March 09, 2012

Jeff Angus

2012-03-09

 

Three game suspsension for Mike Green. Seems fair for a stupid hit.

 

If Alex Radulov does return to the NHL this season, does he make the Preds the team to beat in the West? The best goalie, the best defensive pairing, and all they are/were missing was a gamebreaking forward. Radulov is exactly that. He’s the best player in the world outside the NHL, and if he returns, his impact will be both immediate and signifcant.

 

I'll open today with a huge ‘best of luck’ to Justin Goldman. I've had the pleasure of working alongside (well, online, at least) Mr. Goldman for the past few years. His knowledge of the goaltending world and eagerness to share it has helped me (and countless others) with fantasy hockey decisions. His passion for the sport and the position will lead to nothing but success in his future, I can guarantee. All the best, Justin!

 

To clarify – Justin is only leaving his weekly post at DobberHockey. His work on Twitter and for the Goalie Post will continue on.

 

One year to the day after the Chara hit/incident, Max Pacioretty scored twice, including his 30th goal of the season for Montreal. Pacioretty trails only two players in the league in the even-strength goal department, and they are both pretty good. Guesses?

 

How thin is Minneosta’s defense? Steve Kampfer (who scored a goal) played over 30 minutes last night. Gilbert and Scandella also saw over 30 minutes. Kampfer came over from Boston in the Greg Zanon deal.

 

Josh Harding left the Wild game in the second with an injury – bad to worse in Minnesota. Matt Hackett replaced him, stopping 15 of 17 shots.

 

Really enjoyed the Jets/Canucks game. Blake Wheeler was dominant with his size, speed, and skill. Can see why he already is at 55 points.

 

Kyle Wellwood scored and has eight points in 10 games – he’s working well with the two youngsters Kane and Burmistrov on the second line.

 

I outbid Dobber for Zack Kassian in the Experts League this past week. Kassian was promptly demoted to the fourth line, and he barely saw any ice time last night. He hasn’t played bad recently, but Higgins works better on the second line, and the coaching staff doesn’t trust Kassian in a checking role yet. He’ll get his chances, but they won’t be in close games. The Canucks shortened the bench to three lines in the third period.

 

Interesting power play formation – Kesler and Edler on the points, and Burrows up front with the Sedins.

 

The Sedins didn’t put up any points but both had strong games. Good play usually leads to production, so stay patient.

 

Pavelec was sensational, especially in the first period. He’s quick for a big guy, to say the least.

 

Higgins/Kesler/Booth were all over the ice, and the trio combined for 16 shots on goal.

 

Kari Lehtonen was sensational last night, stopping 45 of 48 shots. The Pacific Division-leading Stars are peaking at the right time.

 

The Stars leaned heavily on Goligoski and Larsen last night – the pair combined for almost 60 minutes of ice time. Sheldon Souray left with an injury, which likely led to more minutes for the remaining defensemen. The team was down to four defensemen later on in the third period, as well.

 

Marleau and Pavelski each had a goal, and they combined for 14 shots on goal (many of those shots set up by line mate Joe Thornton, who had three helpers).

 

Without Ott, Ryan Garbutt saw an increase in ice time.

 

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