November 28, 2010

Dobber Sports

2010-11-28

 

Joffrey Lupul has been assigned to Syracuse for conditioning. He was held without a point last night.

 

Craig Anderson (groin) has been placed on IR and will be out until at least Friday

 

Kristian Huselius (high ankle sprain) is still not skating according to the Distpatch.

 

Ondrej Pavelec’s numbers, last four games: 4-0-0, 0.50, 0.983. The man’s on fire! He’s also played in 11 straight games.

 

New line combos in LA – Kopitar, with Brown and Simmonds. Brown played on his off wing (the left side).

 

Simon Gagne is targeting Thursday for his return to action.

 

Jordan Staal is still on track for a mid-December return to the lineup.

 

Ilya Kovalchuk has one goal in his last 15 games.

 

Michael Leighton could go to the AHL for conditioning as early as this week. The Flyers will eventually have a three-headed monster in net – and they’ll always go with the hot hand. In the end, I think Bobrovsky will have 60 percent of the starts going forward though.

 

First impression of the night, a night of watching several games …gotta love Saturdays… is a game that I didn’t see, nor was it even in the NHL. Tomas Tatar had SEVEN points last night for Grand Rapids. Yeah. Not a typo. Whatever the AHL is doing this year (Omark five goals, Perrault six assists, Tatar seven points), ummmm… bring those rule changes to the NHL. I want to see five or six STAR caliber nights like that every year. Really special.

 

With that, the Red Wings have three prospects on the cusp up front – Tatar, Nyqvist and Mursak. Mursak had four points in last night’s contest. Anyway, I think Mursak can fit in as a third liner who could move up if he gets lucky with points early. I’m talking about next year. Nyqvist will probably turn pro, have a strong camp, and dominate the AHL next year. Tatar will dominate the AHL next year again…and during his cups of coffee in 2011-12 he’ll make it hard to be sent down. By 2012-13 he’ll be a full-timer, possibly on the second line. It’s hard to gauge the Wings because they are so patient, but that’s my best breakdown off the cuff.

 

So Ryan Whitney really sucks, eh? Zero goals so far. Man, that guy is having a terrible year. Oh, and he has 18 assists and leads Edmonton in scoring. But anyway…

 

Devan Dubnyk takes a tough loss, the day after Gerber gets a win…so Dubnyk running away with the starting job is not the slam dunk I thought it would be… not that this is a team to invest your fantasy hopes in regardless…

 

Johan Hedberg has allowed just four goals in his last four starts and is 3-1-0 in that span. The Devils still aren’t scoring – but they’re winning now. Kinda reminds you of 2003.

 

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That doesn’t bode well for Kovalchuk, Zajac, Elias, or Langenbrunner owners. The leading scorer on this team could have just 68 points. Who would have thought that in September? And for Kovalchuk to ge