Interesting Calgary – Carolina deal, which I will analyze within the hour…
This is painful to say, it really is, but Todd Bertuzzi doesn’t want to slow down. This is why I hate writing off guys, because some of them eventually bounce back even when you are 100 percent certain that he’s done (are you listening Mr. Lecavalier?). Bert has 14 points in 15 games and going back to the postseason he has 25 in his last 27 (75-point pace). And no, that’s not thanks to his linemates – seven of his points have been playing on a line with Franzen and Filppula. In fact, he has never earned a point this year with Datsyuk on the ice with him, and only two of his points have come while Zetterberg has been around. I’m starting to become a believer in him getting back up over 60 points.
Corey Masisak is reporting that Fleischmann will be a healthy scratch. Bruce Boudreau – “it’s his turn to sit”. Bottom line is, though – he wouldn’t be sitting if he was producing. As in – Ovechkin will never have a turn to sit, I’m sure.
It’s official. Carey Price is in the zone and his confidence is back to where it was before his high ankle sprain from 22 months ago. Forty-one save shutout against the deepest offensive team in the league. That’s three shutouts on the campaign and his SP has crept up to .930.
Why is Scott Gomez still getting 18 minutes a game?
And at the other end of the scale, why is Lars Eller still getting six minutes a game? They’re Gilbert Brule-ing him. They better be careful.
Subban with a point to kick off this version of the post-Markov-injury era.
For those who missed it yesterday – Scott Parse underwent groin surgery and will be sidelined for three or four months. He probably won’t get another window of opportunity like the one he just had, playing on the top line – this is terrible timing, poor guy.
Brad Richardson now lines up alongside Kopitar and Brown – that’s a situation to watch. (The BAD line? ST to Puck Daddy for that one)
Andreas Nodl was back in the Philly lineup, but he played just eight minutes.
This is what Kris Versteeg owners have been waiting for – two goals to open the floodgates. He has seven points in his last seven games.
Clarke MacArthur has 16 points in 17 games. Last year he had 11 in 18 to start and the year before he had 10 in 18 to start. The big difference this year – the Leafs are leaning on him, giving him a ton of ice time. He’ll flirt with 60 this year. Easily a career high and nice fourth-year breakout.
Nazem Kadri played 20 minutes of hockey and picked up an assist. The Leafs won, so keeping him around probably wise.
MacArthur and Mikhail Grabovski managed to each go minus-4 while picking up three and two points respectively.
JS Giguere left the game with a LBI and Jonas Gustavsson was strong in relief. Gustavsson may be a decent pickup, as it looks as though Giguere could miss some time – and the Leafs have snapped out of their funk.