March 24, 2011

Jeff Angus

2011-03-24

 

My Puck Daddy piece is posted now.

 

Good timing for my Puck Daddy piece out later today – Varlamov’s agent has said that he is considering some offers from the KHL for next season. Definitely posturing, as he doesn’t want his client backing up either Neuvirth or Holtby. The threat of bolting exists to a degree, though.

 

Justin Williams is out for the season with a shoulder injury. The Kings have recalled Oscar Moller and it sounds like he will be given a shot on the top line alongside Penner and Kopitar.

 

With two goals last night, Torrey Mitchell has seven points in his last eight games.

 

Joe Pavelski has 10 points in his last four games.

 

Puck Daddy: 68 reasons why the NHL playoffs are better than March Madness. Personally, I love both. No comparison, though.

 

One of the biggest offseason acquisitions last summer – Newell Brown. Who is he, you ask? The mastermind behind Vancouver's deadly power play unit. He encouraged more movement, more switching, and more shots.

 

Too often powerplays become stagnant and set in their ways. The Canucks were guilty in the past of not moving and waiting for the Sedins to work their magic down low and behind the net.

 

This year, you have Ehrhoff and Edler shooting and pinching aggressively, and Ryan Kesler floating around the shot and in front of the net. The puck movement and player movement has been tremendous all season.

 

My Puck Daddy column should be up later today – I discuss Gerbe, Desharnais, and the Washington goaltending carousel. I'll link to it ASAP.

 

Jamie Benn's point streak was stopped at 10 games last night.

 

Loui Eriksson returned to the Dallas lineup after missing two games. He had a goal and played over 22 minutes.

 

I don't have the stats handy, but I wonder what percentage of Anaheim goals have come from Ryan, Selanne, Perry, Getzlaf, or Visnovsky? You could make the same case for all teams (that the best five offensive players generate the offense), but Anaheim seems to have the exact same names on the score sheet each game.

 

Selanne scored with five seconds left to tie the game last night and rookie Cam Fowler scored the OT winner (his second point of the game).

 

Fowler has five points in five games after going pointless in his five previous games.

 

I predicted before the season that Visnovsky would lead the Western Conference defensemen in scoring – he's now leading the entire league.

 

Daniel Sedin could potentially win the Rocket Richard (three behind Stamkos), Art Ross (leading by seven) and Hart (argument could be made) this season. I am surprised more isn't being made of the Sedin dominance of the league over the past two years.

 

Roberto Luongo is tied for the league in wins and is creeping towards the top in both GAA and SV%. He stopped 39 of 40 at Joe Louis last night.

 

Jimmy Howard had a solid game (31 of 33 shots) but he continues to spit out ugly rebounds right into the slot. Needs to be cleared up if the Wings want to go deep in the playoffs.

 

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