If you're just getting caught up after the holiday then the big news from yesterday was that Alexei Cherepanov collapsed and died during a KHL game yesterday... sad story.
Also, the rash of injuries to dmen continued as Jack Johnson will have shoulder surgery and is out for 2 to 3 months... don't these guys know that its hard enough for fantasy hockey GMs to find decent dmen, we don't need guys like Gonchar, Whitney, Erik Johnson, Zubov, Randy Jones. etc., all going down with injuries early in the season. Stay close to your waiver wire.
Speaking of waiver wire dmen... NYR's Dan Girardi has 5 points in his first 5 games this year, 3 of those coming on the PP. This guy won't get you PIMs but should be serviceable in all other categories.
If the season ended today, the Art Ross trophy would be given to Brandon Dubinsky and Aaron Voros... each has 7 points in 5 games are are forming a very potent line with Nikolai Zherdev.
Sergei Fedorov played defense last night and was the main reason that Washington limited Vancouver to only 10 shots on goal... alright, maybe the last part of that was made up but he did play D last night. Pray to your god that he gains eligibility on D. A by-product of Feds move was that Michael Nylander was moved up to the 2nd line and had 3 points, despite only playing 14 minutes... we'll monitor this situation for ya.
Leafs finally found room in their lineup for Anton Stralman but coach Ron Wilson could only find 12 minutes of ice time for him... cause, of course, they're gunning for the playoffs right??? Nikolai Kulemin scored again but only saw 13 minutes of ice time, he needs to see more ice-time at the expense of Jason Blake who is eating up way too much playing wrist-shot target practice with the goalies chest from 40 feet away.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page which will give you a consolidated list of injury status):
- Kevin Bieksa had the MRI on his knee but the results haven't been released yet, they say he's out for at least 2 weeks, maybe more.
- Jason Arnott left the game last night with a hand injury... he'll be re-evaluated today.
- Tomas Holmstrom is in the lineup and scored last night.
Distraction of the Day
What's distracting us today... today is Election Day up in Canada, so time for everyone north of the border to get their vote on. As much as we're not a fan of the colossal amount of money and time that is wasted on the whole US election process, it would be nice to see a little effort up here... I mean the current ruling party has basically run their campaign with a "If you're not dead then what do you have to complain about?" platform... not really promising to do much of anything and daring you to find somebody else better... and pretty much all the other guys have their drawbacks as well so what is one to do?