The Province writing contest is wrapping up this weekend. My latest – Cody Hodgson and failing successfully. Give it a read and a thumbs up!
The Kings are going to have one of those “good problems” with Slava Voynov, once everyone gets healthy. Voynov is filling in for the injured Alec Martinez. In his second game back in LA (last night), he had two points in just under 19 minutes of ice time. He isn’t huge for an NHL defenseman, but he plays a physical game and is a great skater and puck mover.
I dropped MA Vlasic yesterday in a deep one-year league (he had four points to date, I was using him more for his plus-minus though). He matched his season point total with a goal and three helpers against Detroit last night.
Gagne and Kopitar had two points each. Kopitar in particular looked fantastic – so close to taking that next step to superstardom.
Mike Richards had two goals and now has five in his last five games.
Rough night for both Khabibulin (three GA on seven shots) and Dubnyk (two GA on nine shots) against Ottawa.
Brian Lee continues to play most games over David Rundblad. Lee has zero offensive upside, but has played adequately defensively. Perhaps the Sens are trying to showcase him for a trade?
Milan Michalek scored another goal and is now on pace for 49 this season. He’s injury prone and I’d be looking to sell high (friendly reminder, make sure you are actually selling high and getting above market value).
A great read on the Crosby situation from Mike Colligan right here.
"What we do know about Crosby is he's a once-in-a-generation talent with the intense work ethic of a circa '72 Schwarzenegger. Crosby is obsessive about hockey and probably took the same approach to his recovery, tirelessly researching treatments and reaching out to friends who have been down the same road.
Pittsburgh's Tyler Kennedy, who returned to the lineup this week after missing 11 games with a concussion, said he went to Crosby for advice on his own recovery and was impressed with how much Crosby knew.
"Sid's like a doctor when it comes to concussions right now," Kennedy said. "It's nice to talk to him, open up to him. He's got some great insight."
Ken Hitchcock now has the best record in St. Louis history for a coach in his first five games.
Mike Green missed the game with a strained groin, while Mathieu Perreault was a healthy scratch. I hope some team gives Perreault a look as a legit NHL center next year. He's had trouble sustaining his hot starts, but he's proven he can produce at this level.
Really interesting story yesterday – two of Bryzgalov's former teammates ripped into him a bit. Derek Morris and Adrian Aucoin both had choice works for their former goaltender. Bryzgalov proceeded to have a rock solid game against them. Perhaps wait until after the game to criticize the goalie you are going to be facing, fellas?
"I'm glad he's gone because the guy we brought in has done a great job and fitted in real well, made our team even closer," veteran defenseman Derek Morris said in an interview with Coyotes radio. "There was some animosity there with Bryzgalov sometimes. We don't have that with (new goalie Mike Smith) so we have a good group and we're winning games because of it."
Mike Smith stopped 40 shots in the loss – I was way wrong on him, he seems to be fitting in very well with the Coyotoes. Big and lanky like Coyotes goalie coach Sean Burke, as well as Bryzgalov. Goldman made this point and it makes a ton of sense – easaier for players to adjust to a new goalie when he is a similar size and style to their odl one.
Evander Kane loves playing Washington – two goals and six shots last night. Last season, Kane had five goals and seven points in only four games against the Caps.
Minnesota's two headed goaltending monster continues. Backstrom shut out the hapless Avalanche last ni