Flyer's coach John Stevens has anoited Antero Niittymaki as his #1 goalie... for now. All he really said is that Niitty will keep playing if he's playing well. Hell, that's good enough for us as Antero's been fabulous lately going 5-1-1 with a 1.90 & .942 in his last 7 games. So he's worth a pickup if you need a goalie, we grabbed him yesterday.
We're always so nice here at FHS, not sure why?... well lets get a little pissed and talk about some guys that are really letting us down:
Dany Heatley - One of our favourites cause all the guy does is score, usually very consistent and typically healthy. But this year he can't get his head out of his ass it seems and his numbers are way down. He's only 1+2=3 in his last 8 games and played a season low 12:44 last night so Cory Clouston doesn't appear to be a big fan of the Heater.
Dustin Byfuglien - We really thought this guy would be a hidden gem this year after his breakout last year and his eligibility on D, while exclusively playing forward, but it just hasn't worked out as planned. He is on pace to approach 100 PIMs and 200 shots, which for a dman is great, but the points aren't really there... 2 points in his last 15 games and being scratched last night gets you a ticket to the waiver wire if you're on my team.
Carey Price - ... is playing more like Keri Price (sorry ladies), he's 2-7 with a 3.87 & .864 since January 1st and he hasn't been able to do anything to stop the Habs tailspin lately. Hard to say if you should just ride this one out or abandon ship now since Montreal is starting to look like last year's Senators.
Tom Gilbert added 3 assists last night giving him 11 points in his last 11 and he could be a very nice add right now as he's due to pick up some additional time on the #1 PP unit with the injuries to Lubs Visnovsky and Denis Grebeshkov (see below). But Tommy, c'mon, where are the goals my friend? He had 13 last year during his rookie season but only 3 so far this year and he can't afford to do that if he's not going to give us some PIMs and shots as well.
Buffalo called might-mite Nate Gerbe up to try to replace some of Thomas Vanek's scoring. Gerbe's been doing very well in the AHL this year leading all rookie in goals (20) and points (37). He played most of the game last night with Derek Roy and Jason Pominville and saw some action on the #1 PP unit so keep an eye on Gerbe over the next little while to see if the points start to flow.
Quickie... Cam Barker's got 6 points in his last 5 including 4 PP points.
Another Quickie... Brendan Bell has 4 points in his last 3 games and is playing on the #1 PP unit lately so he seems to be in the Coach Clouston's Fav-5.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Alexander Semin missed last night's game with an undisclosed injury, he's listed as day-to-day and Coach B says its minor and that he should be back Saturday... thanks to the Crapitals Insider for that. [more]
Sergei Gonchar was cleared to play yesterday but he didn't suit up last night, the word is he should be ready to go vs the Leafs on Saturday night.
Apparently Philippe Boucher has been out with an undisclosed injury since January but we didn't realize it until now... shows how far ESPN's pre-season #3 ranked fantasy dman has fallen. He's listed as day-to-day but does anyone really care?
Tampa Bay says the Mike Smith has been dealing with post-concussion syndrome for the last 6 weeks. That doesn't sound fun for Smitty or good for the Lightning. They say he could return soon but this is sounding pretty serious.
Doug Weight and Denis Grebeshkov both left their games early last night. Grebeshkov hurt his foot and we're not sure about Weight, maybe he had to get home to catch Matlock? The extent of their absences is unknown at this time.
Daniel Carcillo missed a game recently cause he was dazed but he returned on Saturday and he appears more angry than confused as he's piled up 40 PIMs in his last 5 games.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Milan Hejduk and Shawn Horcoff.
No way we can have a post containing the words hockey and cartoons and not show a Peter Puck clip. He is pretty much the greatest thing ever created.
Next up. we'll look toward the cartoon kings...Walt Disney. No we're not talking about The Mighty Ducks. We're not even talking about the ultra-violent Hockey Homicide from 1945 starring Goofy (or many Goofy's?). We're talking about the 1939 classic The Hockey Champ starring Donald Duck:
We remember Donald Duck being a bit of a jerk...but he's really an ass in that clip. Also, did you see the suicide 'joke' at 5:30? How did they get away with that stuff 70 years ago?
Finally, let's close out our look back with the loved Pingu:
If you don't like Pingu there's really something wrong with you. David Hasselhoff likes Pingu so much he sang 'The Pingu Dance'.