February 24, 2015

steve laidlaw

2015-02-24

Schneider’s quiet excellence, pondering the end for Doan, Bryzgalov waived and more…

 

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Quiet Monday in terms of on-ice action with only two games being played.

 

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Arizona took their anemic offense on the road to New Jersey getting shutout by Cory Schneider on 38 shots. This was Schneider's first shutout in over three months. That being said, Schneider has been remarkably consistent over that stretch. Since his last shutout Schneider has allowed three goals or fewer in all but two contests and in both of those he allowed just four goals, a span of 32 appearances of remarkably solid goaltending. Only a 13-14-3 record in those games, however.

 

I took a flyer on Mike Cammalleri this week given the Devils' nice off-night schedule with Monday, Wednesday and Friday games. Two goals and five shots have me looking pretty smart right about now. Cammalleri has four goals and five points on a mini three-game scoring streak. Cammalleri is skating with Travis Zajac and Jordin Tootoo right now, which is far from ideal so don't count on this being a season-ending run for the ages.

 

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Back to Arizona. They never had a ton of offense to begin with but I am just so disinterested with this team now that Mikkel Boedker and Martin Hanzal are potentially done for the year. Keith Yandle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson are still interesting but they can only do so much to buoy such a dismal forward group.

 

Antoine Vermette and Shane Doan have turned into vapid corpses, at least as far as fantasy value goes, when once they were highly intriguing veteran producers. At least Vermette has the upside of potentially being dealt. Doan and the Coyotes have agreed to continue on in misery together.

 

Makes you wonder how much fight Doan has left if he's sticking it out with this team. We all know Doan's reputation as a fierce competitor. Just has me thinking that maybe he won't be revitalized when all the young talent like Max Domi finally makes it to the squad.

 

By the way, the London Knights can't get eliminated from the OHL playoffs soon enough. I know they don't even start until the last week in March but the sooner they get put out, the sooner we get to see Domi in an NHL uniform, which is all the excitement that's left for this Coyote team. I want to see if Doan skates with him and what kind of chemistry they demonstrate if they do.

 

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Pavel Datsyuk never really stopped being productive but he has been extra productive these past few games. Two more goals last night gives him six goa