Shocking, sudden news – Tomas Fleischmann is out for the season with a blockage in his artery. What this means career-wise, I am unable to dig up at this point (it’s Dobber). Adrian Dater is reporting that Peter Mueller is finally making progress though, but he’s still a good month away I’m sure. Looks like the team will call Galiardi back up. I remember that Flash had a blood clot in his leg about 15 months ago, so I wonder if it’s related.
Andreas Engqvist has been called up by the Habs. He’s got size and is slated to fill in for Jeff Halpern on the checking line.
The Avs have sent TJ Galiardi a message – a demotion to the AHL. Ryan Stoa is coming up the other way.
Carlo Colaiacovo is injured again. Ian Cole will replace him in the lineup for now.
The Rangers have lost another forward to injury. Ruslan Fedotenko will be out for up to a month. This opens up more ice time for both Stepan and Zuccarello on the second line.
Nabokov to Detroit may be done soon according to Bob McKenzie. He would have to clear waivers… Wow.
Braden Holtby is getting the start in goal for the Caps tonight.
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Grant Clitsome has five points in five games. Worth picking up in one-year leagues and keeping an eye on in keepers. Now is a great time to emerge as an offensive defenseman in Columbus…
Steve Mason was great last night – I often criticize him so I figured I had to show both sides of the coin. He has a lot of talent but struggles with the mental aspect of being an everyday goalie. I personally wouldn’t consider owning him but he does have upside.
Fedor Tyutin has nine points in his past 10 games. Columbus lacks a true PP defenseman but Tyutin has leapfrogged the pack at the moment. He's not great offensively, but he is steady and dependable in most situations.
Dmitri Kulikov has five points in three games. He won’t hit his upside (50+ points) until the Panthers get some talent to play with, but he should approach the high 30’s next season. He has a huge shot and plays with a lot of confidence offensively.
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The time off sure did Nick Backstrom good – he stopped all 37 shots he faced last night in Calgary.
Martin Havlat had three points last night and how has points in three straight games.
Andrew Brunette is quietly stringing some quality hockey together. Skating has never been his strong suit, so the fact that he is slowing down with age hasn't really impacted his offense all that much.
Brunette is currently on pace for less than 50 points – expect him to finish the season closer to 60.
Kyle Brodziak has seven points in his last seven games. He's been put in more of an offensive role with all of the i