February 24, 2012

Jeff Angus

2012-02-24

 

Dobber here – don’t forget to check out DobberHockey’s new newsfeed

 

If any trades occur today, I’ll have my fantasy analysis up later this afternoon.

 

Jordan Eberle is on pace for 38 goals and 86 points (he had two points last night against the Flyers). Word of warning – he is shooting close to 20%, a number that is very unsustainable for future seasons. It still doesn’t take away from what he is doing this year, though.

 

Jack Johnson on the trade:

 

“”This is going to be great,” Johnson said. “I'm a Midwestern boy at heart, and I see this as a great opportunity. I can't wait to get there and meet the guys.”

 

He’s either delusional or a liar. In all seriousness, I think he could excel in Columbus (once they get a goalie). His play has regressed a bit ever since Doughty became ‘the man’ for LA on defense. Johnson could benefit from playing that role for the Blue Jackets.

 

Richard Bachman got the rare start in Dallas (his first in over three weeks), and he played great.

 

Jamie Benn remains out with his cut, and Chicago was without Steve Montador and Jonathan Toews, as well. No word on Montador's return – he's a solid roto player, but I dropped him a few weeks ago – not worth holding on to with an unknown return date.

 

Mike Smith has won nine straight for the Coyotes.

 

Vermette had no points in 17 minutes in his Phoenix debut – no PK time, some PP time.

 

Justin Peters got the start again for Carolina, as Cam Ward remains out with a lower-body injury. Peters stopped 35 shots in a shootout loss against the Ducks.

 

Jiri Tlusty now has a nine game point streak for Carolina. Philippe Paradis, the prospect Tlusty was traded for, has two goals in 41 AHL games this season in Rockford (the Leafs flipped him to Chicago in the Kris Versteeg trade).

 

Pretty remarkable what Justin Faulk is doing at the age of 19 – he played over 25 minutes last night and could be considered Carolina's best defenseman at the moment.

 

Chris Stewart has goals in back-to-back games.

 

Sobotka had a goal, as he continues to see increased ice time (17 minutes) with Langenbrunner on the shelf. He's a solid short-term option right now.

 

Roman Josi had a goal and played over 20 minutes – more than Gill, Bouillon, and Klein.

 

Both Stamkos and Ladd had three point games yesterday. Stamkos scored his 43rd and is doing everything except play goalie for the Lightning this season. Ladd has had a bit of an inconsistent offensive season (especially compared to last year), but he's coming on lately, with eight points in his last four games.

 

Teddy Purcell, who I mention below today, had three points for the Lightning as well.

 

Blake Wheeler continues his torrid streak with two more assists.

 

Watched the Detroit/Vancouver game – simply great hockey between two fantastic teams. Standout players:

 

Quincey scored a goal and looked really solid for the Wings. Played a chippy, physical game, too.

 

The Sedins are “back” from whatever slump they were suffering from. Daniel scored twice and Henrik was his usual wizardly self with the puck.

 

Kesler had a quiet game offensively – he’s looked a bit off lately after going on a goal-scoring streak a few weeks ago. David Booth was really good – skating hard, had several great chances.

 

Jimmy Howard and Roberto Luongo were both sensational – especially Howard. He stopped well over 40 shots, including several tough saves early in the first period.

 

Henrik Sedin on the game:

 

“This is what hockey should be. A lot of chances, a lot of hitting, no cheap shots, no chirping after whistles.””

 

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