James Mirtle reports that the Wings have recalled Jan Mursak. Is this another player who will leapfrog Hudler, or will Hudler get another look on a top line still? Mursak, like all Wings prospects, is being brought along slowly (and properly) so I would be surprised if the doghouse Hudler is in is so air tight that even a prospect surpasses him.
Florida prospect Nick Bjugstad scored the OT winner for Team USA in their win over Finland Sunday. It’s been hard to gauge him as a prospect as he is a rookie playing in a strong program (U. of Minnesota) behind several established teammates. So this is a great Tourney to see what we have here.
I have been unable to find any further word on Spezza’s injury. He left last night’s contest with a UBI.
Ugly Pacioretty hit added below.
As is typical of Mr. Danny Cleary, an injury derails his hot run. Didn’t I say something to that effect two weeks ago? Sounds familiar. Anyway, the guy has a broken ankle and is out for a month. I would suggest turning to Hudler, but he probably needs Franzen, Zetterberg, Bertuzzi and Filppula to all get hurt as well.
Mathieu Perreault scored last night, but also left the game with a broken nose. The clip is below, but it could lead to Tim Gleason getting suspended.
The Isles are starting to win the occasional game now, and it’s in no small part to PA Parenteau finding his stride at the NHL level. Give him six points in his last five contests
Max Pacioretty is pointless and a minus-1 in each of his last three games. He had 15 PIM Sunday, though, with his game misconduct for boarding on Mark Eaton.
The Midseason Guide is out January 7 – I will also include a one-page addendum for release on January 14, for those of you with a draft a week later. I want to keep you guys as up to date as I can.
I’m so confident in the Midseason Guide helping you, that I am now – for the next three days – selling LAST YEAR’S Midseason Guide for $1.99. This is about as cheap as I can make it without it costing me money to sell it to you. I do this so that you can pick it up for next to nothing, browse through it, and see for yourself that you should be buying this Guide every year. So $1.99 right now in the shop, scroll down to the archived Guides and I’ve highlighted last year’s.
Dwayne Roloson stopped 38 of 39 shots and a performance like that is enough to turn his game back around. Look for better results going forward.
Marty Turco stopped 26 of 27 for his first strong start in a month. He’ll need more than that to steal Crawford’s momentum, but a performance like that means the coach will no longer hesitate to give him a start.
For Mathieu Garon, that’s 10 goals allowed in his last two starts.
How big a hole is Jiri Hudler in when he can’t get ice time with Pavel Datsyuk on the shelf? Wow – I take back my note from last week. Drop him again. I had no idea that the doghouse he was in had walls of titanium, with a reinforced adamantium lock.
Matt Beleskey was recalled by the Ducks and promptly scored his first of the season. He saw some time on the top line. Not worth a pick up in one year leagues. Yet.
The best player in the Canada-Russia game to me: Vladimir Tarasenko. And it wasn’t close. Talent-wise, he’s better than anyone in Canada. Does