Darrol "Kung" Powe got his first NHL goal last night... we're starting to think that Philly has assembled a roster that kinda sounds like a fight sequence in the old Batman TV show... visualize Batman and Robin in their tights walloping somes stooges and a big POWE!!! blows up on your screen or ASHAM!!!... KUKKONEN!!!
Anyone catch Barry Melrose on the FAN 590? Man, dude is bitter & not that funny when he's bashing everyone.... Len Barrie, Brian Lawton and Stevie Stamkos take the worst of it. No word on the status of the mullet.
Chris Stewart scored his first points (a goal and an assist) in this third NHL game. He's one of Colorado's bigger prospects so it's not totally outside of the realm of possibility he could help some fantasy teams in very deep leagues. The most promising sign...he played 16 minutes in the game.
Matt D'Agostini was having a solid season in the AHL when he was called up to Montreal about 10 days ago and all he's done since he came up is score a goal in each of his last 4 games... he's getting some decent ice-time and playing on the 2nd line with Koivu and A.Kostitsyn.
Sergei Kostitsyn made his glorious return from the press box: 13 minutes played, no points and no shots. Things are not looking good for one of our (and most experts) breakout candidates. We have faith he'll be fantasy relevant at some point again...although probably not worth a roster spot to wait and find out.
Cristobal Huet is expected to start tonight and Nikolai Khabibulin should be in the pipes on Friday. With Huet's improved play in Khabby's absence it should be more of a 50-50 split for the two...which is probably bad news for owners of either player.
Radek Bonk is really heating up, his goal last night gives him 2 in his past 24 games... ahhh, we jest. This guy is one of the bigger wastes of space around, just thought we'd remind everyone of that.
Dan Ellis started for Nashville and had a good game...stopping 25 of 27 shots. With Pekka Rinne on fire, we're surprised Ellis wasn't on the bench for this matchup. Ellis should get the majority of the starts, but if Rinne keeps up his play he should steal some starts.
Such is life with Jason LaBarbera... you get a shot to replace the struggling Erik Ersberg and do well, shutting out Columbus last game, so coach taps you again and you lay an egg, giving up 6 goals on 26 shots to Colorado. He just can't string like 2 or 3 solid performances together and its hard to establish yourself if you can't do that.
Phillippe Boucher is expected back on Dec, 18th...about the same time as Ryan Whitney. Boucher scored zero points in five games with the Penguins and with Whitney around it will be pretty hard for him to have a bigger impact now. It's looking like Boucher will be one of this years fantasy busts. [more]
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Chris Higgins left last night's game with a suspected shoulder injury, he'll be re-evaluated today.
Olli Jokinen is primed and ready to go for tonight's game. He's one of the better centers in the league so get him in your lineup asap. [more]
Jonathon Cheechoo practiced on Monday but without contact. Sounds like he's getting pretty close to returning but he has done nothing this year so it's probably best to sit him until...well, until he doesn't stink.
Sounds like a few goalies are itching to come back... Marc-Andre Fleury has been cleared to play so look for him soon and Roberto Luongo is back practicing and might give 'er a go this weekend.
Returning to action from injury last night was: Curtis Sanford and Dustin Boyd.
What's distracting us today? We saw the video below and it looks like NHL might be getting into some interesting marketing areas. The NHL may (this hasn't been confirmed) by trying to increase their fan base in Indonesia. Marketing the Islanders to Islanders....pure brillance:
We were thinking of some other great marketing opportunities the league might want to take advantage of:
- Calgary Flames to the patrons of Flamers Burgers and Chicken
- Toronto Maple Leafs to the kids who can't read good (and have poor grammar).
- Altanta Thrashers and Thrasher magazine...how has this not happened yet?
- Columbus Blue Jackets to this guy and Phoenix Coyotes to this guy.
- Nashville Predators missed a glorious chance to cross promote with AVP2...for their sake let's hope AVP3 gets made.
Think you can do better than our list? Prove it. Add your marketing idea for the NHL in the comments section...smart guy!