In the battle for the prestigious Bob Mason Jar, that we award to the league's best Mason, Chris looks to be losing his grip to Steve. Chris lost again last night and takes his record to 0-4 with a 3.59 gaa and .878 sv%, whereas Steve made a surprise start in Columbus and picked up a win in his first NHL start. Note that Mason Raymond is not eligible unless he chooses to change his name to Raymond Mason.
Brent Johnson is getting the call in the second of back-to-back starts tonight and although coach Boudreau says that Jose Theodore is still the #1, he does say that he'll pick his goalies on a "game-to-game basis"... well given that BJ has far superior numbers to Jose right now, it would appear to be a pretty easy choice for Bruce on a game-to-game basis.
After starting the year pointless in his first 6 games, Chris Kunitz is 1+9=10 in his last 9 games and is benefiting from the torrid numbers that Getzlaf and Perry are putting up. Kunitz is a solid fantasy player who will give you a little of everything but unless you're in a deep league he's probably just going to be a fringe player cause he'll likely only end up in the 50-60 point range.
Kevin Weekes has begun his assault on all of Marty Brodeur's NJ records with his first win of the year last night, stopping 24 of 27 shots to beat TB in a shootout.
Columbus rookies not named Nikita, continued their solid starts as Derick Brassard had a goal last night and that's 3+3=6 in his last 4 games and Jakub Voracek had 2 assists last night (despite only playing 12 minutes) and is now tied for 2nd in rookie scoring with Kris Versteeg, 2 points behind Brassard.
Barry Melrose goes thru defensemen about as quick as he does styling mousse, his latest discard is Janne Niskala who cleared waivers and was sent back to Finland.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page which will give you a consolidated list of injury status):
Paul Kariya left the game last night with a lower body injury, no word on the extent yet.
The following guys are ready to return from injury over the next few days: Sergei Zubov, Jere Lehtinen, Chuck Kobasew, Jochen Hecht, Stephen Weiss and Bryan McCabe.
Distraction of the Day
What's distracting us today... did you guys see this?... Diego Maradona has been named coach of the Argentina national team... wow, he was an amazing player who's been thru a lot of ups and downs, in and out of every type of rehab imaginable and doesn't strike us as the most stable person to be leading a national team that has the potential to win the 2010 World Cup. For those that don't follow footy, can't think of a good hockey comparable but in basketball this would be like making Charles Barkley the head coach of the national team and naming Dennis Rodman and Tim Donaghy as his assistants.