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In his blog Sam McCaig writes about the poor starts between the pipes and who’s off to a surprisingly strong start.
Brian Costello writes that the Hawks were building on the right track, but then went off course and got greedy.
In Fantasy Pool Look, Dobber gives poolies a tip on how to tell who might keep rolling and who might slow down.
News and Views…
Jaroslav Halak, G, Montreal Canadiens
2008/10/19: TSN.ca is reporting that backup goaltender Jaroslav Halak will get the start in Monday’s game against the Panthers in place of starter Carey Price. INTEL: Halak won his only start of the season back on Oct. 11 at Toronto, allowing just one goal on 25 shots. Price will be back in the crease on Saturday against Anaheim, getting a rare full week of rest in-season.
Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks
2008/10/19: The top scoring line for the Anaheim Ducks had a forgettable night on Sunday against the Hurricanes. Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Kunitz and Corey Perry were each scoreless with a combined minus-7 rating and nine shots on goal. They’ll look to right the ship on Tuesday in Toronto.
Peter Budaj, G, Colorado Avalanche
2008/10/19: The Denver Post is reporting that Colorado goaltender Peter Budaj will get the start in Monday’s game at Los Angeles over Andrew Raycroft. INTEL: The Avalanche have won two straight games with Raycroft in net, but they’ll give Budaj a chance. He lost each of his first three starts before the team gave Raycroft a shot. The time is now for Budaj to perform well if he wants to avoid being passed on the depth chart.
Eric Staal, C, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/10/19: Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal had an assist and an empty-net goal in Sunday’s win at Anaheim. He finished with a plus-2 rating and tied for the team-lead with four shots on goal. INTEL: Staal is averaging a point-per-game (3 G, 2 A) over the first five games. He has also picked up a minor penalty in four of the first five contest. The Canes are back in action on Thursday in Pittsburgh.
Francois Beauchemin, D, Anaheim Ducks
2008/10/19: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin scored a goal for the second straight game in Sunday’s loss against the Hurricanes. INTEL: After starting the season scoreless in the first four games, Beauchemin is finally re-discovering his scoring touch. He’ll look to make it three straight with a goal when the Ducks skate next on Tuesday in Toronto.
Rod Brind’Amour, C, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/10/19: Carolina Hurricanes forwards Ryan Bayda and Rod Brind’Amour each lit the lamp in Sunday’s game at Anaheim. Forward Ray Whitney chipped in with an assist. INTEL: Bayda has scored in the first two games of the current road trip after managing just one assist in his first three games. Meanwhile, Brind’Amour has scored goals in three of the first five games this season.
Niclas Wallin, D, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/10/19: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Niclas Wallin picked up two more assists in Sunday’s game Anaheim to go along with a plus-3 rating in 21:49 of ice time. INTEL: Wallin had just one assist over his first three games, but he has posted four assists in the first two games of Carolina’s current road trip. The Canes are in action next on Thursday in Pittsburgh.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, G, Anaheim Ducks
2008/10/19: Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere allowed two goals on 23 shots in Sunday’s game against the Hurricanes, but that was not good enough to avoid another loss. INTEL: Giguere blanked the Sharks in his last start on Friday night and was pretty decent again on Sunday. It appears he has officially put an end to his slow start.
Michael Leighton, G, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/10/19: Carolina Hurricanes backup goaltender Michael Leighton was sharp in Sunday’s game at Anaheim, allowing just one goal on 33 shots in a win. INTEL: Leighton had a strong preseason and won both of his starts so far this season. However, unless Cam Ward suffers a long-term injury, Leighton’s playing time will continue to be sporadic.
Roberto Luongo, G, Vancouver Canucks
2008/10/19: Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo allowed four goals on just 26 shots in Sunday’s loss at Chicago. INTEL: After opening with a shutout in the team’s opener back on Oct. 9 against Calgary, Luongo has alternated wins and losses while allowing at least three goals in his past four starts.
Cristobal Huet, G, Chicago Blackhawks
2008/10/19: Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Cristobal Huet allowed just two goals on 30 shots in Sunday’s game against Vancouver to win and even his record at 1-1-1. INTEL: Huet has been losing playing time to Nikolai Khabibulin, as the ‘Hawks try to showcase the ‘Bulin Wall’ for a potential trade. The Blackhawks have just two games in the upcoming week on Wednesday against the Oilers and Saturday against the Red Wings. Look for the two netminders to split the starts.
Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago Blackhawks
2008/10/19: Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane posted a goal and managed two assists with a plus-1 rating and a game-high six shots on net in Sunday’s win against the Canucks. INTEL: Kane had gone three straight games without a goal dating back to the Oct. 10 regular season opener at N.Y. Rangers.
Patrick Sharp, W/C, Chicago Blackhawks
2008/10/19: Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp scored a pair of goals, added an assist and he posted a plus-1 rating in 19:05 of ice time in Sunday’s game against Vancouver. INTEL: Sharp extended his points streak to four games and he produced his first multi-point effort since the run started back on Oct. 13 against the Predators.
Steve Bernier, RW, Vancouver Canucks
2008/10/19: Vancouver Canucks forwards Steve Bernier, Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond each posted assists in Sunday’s loss at Chicago. Henrik Sedin and Pavol Demitra were the goal scorers. The Canucks will look to get back on track in Columbus on Tuesday.
D.J. King, LW, St. Louis Blues
2008/10/19: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that Blues forward D.J. King might have a dislocated shoulder which would sideline him as much as three months. INTEL: The new NHL rules allowing teams not to disclosed injuries has made details sketchy at times. When healthy, King is only valuable to fantasy owners in pools which reward PIM.
Rick Rypien, C/RW, Vancouver Canucks
2008/10/19: The Vancouver Sun is reporting that Canucks forward Rick Rypien was unable to play in Sunday’s game at Chicago due to an illness. INTEL: Rypien was returned to Vancouver ahead of the team. Mike Brown replaced Rypien in the lineup against the Blackhawks and ended up scoreless.
Sami Salo, D, Vancouver Canucks
2008/10/19: The Vancouver Sun is reporting that Canucks defenseman Sami Salo was unavailable for Sunday’s game at Chicago due to a neck injury. INTEL: Salo suffered the neck injury in Thursday’s game at Detroit. The injury is not considered serious and he is day to day.
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