Ramblings – Jarry Jitters, Fiala-Boldy Magic, Caufield a St. Louis Fav (Feb 21)

Dobber

2022-02-21

This injury to Brendan Smith looks pretty serious:

The result was Brady Skjei, Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce each seeing over 25:30 of ice time on Sunday against the Penguins.

Seth Jarvis saw a near season-low for ice time. His 9:22 was only above the 9:14 that he saw in the second game of the season. This despite posting an assist. On the heels of a game in which he played 10:25, coupled with the fact that the Canes are trying to catch the Panthers for tops in the Conference while staving off the Penguins for tops in the Division, and I worry that Rod Brind'Amour will keep a tighter leash on him while leaning on his veteran players. Carolina has 33 games left in the season, so we're getting close to the stretch run.

Also getting that treatment from this coach – Jesperi Kotkaniemi, who played alongside Jarvis. Although he scored for the second straight game, his ice time was just 9:19. The two of them need to find a way to put points on the board and play strong two-way games with minimal ice time. And if they do, then the ice time will return.

Since December 4, Antti Raanta is 4-2-0, 2.40 GAA, 0.919 SV%, +1.4650 GSAA and 71.4 QS%.

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Bryan Rust picked up two more points Sunday and that gives him 11 multi-point efforts in the 18 games since returning from a lower body injury in early January.

2022 hasn't been too kind to Tristan Jarry owners. Since the turn of the calendar he is 10-5-2 (that's good), 2.84 (not terrible), 0.908 SV% (ouch), -1.6780 GSAA (positive is good, negative not so much), and just 35.3 QS%. And the latter is the number that fantasy owners should care about. If he's only giving us a good outing once every three starts, then activating him is a risk that he does more harm than good. So it all depends on how many goalie categories your league tracks.

Coach Mike Sullivan is trying to find the right linemates for Evgeni Malkin, desperately trying to get something going that's as great as the Sidney Crosby line. He really wanted things to work out with Kasperi Ka