Visnovsky returned for Anaheim last night. He logged over 24 minutes, recording one assist. He had seven shots on goal (and another four that were blocked).
Ottawa managed to get 49 shots against Boston last night. Might have something to do with Chara being out… Unfortunately Thomas was his usual dominant self, stopping 47 of the shots fired his way.
The Wings have called up Tomas Tatar, as Chris Connor is injured.
My latest for the Canucks Army – diving into the Sedin’s bag of tricks.
Marian Hossa has six points in his last three games. I watched the entire game on Sunday against the Sharks, and Hossa was dominant. When he wants to be, he is the strongest forward in the league on the puck. Reminiscient of Jagr from the mid 1990’s. For whatever reason, Hossa seems to get lost a bit behind Toews and Kane in Chicago. He should be a 90+ point player each season with his combination of size, strength, skill, and hockey sense.
Erik Karlsson the good (seven shots) and the bad (minus-2, some brutal turnovers) were both on display last night.
Thoughts on last night’s games (as well as some other stuff) will be posted at 10:30am EST or so. Sorry for the delay. Ryan Goddard’s latest Capped piece will be out then as well.
I have written this before, but I am starting to really, really like Cody Hodgson’s upside again. He took a big hit against Ottawa and didn’t play much on Tuesday (was healthy, Vigneault just shortened his bench), but he has that “it” factor I often talk about. His skating is getting better, but he is so strong on the puck and he makes those split second really “heady” plays that all great players make. At some point in the near future he’s going to get more ice time with some really good players.
Ville Leino is out for several weeks due to a heavy wallet. All kidding aside, he's going to miss some time with a lower body injury.
Thanks to the genius of Justin Goldman, I picked up Richard Bachman in two different leagues last week. Goldie knows his goalies, and he called Bachman's great start before anyone else did. Thanks for the heads up! Bachman is the starter tonight for Dallas as they take on the Islanders.
HBO's first episode of the Winter Classic series debuted last night. I haven't watched it yet. It will be interesting to see how concussions factor in to the story, with Giroux, Pronger, Staal, and Sauer all on the shelf right now.
Tim Erixon has been recalled by the Rangers. He has 12 points in 13 AHL games.
Jeff Renaud spoke with Niagara GM Marty Williamson about Dougie Hamilton, and he'll have the conversation in full this Saturday in his Prospect Prescription.
From Jeff R: "Great stuff about Dougie’s offensive upside, PIM projections and his NHL timeline."
The concussion issue is going to be the dominant sports story for the next decade. I'd call 2000-2010 the steroid era. The dawn of concussions is really upon us, unfortunately.