Incredibleness continues for Myers... Quick(ly) slumping... Seidenberg solid... thoughts on some college signings... Gonchar should return soon... and really, what if Fraser wasn't blind?
The incredible season for Tyler Myers continues as he had two points last night, was a plus-2 with a season high five shots on goal... and he's just been gathering steam lately as he has 2+7=9 in his last eight games.
The March struggles continued for Jonny Quick as he lost for the third time in a row last night after only stopping 17 of 20 and he only has two wins to show for his last eight games. His averages this month (2.60 & .907) are in line with his season numbers but he only has four wins in 13 games in March.
Nick Bonino has jumped straight from BU to the Ducks 1st line over the past few weeks and he notched his first NHL goal last night as he fills in for the injured Ryan Getzlaf. Bonino was a very productive player at BU maxing out at 50 points during his sophomore season... we don't see him as an elite talent but he has the potential to be a decent point producer in the pros.
This is how Tim Thomas rolls this year... sits on the bench and watches Tuukka Rask start five in a row, gets his chance and shuts out the Flames on Saturday, gets rewarded with another start last night and then gives up three goals on 14 shots before being pulled. Rask came in and stopped all 19 shots he faced in relief... look for him to be back in the nets tonight and pretty much the rest of the way.
Dennis Seidenberg has been very solid since joining the Bruins, playing a lot of big minutes and contributing regularly on offense... with a goal last night he now has 2+7=9, a plus-10 and 32 sog in his last 11 games.
Its been a nice little stretch for Dave Krejci lately as he has 5+8=13 with a plus-11 in his last 10 games.
The Bruins signed 2008 1st rounder Joe Colborne to an entry level deal. He had a nice season at UofDenver with 22+19=41 in 39 games but those numbers on a strong Pioneers squad don't really blow us away so we have some doubts as to his long-term fantasy potential.
The Senators signed another UofDenver product, their 2nd round pick from 2008, Patrick Wiercioch. His numbers took a bit of a step back this season (6+21=27 in 39 games) after a fantastic freshmen season where he had 12+23=35 in 36 games. We really like this kid and think he has a chance to be a good one.
Two college free agents signings to mention... the Senators signed Bobby Butler out of UNH where he led the country in goals with 29 (and he added 24 assists). He could see a few games with the Sens to close out the year so give him a look but keep your expectations in check. The Leafs signed Brayden Irwin out of the UofVermont where he had 15+19=34 in 39 games as a senior this year but we wouldn't expect much offense out of him as he only had 11 points as a junior.
Mike Ribeiro was scratched last night for missing a team meeting... as Bill Shakespeare once said, "Better be three hours too soon than one minute too late".
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
We got a vague update on two hurtin Penguins yesterday... Sergei Gonchar has missed the past three games with some kinda illness but he might return on Wednesday and Geno Malkin's foot is getting better but the team isn't going to rush him back so he's probably out a little while longer.
Marty Erat missed last night's game due to a LBI, he's listed as day-to-day.
Jonas Hiller was scheduled to start last night but pulled up lame in the warm-up with back spasms... no word on the extent.
What is it with goalies and back injuries today?... Erik Ersberg has a strained back and it doesn't really matter how long it keeps him out cause he's not going to play anyway. The Kings called up Jonathan Bernier and he'll get the start tonight.
Cam Ward returned to the net last night after being out for nearly two months with a... bad back. He stopped 26 of 27 to tame the mighty Thrashers.
Also returning to action from the injured list last night was: Mikko Koivu.
What's distracting us today? Two more ads from the NHL in their "History Will Be Made" series. Ray Bourque is up with "What if Bourque didn't believe in one more year?" and there's also "What if Messier didn't lift a whole city?"
Those commercials are all well and good but we're more interested in the fake versions that are popping up everywhere. We showed you "What if Crosby sucked" the other day... and now we found two more:
From Bloge Salming we get these two beauts..."What if Golden Brett didn't cheat?":
... and one for the Leaf fans... "What if Fraser wasn't blind"