October 12, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-10-12

The Philadelphia Flyers can't score. They have six goals in five games and Friday's 2-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes showed no signs that their lack of production would improve anytime soon. Both Scott Hartnell and Vincent Lecavalier left the game with injuries and according to Paul Holmgren they will each miss at least a week.

 

Matt Read jumped up onto the top line when Hartnell went down, but that's not necessarily an upgrade at the moment because Claude Giroux still hasn't recorded a point in five games this year. Sean Couturier was the lone bright spot among forwards, picking up an assist to go along with five shots and a nearly 60% rate in the faceoff circle.

 

Goaltender Steve Mason does deserve a mention for his efforts in 2013. In his last three contests he has posted save percentages of .941, .971, and .935 respectively. You know things are bad in Philly when the most positive signs are coming from the goaltending.

 

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson had himself a game on Friday playing over 25 minutes, with a goal, four shots and three hits. He also played a whopping six-plus minutes with the man advantage.

 

Thomas Greiss was also spectacular in net stopping 36-of-37 shots.

 

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Los Angles got themselves a 2-1 win over Carolina thanks to Jonathan Quick stopping 27-of-28 shots.

 

Matt Frattin led the Kings with six hits in over 12 minutes of action. That's the style he has to play to earn a regular spot in the lineup.

 

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Cam Ward was strong in a losing cause making 36 saves, while Andrej Sekera had three blocked shots. Sekera actually sits second in the league in blocks and also has two points this season. He's not a terrible add in a deep league if you need help in that category and is somehow 0% owned in Yahoo. You will have no trouble finding him available.

 

Canes youngster Elias Lindholm left the game with an upper-body injury. Something to keep an eye on.

 

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Jeff Zatkoff made his first career start in goal for the Penguins on Friday and got lit up for six goals from the Panthers of all teams. With Tomas Vokoun out for 3-6 months, Zatkoff is going to get at least a dozen starts or so for Pittsburgh, which could be a bad thing. Look for the Pens