Congrats to Marty Brodeur for tying Patrick Roy's record for all-time wins last night in Montreal... Patrick didn't look too pleased, he's probably plotting his comeback as we speak... and in a very twilight zone twist, could Marty actually break Patrick's record on St. Patrick's day vs Chicago?
Don't look now but JM Liles is scoring again. After a 49 point season in 2005-06 Liles regressed the next two seasons (44 and 32 points). He's picked things up recently though. A 1+2=3 gem last night gives him six points in seven games since returning from his wrist injury. Don't count on this pace continuing but ride the hot streak for as long as it lasts.
Tobias Enstrom has been suffering through a sophomore slump for most of the year but he seems to be coming out of it lately as he's enjoyed the added ice-time and responsibilities that have come his way since Mathieu Schneider left town... Enstrom's 2+6=8 and a +8 in his last nine games.
We're hearing some rumblings out there that Alex Frolov has taken a big step backwards this season. Don't believe the hype. After two seasons where he played above a 70 point pace we were all expecting more than the 64 points Frolov is on pace for. But ignore the slow start and Frolov has been putting up some nice numbers lately...like 25 points in 23 games nice. Expect him to play near a 70-75 point pace the rest of the way.
It's looking like Olli Jokinen and the Flames are a good fit. In six games with the Flames Olli has eight goals and two assists. Mostly thanks to a 3+2=5 game last night. Curtis Glencross has been given the plum assignment of lining up with OJ and Iggy lately. GlenX played 24 minutes last night and has eight points in his last seven games.
Alex Semin chipped in four points last night and has 16 points on a current nine game point streak. Amazing season for the kid and unfortunate that he missed 19 games with injury as his 1.35 points-per-game would put him second in league scoring if he was able to play all the games.
We've hyped up this guy a few times here but we wanted to show you what Cory Murphy's time in Tampa would look like if you extrapolated it over a whole season: 17 goals, 44 points and 27 power play points. Sure his +/- could get ugly (only -3 right now) but those numbers are too hard to find to leave him sitting on your waiver wire..
Pekka Rinne picked up another shutout last night...his seventh of the year. It's hard to believe that Pekka only played five games in October and November combined.
Rough night for Mikka Kiprusoff, hell its been a tough road-trip as the Kipper gave up 23 goals in the six games he played on the trip and was pulled twice. Mike Keenan admitted that he probably should have rested Kipper last night and he already said recently that he plans to rest Kipper in about four of their games down the stretch so keep that in mind if he's one of your goalies.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):Ilya
Valtteri Filppula left last night's matchup against the Blues with back spasms. He's definitely out for tonight's game but it doesn't sound too serious as the team won't be calling anybody up from the AHL. [more]
Christian Ehrhoff couldn't go last night as he's got a LBI but is only listed as day-to-day.
Returning to action from the injured list yesterday was: Evgeni Nabokov, Rostislav Olesz, Alex Steen, Patrick, Berglund, Joni Pitkanen, Marian Hossa, Petr Sykora, Rob Blake and Ilya Bryzgalov.
What's distracting us today? We love fantasy hockey but sometimes it can cause you to overlook a player that you really shouldn't. He doesn't get a lot of points. He doesn't get a ton of PIM's. He's not on the PP. But he's still pretty awesome.
We thought we would give a little pub for a player that fits that mould perfectly. Cal Clutterbuck. He's tied for 410th in the league with 13 points and he has only one power play point. But Clutterbuck's big claims to fame this season are:
- He's the league leader in hits with 275...even though he's only 5-foot-11 (you have to love that)
- Wayne Gretzky and Don Cherry don't like his visor
In the video below, a fan's clever sign asks...'Have You Been Clutterbucked?' If Clutterbucking means loving this guy then count us Clutterbucked..