March 04, 2012

Dobber Sports

2012-03-04

Bugg here. Bizarro happenings in the OHL this afternoon. The Erie Otters were already down a goaltender with an injury to back-up Devin Williams. They then lost starter Ramis Sadikov less than two minutes into the game! 2012-eligible center Connor Crisp was forced into net, and has made six saves on nine shots so far.

 

Matt Hackett will get the start for the Wild later on against the Avs. So far this season – and in his young career – he has one virtual start that was a 59-minute relief appearance (perfect 34/34 for the win), one actual credited start (42/44 for the win)  and three different perfect relief appearances totalling another 73 minutes of playing time (24/24). All of that spread out over three months. He has 2.47/ .917 splits with Houston so far with one shutout.

 

FYI… Jimmy Howard left this afternoon’s game injured and is considered day-to-day. Joey MacDonald, you’re up once again. Detroit Free Press writer Helene St. James tweeted a nice line once he made his way back to the bench: “Not a jaw injury anyway; Howard OK to chew gum ….”

 

Every other Sunday you can find one extra blog from me here on DH. Today’s is how Twitter has been a game-changer in fantasy.

 

Heck of a showing for Zack Kassian in front of the home crowd as he donned Vancouver's jersey for the third time. An early promotion to the second line alongside Ryan Kesler and David Booth ended up with a two-point night for the young power forward and with seven hits in this one against his former team, he has now administered 16 hits in only three starts. Canucks' fans who hadn't seen or heard much of Kassian prior to the trade of a pretty beloved Cody Hodgson are quickly falling in love with No. 9's tenacity.

 

Kevin Bieksa has a point in four of five and he was an enjoyable guest on After Hours. The guys with a dry sense of humour tend to the best to watch in those situations. He had some pretty good lines.

 

Cody Hodgson has yet to register a point in three tries with the Sabres, but has been a +1 in each start and the Sabres have won all three games. He continues to see notable ice time and the points will come with increased opportunity. Christian Ehrhoff scored a goal against his former mates and Tyler Ennis has a point in eight of nine. Tyler Myers is actually up to nine points over his past 15 clashes with a +9 rating in that time, so he's even for the season.

 

Andy McDonald has come up with 6-3-9 in 12 games since returning from his latest concussion and he's pretty much a fixture on the first power play unit. Alex Pietrangelo has rained down 27 points in 28 games since the calendar flipped to 2012, while Kevin Shattenkirk's recent run now totals 10 points in his past 10 affairs. Both guys are generally the leaders in man advantage time nightly on D for the Blues.

 

The Kings beat the Ducks 4-2 and Jeff Carter finally hit the scoring summary in his fourth start with Los Angeles. He's still skating with buddy Mike Richards and Dwight King, who all combined for seven points this evening. Slava Voynov has points in B2B games now too.

 

25th straight start for Jonas Hiller.

 

Chalk up one more goal for Evgeni Malkin after tonight’s 5-1 pasting of the Avs. While the magnificence he and James Neal have been weaving is long-since irrelevant to the day-to-day of most poolies (you either have them or you don't), it's quite compelling to see Jordan Staal and Steve Sullivan's chemistry develop. Staal's authoritative performances have propelled him to 6-6-12 in 10 starts since his latest IR stint. Sullivan is riding a seven-game point streak which now includes 10 points. He has gone 17 straight games without taking a penalty of any kind too.

 

Although it was Paul Martin registering a few assists tonight with second unit power play time, it's Matt Niskanen who is capitalizing on a PP1 role sans Kris Letang… just as he did the last time Letang was out.

 

Potentially bad news for Steve Downie owners, as he will not travel with the team tonight. He's staying behind to get X-Rays on what's now believed to be a shoulder injury following a brush with Deryk Engelland. Too bad if Downie misses any time with this. He's been great since the tra