Buffalo has recalled Luke Adam for today’s game. Word is that Rob Niedermayer is out. Adam has had an awesome pro debut so far and was the first AHL player of the week. He is the only top forward prospect in the system with any size, so I really recommend owning him in a keeper league. The points won’t come at the NHL level for a couple of years though.
Carolina has recalled Jiri Tlusty, his conditioning stint is over. Look for Dalpe or Bowman to be sent down within a few days.
Carey Price had another strong game for the Habs. With each win, he eases the mind of his fantasy owners, who were more than a little antsy towards the end of last season. He’s started all eight Montreal games this season, so you’re gonna get more starts out of him than you thought for 2010-11. At least, that’s how it looks.
Andrei Kostitsyn is tied for the team lead in scoring for the Habs.
Andrei Markov should be back in the lineup this weekend, per several sources. His presense will help, not hinder, PK Subban.
Subban, by the way, has four points in his last five games now.
Kyle Turris scored for the fourth time this season. Actually, he scored for the fourth time out of Phoenix’s last four goals. I was reminded on Twitter last night that Doan’s suspension could be an influence. After all, it’s one less offensive guy ahead of him on the depth chart. Now he’s shown enough to make it hard to get bumped back down the depth chart again. Tip of the hat to ‘Dean Youngblood’ for the thought. And you can also add Martin Hanzal’s absense as another factor to freeing up more ice time.
Mathieu Garon is 2-0-0 this season, with 1.50 and 0.942 numbers. Mason is the golden boy though. Even a ho-hum start won’t lose his position as No.1.
Columbus forward Kyle Wilson scored his first career NHL goal. The 272nd overall pick in 2004 has bounced around the AHL, but has finally made an NHL squad, though he’s still more of a reserve guy.
The Flyers’ scoring lead is a three-way tie between Mike Richards, Danny Briere and Ville Leino.
Dmitry Chesnokov is reporting that Evgeni Artyukhin has signed to play in the KHL.
With six goals, Rene Bourque earned himself NHL player of the week.
Jaro Halak was the second star, once again one-upping Mr. Price (I think the two of them will have numbers surprisingly close by the end of the season – very interesting battle-within-a-battle)
Stamkos, the machine, is the third star of the week. How he can be better than he was last year, I don’t know. But he’s doing it.
The last time Nik Zherdev played in Columbus, he had three points for the Rangers in a 3-1 win. Philly played Columbus last night… and he did manage three shots on goal, but was only given 11:41 of ice time and zero PP time.In my books, Laviolette made a mistake there. If you own Zherdev, keep him on your bench and hope for an injury to someone in the top six. If you don’t already own him – then don’t