December 30, 2011

Jeff Angus

2011-12-30

 

Thursday’s Studs & Duds is up – check it out here.

 

Darcy Hordichuk is playing two minutes per game (and getting his butt kicked) while Paajarvi is down on the farm? Not sure I get that one…. (I know Paajarvi has been struggling, and I know Hordichuk has a “role” to play, but still). Hordichuk was beaten quite handily twice by Wild forward Matt Kassian last night. Round 1 and Round 2 for evidence.

 

Jordan Eberle is on pace for 89 points. How close to that number does he get?

 

Duchene hurt his knee last night and left the game. No word on the severity of the injury just yet.

 

Getzlaf and Perry were both awful last night. I thought Bobby Ryan had a good game, as did Nick Bonino. The Ducks simply are not a good team. They have great high end talent, but little depth. And when that high end talent is struggling… it has gotten ugly.

 

The Sedins and Burrows combined for seven points. Henrik leads the league in assists by six and trails Giroux in the Art Ross race by one point.

 

James Wisniewski fractured his ankle after blocking a shot – more opportunity for the young defensemen in Columbus, as Wisniewski sees a lot of ice time in all situations.

 

Mike Green may or may not be back next week. So you’re saying there’s a chance….

 

The struggling Steve Downie has four points in his last two games. He played over 20 minutes last night against Montreal. Turning a corner, perhaps?

 

Montreal defenseman Raphael Diaz has four assists in his last three games.

 

After a slow start to the season, David Desharnais is now on pace for about 50 points. He’s been one of the few bright spots up front for Montreal over the past few months (especially in December with 10 points in 13 games).

 

Sean Couturier had two assists in his return from a head injury.

 

Tyler Kennedy had a great game for the Pens – one goal, one assist, and five shots on goal. He now has points in five straight.

 

James Reimer’s Toskala-like struggles continue – he let in four goals on 34 shots against the lowly Hurricanes last night. Looks uncomfortable in net, and teams are still targeting his glove hand.

 

Two goals, an assist, a plus-1, and five shots on goal for Eric Staal. A small step in the right direction…

 

Nazem Kadri scored a wrap around goal and how has three goals in his last four games. What will happen when Toronto gets healthy, again? Kulemin also scored his fourth goal of the season. He’s on pace for about 10 goals after scoring over 30 last year. One of the bigger fantasy disappointments so far.

 

A good piece on Jaromir Jagr from ESPN’s Scott Burnside. Jagr scored a beautiful goal last night in his return to Pittsburgh. He gave the crowd his salute after scoring, as well.

 

“The expectations are much higher in Philadelphia, but those expectations do not begin and end with Jagr. And in a strange way, that appears to have allowed him to become a significant figure on a team that has legitimate Stanley Cup aspirations.

This night in Pittsburgh illustrated just how seamless Jagr’s return to elite play has been, as the Flyers ended a two-game losing streak against their longtime cross-state rivals and pulled two points ahead of them in the hotly contested Atlantic Division.

In spite of being booed every time he touched the puck, Jagr was a force all night. Although he did not draw an assist, his work behind the net on a first-period power play led directly to Kimmo Timonen’s goal that tied the game at 1-all.”

 

Some lopsided WJC results last night. Canada beat Denmark 10-2, and Russia put up 14 against Latvia.

 

For Canada, Mark Stone had another great game – two goals and an assist. He now has six goals for the tournament. With the injury to Smith-Pelly, and Michael Bournival suffering from the flu, offensive defenseman Nathan Beaulieu moved