January 11, 2014

Dobber Sports

2014-01-11

Usually the Guides are released at noon ET on the day given. It’s looking as though this one is a bit behind and the target release for the Midseason Guide is 1pm Sunday. Or, a 95% release at noon and full release at 2pm. Something like that. Pre-order here!

 

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Sergei Bobrovsky is officially back in business. He made 33 stops in a 3-0 shutout over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night and made 40 saves in his return from injury earlier in the week. If Columbus has any hope of making a playoff push they are going to need effort's like this from Bobrovsky essentially the rest of the way. It will be interesting to see if he starts over Semyon Varlamov for Russia at the Olympics.

 

Cam Atkinson picked up a goal and an assist, giving him goals in two straight. He's got an outside shot at 20 tallies and is averaging about three shots a night. Not a bad depth option.

 

Boone Jenner scored and had six hits, while playing over 16 minutes. That's the most ice he's seen since late November, but Jenner still hasn't had more than a two-game point streak this season and just one multi-point game.

 

If there was an award for most frustrating player in the NHL, it would be the Jack Johnson trophy. Johnson is now four straight without a point after a stretch of finding the score sheet in four of six games. One step forward, two steps back.

 

 

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Jeff Skinner's six-game point streak came to an end against the Blue Jackets, but he still had a strong outing. He had seven shots on goal and has had 11 games this season with at least five or more shots on net.

 

Anton Khudobin gave up three goals on 24 shots for his first bad statline since returning on January 2. He's been solid this season though and there's no reason to think this is the start of a trend.

 

John-Michael Liles is a plus-7 in five games with the Hurricanes and has also picked up a goal. He played over 23 minutes on Friday, including over two minutes on the power play. Nothing like a trade from Toronto to rejuvenate one's career.

 

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Speaking of those Leafs, they actually had a better effort on Friday against the Caps, but still fell 3-2.

 

Toronto seemed to have a shot at this one after scoring an early third period goal to take the lead, but they gave it right back on a bad bounce off of Jay McClement's foot in front. It wasn't Jonathan Bernier's fault, although bad breaks just seem to be finding him lately.

 

The Phil Kessel-JVR-Tyler Bozak line factored in on both Toronto goals and Bozak is the most intriguing of the three. He gets poked fun at regularly about not being up to the level of the other two, but he's racking up the fantasy points nevertheless. Bozak has points in five of six since returning from injury and nine of 10 dating back to late November. Nothing against Brendan Morrison, but it kind of reminds of when he was playing with Todd Bertuzzi and Markus Naslund. Morrison got points by default at times.

 

The Leafs are hurting for secondary scoring at the moment and that's in part to Mason Raymond's play going south. He's got just one goal in his last 10 contests.

 

Equally concerning is Cody Franson, who has gone pointless in six and is a minus-8 over that stretch.

 

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Michal Neuvirth made his first start since November 22 and didn't miss a beat turning aside 32 pucks. The Caps are rolling with three goalies right now and Philipp Grubauer watched this one from the press box. I'm