Interesting moves in Calgary – they have plucked Brenden Mikkelson off of waivers from Anaheim and assigned TJ Brodie to the AHL.
The Tennessean is reporting that Pekka Rinne will start tonight and Martin Erat will return to the lineup.
The Oilers have finally juggled their lines – but kudos to them for keeping their lines together as long as they did. I’m a big fan of giving it time. But yeah, time for a change. The biggest loser in the new line combo switch is Taylor Hall. However, from a development standpoint knocking him to the third line is for the best. At least for now. Lines are: Horcoff with Hemsky and Paajarvi; Gagner with Eberle and Penner; Brule with Hall and Cogliano.
Martin Hanzal is out 10 days with a lower-body injury. This is a real shame (but not a great surprise, as he is fragile). Now in his fourth year, he is being leaned on the most out of all Phoenix forwards in terms of ice time. I really saw a big year from him. Missing four or five games and then finding his timing again, that really hurts. Andrew Ebbett has been recalled and is worth keeping an eye on if you’re desperate for depth up the middle.
Mark Letestu’s two points give him seven in seven games. He is the topic of my THN column today. Essentially I say that he’ll get 10 or 12 points in the next 15 games (making him a good depth pickup), but when Jordan Staal returns he’ll be a 35-point guy. I do see a little Patrick Sharp in him – NOT in playing style, but in his ability to escape the checking-line center pigeonhole and force his way onto a scoring line. So I wouldn’t completely write him off.
Alex Goligoski has a point in each of the seven games so far. Five of his seven points are on the power play.
Since his healthy scratch, Mike Comrie has three points in three games. That never fails to motivate him, going back to his Phoenix days.
With Gabby and Drury out, Christensen is useless in Fantasy Leagues. Not even 10 minutes of ice time. Meanwhile, Derek Stepan topped 20 minutes, as did Dubinsky. Stepan led all forwards in PP time and Del Zotto led all Ranger defensemen. Youth is served!
Steve Downie, six points in five games now. Add 13 PIM and plus-3 and you have yourself a multi-cat stud.
Meanwhile, Simon Gagne is pointless and minus-7 in five games.
Teddy Purcell is getting it done, under the radar – he has four assists in five games so far.
I wonder if Stamkos could get Gagne going, and St. Louis can get Lecavalier going? Food for thought, Mr. Boucher.
In Vladimir Sobotka’s season debut, he played just seven minutes.
The Blues aren’t picking up in the scoring department yet, although Oshie and Colaiacovo have been okay. Alex Steen saw his ice time dip to a season-low 17:44.
Seriously, why does Puck Daddy cover the Battle of the Blades?
Nashville has recalled Nick Spaling. He’ll play a defensive role I’m sure. Marcel Goc is out 2-4 weeks with a seperated shoulder (shown in yesterday’s ramblings – hit from Backstrom).