Watched most of the NYI game yesterday (we know, you're already questioning our judgment) and it re-enforced that these guys are trying to lose cause it would be pretty difficult to look worse... Down 1-0 they've got Doug Weight playing the point on the PP and he attempts the worst pinch in the history of hockey and Philly scores shorthanded to open up a two goal lead. Then, after they make it 2-1, Scott Gordon puts the rookie Josh Bailey out there with 3 minutes left and in his first NHL game he takes his 2nd lazy penalty and squashes any chance of a comeback.
The Gooch, Devin Setoguchi, was 2+1=3 last night with 10 shots and although you would expect him to slow down soon, this guy is a sniper and as long as he can stay on a line with Joe Thornton, the chances are going to be bountiful.
Iron Mike gave Dustin Boyd a season high 18 minutes of ice time last night, put him on a line with Jarome Iginla and the kid responded with his 5th and 6th goals of the season. Wouldn't expect it to last as Keenan would prefer to give ice time to Brian Noonan and Stephane Matteau over young kids but it does show you what Boyd is capable of.
Despite only playing 8 minutes last night, Jiri Hudler had 3 points and is now 2+9=11 in his last 8 games. He's a risk cause he gets pushed aside when guys like Franzen return to the lineup but he's shown that he can produce in limited minutes.
Jordan Staal had the hat-trick last night, if you picked this guy up when he was on Malkin's line then good for you... now, its time to shop him around cause, despite flashes like last night, his value is dropping.
Dan Ellis stopped 54 of 57 to pick up the win over SJ last night and that's back-to-back strong performances for the struggling goalie, hopefully this is the sign that he's turning it around.
Erik Ersberg got his 4th straight start and 3rd straight win stopping 19 of 21 vs Dallas. You may say that the numbers don't look that great but the most encouraging thing is that LA is keeping the shots down (leading the league with fewest shots against, 24.0 per game) and when you do that, you dramatically increase your chances of winning and when a goalie wins he dramatically increases his chances of playing again....its quite elementary, you see.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page which will give you a consolidated list of injury status):
Danny Briere had to leave yesterday's game and is day-to-day with a lower body injury which he says is unrelated to his ripped abs injury that he just returned from. He's typically been very durable over his career (outside of 2005/06 and the hernia) so we wouldn't worry too much.
Mike Comrie missed yesterday's game while getting his bionic hip checked out, he's day-to-day for now.
Returning from injury last night was: Jere Lehtinen and Johan Franzen.
Distraction of the Day
What's distracting us today... was at the Toronto v Calgary game last night so we apologize if our hearing's a little off since we had to listen to lots of "Go Leaflames Go" chanting, some chach who kept saying "Whoa Toskala how'd you save that one when you can't stop them from 200 feet" and some d-bag who was obviously re-living his childhood by serenading us with dead whale sounds on his CFL-horn during the entire intermission.