December 7, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-12-07

It looks like the Columbus Blue Jackets are going to run with Curtis McElhinney while Sergei Bobrovsky is out of action and he got off to a decent start on Friday night. McElhinney pitched a 20-save shutout and has a respectable .932 save percentage in nine games this season. That's all well and good, but how will he stack up when he is the everyday netminder? The Blue Jackets aren't exactly what you would call defensively sound, so it will be impressive if McElhinney can keep up to anywhere close to this pace for a significant amount of time.

 

Ryan Johansen just refuses to slow down. He had two assists against Minnesota on Friday which gave him six points in four games. He also played 3:20 with the man advantage. If he's still available in your league something is wrong.

 

Boone Jenner scored his first goal in 14 games and had five shots but also played 11 minutes, his lowest since late October. He also saw zero power play time.

 

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Nino Niederreiter has now gone pointless in four games and was minus-3 against Columbus. He's only got three shots in his last three contests and played a season-low 10:41 against the Blue Jackets. Not a good sign.

 

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Detroit beat New Jersey 3-1 without Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, and Darren Helm in the lineup. I'm not sure if that says more about the strength of the Red Wings or the atrociousness of the Devils, who only managed 11 shots.

 

New Jersey scratched Damien Brunner for this one, so he missed out on a shot to play against his former team.

 

Tomas Tatar had a goal and an assist to give him five points in his last three outings, while Joakim Andersson also chipped in with a tally.

 

If nothing else, this game produced a couple of incredible stops. The FOX Sports commentators couldn't sound less impressed with this Jonas Gustavsson save if they tried.

 

 

 

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SKINNER!!! *imagine that in a Superintendent Chalmers voice* The Hurricanes forward failed to pick up a point and went minus-2 in Carolina's 5-3 win over San Jose. Skinner had six points in his previous two games coming in.

 

Eric Staal seems to be finding his way after a somewhat slow start to the year and now has points in four straight. He and Jordan Staal combined for three points and nine shots against the Sharks.

 

Elias Lindholm had a goal and two assists after going five games without a point. Even still, he only had one shot and hasn't had a multi-shot game since November 5th.

 

Jay Harrison had a goal and a helper. His second multi-point game in his last three contests.

 

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Tommy Wingels scored for the Sharks and now has a quiet nine tallies on the season.

 

Alex Stalock got the start and after his first two games this year were strong, he has been fairly shaky ever since. He gave up for goals on 34 shots against the Canes.

 

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The Ducks beat the Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout and Antti Raanta looked sharp stopping 24-of-26 shots. That's three solid starts in a row now for him.

 

Kris Versteeg had a goal and an assist and now has three points in his last two, after going five games without one.

 

Jonathan Toews was held off the score sheet for the third straight night.

 

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Ryan Getzlaf extended his point streak to 12 games, and Corey Perry and Dustin Penner are now up to six straight with a point. Not sure there is a hotter trio than those three right now.

 

Teemu Selanne still can't get anything going as he's now 14 games without a point.

 

Cam Fowler added an assist to give him points in three straight. He played almost 28 minutes and has been averaging around 30 minutes a night over his last three outings.

 

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