November 10, 2010

Dobber Sports

2010-11-10

 

Draw for Musty Putters customized (designed by YOU) putter – drumroll – the winner is – CHUK! Chuk, flip me an email and I’ll put you in contact with the Mr. O’Donnell

 

I just floated this idea on Twitter, thought I would mention it here. We all know the new All-Star game format. Regardless, it’s not a “real” game. So why not have Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux as the captains? Who wouldn’t pay/tune in to watch those two play one more time with and against NHLers? Discuss.

 

Not mentioned Monday, but uh – Linus Omark scored five goals. In one game. He also scored the shootout winner. Tallying five is pretty special, even at the AHL level. He looks to be a player. He’ll be an Oiler next year, and he’ll get some looks this year. He was also named the AHL’s player of the week.

 

Ottawa prospect Bobby Butler tallied a hat trick Sunday for Binghamton. He has nine goals and 14 points in 12 games. Methinks he’s adapting to the pro game just fine. Robin Lehner had his first career pro shutout in that same game.

 

Also with an AHL hat trick Sunday – Mats Zuccarello-Aasen. I think, what you saw with Ville Leino these last three years, you will see with MZA. That kind of NHL time and production, except more goals.

 

Brent Johnson will get the start tonight for the Penguins. Each strong start he has delays Fleury’s next chance at having back-to-back starts by a few days. And until MAF has back-to-back starts, he is a fantasy liability.

 

To give new writers an opportunity, I will be giving a section of the forum to one. The five finalists have been decided, you can read more information and place your vote HERE.

 

Brooks Laich picked up three points against the Rangers – not bad, considering he was probably playing hurt. He had three points in a game five times last year, and three of those times he followed up with points in at least the two games following that.

 

Brian Boyle is pitching Cy Young numbers – seven goals and no assists. His last five games have seen him well over the 16-minute mark, including plenty of power-play time. In the 10 prior games he never saw 16 minutes of ice time in a game. With Marian Gaborik due back soon, this will cut into his PP time. But then again, would Torts cut the ice time of his second leading goal guy?

 

John Carlson has just two points in his last 10 games. I still believe he’ll get 50 this year, or at least close to it.

 

Nikolai Khabibulin got the hook last night after giving up four goals on eight shots. Dubnyk came in and was still peppered with shots, but fared better stopping 31 of 34. He’s certainly earned a start. Let’s give ‘Bulin a rest!

 

It was a 7-1 loss to Carolina and Sam Gagner was a minus-4. With four goals scored in seven minutes, I think the EDM coach showed some mercy and kept Taylor Hall on the bench. Eberle, too. The two of them combined for 20 minutes of ice time.

 

Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner combined for seven points. The two have been going nutty since being put on a line together several games ago.

 

Erik Karlsson has nine points in his last nine games.

 

Chris Mason got the hook last night. I know it’s from being rusty – Mason needs to play consecutive games to get rolling – but the fact is th