What a terrible setback for a player who had such a small window of opportunity to flourish and wasn’t doing too badly – The Fourth Period reports that Scott Parse will undergo groin surgery and is out for 3-4 months.
Carolina has claimed Troy Bodie off of waivers. This is added competition for the likes of O’Sullivan, Tlusty, Samsonov, and Matsumoto to stay in the lineup.
Goldie: I’m a guest on RLD Hockey Talk starting at 1p EST to talk goalies and prospects. You can listen right here. Not happy with Fleury’s game last night. Very deep on Staal’s goal late in the third. Halak was terrible here in Denver, but he is known for bouncing back.
Great article by Down Goes Brown creating a spoof NHL policy for young players getting called up to the NHL.
Excellent data compiled below by Pengwin in his comment on the Penguins PP:
“Clearly PIT is riding Goligoski & Letang on the PP.
Is that working for them though?
Consider PIT’s last 11 games:
PP Pts: Goligoski 2pts, Letang 2pts, Martin 1pt
PP Eff: 0/6 (NYR), 1/5 (ATL), 0/4 (TB), 1/2 (BOS), 1/5 (PHX), 1/4 (ANA), 0/4 (DAL), 0/2 (CAR), 0/6 (PHI), 0/5 (TB), 0/4 (STL)
PP %: 4/47 = 8.5%.
If the worst PP in the league (CBJ, FLA) is 10.3%.
And PIT’s PP in their last 11 games is 8.5%.
Is it time for a change?
Wake up Bylsma!”
For the record, I think Bylsma no longer fits with this team because of a defensive style that’s outdated. But then again, I’m a fantasy player – I love offense.
And sure enough – Marc-Andre Fleury starts his third straight game. He’ll keep going, too, even though he took the loss and looked rather average (Lundqvist, by the same token, was awesome). Johnson will be lucky to get into 10 more games.
The sleeping giant is starting to awaken. Evgeni Malkin has eight points in his last five games.
What can be said about Brandon Dubinsky? Besides 17 points in 18 games, he has three PP and two SH goals, 43 shots and 23 PIM. This is his fourth full NHL season and it’s looking like a career one. However, this torrid pace is a little much…
Ruslan Fedotenko has five points in his last three games, turning what was an ugly season into something a little more expected of him.
Mike Comrie played just 7:52. Is this the remnants of the flu? Or is Dan Bylsma getting a little tired of the goose eggs?
Kris Letang played nearly 32 minutes and Alex Goligoski played over 27. Meanwhile, Paul Martin saw 20:32.
Interesting dynamic – clearly Martin is third on the PP totem pole already. I thought that could happen, just not so soon. I thought it would be he and Goli on the PP, but Letang has the hot stick and he’s secured the job for good. How can you remove a point-per-game rearguard from the power play? Answer: you can’t. So Martin is off the first unit, which removes a good 15 points from any earlier projections of him.
Jonathan Bernier allowed six goals Monday, so if Jonathan Quick&