Chicago fired coach Denis Savard and replaced him with Joel Quenneville yesterday, Savard didn't get along with the upper management (never healthy for a coach) and they weren't too impressed with how he handled their 12 million dollar goalie tandem... well who's fault is it that he has 12 million dollars worth of goalies and neither of them is that good? As for Quenneville, he's a good coach, he'll start out pretty high when we update our Coach Rankings (which ranks the coaches from a fantasy hockey perspective) as he typically has a strong offensive squad, finishing top 5 in goals a few times with Colorado and in the top third of the league in PP% and shots, and his defense is consistently right in the middle of the pack. PIMs are always low, so expect a big drop off there. So overall, look for Chicago to be improved, especially on the PP where they finished bottom third of the league last year.
Mikko Koivu was 1+4=5 last night and is centering a hot line right now with Antti Miettinen (7 points) and Andrew Brunette (5 points). Marian Gaborik missed the game with his standard wonky groin.
It appears that Fabian Brunnstrom will not get a hat-trick in every game he plays (maybe only other game?) as he was held pointless last night and saw only 12 minutes of ice time.
Andrew Raycroft got Colorado their first win last night. Peter Budaj will still start the next game but Raycroft might have earned himself another start soon... still wouldn't recommend him.
Sergei Fedorov jumped back and played defense again last night after Tom Poti left the game with an injury. We'll continue to flood the Yahoo admins with requests that he gets D eligibility on your behalf.
In a monumental feat, Tampa Bay held a team to less than 40 shots on goal... the NYI only got 36 on them last night. TB came back and took them to OT but Olaf Kolzig gifted them the winner with a terrible giveaway.... so still no wins this decade for Barry Melrose. Radim Vrbata saw less than 13 minutes and Steve Stamkos was under 10.
St. Louis is looking like a real offensive powerhouse, Keith Tkachuk (5 goals) and Brad Boyes (4 goals) have both scored in every game so far.
Toss Marty Turco onto the heap of struggling goalies named Marty right now (Biron and Gerber are already at the bottom of the pile)... as he laid another egg last night giving up 5 goals on 18 shots before being pulled after 2 periods.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page which will give you a consolidated list of injury status):
- Tom Poti left the game last night with what the team is describing as a groin pull, no word on the extent.
- Brian Rolston has a sprained ankle after crashing into the boards last night, not sure how serious... stay tuned.
- Henrik Zetterberg has a groin injury and is out 10 days.
Dman of the Day
Fantasy Hockey GMs know that trying to find a dman on the waiver wire is the bane of our existence... never easy... well we'll try to help you out with a few here and there...
We mentioned Dan Girardi the other day and today its Alexander Edler from Vancouver... has 3 points and is a solid +5 so far. Played 27 minutes last night (led the team with 5:36 of PP time) and is averaging 24 through 4 games... we're pleasantly surprised that he's getting this much ice time this early, we thought he'd have to wait for the inevitable injuries to Van city's backliners. We like this kid for a breakout season this year, he's our #4 ranked dman breakout prospect in the Breakout Bible.
Distraction of the Day
What's distracting us today... baseball doesn't distract us too much anymore but we are a little intrigued by the Red Sox being down 3-1 to Tampa Bay and coming back from 7 runs downs in the last 3 innings to stave off elimination last night.... especially cause they've come back from being down in a series like this a few times before. And now the pressure is on TB to take care of business in game 6... word is that Steve Bartman is in the witness protection program and lives in Florida now, perhaps he'll make an appearance at game 6?