Brent Sutter is changing up the lines for Calgary’s game with Minnesota today, separating what has been the top line of Alex Tanguay – Mikael Backlund – Jarome Iginla and putting them all on different lines: Curtis Glencross – Olli Jokinen – Jarome Iginla/ Alex Tanguay – Roman Horak – Rene Bourque/ Blake Comeau – Mikael Backlund – Lee Stempniak.
Nikita Filatov, who has 7-5-12 in 15 GP in the AHL, is back up with the Sens and Stephane Da Costa was sent down. Maybe Filatov will never figure it out at the NHL level, but I still think it’s too early to write him completely off like so many have done.
Kari Lehtonen has officially been placed on the IR after last night’s lower-body injury. Richard Bachman has been called up.
Have an open IR slot? It looks like Kristian Huselius will be back pretty soon; perhaps targeting December 6 against the Habs. He’ll eventually strengthen the top six in Columbus once he’s back up to speed and maybe after Christmas he’ll be able to steadily contribute to your roster in a depth wing slot.
If you’re a frustrated Tomas Kaberle owner, you’re not alone. Is it time for the Canes to admit their mistake?
Pacioretty will have a hearing for the Letang hit via phone on Monday.
Make that four straight wins for Cory Schneider, who has looked incredibly impressive on this run. 28/29 in a 2-1 win over the Sens. B2B shutouts, with 24 and 22 saves, against the Avs and Coyotes. Now this against the Sharks with a 3-2 victory and a 43-save performance. Despite the late goal, he was really seeing the puck well again this evening. Nonetheless, if Roberto Luongo’s owner in your league is in full panic mode and wants to sell him on the cheap… you’ll see the payoff eventually. Schneider is the real deal, to be sure, but don’t discount Luongo. It’d be a mistake.
Alexander Edler left this game injured after a Jamie McGinn hit. We’ll see if it’s serious or not, but that could mean a bump in PP time for Dan Hamhuis. He’s already posted some great totals in November (nine points in 12 GP) and if Edler is out, that could mean he’ll see more time with Sami Salo, Ryan Kesler and the Sedins on PP1. Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy tweeted this after the game: AV – Edler has an upper body injury and will be re-evaluated tomorrow. Not his head, upper body.
Brett Hull is reportedly interested in joining the Stillman bid to buy the St. Louis Blues.
Evander Kane already had 73 SOG in 21 GP before throwing another 9 on net tonight, which brings his seasonal average to 3.7 shots per game. In anything more than the shallowest of standard keeper leagues, I'd be thrilled to own him. He's just one of those guys that's going to be able to do it all for poolies and we're really getting a taste of that this season. He's just scratching the surface of some pretty enormous potential. It's one thing to be a high draft pick, but he's just a guy who is going to get it done at the NHL level.
Not only did Zack Kassian get bumped up in the line-up so he could play with Derek Roy (and Nathan Gerbe), but the young power forward potted his first NHL goal. Kassian is the perfect example of how rewarding those really deep keeper leagues with farm systems can be. Drafted back in 2009, he just played his first NHL game the other night and now here several years later he's both physically and mentally more mature and more able to handle the NHL game.
Stefan Elliott made his NHL debut tonight and was also part of the starting lineup for the Avs. Nice touch. Oh… and he just happened to pot his first goal and it was the GWG in a 5-2 win over the Oilers. His marker was actually the go-ahead tally in a 2-2 game at the time when the Avs exploded for a four-goal third period. Elliott had some insane totals in Saskatoon in the WHL and this is the defenceman's first pro season, where he has 2-7-9 in 18 GP with Lake Erie.
Taylor Hall left tonight's game with a left shoulder injury. Ruh-roh. M