December 18, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-12-18

Patrick Kane just proved me wrong (well, close enough). I thought he could never be a 100-point player, but he has 100 points in his last 83 games (heading into last night’s game). We’ll give him that extra game, that’s good enough for me.

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Yesterday, my column in The Hockey News looked at the players to keep an eye on at the World Junior Championship. Part 2 will be out Thursday.

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Tomas Jurco scored his first career NHL goal for the Wings last night, but his ice time slipped to 12:54. Gustav Nyquist is day-to-day with a groin injury, so Jurco likely has until Gus gets back to show what he can do. Jurco should dominate the AHL for another season and a half before becoming a full-timer in 2015-16.

Jonas Gustavsson got the hook after giving up three goals on 11 shots. He’s now 0-3-1 in his last four. So last week when I suggested grabbing Mrazek and stashing him on your bench in case it pays off – well it just might pay off. Although…my reasons for doing that, I admit, were because of Gustavsson’s Band-Aid Boyness and not his suckiness.

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Jakob Silfverberg finally made his return to the Anaheim lineup. Definitely worth activating and as you saw, he scored a goal. He played 12:48 so Bruce Boudreau is easing him back in. A little troubling is the fact that he barely saw any power-play time. Easing him in or not, you’d think he’d get the easy PP time. Especially over Matt Beleskey. But not the case. Here were the Anaheim line combos with Silfverberg back:

 

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