February 17, 2012

Jeff Angus

2012-02-17

 

Mike Smith has consecutive shutouts, and he has allowed only six goals in a personal six-game winning streak. He’s been huge for Phoenix all season. Maybe the Flyers would be interested in acquiring him to shore up their goaltending issues?

 

Ryan Johansen has been a healthy scratch in five of the last seven Columbus games. Such a great way to develop a blue chip prospect…

 

A few minor trades yesterday – Dallas traded UFA-to-be Nicklas Grossman to the Flyers for a few draft picks. Dallas isn't a seller (yet) – this is just them clearing the depth chart on the back end a bit.

 

Winnipeg got a huge win last night – Kane had two goals, an assist, and seven shots on goal (he also scored the shootout winner).

 

Burmistrov had two points for the Jets, as well. Byfuglien had two helpers.

 

Jared Spurgeon played almost 28 minutes for Wild  – far and away the highest total among all skaters. He had an assist and four shots on goal.

 

Setoguchi had three points for the Wild – he now has six points in his last four games. I traded for him a few weeks ago – a one year league, and figured he couldn’t do any worse than he had been doing up to that point.

 

Friday’s Studs & Duds is posted.

 

San Jose acquired center Dominic Moore from the Lightning for a 2nd round draft pick. Moore will play somewhere in the bottom six – he was very effective for Tampa Bay last season during their surprising playoff run. The Sharks have Michal Handzus on the third line, but you can never have enough good centers during the playoffs.

 

The Blues embarrassed the Islanders last night. Three points for defenseman Alex Pietrangelo – there aren't many young defensemen who I would take over him.

 

Andy McDonald scored a goal in just less than 14 minutes of ice time. Great to see him back and producing right away. Alex Steen remains out with a concussion for the Blues.

 

David Perron scored and now has seven goals in his last six games.

 

TJ Oshie has six points in his last four games (including three last night). The Blues forwards are really seeing the benefit of having some great puck movers on the back end (hint, hint, Edmonton).

 

Jamie Benn left the game last night after suffering a nasty cut on his leg. He took a skate to the back of the thigh and was quickly rushed off the ice. It didn't look good, but apparently it isn’t serious. He could play as early as Sunday.

 

Mark Fistric has to be the most devastating hitter in the league right now. Don't believe me? Search his highlights on Youtube. He absolutely blew up Mike Cammalleri last night.

 

Grossman is a free agent this summer, and he has struggled a bit this season. He's big and strong and really good on the PK – likely the role he will fill with the Flyers.

 

A wild game in Tampa Bay last night – the Lightning and Sharks combined for 11 goals.

 

Tommy Wingels had two points and almost 18 minutes of ice time for the Sharks.

 

The Lightning had a few defensemen with strong games – Brendan Mikkelson had two helpers and led the team with five shots on goal. Victor Hedman had three helpers.

 

Hedman has looked great ever since returning from a concussion a few weeks ago.

 

Stamkos had two goals and is now only one away from 40. He also added two assists. Stamkos/Giroux/Malkin are going to make this Art Ross race an interesting one to follow for the next few months.

 

Dwayne Roloson allowed five goals (to be expected), but he did face 50 shots. I guess that counts as coming out ahead…

 

New York decided to start Martin Biron yesterday against the struggling Hawks. Bad idea. Chicago scored three goals in the first four minutes, and four goals in the first period.

 

Toews and Hossa both had two point games, as did defenseman Brent Seabrook.

 

Viktor Stalberg played less than 10 minutes. Rookie Andrew Shaw played barely over five.

 

Brendan Morrison and Michal Frolik were healthy scratches for Chicago.

 

James