January 7, 2014

Dobber Sports

2014-01-07

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year. Midseason Guide time! Don’t miss out.

 

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More Olympic rosters have been released. CanadaRussia – SwedenFinlandSlovakia

 

Feel free to debate some of the selections or non-selections in the comments.

 

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Bad news for the Canadiens as Alex Galchenyuk will miss six weeks with a broken hand.

 

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Sergei Bobrovsky returned to the Columbus goal after missing more than a month with an injury and didn't miss a step stopping 40-of-43 shots in the Blue Jackets' 4-3 shootout victory over the New York Rangers.

 

James Wisniewski notched a goal and an assist and played nearly 28 minutes because fellow defenseman Fedor Tyutin got injured. If Tyutin is out for a while that could mean big minutes for Wisniewski going forward. Wisniewski hadn't even hit 25 minutes in a game yet this season.

 

Brandon Dubinsky also picked up two points but what was more impressive were his shots. He fired four at New York's net after only combining for four in his last three outings.

 

Ryan Johansen, although he did get the shootout winner, has officially come crashing down to earth. Johansen has now gone three games without a point and five of his last six overall. He's also been a minus-4 over that stretch. The good news is he did play over 20 minutes, which is his most in a couple of weeks.

 

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Henrik Lundqvist actually had a solid effort despite the loss. He couldn't really be faulted for the goals and he did make 36 stops. Hopefully something to build off of.

 

Rick Nash scored twice for the Rangers after going without a point for three games. Outside of a short streak at the end of November, Nash's scoring has been pretty sporadic all season, so it will be interesting to see if he can put together some decent performances in a row for a change.

 

Brad Richards looked great in this one posting a solid six shots and an assist. He's now got points in two straight after going six of seven without one.

 

Speaking of points in two straight, Michael Del Zotto! You can only hope to contain him! Despite his struggles this year he's still receiving big power play minutes, so you may not want to give up on him just yet.

 

The reason Tyutin left the game was because he was boarded by Chris Kreider. Kreider received a game misconduct so there could be more discipline to come.

 

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In honour of the NFL playoffs, the Islanders put up a touchdown and beat the Stars 7-3. John Tavares exploded for three goals and two assists to lead the way. That's a great way to start your fantasy matchup on a Monday if you're a Tavares owner.

 

Tavares and Thomas Vanek have been on a major run lately. Vanek chipped in with two assists and now has 14 points in his last nine games, and five of those contests have been multi-point efforts. I'd say he's getting used to Long Island at this point.

 

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