October 25, 2011

Dobber Sports

2011-10-25

 

LIKE the Dobber Sports Facebook page. Why? Because on November 2nd – Wednesday – I will draw 12 names. The first name drawn from the list of “likes” will receive an EASTON Stealth RS hockey stick – this stick kicks ass, take it from me. The one I have is a left shot, so if you shoot right and your name is drawn I have a Synergy EQ50 I can send you instead. The second name drawn will receive – courtesy of forum buddy Sin Bin – an autographed Sergei Gonchar picture. The next 10 names drawn will recieve 10 free premium memberships at Pick’em First, which is a kick-ass fantasy tool that helps you find and read information on players of interest quickly and easily. The app itself is free, but the premium features are not – but I have 10 memberships I can give away. So get on it!

 

James Wisniewski is back for the Jackets tonight after his eight game suspension. He’ll be wearing an “A” on his chest… but I think the Jackets hope it’s a big “S” crest.

 

Here is a nice article on Gustav Nyqvist, who has six points in seven AHL games after a strong camp.

 

Uh oh, Mike Green missed another practice with that “twisted ankle”…

 

I didn't read these words per se, but I think Tyler Ennis is out with a high ankle sprain. The actual word is that he is gone "week to week", which to me says it is more serious than a regular sprained ankle. If Jochen Hecht doesn't get back into the lineup, we could see a couple of games from Zack Kassian as he gets his first cup of coffee. Kassian had a strong camp and has seven points in eight AHL contests as a rookie.

 

Chris Pronger left last night's contest with a serious eye injury after taking a follow-through by Mikhail Grabovski high in the face. Kimmo Timonen saw nearly five minutes of PP time and tallied two assists in his absence, so you could see a little pop from him over the next two to three weeks that Pronger is projected to miss.

 

Sean Couturier played 12:26. Brayden Schenn played 16:04.

 

Signs that Mikhail Grabovski is ready to turn it around – eight shots on goal in the first five games, 11 shots on goal in the last three.

 

It took just one game for Scott Hartnell's stats to receive a full market correction. Now he's on track with pretty much everything other than his shot total.

 

It was an all backup night in the NHL – Bobrovsky, Gustavsson, Markstrom, Budaj, Biron and Mason each got the start.

 

And Erik Cole gets his first goal as a Hab. He's on pace for 20 points and minus-40. I know, I know…

 

Montreal defenseman Raphael Diaz is starting to look like a worthwhile pickup. Three points and an even plus/minus on a team that hasn't performed well yet. If your league dresses six defensemen then Diaz should be owned.

 

Jacob Markstrom – 40 saves on 41 shots. That gives him a 1.29 GAA and .967 SP. Theodore picked the wrong time to get hurt. Markstrom is a future star. And, of the three goals he has allowed this year, two have been on the power play.

 

Mike