Burrows just getting warmed up... Henrik is not a sniper... deja vu for Leclaire?... we talking about Randy Jones???... Markov on the comeback trail... a wicked mini hockey rink
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HEADS WAY UP: Its Black Friday and that means a bunch of day games today, so if you're a daily transaction kinda guy then get on it early.
Alex Burrows is off to a seemingly slow start this year but he is actually on pace to match last year's 51 point season and while the PIMs are a little off (on pace for 102), the shots are way up (on pace for 235). Burrows should benefit from the return of Danny Sedin (as long as he sticks on that line) and he's typically done a lot of his damage later in the season... check out his numbers post All-Star break over the prior two seasons combined: points-per-game increases from .38 to .68 and PIMs-per-game goes way up from 1.31 to 3.05.
Seems that Henrik Sedin is tired of always passing to his brother and has decided to do it himself this year... with eight goals in his last nine games, he's on pace for 47, which would more than double his previous career high of 22. While his shots are up (he's on pace to set a career high with 184) we can't see this lasting as he's shooting at a pretty ridiculous 26% clip right now and his career average is about half of that. So enjoy it while it lasts and maybe even shop him to see if another GM thinks Henrik's turned into a sniper in his 9th NHL season.
Fedor Tyutin continues to impress us as he has seven assists (six on the PP) in his last six games. The CBJs have a potent PP (2nd in the league at 25.5%) and Tyutin has held onto his spot on that PP, joining Anton Stralman on the point.
A solid outing last night for the Senators Brian Elliott as he stopped 32 of 33 to beat the CBJs. We've been telling you the past few days that his guy is in a good spot to succeed and he's worth an add right now. He's the Sens starter while Leclaire is out and stranger things have happened, actually it happened to Leclaire last year, where a young goalie came in and stole his job while he was out injured.
Here's a cheap & easy one for ya... Randy Jones has 2+4=6 in eight games with the Kings. He's seeing a decent amount of ice-time and minutes on the 2nd PP unit. He won't give you much other than assists but if you're getting no production out of your #4 dman, then give Jonesy a look.
The Kings brought 2009 1st round pick Brayden Schenn up from junior for a game, just on an emergency basis, he played last night and its expected that he'll be heading back to junior today.
The Rangers have called up dman Bobby Sanguinetti to fill in for the injured Wade Redden (see below). Sanguinetti is off to a sizzling start in the AHL this year with 6+16=22 in 21 games and sits 4th in the league in scoring... as a dman! He should see some PP time as Kotalik is also nursing an injury right now.
TJ Hensick and Ville Koistinen both cleared waivers yesterday. Hensick was sent to the AHL and he'll probably need to do something pretty special to get a legit NHL chance. Koistinen will stay with the Panthers for the time being but the outlook for him appears pretty bleak as well.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
The Habs Andrei Markov is make some quick progress in his rehab from that torn ankle tendon and is targeting a return for late December or early January which is about a month earlier than originally expected. So good news for owners who held on to him and a heads up for those in leagues where he's available... time to think about grabbing him and stashing him away.
Wade Redden left Wednesday night's game early with a UBI that is suspected to be a shoulder injury and he's out for the next week. He is such a stiff and with only two measly assists to show for his last 16 games, hopefully he's not on too many rosters any longer.
What's distracting us today? Part of us is thinking these two kids are waaaaaay to old for this kind of thing and they really need a more productive hobby... like trying to get into chick's pants, perhaps?
But another (bigger) part of us is thinking... holy shit, that thing is effin' awesome: