Angus here. I’ll have an early evening update in a few hours. Getting pumped for a busy Saturday in hockey, including the first Saturday night HNIC in CBC.
My boy (can I call him that?) Jeff Skinner had an assist and scored the shootout winner for the ‘Canes today.
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Goldie: Bobrovsky will continue to post great stats so long as teams keep shooting low on him. His feet are just too quick and sharp. Until team scouts/coaches stress shooting high, he’s a goalie to own thanks to Leighton’s injury.
Goldie: Do not freak out about Turco. I covered last night’s game. It was VERY sloppy on both sides. He was timely in the first period and faced ~40 shots. I echo everything re: Duchene. I spoke to him after the game. He has amazing vision and awareness. Very keen kid.
Dobber: Leighton – back surgery, out about eight weeks. The good news is, the issue is identified (finally) and resolved (hopefully). The bad news is – he’ll be out another month longer (thus hurting two of my leagues)
Antti Niemi is starting tonight. I am in the Niittymaki camp – I feel he is a better goalie. San Jose is hoping one of the two step up and take the starting spot. Niemi will be given a longer leash because of his resume, in my opinion.
Chicago is in tough without Brian Campbell for the next month. Nick Leddy was a disaster last night. Duncan Keith played close to 34 minutes. Seabrook was over 28. John Scott and Jordan Hendry both played about six minutes.
Paul Stastny scored two goals, played over four minutes on the penalty kill, and won 17 of 28 faceoffs.
Matt Duchene had a great game as well. He plays hockey like a running back with his balance and agility and quick directional changes. Justin Bourne made this comparison last night on his twitter feed to me. Duchene cuts and changes directions as well as anyone in the league already.
I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see Brian Connelly get the call up from the farm very soon.
Edmonton rookie update:
Eberle: one goal, one assist, four shots on goal, 16:11 of ice time
Paajarvi: two shots on goal, 15:53 of ice time
Hall: four shots on goal, 16:59 of ice time
According to RDS, the Bruins have re-signed Patrice Bergeron to a three-year, $15 million deal. The term is nice, but that seems to be a decent amount of coin for a risk like Bergeron (injury-wise).
Boston practiced with Bergeron centering Wheeler and Recchi, Krejci centering Lucic and Horton, and Seguin centering Ryder and Paille. It will be interesting to see how the lines look in game one.
Mike Richards and Jeff Carter didn't look very good together.
Mike Comrie played over seven minutes on the power play. More than Malkin, slightly less than Crosby. Almost 50% of his time on the ice was spent on the man adv