November 16, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-11-16

It was a rare busy Friday night of action as there were 10 games on the schedule. Here are some quick hits on the contests.

 

Well the Toronto Maple Leafs hit a new low last night losing 3-1 to the Buffalo Sabres. With the Nazem Kadri suspension and the lengthy absences of David Bolland and Tyler Bozak due to injuries, the Leafs are really starting to feel it down the middle.

 

Toronto recalled Trevor Smith from the Marlies to take Kadri's spot and he scored the lone goal on Friday. I guess Mike Krushelnyski wasn't available.

 

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Buffalo picked up a victory, thanks in part to a nice night by Steve Ott that saw him pick up a goal and an assist.

 

Tyler Myers added a helper and it was his first point in four games.

 

Marcus Foligno also found the score sheet picking up a goal after going seven games without a point. Foligno also added five hits and played just 12:53, his lowest ice-time of the season. Perhaps that effort earns him some increased minutes.

 

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The Kings beat the Devils 2-0 and Ben Scrivens was solid picking up the shutout. That's his second straight nice effort since Jonathan Quick went down and he might be a decent short-term pickup if you had Quick.

 

Dwight King had a goal and he now has four points in his last four outings.

 

Anze Kopitar has picked it up after somewhat of a slow start to the campaign. He had an empty-netter and now has eight points in his last seven games.

 

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The Preds dropped a 4-1 decision to the Penguins and rookie Seth Jones is going through a rough stretch. He hasn't recorded a point in his last five contests and has gone minus-7 over that span.

 

On the brigthtside, Patric Hornqvist was noticeable again when it came to shots on goal. He fired four at the Pittsburgh net and now has a whopping 19 shots in his last four games.

 

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Good news if you are a Kris Letang owner, as the blueliner notched a goal and five shots, but if you are a Matt Niskanen owner you weren't as lucky. Letang's return to the lineup has seemed to slow Niskanen's production and he played barely 16 minutes against Nashville.

 

Brandon Sutter snapped himself out of a slump picking up a goal and an assist, while finishing plus-2. He ended a run of four games without a point.

 

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Carolina beat Anaheim 3-2 and Justin Peters has started to string some good games together recently between the pipes. He has now had five straight good starts that saw him collect four wins, including a shutout.

 

Drayson Bowman scored for the Canes and led the team without six shots.

Eric Staal also tallied and it was his first goal in almost a month. Does this get him back on track?

 

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Viktor Fasth made his first start in over a month and made 21-of-23 stops. Frederik Andersen, who had been playing great for the Ducks, was sent back to the AHL on Thursday.

 

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The Canadiens topped the Blue Jackets 3-2 in a shootout thanks to Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller. Each scored for Montreal and they both have four points in their last three games.

 

Max Pacioretty wasn't as lucky. Despite putting up eight shots, he was again held pointless and has just a single assist in his past seven games.

 

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Curtis McElhinney gave Sergei Bobrovsky the night off and was impressive stopping 38 shots.

 

Artem Anisimov scored his first goal in seven contests, although using the term 'goal' might be giving him too much credit.

 

 

Columbus also received some bad news Friday as it looks as though Marian Gaborik will miss 4-6 weeks with a knee injury.

 

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The Senators got the better of the Bruins 4-2 after a third period rally that saw Bobby Ryan score a beautiful clinching goal. Ryan now has points in seven of eight, but he also left the game late in the third after being hit awkwardly into the boards. Something to monitor, but it didn't seem overly serious.