Ramblings: Jackets’ PP waking up? Penguins luck changing? Also Goalie contracts and more … (Jan 31)
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With two points last night, Adam Henrique has points in six straight and eight in that span. And it’s a little different because his two linemates – Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase – aren’t getting a piece of that action. And although Henrique is seeing tons of PP minutes, he’s not picking up his points that way (just three PPPts since joining Anaheim). Strikes me as a good time to sell on Henrique.
Interesting to see Jakob Silfverberg finally getting to play on the Ryan Getzlaf line – and Rickard Rakell. That’s something to keep an eye on, as Silfvy rarely gets this opportunity.
When Ryan Kesler returned to the lineup on December 27 he was immediately thrown on the first PP unit and given all that he could handle. But the guy missed half the season and certainly needs time to get back into things. Now he’s off the top power play and I kind of wonder if that was done backwards. Anyway, further to my Henrique thought, I suspect that in a couple of weeks we’ll see Kesler take his job back and Henrique slot back to the second unit. Three PPPts in about 64 minutes of PP time (Henrique) is not great.
John Gibson left the game late in the third due to an injury. It's the second straight game in which he started and had to leave early. You want to know why I'm a little hard on him in my goalie rankings? That's why. He was injury prone prior to turning pro and so I've always been cautious with him. Last night, Gibson owners missed out on a shutout by seven minutes because of the latest injury.
Ryan Spooner saw six minutes on the power play last night, thanks to Brad Marchand and Charlie McAvoy being out of the lineup.