Goldie: Remember a School of Block piece from 2 years ago called Of Slumps and Shadowers about backups that mimic their starters? Here’s an in-depth piece I wrote that expands on the subject called The Science of Shadowing. Also note that Niemi looked terrific last night against the Sens.
Last week, Brent Lemon did a column on Martin Brodeur, using some of the work found in the book "HockeyNomics" by Darcy Norman. The column created quite a buzz and there was a lot of interest in this book. The good people at OverTime Books are giving away one of these books per day until Saturday. A great Christmas gift for the fantasy nerd in your life (or for yourself, if you’re the fantasy nerd!).
The first person who can create a thread in the forum in The Lounge called "Friday’s Answer" and can tell me, using the Frozen Pool “Game Planner” tool, how many points Kyle Brodziak has scored against Dallas in his career (hint, the two teams play tomorrow), will get a copy free. If you have won something from the site this year, you are ineligible – sorry!
Alex Burrows has scored goals in three straight games. He has four on the season. At this point in 2009-10 (a season in which he finished with 35 goals), he had six.
Marc Crawford with a gusty call last night, and it paid off. He started Andrew Raycroft against the Capitals. Raycroft stopped 37 of 38 shots for the win. He's been a fantastic backup for (the still healthy) Kari Lehtonen this season.
Neuvirth got the start. He allowed two goals on 21 shots.
San Jose rookie defenseman Justin Braun now has a goal and four points in his first four career NHL games. He saw about a minute of PP time last night.
Braun was a late round draft pick from 2007, and he played four years in college. He had eight goals and 31 points in 36 games during his final season at UMass in 2009-10.
Hall, Eberle, and Gagner all found the scoresheet for the Oilers, who have now won four of their past five games.
The Leafs have already been shut out six times this season. How close to the bottom are they?
Khabibulin recorded the shutout for the Oilers – his first start in seven games, as he has sat out with a groin injury.
Ales Hemsky, who I wrote about yesterday, missed the game with a minor groin injury. Consider him day-to-day.
Sidney Crosby is pretty good. He is tearing the league apart playing with Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis.
The saying ‘so and so is carrying my team’ is overused in both real hockey and fantasy hockey, but Crosby literally is carrying my team in a rotissere league that counts faceoff wins. It is scary how valuable he is.
Gaborik had three goals for the Rangers last night on a new look top line. His linemates were Erik Christensen and Sean Avery.