Mike Schmidt makes his debut on the hockey side tomorrow – look for his ramblings each of the next three days.
Here’s an interesting one – the Pens claimed Cal O’Reilly off of re-entry waivers. I can’t think of a worst fit for him. First off, the Pens haven’t been the great in recent years for giving boom or bust players a top six role. Second, he’s a centerman joining a team with the best 1-2-3 in the game, injured or not. I guess status quo would be worse for O’Reilly… but this is a close second. I like O’Reilly a lot. I think he has great vision and hockey sense, and he also tends to perform when the chips are down. So I hope for the best, but just don’t see it.
I received another issue of Puck Life magazine. It really is an entertaining read for puckheads (and you’ll notice my advertisement in there as well). Pick it up, very worthwhile
What a streaky goaltender Craig Anderson is. Four straight losses after going 10-1-1. Footage below on an oopsy that he made. Tough one! Should be benched this week. Wish I made that decision 24 hours earlier…
Since Jared Cowen's four-point game, he has four points in 20 games.
Four games without a point for Jason Spezza – so obviously not all on Anderson.
Anton Stralman played over 19:28 in each of his last two games and has a point in each. Of the 12 games this year that he's seen 19:28 or more of ice time, he has seven points.
With two assists last night, Carl Hagelin now has five points in his last five games. Saw just 13:14 of ice though, but what a great start – may be the reason we don't see Mats Zuccarello get another good chance with this club.
Andy Greene was back in the lineup for the Devils, but didn't see any PP time as before. That goes strictly to Kurtis Foster, who was a minus-2 in the game. I think Larsson needs another look there.
Steve Bernier made his season debut – saw some PP time, but was minus-1 on the night. New Jersey line combos last night (FREE – right here at Frozen Pool, where the tool was invented and created first – and obviously still the best): Elias with Clarkson and Sykora, Zubrus with Parise and Kovalchuk, Josefson with Bernier and Ponikarovsky.
Mikhail Grabovski picked up three points for the Leafs in their loss. But as I noted last week, his line is really heating up. Too bad the big line is cooling off now. Grabo was player of the week last week, so adding three points is just lights out. Give him eight in his last three games.
Steve Sullivan's 18:13 was the second highest ice time he's seen since November 12. He has three points in his last two games, as well.
Jake Gardiner has quietly put up a three-game point streak. He has five in his last five contests, plus-3 in that span.
John Tavares has entered into the scoring race with four points last night. He has 53 on the year, trailing top spot by six. Two points on an empty net helped both him and Kyle Okposo.
Three points for Matt Moulson, who is up to 46 on the year and just seven behind last year's career high, with 33 games left. What's also great? We're still waiting for him to miss his first game.
Kevin Poulin got the start and his first win of the season for the Isles. I can't wait until some of this goalie mess gets cleared up with this team. I'm eager to see if Poulin can get a foothold, or Montoya.
Ryan Miller seems to be righting the ship – back to back wins allowing just one goal apiece.
Hedman, Shannon, Pyatt, Wyman were all back in the lineup for the Lightning. None of them saw PP time, and Pyatt and Wyman each picked up a point. JT Wyman is starting to remind me of Curtis Glencross (but that only means a 40-point player potentially… for a few years until he takes the next step thanks to his versatility).
The first two points of the season for Brandon Yip and the continued hot play of Mike Fisher led the Preds to a crazy comeback win over the Wild.
Josh Harding has to make that stop late in the game. If he's going to be trusted on a new team as a starter, GM's need to see more clutch. Not looking good right n