Mike Green is cleared to play tonight and his a game time decision. I have a hunch he’ll be in the lineup. (But for how long?)
Kris Versteeg had a big game last night (three goals and a helper). He’s looked great all season on the top line with Weiss and Fleischmann. I’d be looking to sell high (but as always, make sure you actually sell high and don’t just trade him for the sake of it).
Brian Campbell had three helpers. He’s playing a lot and producing for the Panthers – a great fit for him.
Vancouver welcomed back Sami Salo last night (he scored the all-important first goal). However, in order to spread out their PP talent, Salo played on the second unit. Dan Hamhuis skated with Edler on the first PP pairing (and looked pretty good).
I’d expect to see Salo up with the first unit sooner rather than later, though. His shot is such a weapon.
If/when Cody Hodgson gains another step with his skating… look out. He’s really good in puck battles and his creativity and offensive instincts are fantastic as well. His play has been a revelation for me this season.
The Pens have recalled Eric Tangradi
Florida better get started on that Jason Garrison extension… six goals and counting. Had five all of last season.
One of the sneaky bad trades of the past few years – Minnesota giving up Nick Leddy for Cam Barker. The Wild did get a draft pick along with Barker… but Barker turned into nothing, and Leddy is playing some really good hockey for the Hawks.
Speaking of Barker, at $2.25 million he may be the worst value in the entire league. Just not an NHL defenseman in any sense of the word.
Compiling a piece for the LVP's of the fantasy hockey world so far (least valuable players). Three forwards, three defensemen, and three goaltenders – tell me your picks in the comments section below!
Watched a lot of the Leafs game last night. The Blues look a lot more up tempo under Hitchcock (at least they were skating harder). They are an impact forward away from being dangerous. Some really good forwards, and some great young defenseman. However, no one on that team is a game breaker. Not sure if Berglund or Oshie will get there, either.
The Blues have two of the best prospects in the world developing (Tarasenko in Russia and Schwartz in the NCAA), but relying on prospects to produce right away is rarely a sound strategy.
Hall had an assist and five shots on goal last night. Seguin had a goal, an assist, and one shot on goal.
Several Bruins had big nights – Joe Corvo had three helpers, Marchand had two goals, and Horton had two helpers.
Dubnyk was lit up for six goals in 28 shots. Oilers have been getting incredible goaltending this season, save for last night.
Magnus Paajarvi was a healthy scratch and Ben Eager played. I'm not an NHL coach, but….
Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and led all Oiler skaters with over five minutes on the power play. He's being sheltered a bit (although he still saw close to 15 minutes at even strength), but it is great that the team is putting him in situations to produce.
Is today the day for changes in Columbus? Another horrible performance, capped off by Steve Mason outdoing himself once again.
Nick Leddy sure looks a lot like Keith out there – two helpers, and lots of minutes in all situations.
Steve Montador was a valuable roto player last year for this reason – one goal, one assist, and 5 PIM.
Grant Clitsome had a great game offensively – two goals and six shots.
Mark Letestu scored in his Jackets debut, but he was a minus-2.
James Wisniewski had no points and was a minus-4. Ugly, ugly stat line.
A few forgotten vets having strong seasons: Ryan Smith (nine goals), and Milan Michalek (10 goals and 15 points in 16 games).
Roman Josi is back skating with the Nashville farm club. He is a favourite of mine and had a shot at camp to earn a roster spot before he sustained a concussion in camp. The Admirals are hoping he makes his debut on Saturday. He plays a lot like former Predator Kimmo Timonen.
Sticking with the Preds…
This Saturday, the Nashville Predators will be playing (vs. Montreal) their 1000th game in franchise history. (Barry Trotz, however, will only coach his 999th game as a Predator since he has missed 1 game. However, for celebration purposes they won’t make this known.)"
Barry Trotz is one of just seven coaches in all four major North American sports leagues to have coached or managed each of a team’s first 12 seasons of existence.
The others are: NHL Lester Patrick, 13 seasons with New York Rangers; MLB Connie Mack, 50 seasons with Philadelphia; NFL Curly Lambeau 29 seasons with Green Bay, Tom Landry 29 seasons with Dallas, Hank Stram 15 seasons in Kansas City, and Paul Brown 15 seasons in Cleveland.
Harrison Mooney has a look at Craig Smith over at Puck Daddy. Boring Name, Exciting Hockey. Sums it up well.
Slick shot from Michalek a few nights ago: