As soon as we shine the spotlight on some struggling guy, he picks it up... who knew we had that kind of clout? It happened with Alex Kovalev, Todd Bertuzzi and now Brett McLean, who picked up his first goal of the season in his 32nd game last night. How 'bout we test out our theory on Rod Brind'Amour now? He hasn't found the back of the net in 16 games and is a rather chilly -10 during that stretch. If our power is as potent as we suspect, you should probably run to the waiver wire and pick Rod "the Bod" up right now.
Antero Nittymaki has filled in nicely while Marty Biron is home with the sniffles... he's 6-1-1 in his last 8 starts and his numbers on the year are "almost incredibly" respectable, 2.62 & .915. If it wasn't for two 5-goal stinkers in his last 5 starts we'd be all over this guy.
We've been telling you for a while to hold onto Eric Staal, he'll come around eventually, well now is eventually... 6+4=10 in his last 7 games, he seems to be buying what Paul Maurice is selling. Joe Corvo is another one that has seen a nice jump since Maurice took over, as he's got 6 points in his last 6 games and is seeing a lot of ice-time under PMo.
Sounds like Vesa Toskala has a sore groin (what goalie doesn't?) so he's going to rest it for a few days. This opens the door for Justin Pogge to come up and strut his stuff for a few games. We'll keep an eye on this for you, cause if Pogge looks good then wouldn't surprise us if Cujo hangs them up and with Toskala on the trading block, Pogge could be the #1 before the end of the season.
After a rough start against the Leafs earlier in the week Tim Thomas rode the pine for back to back games. Manny Fernandez picked up wins in both games and has looked to be more of the go-to guy lately. The B's are going to ride the hot hand and right now that's Manny. Fernandez is now 11-1-1 in his last 13 starts...that's hot! Get him in your lineup.
Derick Brassard is 'likely' out for the year. He's going in for surgery on the shoulder he dislocated last Thursday in a fight. He'll be out four to six months. Drop him in all non-keeper formats. That sucks...he was looking like a rookie of the year candidate. [more]
Tomas Vokoun did his best to show he can still play by picking up a shutout over Colorado last night. He'll need more games like this if he's going to win back the number one job in Florida.
Ho Hum...Phil Kessel got another two points last night and David Krejci picked up more three assists. Just another day in the office for these two. DK has a point in 15 of his last 16 and Kessel has a point in an incredible 18 straight!
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Patty Bergeron and his owners received a bit of good news yesterday. The concussion he suffered was nowhere near as bad as the one he had last year. He looks to be out a couple of weeks. Let's hope P.B. doesn't have to go through this again. [more]
Dougie Weight left last night's game with a groin injury. No word on severity. He's been a pretty solid producer this year (other than plus-minus) so this might hurt a few fantasy teams if he's out an extended period. Know who else this will hurt? The Islanders...they'll stink even worse without him. [more]
Marty Biron is suffering from the flu. "I've known Marty a long time and I've never seen him this ill," said forward Danny Briere. "He hardly ever gets sick." Well there you go. Expect him to get back into the swing of things next week.
Ryan Whitney and the Penguins have circled next Tuesday against the Lightning as his potential return date. Obviously set-backs could change this but you have to like the strategy of getting him in there against one of the worst teams in the league. Whitney owners are thankful.
Paul Kariya had no setbacks after three consecutive days of skating. His injured hip is coming along nicely but there is still no timetable for a return.
Carey Price returned from injury and stopped 24 of 27 shots losing the game against the 'Canes 3-2. As far as we've heard Price had no ill effects from his injury and is ready to be started.
Randy Jones returned from his offseason hip surgery to play his first game of the season yesterday, he's a marginal fantasy hockey dman, so if that's your bag then grab him.
What's distracting us today? 'The Sabres Show' asked the question: Who knows Andrew Peters better...his wife or his teammate (Jochen Hecht)? The answer: Who the hell is Andrew Peters? Couldn't 'The Sabres Show' pick a player than more than 2% of the hockey community has heard of? The guy has one frickin' point this season. One of the good players has to be married. 'Don't Panic" Vanek? Pommer? D-Roy? Anybody? Somebody?
(If you thought we were going to get nicer as Christmas approached you'd be wrong)