I can't believe we're (sorta) recommending Raycroft... Clowe & Demers two Sharks to grab... the Laich switch is back on... two ironmen go down... a history lesson on logo evolution
Two out of three ain't bad for Andrew Raycroft as he had his second strong start in posting an 18 save shutout last night and if you're really desperate for goaltending right now then you might want to go against your best judgment and grab the Razor. At the least, it appears that the Canucks are more confident in him over Cory Schneider right now so he should see most the action until Luongo comes back.
Hopefully you got on the Ryane Clowe train early as it looks like it's picking up speed. After two points in his first 14 games, Clowe picked up two points for the 2nd straight game yesterday. He has 50-60 point potential, so ignore that slow start and grab him.
We're still trying to get our heads around this Jason Demers kid... we didn't think he'd last on the Sharks top PP unit but he's hanging in there and has managed 10 points through 15 games. He definitely doesn't shoot the puck enough as he has no goals and only 12 shots so far but he's only been a minus player in one game this year and sports a plus-7 on the season. He's worth a look but just understand his limitations.
Cam Ward continues to stink... a five goal, 25 save performance had owners hanging their heads on Sunday. There's nothing you can do, his trade value is rock bottom right now and he's impossible to replace on the waiver wire... ride it out, my friends.
Its been a barbell (III---III) season for Brooks Laich as he's been great-bad-great so far this year... he had 3+4=7 in his first four games, no points in five and now 3+4=7 in his last five games. Not sure how you can take advantage of this phenomenon but good luck. One thing to mention is that Laich is on pace to top his career high in shots by 50 this year (on pace for 234 right now).
Mike Green extended his point streak to nine games... good times for Greenie owners and this is all while the Caps PP is struggling.
If you've seen a few Canucks games lately then you can't help but come away impressed with Mason Raymond so far this season. The production is not really there yet but it looks like its only a matter of time. He has 4+1=5 in his last six games but only six points in total on the season. The ice-time is there (16:34/game) and the shots are there (on pace for 224) so if you're a believer then he might be a decent flier pick for GMs in deeper leagues.
Alex Pietrangelo has been moved up to the 1st PP unit in hopes of jump-starting the Blues slumping offense. Good news for Pietrangelo owners but bad news for Erik Johnson owners as he gets the bump to the 2nd unit. It shouldn't make much of a difference as Andy Murray has really been spreading the PP time around. [more]
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
SOUND THE ALARM!... Alex Ovechkin collided with Raffi Torres in the 2nd period last night and did not return... deep breath AO owners... looks like Ovie might miss a game or two with his UBI (suspected shoulder) but it's not considered to be a serious injury. Just remember "Russian machine never break", Ovie's only missed four games during his 4+ NHL seasons... he should be fine.
Same deal with Eric Staal as he also left Sunday's game with a UBI. He's even more of an ironman than Ovie as Staal has only missed one game in his 6+ NHL seasons. No word on the extent of this injury but we'll let you know when we do.
Michael Grabner missed last night's game with an ankle injury that could keep him out "weeks"... stay tuned.
The bad news for Nikita Filatov is that he's out day-to-day with a bruised back... the good news is that he won't officially be a healthy scratch for a little while.
Marian Gaborik returned from his knee injury and scored the only goal in the game yesterday. He was questionable for the game so it's good to see him back out on the ice producing. Run him out there next week with confidence... well as much confidence as you can have with the brittle Gabby.
Erik Cole returned after a 10 game absence due to a fractured left leg. He played 20:24 of ice time but picked up no points. He looks good to start but if you can wait it might be a good idea to sit him for an extra week... especially with his buddy, Eric Staal, questionable.
Returning to action from the injured list yesterday was: Chris Higgins, Sean Avery and Kyle Wellwood.
What's distracting us today? Today we'll give you a little NHL history lesson thanks to NHL.com. Ever wonder how the Winged Wheel logo for the Red Wings came about? Well wonder no more...