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It was a busy night in the NHL and a busy night for team trainers as three key players were forced from games and did not return. The New York Rangers trip out west took a turn for the worse on Tuesday. They were rocked 9-2 by the San Jo...
It was a busy night in the NHL and a busy night for team trainers as three key players were forced from games and did not return. The New York Rangers trip out west took a turn for the worse on Tuesday. They were rocked 9-2 by the San Jose Sharks and they lost one of their best players in the process. Rick Nash, who missed four games with a concussion last season, left the game after taking an elbow to the head from Brad Stuart. The Rangers did not release an update on Nash’s status after the game, but expect some more information later in the day. Niklas Backstrom was hurt when he was crashed into by Predators forward Eric Nystrom. Nystrom was in a foot race with Keith Ballard and proceeded to lose his balance and fall hard into the Wild netminder. Backstrom’s right leg was driven into the post and he left the game with a lower-body injury. Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo said “he didn’t know the severity and Backstrom would be reevaluated Wednesday in Minnesota.” Backstrom was unavailable to the media last night, but was reportedly limping noticeably. Lastly, the 39-year-old Tim Thomas left with what the Panthers are calling a “slightly pulled groin.” Thomas appeared to injure himself on a long shot from Sean Couturier and then unsuccessfully reached over to stop the second shot from the right half-boards. Following the goal Thomas skated off of the ice and did not return. Jacob Markstrom played very well in relief, stopping all 25 shots he faced. Editors Note: Expect an update on all THREE of these players at some point today.
about 8 hours ago
There were a total of 8 games played last night and there was no shortage of goalie headlines that came out of it. From a couple of key injuries to a battle between Thing #1 and Thing #2 and then another great game from my Breakout Playe...
There were a total of 8 games played last night and there was no shortage of goalie headlines that came out of it. From a couple of key injuries to a battle between Thing #1 and Thing #2 and then another great game from my Breakout Player of the Year candidate I noted to in the FHS Roundtable Predictions. The goalies didn't steal the complete show however as we also had a couple of firsts and a memorable game from Tomas Hertl!! Patrick Roy and the Colorado Avalanche remained undefeated after 3 games with a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. It should be no secret that back in the day, Roy was my favorite player growing up. He was always a furious competitor who had, and still does have a short temper that is matched by few. The passion he brings to the game seems to be rubbing off on the Avs so far and we might be witnessing one of the quicker turnarounds for a franchise in recent years. They look good. Semyon Varlamov is one of the benefactors of the new Roy regime, specifically new goalie coach Francois Allaire, as he is off to an amazing start with 3 wins, 1.00 GAA and .967 SV%. I picked him as my Breakout Player of the Year in the FHS Roundtable Predictions. This after I traded him in a keeper for Jonas Hiller...why? Well, um...yeah I have nothing.... Gabriel Landeskog was back after missing a game with a leg injury. He didn't hit the scoresheet but was robbed by Bernier on one play and still managed to finish with 4 SOG, 3 Hits and 2 Blocks. He is going to be a multi-cat stud for many years to come. Stating the obvious there. Joffrey Lupul scored a goal and collected 5 SOG and 2 Hits. He did however look uncomfortable after colliding skating backwards and seemed to be nursing the dreaded LBI. He stayed in the game but something worth monitoring for an injury prone player. Mike Smith got lit up for 5 goals on 20 shots against the New York Islanders. He is a notorious slow starter so I wouldn't be too concerned at this point. Thomas Greiss came in and stopped 5 of 6 shots in a relief effort. John Tavares scored his first 2 goals of the season while adding 2 PIM, 5 SOG and 1 Hit. Tavares owners have to be happy with this outing and for what's to come from #91. The second line of Josh Bailey, Frans Nielsen and Michael Grabner combined for 1 Goal, 8 Assists, and a +4 rating while averaging around 15 minutes of ice time. A huge night for that line. Evgeni Nabokov claimed his 2nd win of the young season which gives him a 1.89 GAA and .935 SV% after 3 games. The Flyers did what they were supposed to do. Go out and get a win for their new coach Craig Berube with a 2-1 victory over the Panthers. Claude Giroux finished with no points on 1 SOG and a -1 rating. But he also had over 20 minutes of ice time and nearly 7 minutes of powerplay time! Hey Claude, that's 4 games now without a point to start the season. You wanna try a different stick, maybe? Please? Drew Shore finished with just one hit on his stat line. He also only played 9:44 of ice time and was a healthy scratch last game. He should only be on your farm team if you are in a deep league but this is disappointing to see nonetheless. Tim Thomas left the game early with a groin injury after letting in 2 Goals on 5 Shots. Jacob Markstrom came in and stopped all 25 shots he faced. A great sign for Markstrom owners. Back to Tim Thomas though for a bit of a rant and a wildly speculative hunch which by no means reflect the thoughts of the rest of the team here on FHS. In his first game, Thomas stopped 25 of 27 shots and looked pretty good. This I believe is due to his first game back after "retirement" and having the adrenaline to make for a good show. Since then however, he has let in 9 Goals on 33 Shots and has now suffered a groin injury. Thomas could very well be done before it even started. Does Thomas still have the competitive instinct in him? For sure he does because all goalies do. That
about 14 hours ago
Who is the better fantasy hockey own - Ray Whitney...or Daniel Alfredsson?
Who is the better fantasy hockey own - Ray Whitney...or Daniel Alfredsson?
about 17 hours ago
In my inaugural installment of the game grades, I give you my take on the game against Carolina.
In my inaugural installment of the game grades, I give you my take on the game against Carolina.
about 24 hours ago
From now on during the busy nights in the NHL (8 or more games) I will be ranking that days starters by which ones I think will be the best starts. I noticed a lot of comments asking should I start (GOALIE A), (GOALIE B) or (GOALIE C), t...
From now on during the busy nights in the NHL (8 or more games) I will be ranking that days starters by which ones I think will be the best starts. I noticed a lot of comments asking should I start (GOALIE A), (GOALIE B) or (GOALIE C), this will be a tool to help you make those decisions. Expect this article to come out later in the afternoon (EST) when the majority of the goalies are confirmed. Keep in mind anything can happen on any given night, so these rankings are not fool proof. Good Luck to all fantasy-goers tonight! 1. Marc-Andre Fleury (vs. Hurricanes) – 2-0-0 / 0.50 GAA / .979 SV% / 1SO 2. Jonathan Bernier (vs. Avalanche) – 2-0-0 / 0.64 GAA / .979 SV% / 3. Roberto Luongo (vs. Devils) – 1-1-0 / 3.00 GAA / .897 SV% / 4. Antti Niemi (vs. Rangers) – 2-0-0 / 1.00 GAA / .956 SV% / 5.  Mike Smith (@ Islanders) – 1-1-0 / 2.02 GAA / .946 SV% / 6. Henrik Lundqvist (@ Sharks) – 1-1-0 / 2.50 GAA / .918 SV% / 7. Niklas Backstrom (@ Predators) – 0-0-2 / 2.77 GAA / .875 SV% / 8. Steve Mason (vs. Panthers) – 0-2-0 / 2.54 GAA / .915 SV% / 9. Ben Bishop (@ Sabres) – 1-0-0 / 1.85 GAA / .949 SV% / 10. Cory Schneider (@ Canucks) – 0-1-0 / 3.00 GAA / .857 SV% / 11. Pekka Rinne (vs. Wild) – 0-2-0 / 4.36 GAA / .878 SV% / 12. Semyon Varlamov (@ Maple Leafs) – 2-0-0 / 1.00 GAA / .968 SV% / 13. Evgeni Nabokov (vs. Coyotes) – 1-0-1 / 2.31 GAA / .914 SV% / 14. Jhonas Enroth (vs. Lightning) – 0-1-0 / 3.00 GAA / .912 SV% / (LIKELY) 15. Cam Ward (@ Penguins) – 0-0-1 / 2.85 GAA / .921 SV% / 16. Tim Thomas (@ Flyers) – 1-1-0 / 4.20 GAA / .873 SV% /
1 day ago
Eastern Edge looks at some gems available on the waiver wire early in the season.
Eastern Edge looks at some gems available on the waiver wire early in the season.
1 day ago
As mentioned in today's Dosage, the mighty Ryan Callahan returned to action last night after off-season shoulder surgery. He missed part of the game due to an errant Anze Kopitar stick, but overall Callahan's shoulder seemed okay. He dis...
As mentioned in today's Dosage, the mighty Ryan Callahan returned to action last night after off-season shoulder surgery. He missed part of the game due to an errant Anze Kopitar stick, but overall Callahan's shoulder seemed okay. He dished out four hits in 11:16 TOI. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also returned last night, and I guess his 28:12 TOI means he's feeling alright. Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Derek Morris were banged up recently but as per @BComptonNHL "both skated this morning. Looks like they'll play." Carl Soderberg skated before Bruins practice yesterday, but no word if or when he's actually play a game. No surprise here, but the concussed George Parros did not travel with the Habs on their current 4-game road trip. Max Pacioretty skated without contact yesterday and will be travelling with the Habs. Jason Spezza skipped yesterday's practice with groin issues. No word on whether he's expected to play tomorrow vs. LA. Filip Forsberg will make his season debut for the Predators tonight. Zach Parise left yesterday's morning skate with an illness, so he may or may not go tonight.
1 day ago
This is worth checking out if you missed it: watch Ryan McDonagh score the weirdest goal of his career on a stunned Jonathan Quick. Quick was otherwise half-decent, stopping 25 of 27 actual shots in a 3-1 loss. Not too many Kings helpin...
This is worth checking out if you missed it: watch Ryan McDonagh score the weirdest goal of his career on a stunned Jonathan Quick. Quick was otherwise half-decent, stopping 25 of 27 actual shots in a 3-1 loss. Not too many Kings helping you out at all in this one. Drew Doughty notched six PIM, Jake Muzzin scored. Jeff Carter had six shots, two hits, and three blocks. Darryl Sutter made many excellent faces. The Rangers were the better team overall, with the Rick Nash - Brad Richards - Derek Stepan line really looking great throughout. Richards scored on both his shots, while Nash had a couple of helpers, +2, six shots, and two blocks. Ryan Callahan was back in this one after shoulder surgery in the off-season. He took an Anze Kopitar stick to the face and left the game for a while before returning. Overall Cally played only 11:16 (0:11 PP) but still managed four hits and two blocks. Henrik Lundqvist got better as the game went on, and made his best saves after Quick's gaffe. Lundqvist stopped 28 of 29 shots for his first W of the year. Crazy game in Edmonton. After the Devils went up 3-0, I switched over to the other game and managed to miss four Oilers goals in just under eight minutes in the third. Eakins was giving out some crazy ice time in what seemed like, and probably was, a bizarre cry for help. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (1G, -2, 6 SOG) played a ridiculous 28:12, Taylor Hall (1G, 4 SOG, 1 block) had 25:44 and David Perron (1G, 1A, 3 SOG, 2 hits) played 25:15. Nuts. For the Devils, Marek Zidlicky (2A, +1, 2 SOG, 3 hits, 2 blocks) and Damien Brunner (1G, 1A, 3 SOG) were standouts. Allowing four goals on 25 shots, Jason Labarbera fared no better than Devan Dubnyk has lately, but at least J-La got the W. Martin Brodeur stopped just 23 of 27 in a 5-4 shootout loss. Up to the bigs: Trevor Smith, Jamie Devane, Jason ZuckerDown to the smalls: Peter Holland
1 day ago
Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog will return to the lineup tonight when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 20-year-old captain injured his leg in a collision with Corey Perry in Anaheim, on Wednesday. As a result he mi...
Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog will return to the lineup tonight when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 20-year-old captain injured his leg in a collision with Corey Perry in Anaheim, on Wednesday. As a result he missed the Avs’ contest with Nashville on Friday. He returns to the lineup tonight as Colorado looks to get off to a 3-0 start after finishing 29th in the shortened season. In Colorado’s season opener Landeskog played 16:07, recording zero points with three shots. Landeskog will return to his regular spot on the Avalanche top line with Paul Stastny and Alex Tanguay. Feel free to deploy Landy as you usually would.
1 day ago
This week Lining Up looks at how things are clicking after the first few games of 2013-14
This week Lining Up looks at how things are clicking after the first few games of 2013-14
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