Jason Blake's 5 pointer last night against Carolina was a giant F-U to Paul Maurice since Blake feels that Mo had it in for him last year. Wow, that motivation is a powerful thing, if only Blake could bottle that shiit and use it, maybe even just twice a season, he might not be our least favourite player (in addition to being the ugliest dude) in the league.
Paul Maurice was shuffling his lines last night and the big benefactor was Ray Whitney as he saw some shifts on the 1st line with Eric Staal. Ray had 2 assists in the game and has been his regular steady self this year and should slot in with his standard 60-70 points with a bunch of shots and PP points while toiling with a team that nobody cares that much about (ie Carolina, Columbus, Florida and SJ).
A shutout last night gives Ty Conklin 3 no-no's in his last 5 starts and he's been rather hot with a 8-1-1 record in his last 10 starts. We touted him as the backup goalie in the best situation before the season started, hopefully you grabbed him cause he's putting up numbers that are better than most starters so far.
Drew Stafford is a man of many skills (see below), mostly were concerned about his skills on the ice and right now those are good enough to rack up 8 points in his last 7 games.
We mentioned David Backes as a potential FA add the other day and he showed you why with a goal, 4 PIMs and 4 shots last night. Not sure he can keep it up but guys on pace for 25+ goals and 200+ PIMs are hard to find, in fact, pretty much impossible to find.
Wade Dubielewicz is back! It's almost like he never left... well it was only a half season exile in Russia for Dubie-Dubie-Doo. Wouldn't expect too much from WD34 as we don't think he's the saviour for the Islanders this year... actually check that, unless Jesus returns and he's wearing goalie pads, don't think there is a saviour for the Islanders this year.
Marty Gerber is going to the AHL, currently its only on a temp basis but the Senators are exploring more permanent options that may include sending Gerbs on a jetplane to Europe. It definitely looks over for him but we've said that before and we all know its not over until its over.... but its over.
3 points last night give PM Bouchard 8 points in his last 8 games (only 1 goal) but don't be fooled by this guy, he's one of our least favourite fantasy players cause he really doesn't bring much to the table other than assists. So if you're in a points-only league then be our guest, but otherwise, pay no attention.
Two guys that we poked a little fun at recently got off the snide last night... JP Dumont got his first goal in 17 games and Dion Phaneuf got his first in 26 games. So to JP and DP, sorry guys, nothing personal.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
It sounds like good news but don't loosen your sphincter yet Sidney Crosby owners. He missed practice yesterday but is listed as day-to-day and is questionable for their game tonight. If you're like us then a long term injury to Sid would be the deathblow to your fantasy hockey team.
Another big name on the shelf as Shea Weber missed last night's game with a bruised foot but it sounds like he could be back for the next game. Websy's probably been the top fantasy hockey dmen this year so losing him for any length of time hurts you more than you wanna know.
Andrej Sekera missed last night's game with a LBI and he's listed as day-to-day.
Robert Luongo is back! His mojo?... not yet. Louie gave up 4 goals on 32 shots to Phoenix last night and took the loss after being out 24 games with the shredded groin. Lets give him a few games before we expect to see him back to his usual self.
Also returning from the injured list last night was: Tim Gleason, Steve Eminger and Claude Giroux.
What's distracting us today? We would like to think we scored a hat trick with our three videos in yesterday's distraction. Well it was so nice, we'll try is twice...
First up, Pavel Datsyuk's signature move. It's a thing of beauty and we could watch it all day long...which works out well since this video shows it about 20 times:
Next, for no particular reason...a classic commercial with the Gretzky's:
Check out the guns on Gretz. No wonder he was so small...the guy only did seven reps!
And finally, If you're a long time reader you'll know we're big fans of Drew Stafford. Well, we just decided we like him even more:
If you can rock out, you get a few extra points in our books. Although, we could have lived without him putting on the fake wig and beard.