Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Noon Player Notes in the Draft (Oct 26)

The Boston Bruins provided an update on the condition on their off-season acquisition, forward David Backes, as he underwent a procedure on his elbow to remove a olecranon bursa and he will be on the shelf for at least the next couple of games.  There is a suggestion out there that he could be on the shelf for a while longer than that and that a trip to the Injured Reserve is likely, but the team isn't offering up that right away.

This is a bit of a new one and for now he'll be day-to-day on the list for Brian's team, which is a bit of a disappointment, given that he was off to a pretty good start this season, 4 points in five games.  He may hit the IR and when he does, his projected games will come off the totals until he's activated.

The Calgary Flames are still shuffling their lineup, even after a win, and that meant that the blueline saw a shuffle or two.  Jyrki Jokipakka was a healthy scratch for Tuesday night's game in St. Louis, a game that the Flames had picked up a win, which would possibly put the Finnish defender's status in doubt moving forward.  The Flames have some depth at defense and I don't think anyone would want to be put in the position of possibly going up to the press box for any amount of time, especially in wins.

With 3 points in six games, so far, it isn't that Scott's defender hasn't been doing too badly and his team hasn't done badly either... 13 points through the first two nights of the week and moved up to 2nd place in the standings.

A lower-body injury was the cause of Jason Spezza's absence on Tuesday night, as the Stars and Jets played in Dallas, but there was no indication of the severity of the injury or how long he would possibly be out.  Spezza is just listed as out day-to-day right now and we're hoping to get more info here soon.

Grant is in the thick of the mix in the ranks in the standings and missing Spezza's early season production, 3 points in five games, certainly didn't help him creep any higher than 4th place on Tuesday night.  His team will open up Wednesday night 9 points out of 1st and his fingers crossed that Spezza can come back soon.

The Winnipeg Jets scratched forward Kyle Connor on Tuesday night in Dallas, as the rookie forward has been struggling to find his offense in the early part of the season.  With only 1 assist in the first five games, a trip up to the press box was decided upon, likely to help him find a bit of perspective on the game.  Connor is a kid that has been touted to have some quality upside to his game, but he has yet to find it this year.

Eric has taken a good number of gambles this season and they haven't been paying off... yet.  Eric's team is now situated at the bottom of the standings and has only found 2 points in the first two nights of the week and is now 33 points back of 1st place... his team only has 32 points in total.  They'll need to find some offense in a hurry or else he'll be looking to goon it up in Week Eight.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Goalie Announcements (Oct 25)

Brenda & Seward were not able to get their win on Monday night, so it's still a blank list for Week Four, but that will change, I'm sure, after tonight.  The 11-game schedule on Tuesday night is a busy one, which will give us lots of starts for our pool goalies.  Not all of them, but a good portion of them.

It looks like they will get another shot at a survivor pool win in one of the late games, as Ryan Miller should be returning to the Vancouver nets tonight with the Ottawa Senators in town.  It is an all-survivor pool match-up in this one, with Craig Anderson set to go for the visitors, giving Wilton his second goalie on the night, see below for his first one, since this is the late game.

The Winnipeg Jets didn't have to wait long to try and get back on the winning side of the ledger after the Heritage Classic, as they are in Dallas tonight for a date with the Stars. They'll send Grant's goalie, Michael Hutchinson, to take on Wilton's goalie, Antti Niemi, in a battle of goalies looking to move on to Week Four.  Having two teams vie for a spot, makes for some interesting hockey, does it not?

I still have the feeling that Marc-Andre Fleury is working on borrowed time, but Cam won't mind that, as he will get another start tonight, when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Florida Panthers.  At the other end of the ice, it will be James Reimer getting the start, trying to help Eric get out of a deadlock for last place in the pool standings tonight.

It looks like Stuart will get two cracks at moving on in the survivor pool on Tuesday and his best bet may come from the Devils, as Cory Schneider will get the start at home against the Coyotes, who will go with non-pool goalie, Justin Peters.  Stuart is also in the mix for top spot in the standings, only 3 points back of his brother and Schneider should match-up quite well against these young Coyotes.

Stuart's second start will come from the Calgary/St. Louis game, as he will get a rare start from Carter Hutton of the Blues, with the Calgary Flames in town.  At the other end, it will be Brian Elliott making starts on back-to-back nights, just after beating Chicago in the shootout on Monday night, he'll get to play his former team for the first time this season.   Derek B. gets back-to-back starts, trying for back-to-back wins, with his team moving up to 12th last night.

John S. gets a chance for Week Four from Devan Dubnyk tonight, with the Minnesota Wild in Boston to take on the Bruins, who are in a spot of goalie trouble.  With both Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin now down with injuries, the start will go to Malcolm Subban tonight with Zane McIntyre as the back-up, neither were expected to be up this season, so of course, they're not in the pool.  Heck, Khudobin isn't even in the pool... so there you have it.  Could this be a slam dunk for John and the Wild?

It will be the season debut for Buffalo's Anders Nilsson tonight, when the Sabres go into Philadelphia and take on the Flyers.  It will be Ryan's first start for his second goalie and with the Flyers playing on back-to-back nights, it might work in his favour.  For the home side, it is expected that we'll see Michal Neuvirth, since Steve Mason played the night before.  Neuvirth belongs to Tony, who needs the 2 points, starting in 22nd tonight.

More help in the basement tonight, as Ben Bishop will be going for Dale C. and the Lightning tonight, as they are in Toronto to play the Maple Leafs.  Dale is still in the survivor pool, thanks to his Lightning keeper and his hopes of continuing are pinned on him as well.  The goaltending situation in Toronto has been a point of contention again this year and neither keeper has given the coaching staff much hope, but Frederik Andersen will get another start tonight, which is good for Brian's team tonight.

It's Bob versus Budaj in Los Angeles tonight, giving us one more goalie in the survivor pool in action tonight. The Columbus Blue Jackets will have Mike's number two, Sergei Bobrovsky, in net tonight, when they visit Peter Budaj and the Kings.  The Kings are adjusting to life without Jonathan Quick and they're still trying to figure out whether or not they can manage without him or go out and shop for a new keeper.  That's something we'll need to know for the Waiver Draft, I'm sure.

It's an all eliminated match-up tonight in Detroit, as the Hurricanes blow in to face the Red Wings tonight and it will be Brian's Cam Ward against Stacey C.'s Petr Mrazek tonight, both teams relying on their goalies to improve their overall standing now.  Brian's team opens in 16th, while Stacey's is in 9th this afternoon, with 6 points between their two sides.

It looks like this match-up between the Ducks and the Sharks is another game with paired up eliminated goalies in the survivor pool, as Dale B. will have John Gibson against Wes' Martin Jones.  Wes is in need of Jones to get better and get back to his playoff form, so his team can elevate from 23rd place, where he'll start Tuesday's action.  Dale B. will start in good shape tonight, up in 6th place.

Noon Player Notes in the Draft (Oct 25)

The Boston Bruins are reeling through injuries, especially in the crease, but this update is from the forward lines, as David Backes is expected to sit out tonight with an undisclosed injury. He's being listed as day-to-day and it is really starting to feel like playoff hockey, as no one is saying anything about much of these injuries.  Backes is leaving a pretty good-sized hole, as he has already posted 4 points in the first five games.

Brian's team is hanging in there early, but could use a hot streak from a few of his players.  He'll start Tuesday night in 16th place, 18 points out of 1st place.

Morning Player Notes in the Draft (Oct 25)

The Buffalo Sabres did not expect to have goaltender Robin Lehner to travel with them to Philadelphia for their Tuesday night game against the Flyers, due to an illness. The Sabres recalled Linus Ullmark, so he could back-up Anders Nilsson tonight, so just in case there were any questions about that situation, we know why. Lehner is considered to be day-to-day, but tonight's start could be considered a missed start for him, as he was going to carry the load this year.

This will be a missed start for Jeremy, but he should have more than enough to cover for him in the survivor pool with Braden Holtby on his side.  Jeremy will open up Tuesday night 17th, 18 points behind 1st place.

Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner was held out of Monday's practice for some medical tests, but what they are related to is still undisclosed, as of Tuesday morning. The Hurricanes are in Detroit tonight and he is not expected to be in the lineup for that one.  He is currently listed as out day-to-day and we'll keep an eye out for key updates.

Dale B. is in the thick of the good race, sitting in 6th place, 10 points out of 1st and has likely been happy with Skinner's production early on, 6 points in five games, but he is known to be injury prone, hence why he's on the list.  Big reward for a large risk.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Evening Player Notes in the Draft (Oct 24)

The New York Rangers were without forward Chris Kreider on Sunday, reportedly due to some neck strain.  Unfortunately, that was the only real details we were afforded, when trying to put together this update, but he is considered day-to-day.  The Rangers don't play again until Wednesday, so his status will be thought of as questionable for that one, home to Boston.

For Brenda & Seward, this is a tough loss, if it extends for any long periods of time.  Already 18 points back of the lead, starting Monday night, this is one guy they can ill afford to lose.  7 points in five games is a scoring rate that's hard to miss.

Good news for the Colorado Avalanche, forward Mikko Rantanen appears to be ready to go in this 2017 season and he was recalled from a stint in the minors, trying to get his legs back from an off-season injury.  Rantanen, still a rookie in the NHL, saw some limited time in the NHL last year, but lit up the AHL for some good numbers in his first pro season and the Avalanche hope that it translates, starting right away, with the big club.

Wilton is thinking much of the same, which made him a draft pick in the 13th round, a late round gamble.  On the plus side, Rantanen will get the better part of the week to work with the club before game action, because the Avalanche don't play again until Friday night, hosting the Jets.

Goalie Announcements (Oct 24)

We're back at it in Week Three, but this week, we're down to 16 teams in the goalie survivor pool and all of those who have survived Week Two, are back down to zero again and all looking for their qualifying win for Week Four.

The only goalie of note today is Steve Mason, belonging to Brenda & Seward.  Mason will go for the Philadelphia Flyers tonight against the Montreal Canadiens and will have the unenviable task of taking on Carey Price, who belongs to the 1st place team of Benson's.  It's probably not an impossible task to win this one, but who would you put your money on?

In Chicago tonight, it will be two already-eliminated goalies in Brian Elliott against Corey Crawford, as the Flames will visit the Blackhawks at the United Center.  Derek B. versus Marcin, 16th versus 13th, respectively, in the standings.  If Elliott could spring a win here, it would at the very least, bring Derek's team level with Marcin, as it is only a 2-point gap between the two sides in those three spots in the standings.