October 21, 2010

Jeff Angus

2010-10-21

 

Tim Thomas with the start tonight. Tuukka Rask lied to the Boston media this morning… not a great way to endear yourself to poolies, Tuukka!

 

Lecavalier is IN tonight.

 

Josh Bailey is out tonight with a minor hip flexor injury.

 

Smith and Ellis have both been struggling for Tampa Bay. If I had to pick one for a fantasy team, I’d go with Ellis. Smith is very athletic and skilled but he seems to lack the consistency and technical skills required to be a starting NHL goaltender.

 

Ryan Suter will be out until at least October 28th with an injury. It will be interesting to see who steps up in his absence.

 

Cody Franson has had a rough start to the season. I’d expect the trio of O’Brien, Boullion, and Klein to see elevated minutes.

 

It will be interesting to see how the Preds do without Suter. Weber gets a lot of the praise (for good reason), but Suter is almost as important to the team.

 

If you aren’t using the new fantasy tool we have, you are crazy. Check out the Game Planner featuring tonight’s Toronto/New York match up.

 

A solid read on Sens prospect Bobby Butler. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him up with the big club pretty soon.

 

Drew Doughty is out for at least one game with an upper-body injury. He was hit hard early in the game by Erik Cole and didn’t return. I’ll post an update when one becomes available. (Dobber: early word is – possible concussion)

 

A few goalie starts tonight: Gustavsson (TOR), Rask (BOS), and Biron (NYR).

 

Johan Franzen is returning tonight against Calgary. He missed only one game with a concussion. Health is the issue with him – if he ever plays 75 or more games, I’d expect 35-40 goals at least.

 

Franzen is one of the most physically dominating players in the league.

 

Jamie Benn is playing tonight for Dallas. He will center the third line. I don’t see him sticking there for long – he is too talented to not be on the Ribeiro/Morrow line.

 

Jonathan Bernier stopped 14 of 15 shots in the third period for the Kings as they squeeked out a 4-3 win. He let in a few soft goals but made the saves that mattered late in the game.

 

Roberto Luongo had a bounce back game last night, but he was lit up in the shootout by Toews, Sharp, and Kane.

 

Dan Hamhuis missed his second straight game with a bruised foot. Vancouver acquired Hamhuis and Ballard because of their durability, and both are already injured and we aren't even a month into the season yet!

 

Turco looked great for Chicago – he always plays the Canucks tough.

 

I find it amazing that the Sedins are among the league leaders in scoring and they are still showing signs of rust. Expect them to really take off once Alex Burrows returns (November 2nd is the date I am hearing).

 

Someone needs to test Marian Hossa's urine for an abnormally high amount of talent. Holy hell has he been fun to watch so far!

 

Nikita Filatov was on the ice for only two shifts during the third period last night, despite the Jackets being short a forward.

 

Apparently Ottawa and Minnesota are talking trade. The Sens need a few