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Impact of Pekka Rinne's deal

Friday, November 04, 2011


A SHORT BOB


These situations can be fluid, but for now, Sergei Bobrovsky is a great option for spot starts. If you take out that inane Jets game, he’s been solid in his 3 other appearances in 2011-12. He stopped 36 shots in a shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils (who enjoyed another Johan Hedberg win, by the way). Keep an eye on Bob as Ilya Bryzgalov struggles to adjust to Philadelphia and the media attention that comes with his job.

 

MASON OFF


There’s not much else one can say about Steve Mason other than “I hope you didn’t use a good draft pick on him.” He didn’t even make it through half of Thursday’s loss to the Leafs, as he allowed 4 goals on 11 shots. If you’ve managed to maintain your patience through this ordeal and keep him on your team, it might be best just to park him on the bench until the Blue Jackets start to get their acts together. (Perhaps I should say "if" Columbus gets things back together.)

 

QUICK HITS


Clarke MacArthur scored 2 goals on Thursday to push his points total to 8 in 10 games, which indicates that he might be able to maintain his impressive pace with the Maple Leafs from last season … Speaking of Toronto, just about every goalie wearing that jersey has been successful so far. Ben Scrivens stopped 38 pucks to win his NHL debut, but it’s best not to jump on that bandwagon just yet … Jarome Iginla scored 2 goals, which should hearten those who are wise enough to remember that Iggy is a slow starter … Josh Harding earned a win in a battle of backups with Cory Schneider, but the Canucks backup was still strong with 40 saves … Claude Giroux scored 1 goal to push his season total to 17 points, second best in the NHL … Corey Crawford has been solid basically all season long; he improved to 6-2-2 on the season and is clearly the mainstay in Chicago. (That’s not a bad team to be the franchise guy for, after all.)

 

SUSPENSION WATCH


Patrick Kaleta received a four-game suspension for his head-butt on Philadelphia Flyers winger Jakub Voracek. The rugged forward brings PIM to the table, but he needs to top his previous career-high of games played (55) before he’s more than a passing interest in fantasy … Cal Clutterbuck obviously didn’t mean it, but he still punched an official during a scrum. It’s quite possible that it will be deemed accidental and that no discipline will happen, but we’ll have to see. Clutterbuck is a great option in hits leagues, especially as his offensive role keeps growing. Missing some time and gaining a “reputation” won’t help matters, though.

 

INJURY SNIPES


Jeff Carter isn’t expected to play against Philly, which should really ruin a lot of “Dry Island” jokes … There’s no timetable for Daniel Alfredsson’s return; he’s likely dealing with concussion issues from that Wojtek Wolski hit … James Van Riemsdyk is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, which kept him out of the Flyers’ loss against the Devils. Obviously Philly hopes to get its budding power forward back soon enough. (Click here for the full injury list.)

 



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James O'Brien is the Hockey Daily Dose's author and has been a contributor to NBC's Pro Hockey Talk for more than two years. Follow him on Twitter.
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