The top six goalies are so close you couldn’t slide a piece of paper in between them, according to keeper leagues with a playoff element.
Just doing the goalie keeper rankings – and while Luongo and Fleury have tumbled, they haven’t tumbled enough to fall out of the Top 2… I’m trying to see how any of the other Top 10 goalies have shown enough to topple one of them, but hell – none of the other Top 10 goalies have really stepped up! Bryzgalov… a little. Lundqvist… nope. Rask…haha. Rinne was hurt and opened the door a crack for Lindback… Halak… nope, not enough. Quick… sure, but he has Bernier breathing down his neck. Price? Yes, but it’s early yet. So because of this, I’m afraid Luongo and Fleury remain the best goalies to own in keeper leagues that include a playoff component. Even though it contradicts what I say on here. The track record, the salary, the contract, etc will see to it that they get tons of chances at redemption.
Chris Vivlamore reports that Niclas Bergfors will be scratched again. Also, Bogosian will not play either (injury – day to day).
Update: Gonchar is back on the ice.
Bruce Garrioch reports that Sergei Gonchar left practice this morning “hurting”. Looks like he took a Kovalev shot off the foot. Man, Kovalev can’t do anything right this year.
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One game after Cory Schneider stops 32 of 33 shots for the win, Roberto Luongo stops… 12 of 18 shots for the loss. And to rub salt in the wound of Luongo owners, Schneider came on in relief and kicked aside all six shots he faced against the Wild. Now what we have is a highly-paid goalie who is signed for another 50 years, give or take, who seems to have lost a step 21 months ago when he injured his groin. Maybe it’s a mental edge, or maybe it’s something physical, but Luongo was the best goalie in the NHL and now he’s merely above average. Meanwhile, you have Schneider who has the talent to take that crown for himself. It’s very early still, but I would be wary of a Thomas/Rask situation here, but worse – since last year Thomas was injured, whereas Luongo is still healthy. Something’s gotta give – Luongo owners need him to get into the zone.
The Wild is suddenly this juggernaut of offense, with five players at a point-per-game or higher. Matt Cullen has eight points in five games to lead the way. Marek Zidlicky has four points in three games and his return seems to have helped Brent Burns. At the same time, it seems to have knocked Cam Barker off the top power play.
Ryan Kesler has just one point and is a minus-1 in six games. He is a great acquisition for a cheap price right now, because even if he has a bad season it will be much better than his current pace.
Pekka Rinne returned to action and stopped 34 of 35 shots, only giving one up in overtime. And Rene Bourque returned and scored that overtime winner for Calgary in the 1-0 snoozefest. Leave it to Nashville.
This is why I say Nashville gets 45 wins again, yet no player will get 60 points. Even New Jersey, Florida and Minnesota play more of an offensive style than the Preds.
Lines for Nashville: Wilson with Erat and Dumont; O’Reilly with Horny and Sully; Legwand with Tootoo and Ward; SK was on the fourth line.
For Calgary, Jokinen played with Morrison