I know that some Leaf fans, and even non-Leaf fans, are happy with John-Michael Liles. The Leafs extended him for four years. Myself, this is one move that Burke made that I don’t like. UNLESS he has a trade up his sleeve that moves someone like Schenn or Gunnarsson. Because Toronto has a nice problem on their hands. Too many decent defensemen. Liles walking in the summer would have solved the problem on it’s own. But he’s around for another four years now, so the press box merry-go-round will continue unless a player is moved.
One game left tonight. That’s it until January 29. I have to admit – I didn’t watch the ASG last year or the year before… and the last time I watched it from start to finish (and not just a period or two) was when Owen Nolan called his shot. I do watch the skills competition. But the ASG doesn’t excite or even interest me. Let’s face it – it’s not an actual game of “All Stars”. Not when there are rules like “each team must have a player (except Winnipeg haha)”. No Crosby, no Ovechkin, no Toews, no Hopkins, no Backstrom and bloated rosters (to please fans of each city). Great for a ‘fun show’ but for a hardcore fan – or a hardcore fantasy hockey fan – give me four regular NHL days over this four day break where I don’t get to watch any games, or see a single game summary.
So whose eyebrow perked up when they saw Mathieu Perreault scored a hat trick?
His ice time, as expected, was up due to the Ovechkin suspension. The goals went in due to the team counting on him. It seems as though he performs when he needs to the most – but again, Perreault's problem is his ability to sustain it. But that will come with experience, provided that his coach has patience with him throughout the process (could be years). That's five points in two games and six in four for MP.
Surprisingly Alex Semin only played 14:46.
After seven straight wins, Tuukka Rask is 0-1-1 in his last two. Between he and Thomas, the Bruins are just in a bit of a funk. They can't be on a hot streak forever.
Well, Clarke MacArthur snapped out of a major funk Tuesday. Three points, after going eight without a point. In fact, the best line for the Leafs in 2010-11 was finally the best line for them last night as Mikhail Grabovski tallied four points. If this line heats up, watch out – we saw the damage that they could do last year. And they have a lot of "catching up" to do now. Only one game, but just sayin'. Kulemin had two points.
It was Al Montoya's first game in over a month and he allowed four goals on 21 shots to take the OTL.
Jake Gardiner has his first career goal last night, and also added an assist.
Luke Adam was down to 4:39 of ice time last night. His last point was December 17 and since then he's been a minus-8. Remember 20 games in when he was a Calder nominee?
In the last five games, the Devils have allowed 101 shots. That's about 20 per game, and yet Martin Brodeur is still only 2-2-1 in that span.
Worth putting on your radar for PIM – Mike Angelidis. The undrafted TB player got into his first NHL game after posting 59 points and 264 PIM in his last 118 AHL games. He scored in his first NHL game, but saw just four minutes. His asset in fantasy hockey is obviously his PIM, but scoring in limited opportunity is how you increase your ice time.
Second game back and RJ Umberger picked up two points for the Jackets. Ice time still moderate though, at 14:38.