As we suspected, Kari Lehtonen couldn't go yesterday and so Ondrej Pavelec started and got Atlanta only their 2nd win of the season... so now they have a dilemma if Lehtonen is healthy for their next game on Thursday. We think Pavelec could win this #1 job but we're not sure that they'll give him the chance.
Dwayne Roloson got the start in both weekend games for Edmonton and won both, so their goalie situation is officially too hard to figure out... hell, Jussi Markkanen could be starting next game for all we know. Roloson might be worth a pickup in your league if he's on the waiver wire as he hasn't played a bad game yet.
Ian White got into his 1st game for Toronto yesterday, played forward and picked up a goal... congrats on the goal and double congrats on rocking the Wendel Clark mustache as well.
Devin Setoguchi scored two empty net goals last night, well officially there was a goalie in the net but if you saw the game or the highlights then you know what we mean... if this guy can hold down a spot on Thornton's line all year then he could be this year's biggest breakout player.
Mike Knuble is 6+2=8 in his last 5 games and is proving that he's still effective on the PP.
Simon Gagne is off to a smoldering start with 8+6=14 in 10 games so far including 8 points in his last 3 games, so he appears to be fully recovered from his concussion problems, for now.
The NYI are shortly behind Tampa Bay in terms of sheer entertainment, check out coach Scott Gordon talking about how he's now decided to put Kyle Okposo on the 1st line with Doug Weight and Bill Guerin:
"You want to make sure the guy playing with Dougie and Billy is a guy that's capable of scoring and making plays with the consistency they have."
... we are talking about the 37 year olds Dougie and Billy who averaged 35 points last year right? Granted they are doing better this year but only cause the coach is showering them in ice-time while sitting all the young guys and guiding the team to a 30th overall start. This is great for us cause it means that we won't need to move the NYI coach from the 30th ranked spot when we update our Coach Rankings.
We took down our poll, it was pretty evenly split, no overwhelming favourite as to which player will continue their hot start amongst Tkachuk, Dubinksy and Miettinen... and showing that you guys know what you're talking about, there wasn't one vote for Aaron Voros... well done.
Dman of the Day
Andrej Sekera has taken on a big role in Buffalo, logging a lot of minutes and 1st PP unit time... he's responded with 5 points in his last 5 games and is a great pickup in points only pools. We like this kid but he doesn't shoot the puck enough or take enough penalties to be a starting dman in a lot of leagues.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page which will give you a consolidated list of injury status):
TJ Oshie has a high ankle sprain and at this point all they are saying is that he'll be out a week but it could be longer.
Marty Brodeur had tests done on his "bruised elbow" yesterday... we await the results with baited breath.
Cory Stillman left the game last night after doing a face-plant... so he may miss a few (or more) with a concussion.
Distraction of the Day
What's distracting us today... election day is tomorrow and John McCain is doing the political equivalent of pulling the goalie right now (no, not that goalie). Just like an NHL coach, he's using all the old tricks, showing up on SNL the other night (calling a timeout to get everyone's attention), trying to increase voter turnout (gaming the officials) and pulling the "Obama's Aunt is an illegal alien" card (calling for an illegal stick check)... we like it, shows he's a fighter... our new poll wants to know who you'd take in a hockey fight between John and Barack? McCain seems like a scrapper (maybe a Jordin Tootoo type?) but he's got those little alligator arms, think he'd totally give up 6 inches in the reach department so gotta go with Baracktimus Prime on this one.