December 02, 2011

Jeff Angus

2011-12-02

 

Brian Burke and Kevin Lowe were actually going to rent a barn and fight over their feud a few years ago? A great piece on Burke here.

 

Saturday picks from Marty, as well as this week’s Looking Ahead from Dave Poleck will be posted in a few hours.

 

Allan Walsh wonders why his client Derick Brassard isn’t playing much? Well, to be frank, it is because he isn’t a good player. Brassard is too weak on the puck and at faceoffs to play center, and he has been passed over by numerous other players for the vacant wing positions.

 

He’s a great trade candidate as he could benefit from a fresh start elsewhere, but to blame his lack of production on not getting an opportunity is quite ridiculous. Brassard hasn’t been the same player since he wrecked his shoulder in a fight with James Neal a few years ago.

 

What is up with Drew Doughty? Been a steady decline in his play since the Olympics in February of 2010.

 

There are only four players in the league who have more points than Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Wow.

 

Six goals last night for the Preds represented an offensive explosion. They were quick in transition and made some nice plays around the net. Colin Wilson and Craig Smith both had three points. Wilson was the most dangerous Pred forward. Fisher and Erat also had really strong games.

 

Nashville’s lack of defensive depth was apparent. The Canucks managed to get the Sedin line away from Weber/Suter for many shifts, and they were absolutely dominant against the bottom four defensemen. Vancouver outshot Nashville almost 2 to 1, and the scoring chances were probably a similar ratio as well.

 

Cody Hodgson continues to shine in limited minutes. He scored a goal, created a few chances, and hit a post near the end of the game. Still only 11 minutes, though. Tough to play more with the depth Vancouver has. He’s still seeing a regular shift on the second PP unit, though.

 

David Desharnais had a great game – three points and almost 20 minutes of ice time in San Jose.

 

The Thornton/Marleau/Pavelski line was a combined minus-8, while Clowe/Couture/Havlat combined for five points.

 

Sean Bergenheim scored Florida’s lone goal last night. He has yet to record an assist and is on pace for just over 10 points.

 

Nazem Kadri was named AHL Player of the Month after posting 17 points in 12 games. He's been underwhelming at the NHL level, but it is never a good idea to write off a young forward who is producing like Kadri is.

 

Mike Brophy has a solid piece on Kadri here.

 

From Kadri himself:

 

“Just being able to recognize danger is the biggest change in my game,” Kadri said. “Turnovers have been pretty bad news for me; especially in junior when I kind of did whatever I felt like doing. Since junior I’m trying to be more of a complete player and I’m limiting my turnovers. I’m starting to be less of a risky player and more of a reward player. It is tough to change. It has taken me some time to adjust, but I think each day I’m getting better. I just keep working hard and if I do that, things will pan out for me.”

 

My piece for the Canucks Army yesterday – I take a look at some interesting numbers to do with the Canucks and some of their players.

 

Cory Schneider and Pekka Rinne were both pulled in a weird game yesterday in Vancouver. Schneider let in three of the first five he faced (to prove he is human after all), while Rinne allowed four in the second period.

 

Mason Raymond was all set to make his season debut yesterday, but his paperwork wasn't filed to the league on time, and he was declared ineligible to say. A screw up by the Vancouver front office, and expect Raymond to play on Sunday against Calgary.

 

I snagged TJ Brodie in a few leagues yesterday, and I'd recommend you do the same. Great young defenseman with an opportunity in front of him with Giordano out.

 

Ondrej Pavelec stopped all 33 shots he faced last against the 'Yotes. The Winnip