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. This will have an update added (an addendum) on Friday the 13th (oooooh).
Jeff Skinner is back taking contact in practice. Give him another week at most.
Erik Karlsson missed last night’s game with an upper-body injury. “Not serious” apparently. But the scratch was unexpected.
Mikhail Grabovski's hot streak is starting to bring Kulemin around. Kulemin had two points, three shots and was plus-1. Arguably his best game of the season. Grabovski has 14 points in his last 17 games.
Jonas Gustavsson has banged out four wins in a row, including two shutouts. Is he an NHL goaltender? I remember seeing tons of tweets and columns about how he's not one. Not seeing that now. He's 9-3-0 and finally fully healthy and in a good rhythm, which is key for goalies like him.
He's allowed no more than three goals in any of his last eight games, yet Ryan Miller is 2-6-0 in that span. But Jhonas Enroth is 0-4-2 in his last six. With Enroth, he needs five or six games in a row. But his shortcoming is that once he plays that seventh or eighth game in a row, he breaks down. So he needs lots of action, but not for too long. Delicate balance.
So after Day 1 of my Benoit Pouliot-Marchand-suspension experiment: One goal, plus-1, three shots. Good start.
Man, look who wants his job back. That job that he had for what seems like a heartbeat now. Tuukka Rask is 10-4-1 on the season with a 1.59 GAA and a 0.945 SP to lead the entire league in both categories.
Eric Fehr scored his first goal of the season. He bears watching now that the seal is broken. Very streaky.
The Horton-Krejci-Lucic line is hot again. Horton has six points in four games.
Matt Moulson has eight points in his last five games and 25 points in his last 20 games. John Tavares has 12 points in six games and he's fought his way back to nearly a point-per-game on the season.
Kyle Okposo has points in five of his last six games and has 16 points in his last 22. Okposo was moved to the Tavares line, which doesn't bode well for PA Parenteau. Parenteau had a point last night with them, but it came on the power play.
Since returning to action, Mike Smith is only 1-1-2. BUT, he has allowed just one goal in each of his last three games.
Colin Greening had three assists for the Sens. He'll have his hot streaks but I'll be shocked if he ever breaks say 57 points. He's more of a future 50-55 guy.
Milan Michalek continues his Cy Young performance, upping his record to 22-8 last night.
I have Kyle Turris in one of my keeper leagues. Man I'm glad I went after him in the summer and then stuck with him throughout. Another point, gives him eight in 11 games for Ottawa.
The league leader in shots and saves, Craig Anderson, picked up his 21st win. That puts him second in that category. In Ottawa overall, he is 32-17-7.
Sergei Bobrovsky: 9-3-1, 2.45, 0.919
Ilya Bryzgalov: 16-9-3, 3.07, 0.891
Jerome Samson, who is a prolific scorer in the AHL but doesn't have the pedigree to get a real top-line shot at the NHL level, led the 'Canes in shots on goal with five and he scored their only goal despite just 13 minutes of ice time.
In the battle of Halak vs. Price – Halak wins. A shutout, though he faced just 19 shots. He's really turned his game around under the new coach. Unfortunately for Halak owners, Brian Elliott just won't slow down for him. Halak is 9-1-5 after starting off 1-6-0.
The last time Dwayne Roloson allowed fewer than three goals in a game was November 17 – 10 appearances ago. That's 35 goals allowed in his last nine games.