Ramblings: Marner and Necas shine; Edler returns; Raanta’s role; Red Wings future – December 24

Michael Clifford

2019-12-24

 

Alex Edler returned to the Vancouver lineup following a 10-game absence due to injury. That he’s back is a good sign but it seems pretty clear that he’s not going to wrangle the top PP minutes away from Quinn Hughes anytime soon.

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Playing their second game in as many nights, Arizona went back to the well with Antti Raanta, given the injury to Darcy Kuemper. Party of me wonders if this was going to be the plan no matter the time of year, or if Raanta got the back-to-back games only because of the holiday break. If the team had another game tomorrow, would they still use Raanta? Either way, it’s obvious he’s going to get as many starts as he can handle until Kuemper’s back.

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Jesper Boqvist was on the top line for the Devils on Monday night in Chicago in place of Jesper Bratt. Maybe it was just because it was the Battle of the Boqvists, or maybe that’s where he’s going to stay long-term. If it’s the latter, he’s going to have some fantasy relevance here soon. Just something to keep an eye on.

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Joel Farabee returned to the lineup on Monday night for the Flyers, skating on the third line with Jakub Voracek and Morgan Frost. The top line has been playing well and the second line has been on fire, is the reason for Farabee going where he did. Whether that’s something that persists remains to be seen.

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In what can only be described as, “this game was definitely played in the middle of the afternoon two days before Christmas,” Toronto took an 8-6 win over Carolina with them into the holiday break. Mitch Marner had a monster five-point night (2+3), giving him 17 points in nine games since his return from injury. That’s good, I think?