The DobberBaseball Fantasy Guide is available and fully updated – fantastic work by Chris Goudey and the gang.
Some afternoon updates – Tim Sassone is reporting that Marian Hossa, Andrew Shaw and Michael Frolik will all be in the lineup for the Blackhawks. Which is good because this is a “must win” game for them. One more loss and they’ll have… one loss.
Ryan Getzlaf has signed a huge contract extension with the Ducks. He will be there for another eight years, at $8.25 million per. I guarantee that number would have been closer to $6.5 million were it not for this amazing start he’s having. So by playing extra well, he made himself $12 million minimum.
Ales Hemsky is out day-to-day with a bruised foot.
DobberBaseball writer Anatoliy Metter posted a piece today over at The Hockey Writers giving his thoughts on five defensemen to consider in fantasy hockey – here.
Well, you’re stuck with me again as Jeff Angus recovers from an 11-hour train ride that should have arrived around midnight on the west coast. He’ll be back tomorrow.
Tough day Thursday, I can’t remember the last time I did four articles in a single day. But yeah, besides the Ramblings and my piece on Advanced Stats right here on the site, I also did:
The Hockey News – looking at how “luck” impacts a player’s stats – basically analyzing PDO’s that are far too high or low, digging deeper into just one aspect of the PDO (team on-ice shot percentage) and then from there musing about what to expect going forward.
Puck Daddy – my usual weekly piece.
All-in-all, it was a good 5000 words. Sprinkle in a 4-year-old with a fever and a 1-year-old with pink eye, and wow! Anyway, that Advanced Stats piece I wrote was actually going to go into the ramblings as an afternoon add-on, but I kind of got carried away.
Yesterday’s Draft Street contest – I had a kickass team. I know I had a kickass team when I picked it and had full confidence of a big night. And indeed I had a huge night… with nine of my players. But one player put a damper on things. Jacob Markstrom. He faced two shots, both went in, and was pulled at the 3:10 mark. Instead of cracking the Top 50, I was hovering around 200th with three players still to finish as I write this blurb.
Wojtek Wolski has found his rhythm. After scoring on March 5, he carried that into last night and posted a goal and two assists. He’s also plus-5 in his last three games. The market correction that those three games did for his stats could very well have saved his career. But only if he keeps it up.
So defenseman Steve Oleksy – best known for his ECHL penalty minute prowess – has points in each of his first two career NHL games for the Caps. Three points in two games and plus-4 should be enough to keep him around, no? Especially when he was brought up for his grit and tenacity, not his crafty set-up plays. I would scoop him up if only for his downside – which is decent PIM. His short-term upside is…well, him doing what he’s doing right now.
Alex Ovechkin had three points in the first eight games, but since then