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Gustav Nyquist had a big game with 2+1=3 on five shots last night and he was rewarded with bus fare to Grand Rapids following the game. The kid showed well in camp and looks like he's on his way to being a good one but given that this is the Wings, we'll all have to be super-patient.
Johan Franzen also had 1+2=3 for the Wings.
Mathieu Perreault with another goal last night and he finishes the preseason with 3+2=5 as he makes yet another bid to impress the Caps brass. I don't really see it happening as Coach Bruce seems to like his players, how do you say, BIG... and MP is somewhat less than that.
Michal Neuvirth stopped 28 of 29 for the Caps and he wasn't joking when he said he was going to try to give Vokoun some stiff competition as he had a 1.35 gaa & .949 sv% in three preseason appearances. Vokoun was 3.26 & .870 in three games.
Mike Green with a goal & assist last night but people seem to be down on him heading into this season... it's only exhibition but here are the Caps dmen PP TOI from last night:
M.Green - 9:23
Wideman - 8:09
Hamrlik - 3:36
Carlson - 2:08
Alzner - 0:05
Orlov - 0:00
The Sabres can carry a few extra players while they're in Europe so things could change next week but Luke Adam is on the roster and while Derek Roy is easing himself back into the lineup, Adam will center the top the line between Vanek & Pominville. We're really high on this kid, great numbers his final year of Jr. and in the AHL last year where he was the ROY.
Here are your notable cuts from the past 24 hours: Calvin De Haan (NYI), Matt Donovan (NYI), Tyson Barrie (COL), Paul Postma (WPG), Janne Pesonen (WPG), Gilbert Brule (EDM), Teemu Hartikainen (EDM), Tomas Tatar (DET), Ben Scrivens (TOR) & Richard Bachman (DAL).
A good list here from Robert Vollman at Hockey Prospectus of some sleepers and bounceback candidates but how can you call it the NHL's Top 10 Breakout Candidates when there are guys like Miikka Kiprusoff, Jimmy Howard & Scott Gomez on the list?... haven't those guys already broken out? Just semantics I suppose.