October 8, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-10-08

Damien Brunner picked up another goal and an assist for the New Jersey Devils in their shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night. He looks much more confident in his second NHL campaign.

 

Brunner and Adam Henrique seem to be building a bit of a connection on the power play and they both saw over three minutes of ice with the man advantage Monday. Henrique assisted on the Brunner goal and added four hits. If they continue to build chemistry they should be a dangerous one-two punch as the season progresses.

 

Marek Zidlicky's game was solid last night posting two assists, two shots, three hits, and two blocks. Zidlicky does a lot of things well and is only owned in 30% of Yahoo leagues.

 

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was pushing 30 minutes of ice-time in his first game back from injury and over four of those came on the power play. He scored a goal, but more importantly it allows Taylor Hall to move back to the wing. Hall seems to be much more aggressive there as opposed to center, where there is a bit more defensive responsibility. He didn't seem to be hesitant at all Monday, which is a great sign, as he recorded a goal and four shots.

 

David Perron picked up a goal and an assist to go along with three shots. He also played over four minutes with the man advantage and must be ecstatic to get out of that defensive system in St. Louis. If he can stay on that top line he has a shot for a huge year, but anywhere in Edmonton's top six gives him a chance at solid production.

 

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It looks like Brad Richards wasn't a fan of that fourth line demotion he received late last year. Richards was flying Monday night and potted a pair of goals. The combination of Richards, Rick Nash, and Derek Stepan is working out well so far. Alain Vigneault might be just the coach to ignite the Rangers offense in 2013-14.

 

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Another rough outing for the Kings from a fantasy perspective, losing to the Rangers 3-1. Matt Greene arguably had the best output going plus-1 with five hits, and that shouldn't happen with the roster Los Angeles has at their disposal.

 

Jeff Carter deserves an honourable mention for his six shots, two hits, and three blocks.

 

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Tough break for those that took a gamble on Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle as a potential sleeper this year, as he looks to be out for close to a month with a sprained knee