Nobody hotter than Kaberle... all "Tomas with no H" all the time... lots of goalies to think about... a 3rd liner on the NYI to add?... vintage fantastic goal celebration
Hey-ho-whataya-know, Tomas Kaberle is like the hottest player in the league right now playing on the worst team... four points last night gives him 2+11=13 in his last five games... insanity. Toronto has the best PP in the league right now, converting at 28% and Tommy is a big reason with 12 PPP already this year. He's also shooting the puck a little more this year and is on pace to set a career high in shots with 164, so he might give you a little more than his usual assists and PPP this year.
Tomas Plekanec has been going pretty well this season and is worth a look... two assists last night give him 1+6=7 and a plus-4 in his last six games. He's not going to be someone that's going to carry your team but he looks like he playing more like the guy that put up 69 points two years ago and not the clown who only managed 39 points last year.
Sticking with the "Tomas with no h" theme, Tomas Vokoun posted the 34 save shutout last night to pick up his second win and stop an eight game losing streak. We're still not big on this guy this year as the Panthers continue to leave their goalies out there to get pummeled with shots... its risky business starting TV.
Another goalie who's starting to turn it around is Pekka Rinne from the Preds, he's picked up wins in his past four games and seems to be finding his fine form from the 2nd half of last season. He's definitely worth a flier, if he's available, as you can bet that Barry Trotz is going to ride the horse that's running, so to speak.
Ondrej Pavelec stopped an amazing 50 of 51 shots to beat the Senators yesterday. This scout owns him in one league and still considers him to be a risky start but he's actually been very solid, excluding a few rough outings. If you take out two losses to the mighty Caps, Pavelec's 4-1-1 with a 1.98 & .944. So I'm thinking I should be rolling him out there every night, as long as it's not against the Caps.
Lots of goalie talk today... have to mention that Tuukka Rask posted the 19 save shutout yesterday and he's looked really good so far this year and you'd have to think that he's causing the B's coaching staff to consider giving him more time as Timmy Thomas has gotten off to a slow start this year. Rask might be worth stashing away on your bench or, at the least, he's nice insurance for Thomas owners.
We gave up on Jeff Tambellini after last season but he's trying to prove to us that he's not dead yet... a hat-trick on Halloween gives him 6+1=7 in his last five games. Not sure that we'd recommend him as we're not really big on Islander's 3rd liners but he may be worth a shot, if you're desperate, as the Isles play four times this week.
We mentioned Mike Fisher as a good add the other day and he continued his fine play with a goal and seven shots yesterday while playing over 22 minutes with four on the PP.
We were hard on Nathan Horton to start the year with only three points in his first nine games so its only fair that we show him a little love now that he's 1+6=7 and a plus-5 in his last three games.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
The Blues Andy McDonald got spilled into the boards head first and he left the game... no word on the injury (we're guessing UBI) or the extent yet.
Ron Hainsey missed yesterday's game due to an undisclosed injury he picked up in practice the other day... the coach says he's day-to-day.
The Wings Jonathan Ericsson missed last night's game but it was only the flu so don't worry, although the flu these days can knock guys out for a week.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Andrej Sekera and Vesa Toskala.
What's distracting us today? We thought we would go all the way back to 1993 for this video. It's an awesome clip for two reasons:
1) We get to see both the Winnipeg Jets and Quebec Nordiques in action... if only the California Golden Seals and Hartford Whalers could also somehow be playing; and
2) We get to see one of the best goal celebrations in history... it makes the 'hot stick' look like a bag of puke.