March 04, 2011

Jeff Angus

2011-03-04

 

I am busy working on the 2010-11 edition of the Prime Cuts. Check out the past three years here: 2007-08, 2008-09, and 2009-10. I love writing this series and I hope you have enjoyed reading it!

 

Check out my piece on Puck Daddy from yesterday – those who purchased the 2010-11 Fantasy Guide will recognize the theme of my intro.

 

The Sedin twins are pointless in three games. Canucks in a rut offensively and they seem to be missing Alex Edler both on the PP and at even strength. Disconnect between the forwards and defensemen right now.

 

Pekka Rinne has allowed three goals in three games against Vancouver this season after blanking them last night.

 

Outside of your favorite team, who are your five favorite players to watch? Mine: 1) Giroux, 2) St. Louis, 3) Parise, 4) Yandle, 5) Datsyuk. HM's to Crosby, Calvert, and Skinner.

 

Blake Geoffrion scored his second goal in as many games last night. He looked good to me – big, strong, and knew where to go offensively. He isn't getting much ice time right now but that could change quickly if the production continues.

 

Tomas Vokoun was pulled after giving up two goals on three shots against Montreal last night.

 

Unsurprisingly the Panthers are struggling offensively. As a team, they have six goals in the past six games.

 

Weiss, Santorelli, Booth, and Bergfors saw almost all of the PP time among Florida forwards.

 

David Desharnais refuses to go away – seven points in his last 10 games, including a goal last night.

 

Craig Anderson continues his strong play – it looks like Colorado was the problem after all. He stopped 42 of 43 shots last night. I wonder if the Avs give him a contract in the summer? (Kidding…)

 

Bobby Butler continues his strong play and is earning himself a spot in Ottawa's top six for next season more and more with each game. Not big but he is a smart player and isn't afraid to shoot.

 

Canuck prospect Eddie Lack is having a phenomenal rookie season in the AHL – he boasts a .928 save percentage and a 2.08 GAA. Often times rookie European goalies struggle at first with the increase in the number of games played (Jacob Markstrom, but he has stepped his play up big time since December). Lack may find himself backing up Luongo sooner rather than later…

 

Michal Neuvirth has allowed only five goals in his past three starts (all wins).

 

It is amazing how different a team plays when there is confidence in the goaltender. The Leafs are really trusting James Reimer right now (and for good reason, the kid has been lights out). Instead of worrying about rebounds, odd-man rushes, and soft goals, the forwards can attack and the d-men can rush up the ice.

 

The Flyers were shooting at Reimer's glove hand all night (like many goalies a weakness of his), but he wasn't giving them much.

 

Grabovski's awesome season continues – after scoring the OT winner last game, he had an assist and fired seven shots on goal last night.