Potential goalie controversy in Anaheim. Jonas Hiller has started both of the Duck's post All Star break games. In January, JS Giguere has only four complete games (games started and finished) while Jonas Hiller has seven. Hiller's numbers are much better than Giggy's this year (2.15 vs. 3.08, .926 vs. 904) so it's no wonder the team is sticking with Hiller. Giggy owners you better go and grab Hiller ASAP. The rest of you with any open roster spots would be well used on Hiller.
After going 12 games with only three points Ryan Whitney picked up two points last night and now has five points in five games. It looks like the rust might have finally been shaken off. Whitney should help Pittsburgh get their power play going which would mean lots of PP points heading Whitney's way.
After some up and down stretches in late December and early January Sidney Crosby looks like he might be turning it on a bit. Four points last night gives him 14 points in his last seven games. Four points? I thought he was questionable last night? Questionable to dominate, perhaps?
Sticking with the Penguins...Kris Letang picked up two goals last night. Considering he had only 3 points in the 27 games previous we wouldn't recommend you rush out to the waiver wire to grab him.
Tim Connolly had two more points last night and that's 6+2=8 in his last 5 games. He's playing good minutes on the 1st PP unit but only a few of points lately have come on the PP. He's probably a few games away from getting injured again so don't bet the farm on it but he could be a good short-term add.
You want hot? Mike Cammalleri picked up the hat trick last night and now has...get this...11 goals in only seven games. He has at least a point in each of those seven games and now has 47 points in 46 games.
Old guys like to get their kicks too and Scott Niedermayer is proof of that, he's been rolling lately with 14 points (all assists) in 13 January games and he's on pace for another fine fantasy season with 50+ points, 80+ PIMs and 180+ shots.
Great Quote from Senators owners Eugene Melnyk yesterday:
"Anybody that says we should blow up this organization should get their own bomb and go blow themselves up"
WTF? You can't tell me to go "blow myself up" just cause I think your team is in need of a few changes... seems a little drastic, n'est pas? Does Eugenius realize he doesn't have the fan base to be inviting half his season ticket holders to go "blow themselves up".... This guy should really own the Leafs, he's just crazy enough.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Alex Ovechkin had a rare day off from training yesterday. Sounds like it's nothing to be worried about and the team is just letting their star relax after a long week.
Teemu Selanne made his first start since December 19th. He played almost 18 minutes had zero points and was minus-2. The big news was that he was playing with Brendan Morrison and Bobby Ryan on the second line and second PP unit. Chris Kunitz gets a bump in his value as he's lining up with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on the top unit.
Olaf Kolzig will have surgery on a bicep tendon and will be out for 3 to 4 months, so it looks like his season's over... hopefully you weren't holding on to him hoping for him to add to his 2 wins this year.
When is Paul Stastny going to start scoring like his dad Peter? We want 139 points! Anyway, the younger Stastny resumed skating this week as he attempts to make it back from a broken forearm. There's a chance he may come back sooner than expected...but he should still be out another couple of weeks.
Sam Gagner is going to be out around 10 days with this ankle injury that doesn't seem to be getting better... beware of the ankle.
And from the... "we hope you don't care but" file, Brad Stuart has a rib/back injury and is out for a week or two, maybe longer.
Two potential Bruins returning tonight... Phil Kessel's been out for weeks with mono and Michael Ryder missed Tuesday's game with the flu. Both could suit up tonight against the Devils and Kessel's return is particularly huge for fantasy owners.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Duncan Keith and Pascal Dupuis.
LEVEL 1 - GOALIE ON GOALIE:
LEVEL 2 - GOALIE ON PLAYER:
LEVEL 3 - GOALIE ON TRAINER:
He's an angry, angry man.
That last video was taken from a KHL game played this past Wednesday. Emery was pulled for the first time this year and his trainer for Atlant Mytishchi (who kinda looks like Sergei Gonchar's long-lost-portly-twin) came up to offer him a cap. Then, according to Emery's agent J.P. Barry: "From what I understand, Ray was upset about being pulled, he was hot and his head was sweaty," said Barry. "He told the trainer three times that he didn't want the hat and then the guy gave him a tough-guy stare. Ray then pushed him away."
Odd how Barry doesn't mention Emery's punch to the poor dude's jaw or the fact he chased him down the hall. We really need to get this guy a reality TV show.