Datsyuk finishing strong again... Hedberg carrying the Thrashers... heads up on Eberle... nothing good from White, Cogliano & JvR... Weber hurt... inside Bob McKenzie
As we pointed out when naming our All 2nd Half Stars team recently, Pavel Datsyuk always ends off the year strong, so we've come to expect him to go on runs like this... 1+4=5 in three games since coming back from the Olympics and 7+10=17 in his last 13 games.
It certainly doesn't hurt Datsyuk's cause to have Johan Franzen and Tomas Holmstrom back healthy... Franzen had goals in four straight until that was snapped last night but Holmstrom scored and has 2+2=4 in three games this week.
Thrashers coach John Anderson says he might go with Johan Hedberg in back-to-back games this weekend... he's already started both of their games this week and nine of the last 12 and is really keeping these guys in the playoff race with a 6-1-2 record and 2.45 gaa & .927 sv% in his last nine.
Mike Comrie has a bit of jump in his step after locking up Hillary Duff until death do them part... he's scored twice this week (on the ice), to go along with the shootout winner last night and a healthy scratch.
How bad has Andrew Cogliano been this year?... no goals and only three assists to show for his last 18 games and he might not even make it to 20 points this year. This from a guy who looked so good during a 45 point rookie season two years ago.
Heads up, Jordan Eberle's WHL season in Regina is coming to a close in about 10 days with no playoffs and so he's probably headed for Springfield but there's a chance that the Oilers call him up for a few... good to know if your league has any eligibility rules that will be triggered when he sees his first NHL action.
Granted, nobody on the Flames is really scoring but a few of their new additions aren't helping too much as Ian White is 0+2=2 in nine games with the Flames, Ales Kotalik is 1+1=2 in eight games and Chris Higgins had his first point with the Flames last night, in his eighth game.
It's been an up-and-down rookie season for James van Riemsdyk and now he's definitely on the downhill of the ride as he's 2+1=3 in his last 14 games... we say go ahead and drop him in one-year leagues but continue to stay the course in keeper leagues.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Shea Weber left last night's game with a UBI that is suspected to be a hand injury... yikes, lets hope its nothing serious, he'll be re-evaluated today.
Drew Stafford left last night's game with a LBI, not sure on the extent.
Ryan Jones left the game last night for the Oilers after taking a knee-on-knee hit... it looked pretty serious but he was able to return for a few shifts before calling it a night.
Marian Gaborik practiced yesterday and said that he thinks he can play tonight as the Rangers take on the Caps. He said that it's a little earlier than he'd like to return but it's a big game so he's ready... this doesn't sound like its going to end well... if I'm a Gaborik owner, I'm nervous.
What's distracting us today? Some site called Watch Mojo got the scoop everybody has been wanting... an inside look at the life of hockey analyst Bob McKenzie:
Hmmm interesting... we thought there would have been more bacon in B-Mac's day.