November 18, 2010

Jeff Angus

2010-11-18

 

Goldie: Was asked about Halak’s struggles, so here’s my full-blown answer. Brodeur re-aggravated his elbow tonight. Rask pitched a 41-save shutout and Gustavsson was also brilliant. I have been stressing to owners to be patient with Rinne and he notched a shutout tonight.

 

How does the White trade affect McBain/Corvo? I am not sure, at this point. White is pretty solid in his own zone (not this season, though), but his value is in his passing and offensive ability.

 

McBain hasn’t been as productive as I had expected/hoped. His struggles aren’t a huge shock though – the young offensive defenseman is the toughest type of player to project, as so much of their production is ice time dependant (compared to other types of players).

 

McBain’s 2:37 power play minutes per game ranks him fourth on the team behind Corvo, Pitkanen, and Babchuk, who was traded for White.

 

Corvo has been decent at times – he is way more one-dimensional than White, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him continue to carry the PP duties.

 

It's official – the big four exists. Welcome to the club, Steven!

 

Dobber still disagrees with me, though.

 

Logan Couture has seven points in his past six contests. If he keeps playing this well, he could find his name mentioned in Calder Trophy discussions at the end of the season.

 

Couture is a lot like Pavelski – not overly flashy, but very strong at all aspects of the game.

 

Liles – two more helpers. He looks to be back on track after a brief slump. As I mentioned on the TEAM1040 on Monday, he is benefitting from lack of competition among Colorado defensemen.

 

Wolski has seven points in 10 games after a brutal start to the season. His goal last night was pretty weak, but his play has improved.

 

Speaking of competition for Liles, Shattenkirk scored his first career goal last night.

 

Justin Williams has goals in seven of LA’s past 10. If he can stay healthy, look for a return to the 30 goal mark.

 

A big reason for the improved defensive play in Anaheim – Toni Lydman's return.

 

Ever since his agent complained about a lack of ice time to the media, Marty Havlat has been playing a lot. Agents out there, take note!

 

In his last seven games, Havlat has played less than 18 minutes only twice. He has eight points in that span as well.

 

Cam Barker is on pace for zero goals and 15 assists. Fantasy relevance is close to none. I have never been a fan – he simply isn't a good defenseman at the NHL level.

 

Rafalski had three helpers last night – by far his most productive game since returning from injury.

 

Andy McDonald has seven points in three games. That sound you hear is the buy low window closing.

 

Patrik Berglund is right where I expected him to be – on pace for 20 goals and 30 assists. Anything more would be gravy.

 

Colaiacovo was pointless last night (after recording two in the previous game), but he has taken his spot back on the top power play group, bumping Johnson back down to the second unit.

 

Dan Clear