March 03, 2012

Jeff Angus

2012-03-03

 

Pavel Bure gave an interview a few days ago. He also shares his view on the NHL, KHL, and a few other issues.

 

Kuznetsov is 100% ready to play in the NHL. Sure, I'm not that familiar with his personal life, but hockey-wise he's NHL-ready.”

 

Tuukka Rask left the game today with an injury.

 

If you see a sharply dressed, fantasy knowledgable person behind the Sabres penalty box tonight, that is me. My first game in a few months, and it very quickly became one of the hottest tickets in town.

 

How much have the Sedin twins missed Ehrhoff this season? Find out here.

 

This season, the first unit power-play has taken a small step back and the twins' on-ice shooting % has "regressed" to a more sustainable but still elite level of 9.5%. That's the main reason why neither will win the Art Ross this season.”

 

Josh Harding did the exact opposite of "taking the ball and running with it" last night. Backstrom is out for a while with a groin strain, and Harding steps in and gets ventilated by the Wings. Is it Matt Hackett time?

 

Dany Heatley had fired a great opening round, finishing at four-under. Wait a sec… this isn't golf?

 

Nick Lidstrom is out for a few games – Kronwall had three assists, and Ian White had two points. White was also a plus-4 with three shots on goal.

 

Brendan Smith (a favourite of mine) scored his first career goal in 15 minutes of ice time. Lots of upside – Red Wings may get him to tone down his aggression a bit, but he’ll be a consistent offensive contributor starting next season.

 

Filppula's strong second half continues – two goals, four shots, and a plus-3. He is a great example of a player learning the defensive game first – he's very strong on the puck, something that surprises a lot of players around the league.

 

Zetterberg also had three points – his season has been a disappointment overall, but he could hit 70 points with a strong finish. He has eight points in his last three games.

 

Quincey was pointless, but he did have three shots on goal. Boy is that pick up looking smart with Ericsson and Lidstrom both out.

 

Brett Connolly is probably Tampa Bay's best trading chip for a goalie this summer. He had an assist in about 10 minutes of ice time last night.

 

Brian Lee had two helpers – Tampa really had a patchwork defense last night – Aulie, Commodore, Mikkelson, and Gervais joined the top duo of Clark and Brewer.

 

Stamkos only scored once last night. Hopefully he can break out of the slump soon.

 

Teddy Purcell has been on fire since the Lecavalier injury. He played almost 24 minutes last night, and he now has 19 points in his last 12 games.

 

The Devils would like Jacob Josefsen to take the next step offensively, and I'm sure many poolies would agree.

 

Boring game in Edmonton last night – the Stars had 14 shots on goal and won. Tough game for Corey Potter and Ryan Whitney – a combined minus-6.

 

Philip Larsen is getting more comfortable each game – 22 minutes played last night, and he finished with an assist. He's a great skater and he makes confident passes with the puck.

 

Leland Irving was really good against the Ducks, but he couldn't make a crucial save on a Getzlaf shot with less than a minute to go (far from his fault). He stopped 35 of 38 shots.

 

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Smith-Pelly had four shots on goal for the Ducks, tying for the team lead with a few others.

 

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