January 24, 2014

steve laidlaw

2014-01-24

Get the Midseason Guide here!

 

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Instead of just repeating myself, check out yesterday's ramblings for most of my thoughts on the Carolina Hurricanes.

 

One thing I will point out is that Andrej Sekera found himself back on the top power play unit, with John-Michael Liles relegated to the second unit. Three points later, and yeah Sekera is back in business. I hope none of you gave up on him after his recent hiccup.

 

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Good on the Sabres for keeping this one close, including holding a couple of leads.

Cody Hodgson's return has really breathed some life into the Sabres' offense. Much of that is simply Hodgson producing, he has six points in six games but Christian Ehrhoff and Tyler Ennis have benefitted as well.

 

Ennis has points in all six since Hodgson returned and has eight points in his last eight. If you picked up the Midseason Guide, you'd know he's one we projected to improve in the second half. It's nice to see that one coming in.

 

Ehrhoff has been held without a point in each of his last two games but has scored 14 points in his last 23, which is right where he should be. His yearend total will be down but his second half numbers should be rock solid.

 

Poor, Jonas Enroth is still stuck with just one win in 16 appearances this year. He's been solid, especially considering the team in front of him but hasn't won since October 25.

 

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Sooo Rick Nash is heating up just in time for the Olympics. He has scored six goals in the last four games after scoring the Rangers' lone goal against the Blues last night. The past week has almost single-handedly brought his shooting percentage (11.5%) back up to his career average (12.6%). Of course, he's still well below a point-per-game pace so he's underwhelming but it's starting to come along.

 

Hopefully Nash can drag linemate Derek Stepan back to respectability along with him. Maybe that's poor phrasing. Nash and Stepan have respectable numbers so far but these guys produced like stars last season. That's what we expect. Maybe they can get each other back to that level. I have my doubts but Stepan has six points in the last four games as well so they are trying.

 

Michael Del Zotto was only a threat to Ryan McDonagh the way you or I would be a threat to a Shaquille O'Neal dunk. That said, any doubt in McDonagh owner's minds is gone with Del Zotto. I have a feeling that as long as he was around the coaching staff was going to keep giving him chances at the expense of McDonagh to try and salvage some value out of him. Now they've cut the cord and good for them.

 

It's a tricky situation for sports franchises and fantasy players alike giving up on a young player like