January 09, 2012

Dobber Sports



My Midseason Guide was released Friday, get it here. If you want to see how great the guide is, you can pick up last year's edition for free here.


FIVE games for Brad Marchand. Part 1 of my Pouliot hunch has paid off. Part 2 is him actually doing something during these five games…


Jordan Eberle could be out for several weeks with a knee injury. MRI today. The Oilers recalled Magnus Paajarvi and Gilbert Brule (and Ryan O’Marra). Paajarvi is suddenly a first liner, with Hopkins and Eberle out.


The word on Patrick Sharp – 3-4 weeks. As I said though, the guy is great for coming back early. Wouldn’t shock me to see him back in 2.5 weeks (seven games missed).


Breaking: The Blue Jackets have fired Scott Arniel. Todd Richards in as interim coach. No, this isn’t early November, when they should have done this.


Marc-Edourd-Vlasic may have stopped scoring after that one 'blip' of a player-of –the-week, but he has been gold for plus/minus lately. Plus-9 in his last nine games. I was looking at dropping him in my one league, but saw that and held off.


Dallas pivot Tom Wandell has banged off points in four straight games with a goal and four helpers. He's also been a plus-5 in that span. He has nine points all year – and those are five of them right there. Worth a pick up? In dailies – yes. In weeklies…not so sure, unless you can get him immediately. I don't know if he can keep this up for much longer, the Stars are scoring a lot of goals in general.


With Brad Marchand likely maybe possibly perhaps suspended, I made Benoit Pouliot active for the week. I won the bidding today in my one league and had planned on benching him for a week to see if he can keep it up. But with Marchand possibly missing games, I thought it would be a smart idea to roll the dice here.


Matt Read and Craig Smith must have read my comments last week. Smith scored Saturday, while Read picked up two points last night. Read has four points in his last five games. It's a real grind for these former college players, the first two seasons of pro hockey.


My THN column today focuses on the Penguins and what's ahead over the next few weeks, but two names that jump out at me are Tyler Kennedy (of course) and Jason Williams (not as obvious as Kennedy). Both will do well in the month ahead. I'm also seeing that Dustin Jeffrey is back soon, perhaps next game. I certainly like his role a lot more now.


Erik Karlsson is on pace for 77 points. Think he gets there? He has 15 points in his last 11 games. He's scoring now, too. Remember when he had just one goal but a zillion assists? He's scored four times in the last 10 games. A machine, plain and simple. Best defenseman to own in any league.


Karlsson was plus-5 last night.


Craig Anderson's really been getting it done. Man, right after I acquired him to temporarily replace Mike Smith – now I can't get Smith back into my lineup! Anderson has won five of his last six and is 7-1-2 in his last 10. I had slipped out of first in that particular league and faded way back (though still second), but now I've pulled right back up again thanks to Anderson and a rejuvenated Eric Staal.


Speaking of Staal, I hated that alien who took over his body and played like shit for three months. I'm glad the real Eric Staal seized back control of his body. Nine points in five games now.


Hmmm… four points in three games since brother Marc returned to action.