Craig Smith scored twice last night and now leads all NHL rookies with 14 points. Smith also led all Nashville players with six shots on goal. Tremendous start to the season for him. He has moved back to center with the injury to Legwand, and looks a lot more comfortable there.
Michael Del Zotto has been a pleasant surprise for the Rangers (and poolies) this season.
He is playing with confidence again, like he did during his rookie year. There aren’t many defensemen in the league who have Del Zotto’s offensive talents, but he appeared to be lacking confidence last year. He was tentative with and without the puck, and he quickly lost his way. However, he seems to have figured things out over the summer.
Scott Cullen ranks the early returns on the 2011 free agent crop.
The struggling Anton Babchuk is out with a broken hand. TJ Brodie has been called up and should see some second unit PP duties.
You own Mike Green in a standard keeper league. Do you trade him straight across for either Drew Doughty or Kris Letang?
Selanne on what Ovechkin needs to do:
Teemu Selanne: Ovechkin's play, of course, still has fire in it. Everybody wants to stop him. He has some tough nights. Well, in every game he's getting defended very tightly. If you give him freedom, he'll use it. What's happening right now with Ovi is not a big deal. He just needs a breakthrough. Find a way to get open and score. He needs to change something in his game. I'm not worried for him. Ovi is a great forward. Great players know how to get the job done.
The rest of the interview above with Selanne is a good one. Check it out if you have a minute or two to spare.
The Baby Pens have won seven straight games, and are a perfect 7-0-0 on the road as well. Brad Thiessen has been in goal for all of those wins.
Carter Ashton continues his strong rookie season in the AHL with a league leading 11 goals.
The Canucks won convincingly over Washington a few weeks ago. Luongo had a decent game, but one save in particular stood out. I'll post the video at the bottom.
Back to the save – right after it happened, Justin Goldman tweeted that the save could be the turning point in Luongo's season. Seemed a bit presumptuous to assume that a single save could turn things around, no?
Well, according to this piece from Jason Botchford yesterday, the save did exactly that.
Thanks for all of your continued support in my quest to be one of the next bloggers for the Province. The contest runs through next weekend.
A light schedule last night – only three games. I caught most of two of them: PHI/TB and NYR/OTT.