Show your support to your Veterans on Veterans/Remembrance Day... that's where I'm headed, so we'll go rapid fire today...
Columbus went off on St.Loo to the tune of eight goals... Derick Brassard had three helpers extending his point streak to eight games (5+6=11) and this is looking like the start he had two years ago before the tore up his shoulder and missed 50 games... let's hope he stays healthy this time as I know a lot of people are hoping for a big breakout from him.
Two more assists for the CBJ's Kyle Wilson last night and he has 4+3=7 with a plus-6 in his last seven games. He's not seeing much ice-time and isn't playing on a good line but is finding a way to produce and looks like he deserves a promotion.
We've been talking up Michael Frolik lately as he's really responded since being a healthy scratch a few games back... he's 4+4=8, a plus-8 with 25 shots in the five games since the scratch.
Game #2 of the Super Series last night and Russia won again, beating the Q 4-3. The Russians look much more interested in competing this year and their goaltending has been solid as Emil Garipov stopped 46 of 49 shots for the win. Nobody reall stood out for the Q (Couturier looked good) and our new favourite Russian prospect, Artemy Panarin, had the GWG. Panarin is 19 and was passed over in this summer's draft but is the leading U20 scorer in the KHL right now, ahead of even Tarasenko... he's one to watch at the WJCs. Game #3, against the OHL, goes tonight.
Saku Koivu is on a little tear as he has 4+2=6 during a four game point streak... he could be good in short stretches but you shouldn't count on more than 50 points and not much in the peripheral categories over the course of the year.
Rough night for the league's two best goalies so far as Jaroslav Halak was pulled after giving up four on 15 shots to the Blue Jackets and saw his gaa skyrocket to 1.79 and Tim Thomas was also beaten four times but he did stop 42 and his team scored a touchdown to beat Pittsburgh. So Thomas goes to 8-0-0 but is showing signs that he might take a loss eventually.
Are we witnessing the descent to earth from Brent Johnson?... he was beaten six times by the Bruins last night and combined with the five he gave up to Dallas last week, he's not looking like the reliable option that he was over his first six games this season... you knew it would happen eventually but the sad part is that Fleury doesn't look ready to take advantage.
Three point (and a plus-3) night for Tyler Myers and maybe this will get the kid going.
Jhonas Enroth won his second straight as he stopped 28 of 32 for the shootout victory... we're telling people to not bother with this guy, we don't think Miller will be out long and don't see Enroth as a long-term option.
Ilya Kovalchuk has 1+2=3 with a minus-6 in his last 10 games and is on pace for 16+27=43 this year... wow, that's rough. I'm sure you saw his feeble shootout attempt from last night, almost looks like this guy is trying to lose.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson played a season low 11 minutes last night.
Rob Schremp sat out last night's game... not sure if he was scratched or injured, I don't really care but maybe somebody does.
The Ducks recalled Luca Sbisa after he put up nine points in eight games in the AHL... he was in their lineup last night playing 17 minutes and was named the game's 3rd Star.
The Caps have called Marcus Johansson back up from the AHL after a conditioning stint.