January 08, 2012

Dobber Sports

2012-01-08

 

 

Get your hands on the 2011-12 Midseason Guide.

 

Hmm. More bad injury news for the Pens. The team will be without Jordan Staal for 4-6 weeks. MCL-related. No surgery. James Neal will miss “weeks” after sustaining a broken foot blocking a shot last night. On the bright side, at least there are timelines for these injuries. Both Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang are still out indefinitely with their concussions.

 

Evgeni Malkin is being covered in bubblewrap as we speak.

 

Caps’ media indicates no new updates yet on Nicklas Backstrom or Mike Green.

 

His career peripherals against them aren’t great, but it looks like Ty Conklin will face the Hawks this afternoon. FYI if you’re in need of another start to round out the week. Looks like Steve Mason for the Jackets against the Ducks too, in case you enjoy fantasy roller coaster rides.

 

Jarome Iginla finally potted his 500th career goal and he wasn’t far away from having a three or four-goal game against the Wild. Best smile in hockey. Lance Bouma also got his first NHL goal and the Flames celebrated Olli Jokinen’s 1000th game in front of the home crowd, although this one was actually his 1003rd.

 

Mike Green left tonight’s game with an apparent injury again. No joke. He was hit behind the net in the second period. He cannot catch a good break. Alex Semin was back in the lineup and he added more pointage for his owners. He’s been solid lately after enduring a miserable season otherwise. Semin was rocked by Brad Winchester with what looked like a good hit. Winchester was given a charging penalty, but not before Alex Ovechkin went after him.

 

Nicklas Backstrom, despite practicing several times and feeling good since the Rene Bourque elbow, did not play against the San Jose Sharks. The Caps are opting to be safe with their star centre (they stressed he did not have any setback) and that's always the right route. He's so durable too. This was only his sixth missed start in his career.

 

Nice note on HNIC in that although Brian Elliott picked up the shutout this evening, Ken Hitchcock will give Jaroslav Halak the start against the Habs in the next game on Tuesday. Classy and the right move.

 

Shane Doan collected his first career hat trick and the third marker came at the last possible second of the game. Could not happen to a nicer guy. His past few weeks have not been too hot for poolies, but maybe this will kick something off for him. He skated with Daymond Langkow and Mikkel Boedker again here.

 

Oliver Ekman-Larsson has eight points in 12 GP and he continues to receive a lot of power play minutes with the first unit.

 

Frans Nielsen has seven points in his past eight contests. He's with Brian Rolston and the unstoppable P.A. Parenteau.

 

Ryan Ellis wasn't able to capitalize points-wise when Shea Weber was on the shelf, but the young rearguard collected both his first NHL goal and assist tonight in Nashville's 5-2 win over Carolina. He has a solid 4-13-17 in 26 AHL GP, but his upside for keeper owners down the line is truly drool-worthy. His skill-set is ridiculous.

 

Jamie McBain, from that same game, is up to 11 points in his past 16 and Jay Harrison's two-goal performance gives him four points in his past four games. They each saw the most PP time on D for the Canes tonight.

 

Alex Pietrangelo has three straight two-pointers after adding a pair of assists tonight, s