December 11, 2011

Dobber Sports

2011-12-11

 

 

Sam Carchidi from the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Claude Giroux will be reevaluated Monday morning, but that Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said Giroux “felt better this morning. Holmgren also said that Bryzgalov was doing much better and should be able to play Tuesday.

 

Adam Larsson owners take note: At least for the time being, he’s been taking off the power play. Pete DeBoer wants him to concentate on his 5-on-5 play. Larsson only has 10 points on the season, but seven have come in his past 11 starts. Three of those seven were via the PP.

 

So Jeff Skinner has gone from having the flu (or flu-like symptoms) to an undisclosed injury. Wonderful. Drayson Bowman has been called up on an emergency basis and Brian Boucher has been moved to the IR.

 

At today’s Devils’ practice, David Clarkson has replaced Dainius Zubrus as the RW alongside Petr Sykora and Patrik Elias. The earliest Travis Zajac would play would be late this week.

 

When Tim Thomas didn’t come out to play the third period of last night’s game against Columbus, it wasn’t an injury-related issue. The score was tied 3-3 at the time. Claude Julien said he “didn’t look as sharp as we’re used to him being.” The Bruins scored twice in the third on the power play with Tuukka Rask between the pipes and won 5-3.

 

Nino Niederreiter is inching closer to returning from his concussion, so there could be another conditioning stint in the AHL. He’s only been able to play six games with the Isles so far thanks to his earlier groin injury. It never hurts to nose around in deeper keeper leagues to see if the owner of a player who endures a few ailments early in his career is getting antsy already and wants someone who can produce right now. Bargains can often be found that way.

 

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Richard Bachman was a fourth rounder in 2006 and he finally got the call for his first NHL start tonight against the Kings. He turned away 26 of 27 shots and looked really good doing it in a 2-1 win. Sheldon Souray had nine shots in that game too.

 

Jay Feaster spent a good chunk of time on After Hours doing exactly what we all knew he’d be asked to do… talk about the never-ending Jarome Iginla trade rumours. Again, he says Iginla is not going anywhere. He also said in direct response to a Twitter question that there has never been given a formal trade offer made for Iginla.

 

After tonight’s 3-0 shutout of the Oilers, Iginla (4-5-9, 21 SOG) and Olli Jokinen (3-4-7, 16 SOG) have combined for 16 points and 37 SOG in their past five starts.

 

Kane. Toews. Hossa. Sharp. Just try to stop them all. It’s a look at the pick-your-poison situation for opponents.

 

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Jordin Tootoo has eight points in his past eight games and he's also the cover boy for the December issue of Goalie Bowling Monthly.

 

Claude #fantasymealticket Giroux left tonight's game with an injury. If you haven't seen it, he was on the ice and Wayne Simmonds jumped over him and inadvertently knocked the back of Giroux's head with his knee. Hopefully there was no resulting concussion, but we'll just wait and see. Better safe than sorry with the NHL points leader. It was Sean Couturier who jumped onto the first line between Scott Hartnell and Jaromir Jagr sans Giroux. Simmonds, by the way, has five points in his past four games now and he and Danny Briere have been getting it done of late. ** A Philly reporter tweeted after the game that there are no headaches for Giroux yet.

 

Ilya Bryzgalov left this one too with some sort of lower-body injury, but he was hanging around the bench with his mask above his head in the third period, so hopefully it’s nothing major.

 

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