Alex Edler will be out indefinitely after undergoing back surgery today. No word on his timetable for a return yet (sounds like it could be 6-8 weeks). Opens up more ice time for Keith Ballard.
Edler out now clears the way for a Salo return. He’s been practicing with the team for about a month or so, and should be getting close. Edler was playing a ton on the first PP unit with Ehrhoff. We will now see a mixture of Ballard/Samuelsson/Salo in that spot now.
Washington has extended Alexander Semin for one year at $6.7 million (he is currently making $6 million). Figure seems a tad high, but when healthy he is worth it (in the regular season, at least).
Michael Grabner now has 15 goals on the season. Florida (the team that waived him after training camp) is being led with 14 goals from David Booth.
David Moss has 12 goals on the season. He also has four multi-goal games. And in his last four games, he has six points (two three-point games, and two pointless games). Talk about feast or famine.
St. Louis rookie Philip McRae scored his first career NHL goal. McRae is a lanky playmaking pivot – his upside: 15-20 goals, 60-65 points.
Roberto Luongo hasn't lost a regulation game since late November. 17-0-5 over the 22 game span. He was fantastic last night, preserving a 2-1 win with a ridiculous toe save in the final minute.
Pekka Rinne was equally as outstanding for the Preds.
Without Edler, Keith Ballard led the Canucks in ice time.
Lee Sweatt scored a goal on a beautiful wrist shot. He didn't play much, but he looked like he belonged in his limited action (aside from being about a foot shorter than any other player on the ice).
Keith Yandle with another two points… Is he good or what? Now on pace for over 70 points…
Colorado is 10-9-2 since losing Kyle Quincey for the season.
Lee Stempniak is one of the streakiest players in the league – two points last night which now gives him 11 in his past seven. I snagged him off the wire last week. Ride him while he's hot.
Ryan Stoa has scored in consecutive games for the Avalanche. He's averaged over 17 minutes in the two games.
Quincey is a huge loss, but the fact that he is being replaced by Matt Hunwick only compounds the problem. I have no idea why Colorado traded Colby Cohen for Hunwick.
Is it worth holding on to Zach Parise in a one-year league? I have no room for him on the IR and could use another winger…
Valtteri Filppula is much better than the 50 points he is on pace for. He seems to elevate his game in the post season (a common theme among many Detroit players).
Brian Rolston took a dip in the fountain of youth eight games ago. He has 11 points during this recent hot stretch, and he is seeing a lot of PP time. I made this point last week – with the shot he has, he will always produce as long as he sees time in offensive situations.
Jiri Hudler has eight points in his last 10…
Pavelec made 36 saves for the shutout last night. Evander Kane missed his fourth straight due to the all-too-common upper body injury.
Brandon Sutter has three goals in his past two games – look for him to have a strong second half of the season.
Andrew MacDonald now has a goal to go along with his 16 assists on the season. He has six points in his last 10 games – I'd expect him to stick right around that pace for the remainder of the season.