Good to see Jacob Markstrom doing well in the AHL. I had feared for his confidence level. But the last two games he faced 73 shots and stopped 70 of them.
Every time I watch Cam Atkinson, my latest man crush, I come away wondering why he’s not a star yet. And I’ve seen at least six Columbus games this year. I guess, in the end, we shouldn’t have expectations that are high in his first couple of NHL seasons. But he looks so good out there. Currently he’s playing with Dubinsky and Jenner.
Lost in Max Pacioretty‘s breakout game last night (hat trick) was the fact that David Desharnais tripled his regular season total – from one to three points. I keep saying – he only seems to be able to produce if he’s on a line with Pacioretty. So with Pacioretty injured for so long, and then when he came back he was off the Desharnais line, Desharnais was horrible. I still have no interest in Desharnais, but now at least I’m paying attention to the situation.
And just like that, Josh Harding comes back to Earth. He gave up three goals on 19 shots and was pulled. Then Darcy Kuemper came in and gave up goals on his first two shots faced.
Good for Jonas Brodin for snapping a nine-game pointless drought. Bad for Jonas Brodin for posting a minus-4 on the night.
Remember a couple of weeks ago in the ramblings I told you about a trade I made to shake things up. I had too many good goalies (four) and it was hurting more than it was helping because I had a tough decision every week deciding who to dress. So I traded Bobrovsky, MacArthur and Hamhuis for Brodin, Brown and Dubnyk. Since then I’ve marched up the standings. While I did upgrade MacArthur to Brown and Hamhuis to Brodin – they haven’t done anything for me yet. I’ve marched up the standings because my weekly goalie decision is easier now. And now Dubnyk is gaining fantasy value with his second straight win and fourth consecutive strong game.
With Ilya Bryzgalov now with the Oilers, everyone in your league was grabbing him from the waiver wire. Frankly, I think now is the time to target Dubnyk. You could get him for a song and my hunch is that Bryzgalov will implode while Dubnyk steps up under the pressure of losing his job.
Mark Arcobello continues to sit in the press box and after that 7-0 win I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Such a shame that his career could be over before it even starts unless a) the Oilers sustain an injury up front or b) the Oilers trade someone.