Alfie easing back in... Liles and Connolly feeling it... the Guch coming around?... Auld stealing starts... don't call it a setback for Varlamov... refs need to get their shizzle together
Daniel Alfredsson followed up his three point return the other night with a natural hat-trick yesterday, so he doesn't need to be eased back into anyone's lineup. Mike Fisher seems pretty happy to have him back as he has 1+4=5 in his past two games after going 0+4=4 in the 11 games that Alfie was out.
Its been a bit of a rough year for JM Liles as he's missed time with shoulder issues and has been scratched a few times but he's returned from his latest scratching to put up 1+6=7 with five PPP in his last six games... so give him a look if you need help on D.
Tim Connolly is feeling it, with three assists last night he extended his point streak to 12 games and has put up a very useful 5+14=19 with a plus-15 during the run... even more amazing is that he hasn't missed a game this season.
Everyone was in on the act in San Jose as they dropped nine on the Flames but the most interesting to us was Devin Setoguchi as he had two points and that's back-to-back multi-point games... good news if you've been holding on to the struggling winger or if you're looking for help on the wing.
Alex Auld stopped 22 of 25 to beat the Wild last night for his second win in consecutive starts and coach Marc Crawford has hinted that he may go back to Auld in the Stars next game Thursday... we'll be upgrading this Crease Conflict and its worth keeping an eye on.
Its been getting ugly for Ilya Bryzgalov lately as here's his numbers in his last seven games: 3-3-0, 4.25 & .865. You knew the good times couldn't last all season but lets hope this is just a rough patch and he can get his early season form back shortly.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Don't call it a setback, the Caps aren't, but Semyon Varlamov was skating and getting closer to returning from his groin & knee injuries and now he's taking a day or two off to rest... so it seems that he's still a little ways off from returning.
Mike Brodeur was expected to make his third straight start yesterday for the Sens but he came down with the flu and had to give way to Brian Elliott... poor timing for the kid.
Fedor Tyutin is out with a UBI, he missed last night's game and is day-to-day.
Todd White missed last night's game with a knee injury, apparently he missed the prior two as well, oops... it sounds like he could have returned last night but the Thrashers don't seem to be in any rush to get his 18 points and minus-15 back in the line-up.
David Moss missed Sunday and Monday night's games with an undisclosed injury... the extent is also undisclosed.
Another one from the Department of Useless Injury Information... Marek Svatos sat out last night's game with a chest contusion, he's day-to-day... good luck replacing his nine points.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Patrice Bergeron, Sergei Samsonov, Jason Arnott and Filip Kuba.
What's distracting us today? This has been bothering us for a while... we have no scientific evidence to support this claim but it seems like NHL referees might be having their worst year ever. It may be a little harsh (and a wee bit exaggerated) to say that they haven't done anything right this year... here's just one example from yesterday as referee Dan O'Rourke must be carrying a vendetta against Dennis Wideman or has Cheechoo in his fantasy league (or both)...