Redden on the PP... Kovalev not sucking as bad... Legward's totals increase by 60%, in one game... Ovie's back, Semin's out... A closer look at Seguin and Hall.
The Rangers played Wade Redden on the point of the PP. He played 1:39 with the man advantage last night & had zero points. It sounds like Torts is liking Redden these days, so he should get some extra PP time in the short term at least... which will increase his rock bottom value a bit. Redden was a big time disaster last year and he's only picked up five points in 20 games this season. Expect another season with around 25 points.
It's offical, Nikita Filatov has been loaned to CSKA of the KHL for the rest of the season. Dump him in one year leagues but hang onto him if you have the bench space in keeper leagues.
Alex Kovalev might be coming out of his slump a bit. After a dreadful five points in October (12 games) he's picked up five in six November games. This guy is a mystery wrapped in an enigma who knows what's coming next?
Excuse me? David Legwand scored 1+2=3 last night? That's can't be right. We'll awaiting word that NHL.com is experiencing technical problems but until then, he's increased his season totals from five to eight. Probably just did it to screw us over for picking him as a breakdown in the FSOTW this week.
Legwand's linemate, Joel Ward, also had the same game (1+2=3) and he upped his totals to nine points. With only 35 points in 79 games last year you shouldn't be expecting much. Having Legwand and Ward on the 2nd line is one of the big reasons the Preds can't score.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Alex Ovechkin made his long awaited debut last night and didn't waste anytime as he picked up his 15th goal on the PP. You know what to do.
One comes back, one goes out. Alex Semin was out last night with a sore wrist. Doesn't sound too serious but he's a bit injury prone so this comes with the territory.
Devin Setoguchi missed last night's game with problems stemming from the same leg that caused him to miss seven game before returning for four. Todd McLennan said The Gooch is day-to-day.
Jose Theodore missed last night's game for personal reasons. No details were given but he'll only miss one game. Proceed as normal.
Joni Pitkanen (LBI) and Scott Walker (UBI) missed last night's game and did not travel with the Canes on their road trip. Sounds like they'll miss a couple of games at least. More info as we get it, but their production shouldn't be too hard to replace.
What's distracting us today? If you don't have Hockey or Die bookmarked yet, you really should. Jonathon Willis does a great job over there and it's worth a daily look. He just posted on the 2010 Entry Draft and specifically about Central Scouting picking Tyler Sequin over Taylor Hall for the #1 spot. Our consolidated draft list has Hall at #1 and Seguin at #3 behind Cam Fowler... but with Seguin going nuts, that should change in our next look.
So with Seguin stepping up those lottery picks are going to become doubly important. 1st and 2nd overall should pretty much have equal value now. So that also doubles the chances that Brian Burke messed things up royally.
- Sidney Crosby: 87G – 135A – 222PTS
- Patrick Kane: 88G – 117A – 205PTS
- Sam Gagner: 54G – 128A – 182PTS
- Tyler Seguin: 87G – 77A – 164PTS
- Taylor Hall: 69G – 79A – 148PTS
- Steven Stamkos: 78G – 63A – 141PTS
- Bryan Little: 54G – 86A – 140PTS
- Bobby Ryan: 49G – 69A – 118PTS
- Joshua Bailey: 35G – 82A – 117PTS
- Chris Stewart: 49G – 66A – 115PTS
- Cody Hodgson: 48G – 54A – 102PTS
- Mikkel Boedker: 38G – 58A – 96PTS
- Jordan Staal: 34G – 48A – 82PTS
- Benoit Pouliot: 35G – 44A – 79PTS
Ahhh Benoit Pouliot... we picked you up in a fantasy league one day. It seems so long ago.
If you feel ripped off because you didn't get a video in today's distraction then have a look at this commercial from the Sharks. We loved Dan Boyle before and now we love him just a bit more:
(stick tap to Fear the Fin):
Gotta love a good doppler radar joke.