February 25, 2013

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Interesting waiver consideration – Kings forward Trevor Lewis has four points and is plus-6 in his last three games. his ice time is finally up in that 15-16 minute range. He has always been a player with potential, but he had been buried for so long that we forgot about him.


Brad Marchand is having a hell of a season, with 12 points in 14 games. Amazingly, his ice time is actually down this year – from 17:37 to 16:36. His PP time is about flat – from 2:09 to 2:11. Of course, the number is skewed a little from when he was hurt and left the game halfway through, back on the 2nd. But still, it’s the steady, skilled linemates (Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron) that are doing this. Only two of his points are via the power play.

Marchand had six SOG Sunday, after just 20 heading into the game.


Dennis Seidenberg had eight hits and five blocked shots Sunday.


Peter Mueller led all Florida forwards in ice time, playing 21:19. That’s easily a season high for him. Nothing to show for it though.


Drew Shore has eight points in his last 11 games. In most league formats he should be off the waiver wire by now. Great shot totals, decent plus/minus.


So what surprised me more, the Red Wings scoring eight goals, or Roberto Luongo giving up eight goals. First instinct was the Wings scoring eight. My first thought was that they’re on fire. That Niklas Kronwall is going nutty and – uh oh – Damien Brunner has found his NHL stride.

First, Kronwall. Back-to-back three-point games give him 16 in 19 on the season, fulfilling his promise to fill the offensive void on the blue. I acquired him in the summer in every pool I could. Had been questioning that. Not anymore. Three of those six points came on the PP, by the way.

Brunner’s four-point outburst came just days after I dropped him in a rather shallow daily league. I had no other option, I didn't want to drop him but someone else dropped Cory Conacher and frankly I thought that was an upgrade (I still do). But he’s here to stay, folks. He should get at least 35 points this year and, barring a new coach, he’ll stay with Zetterberg into next season – which means 60+ points.

Jakub Kindl has points in four of his last five games and plus-5 in that span. He is still getting the occasional healthy scratch, but seeing over 20 minutes Sunday has to help the ol’ confidence.

Prospect Joakim Andersson, a defensive forward with some upside, has five points in nine games for the Wings. He is plus-5 in his last two games. He is looking at strong career in that plus/minus category and should be a future 40-point player.

So where does