Ramblings: Giordano Suspension, Dubnyk Slumping, Opportunity on Ducks’ Top Line (Dec 8)

Ian Gooding

2018-12-08


Giordano Suspension, Dubnyk Slumping, Opportunity on Ducks’ Top Line, plus more…

Mark Giordano has been suspended for two games for kneeing Mikko Koivu during Thursday’s game. Giordano will miss Saturday’s game against Nashville and Sunday’s game against Edmonton. So Giordano owners in weekly leagues will actually have him back in the lineup for next week. The Flames and fantasy owners will miss Giordano, who has been exceeding expectations in scoring at a point-per-game pace (29 points in 29 games) and leading all NHL defensemen with 26 assists.
 


In the meantime, Noah Hanifin may be bumped up to the first power-play unit for the time being. Don’t forget about T.J. Brodie here as well, though. Brodie’s power-play time per game has dropped nearly two minutes per game from last season to this season (just 0:39) as the Flames appear to be using him in a more defensive role. In spite of the lack of power-play time, Brodie has also picked up his game offensively recently with eight points (3g-5a) and a plus-12 in 11 games. Brodie is also tied for the league lead in plus/minus with a plus-21. For those reasons, I have picked up Brodie for the short term in the league in which I own Giordano.

The league also suspended Flames’ forward Ryan Lomberg one game for starting an altercation with Matt Dumba immediately after stepping on the ice.

Back to Koivu now. He was not in the Wild’s lineup on Friday in their trip up Alberta Highway 2 to Edmonton. To adjust without their captain, Mikael Granlund was moved onto a line with Zach Parise and