Marc-Andre Gragnani is playing on the second PP unit tonight for the Canucks. Chris Tanev is coming out of the lineup.
My weekly Canucks Army piece is up – I spoke with Merrimack reporter who gave me some great stuff on Joe Cannata, one of the best goalies in the NCAA.
I didn’t catch the end of the Buffalo/Anaheim game, but a ton of penalty minutes were assessed at the 20 minute mark of period three. I am going to guess that Patrick Kaleta had something to do with it…
Ryan Miller played great for the Sabres – arguably his best game of the season, as he posted a 43 save shutout.
Cody Hodgson had no points, but he played over 16 minutes, including four on the power play. He also won five of eight faceoffs.
The Nuge has points in three straight since returning from injury. Gagner has no points over that span.
Shattenkirk had three points and five shots on goal for the Blues. Such a good young defenseman.
McDonald scored twice and played over 20 minutes – great to see, as he’s had a tough road back from his concussion. A great buy low (probably not as much as he was last week) for the rest of the season.
Chris Stewart has three goals in his last five games. Turning a corner, perhaps?
Watched most of the Dallas/Pittsburgh game – was a great contest, both teams were skating really hard.
Amazing what Pittsburgh continues to do without Crosby. Staal is looking dominant also every shift, and Malkin and Neal continued their strong play, combining for nine shots on goal.
Dallas liked Souray's size and physical presence last night – he played over 25 minutes, scoring a goal and adding four shots on goal.
Kris Letang left the game with a likely concussion after a very suspect hit from Eric Nystrom.
What's wrong with Toronto? Lack of confidence in goaltending, which leads to players not playing their proper roles.
Lupul was one of the few good Leafs in Chicago, finishing with two points and three shots on goal.
Jake Gardiner has been really solid all season, but he was far from it last night. One of his worst games in the NHL.
Marian Hossa had two goals and could have had another few. One of those games where he goes into "beast mode" when he has the puck.
Nick Leddy looks more and more like Keith – skating, passing, etc – every time I watch Chicago play.
Pat Kane had his best game in a long time – two points, six shots on goal. Took a few faceoffs, too, with Toews still out.
Another awful start from Crawford – Emery got the win in relief and will be given a chance to run with the starting gig (once again).
Oduya was pointless in 20 minutes of ice time, and he saw time on both the PP and PK.
I thought both Vancouver and San Jose did excellent jobs at the deadline at creating more defined roles for their clubs. The Canucks added defensive stalwart Sami Pahlsson, while the Sharks picked up an elite checking winger in Daniel Winnik, and a very good one in TJ Galiardi. Fantasy relevance is indirect, but it is worth noting.
Ryan Kesler is the big winner of the trade, as Pahlsson takes a lot of his defensive responsibilities away (won't happen overnight, though). In San Jose, the team now has two clear scoring lines and two clear checking lines.
Bryzgalov allowed a goal about a minute into his start on Tuesday night, but he played great the rest of the way – an encouraging sign for all of the frustrated poolies out there who own him.
Defending Big D takes a look at the James Neal-for-Alex Goligoski swap from last season.