantasy question on your mind, pop over to the forums and ask me! I’ll get back to your queries over the next two days. Also, the winners of Week 1 of the DobberHockey contest received autographed photos (with matching COA’s) of Brad Boyes and Steve Sullivan. Up this week? Mike Ribeiro or Martin Havlat – winner’s choice!
Jordan Eberle’s AHL numbers after three games: three games, three goals, six points, plus-3. This is on a team in Springfield that otherwise has one point-per-game player.
Jason Arnott did not play yesterday due to a possible concussion. That was why Boyd saw better ice time and linemates.
Phoenix’s 97 points are tied for second in the NHL. They have passed the Sharks for the division league, but have played an extra game. Still, if you told me any one of the eight playoff teams in the West made it to the Cup Final, I wouldn’t bat an eye. The West is truly wide open. Do you take the powerful Blackhawks? Goaltending could be better and could use more experience, but those are overrated weaknesses. Do you take the Sharks and their history of choking? The Red Wings despite a much weaker version of themselves? Nobody is looking at Phoenix, Nashville, Los Angeles or Colorado – but why not? And Vancouver, with Luongo AND scoring depth? Vegas odds probably read like this: 3-1 (Chicago) and then 9-1, 9-1, etc etc for the other teams.
Portzline of the Dispatch is saying that Steve Mason’s SP is 0.926 under the new coach.
Caroina rearguard Jamie McBain, who I had penciled in for a roster spot in the preseason guide and was quite high on his offensive potential, is making a case for a permanent spot. He has yet to go pointless in an NHL game. In four games so far the 22-year-old has five poitns. Don’t be surprised if he not only has a full-time spot next year, but notches 40 as a rookie.
Craig Anderson lost his second straight start and was actually pulled. He has lost three of his last five and has allowed at least three goals in five of his last six games.
Dustin Boyd has three points in his last three games. He lined up with Martin Erat and Colin Wilson last night. As with all the Preds, they get a bump in ice time when they’re hot, so he’s seeing 15-16 minutes currently. That will go back down when another Pred steps up. The result, over the course of 80 games, is a whole bunch of players with 45-50 points… and zero stars. Count Boyd among them now.
Ho hum, another game, another two points for Alexander Steen, the subject of my piece yesterday.
Devan Dubnyk has two wins in a row and just about shut out the Sharks last night. He’s in that zone right now, and so is probably good for another two or three solid games if you want to pluck him off the wire for a week or so.
Casey Wellman had a point Friday in his NHL debut. Yesterday he lined up with Owen Nolan and James Sheppard. I don’t believe he will have fantasy value next season.
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