Excellent point by Mabus below – Kaberle was a star defenseman until Phaneuf arrived. Then he hit a wall. He’s been only average since. Perhaps with Phaneuf out, Kaberle will return to his 60-point ways.
Martin Hanzal will return to action tonight.
Phaneuf’s leg laceration is so deep that he will miss four to six weeks. To be honest, I think this actually helps the Leafs power play, as they were too reliant on him and he wasn’t performing. Carl Gunnarsson will get back into the regular rotation and deservers a flyer in fantasy leagues.
Scott Parse will make his season debut for the Kings tomorrow (that explains why Loktionov was sent down).
I would expect the Devils to recall Vladimir Zharkov and Mattias Tedenby as a result of the devestating Parise news.
The Kings have assigned Andrei Loktionov to Manchester. We haven’t seen the last of him. Once he gets some confidence he’ll become a top sixer for LA for sure.
The Washington Post reports that Varlamov will return to practice today and you can expect a start from him in about a week and a half. His next groin injury is scheduled for November 20. BAND-AID BOY
After missing Monday’s practice, Olli Jokinen left Tuesday’s practice after three minutes. The team is mum as to the reason. If you were relying on Jokinen in your league, you were probably in trouble anyway.
The Post-Gazette reports that Malkin, Letang and Goligoski should all be in the lineup tonight.
Ryan Potulny has been returned to Rockford.
Adrian Dater gives an excellent take on the Peter Mueller situation. He ballparks a return to action at around Christmas.
Cam Fowler is “officially” remaining with the Ducks beyond the 10-game mark. The next target is 40 games.
I think when a team fires 18 shots in a period and scores twice, it says a couple of things. One, the team is desperate to end their shutout string as it passes the 160-minute mark. Two, they’ve have finally overcome that mental barrier. The Leafs are scoring again. Not that they are this scoring juggernaut – quite the opposite. But the puck is going in again, so your Leaf players will finally stop posting zeros for you now.
With Clarke MacArthur picking up two points, he now leads Toronto in scoring with 10 points in 11 games. He is also a plus-4 which is second on the team to – get this – Mikhail Grabovski’s plus-7.
At the other end of the spectrum is Dion Phaneuf, who is a minus-6. He also left the game last night with a severe cut in his left leg. Getting into tonight’s game is doubtful, but we don’t the extent of the injury. He was taken to hospital. This should open the door for