January 20, 2012

Jeff Angus

2012-01-20

 

 

Kudos to whoever in the Ottawa organization recommended the Turris trade. The team is 12-2-2 since the trade. He was dominant again last night in San Jose, finishing with two points. Turris had almost 20 minutes of ice time, as well.

 

Pavel Datsyuk has snuck his way into Art Ross contention – at 51 points, he is in a tie for third place. He had a (relatively) slow start to the season, but has 30 points since December 1. Looks to be back to his wizardly self each and every shift.

 

Dobber’s Midseason Guide was released January 6 and then an addendum was added Friday the 13th, get it here.  Prospects, second-half projections, the trading block – and so much more.

 

Bertuzzi is red hot right now – he scored a goal in regulation, and added a beauty to win the game in the shootout.

 

Brule scored for the ‘Yotes – his second goal in five games since they claimed him off of waivers.

 

Martin Hanzal played – his first game after missing 12 with an injury. He’s a huge part of Phoenix’s team – the best center on the roster.

 

The best fourth line in hockey (Paille-Campbell-Thornton) won the game for the B's last night –a combined five points and a plus-5 rating.

 

The already-thin Devils defensive group will be without Tallinder for a month or two, as he was recently diagnosed with a blood clot in his leg. The Devils either need to get some prospects stepping up next season, or they need to bring in a few defensemen.

 

No Kessel, no problem. Lupul and Kessel were split up (Ron Wilson didn't like their defensive effort as a line), and Lupul responded with three helpers last night against the Wild.

 

"Lupul has arguably been Toronto’s best performer this season and climbed into a tie for third in points with 51 — one ahead of Kessel.


“I’m not looking and chasing guys like Evgeni Malkin and the Sedin brothers,” said Lupul. “I’m just going to keep playing the same way I have been and hopefully the points keep coming.”


Jake Gardiner had a helper in about 20 minutes of ice time – behind only Phaneuf and Gunnarsson in terms of minutes played last night.

 

Nazem Kadri scored his first goal of January last night.

 

Minnesota was the best team in the league before Christmas (on December 17th) – since then, two wins in 15 games.

 

Chris Kunitz scored his first goal in 12 games. A streaky player, now would be a good time to buy low.

 

Kris Letang played his first game in a few months – I didn't catch the full game, but he looked pretty good. One helper, plus-2, and over 24 minutes of ice time.

 

Not much needs to be said about Malkin – he's on a different level than anyone else right now. Two more goals last night. He is simply doing what he wants when he wants every single shift. A lot of fun to watch.

 

Brandon Prust with a solid fantasy night – 12 PIM and four hits.

 

Ryan McDonagh led the Rangers in ice time with over 25 minutes (yes, even more than Staal and Girardi).

 

Carl Hagelin scored the lone New York goal – he has two points and seven shots on goal in his last two games.

 

Surprisingly no goals for Tavares last night, but he did extend his point streak to 11 games. Could be a dark horse to hit 90+ points with a strong second half.

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According to ESPN, the Flyers would like to have Jagr back next season (duh). Paul Holmgren has apparently already met with Jagr and his agent to discuss an extension.

 

Jagr and Giroux were a combined minus-6 last night against the Isles.

 

Travis Hamonic led all Isles players in ice time with 25:43 playe