Was checking out some KHL stats/standings yesterday and noticed that the bottom place team in the league, Vityaz, has only 6 wins in 33 games so far but what really caught our eye was their 1,019 PIMs, which leads the league by about 300 PIMs. For a frame of reference, their 30.9 PIMs per game is just a smidgen higher than this year's NHL leader, Anaheim, at 18.6 per game. We checked out their roster to see who was doing the most damage and found a guy named Kris Saymon has 127 PIMs in 23 games... sounds familiar. Other roster highlights include former NHLer Nathan Perrott who played one game and picked up 27 PIMs, must have been 2, 5 and a game misconduct... which in the KHL is called a Andrei Nazarov hat-trick.
Carlo Colaiacovo is getting a shot on the 1st PP unit with St. Louis and he's starting to find the offensive skills that he displayed back in junior with 3 PP assists in his last 3 games. We wouldn't get too excited as he's scheduled to go down with an injury about 5 minutes ago but he's one to watch.
Andrew Cogliano picked up a goal and assist and now has eight points in his last seven games. It's looking like Cogs and Robbie Schremp (2 assists in the game) are really gelling together. If they keep producing like this they should continue to get quality minutes in Edmonton.
Dustin Penner is 3+4=7 in the 7 games since his scratchings, he's found a nice place on the top line and played a season high 24 minutes last night.
B2B starts and wins for Mathieu Garon so he's taking advantage of his latest opportunity to reclaim his #1 job in Edmonton... keep your eye on what happens tonight as some Oiler goalie is going to be tossed like chum into the Shark tank.
Cory Schneider held the fort last night, stopping 16 of 17 to pick up his first NHL win. Congrats to the kid and we think he's already proven that he's the better option to Sanford for Vancouver so they should be riding him until Luongo is back.
Erik Ersberg is in a bad stretch right now another bad start last night (three goals in the first period) makes it two bad starts this week. Might want to sit him for a week or two ... Jason LaBarbera should get a few extra starts while Ersberg struggles.
So Sean Avery got a 6 gamer for his comments. All jokes aside, he's got too many hurdles to overcome to ever be a fantasy contributor again so smart move is to drop him and let someone else fall in love with your sloppy seconds.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Tyler Kennedy is out for 4 to 6 weeks with a sprained knee, too bad since he was actually having a decent season and was on pace for about 50 points.
Sam Gagner suffered a concussion on Wednesday night and is still feeling it, so he missed last night's game and is day-to-day.
Owen Nolan left last night's game with a LBI, not that we really care but maybe there are people out there who do, we'll get back to you when we hear more.
Housekeeping item, we thought Craig Rivet's UBI was just minor but he's due to miss his third game tonight so it's looking a little more serious.
T.J. Oshie returned to the lineup from his ankle injury and played 11 minutes with no points. He's one of STL's brightest prospects but we don't expect him to make a big fantasy impact this season. But keep him in mind for the future. He now has four points in 11 games.
Nathan Horton, David Booth, Richard Zednik and Cory Stillman are all out with injury but are all expected to return within the week according to head coach Peter DeBoer.
Distraction of the Day
What's distracting us today? With the All Star game getting closer we're doing our best to promote non-Habs for the starting spots. Three Blackhawks took the unusual tactic of slagging off their teammates to garner a few more votes:
Jonathon Toews takes a swipe at Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane hits back at Jonathon Toews:
Brian Campbell showing the kids how it's done: