January 18, 2011

Dobber Sports

2011-01-18

 

The Midseason Guide, you can buy it here, re-released just this past Friday. Get yourself organized and ready to go in the second half by picking up this great read.

 

The Wellwood signing pushes SJ over the cap limit, according to Cap Geek. This could mean a player like Ryane Clowe going on the IR. Stay tuned

 

St. Louis dodges another bullet. San Jose has claimed Kyle Wellwood off waivers. Now the Blues need to keep signing brutal players and suckering other teams into claiming them. Suggestions: Aki Berg, Ladislav Nagy, Miro Satan… sign as many as you can and stock up your rivals with these has-beens. I can see a playoff Game 7 where Wellwood gives away the puck and St. Louis scores to eliminate San Jose. (all tongue in cheek, of course)

 

Cam Ward got the hook after allowing two goals on five shots. For Ward, that’s his second loss in three games and he has given up 14 goals in just over three games (he was pulled after 11 minutes). I wonder if he’s playing hurt, or if this is a mere slump.

 

Slump or not, Carolina has been scoring a lot lately, so for them to be shutout was quite unexpected. They had 22 goals in five games heading into Monday.

 

With the hat trick, Zdeno Chara now has 10 points in nine games. Nothing like a run like that to put a guy back on his usual season pace..

 

In one of the better fantasy performances of the season by a player who nobody owns. Adam McQuaid had two points, 17 PIM and was plus-3.

 

Mattias Tedenby got back into the lineup and picked up two points for the Devils. If he’s bought into the system, he’s worth activating now. No PP time though.

 

It’s always good to be the coach’s pet and in the case of the Devils, besides the obvious stars, his pets are Rolston and Zharkov. The latter scored his first goal of the season and I think he’ll get 15 more points in the second half. Maybe 20. If the Devils have a bit of a firesale, I think he can be a second liner next season.

 

When I made that Moulson joke yesterday, I was only kidding. But I guess he’s in heavy trade rumors. Things really exploded yesterday. Anyway, think Jeff Hamilton. Moulson is an AHLer with some hockey sense and a pretty good shot and he works hard. But his 30-goal days are on the Island. Any other city and he’s a 20 goal man and part-time healthy scratch.

 

Those who have been asking if Andy Greene is going to turn it around – well he has now. He has five points in six games now, as the Devils slowly buy back into the new/old coaching system.

 

It seems like all of my blown calls from the preseason guide are starting to roll now and may end up making me not look quiiiite as bad. Greene, PK Subban (two points Monday), McBain, Tavares, Hall – these players were on pace to miss my guess by 25 or 30 points. It now looks like it will be 5-15 for most of them. Why do I get the feeling that the two guys who wrote angry hatemail will not be writing apology notes if this happens?

 

Yeah, it’s official, as hinted at yesterday – with McCabe out, Kulikov is starting to break out a little. McCabe is out for 4-6 weeks.

 

Guess who has points in 10 of his last 11 games? Mike Santorelli.

 

Olli Jokinen has 16 points in his last 18 games.

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