Ramblings: Ullmark and Zero G, Seider and One Goal, Barzal and No Goals (Nov 18)

Ian Gooding

2022-11-18

It was a bad night for the two starting goalies in the Dallas/Florida game. Scott Wedgewood was stretchered off the ice during the second period, although the injury simply turned out to be a massive back spasm. It's good that the injury is not as serious as it first appeared, but I'm not sure what his availability will be like in the near term. As expected, Jake Oettinger entered the game in relief in the eventual Stars victory credited to Wedgewood.

Starting two consecutive games since sitting for three before, Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled after allowing four goals on 11 shots in the first period. Spencer Knight, who entered in relief, currently has the far superior numbers, so he's at least forcing a timeshare with $10 million man Bobrovsky. I'd have to think that Bob's numbers will improve somewhat as the season goes on, but he may not be quite what you hoped for in terms of both volume and ratios.

You might want to consider sitting your goalie (like Bobrovsky) when facing the Dallas Stars offense. The Stars are currently near the top of the league in offense (second in the NHL as I write this with 66 goals). Several Stars populate the hot list on Frozen Tools, including Jason Robertson, Jamie Benn, Joe Pavelski, Roope Hintz, Miro Heiskanen, and Ty Dellandrea. You're already familiar with most of these names, so I'll handpick Dellandrea to start. With a goal and an assist on Thursday, Dellandrea has four points over his last four games. He's also scored a respectable nine points in 17 games while on a line with Benn and Wyatt Johnston. One downside is no power-play t