James O'Brien

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Dose: Stretches, Good and Bad

Monday, October 21, 2013


SPECIAL TEAMS

 

-- The Sharks lead the league in power-play opportunities (44) and goals (11), edging the Toronto Maple Leafs (10), Minnesota Wild (10) and Washington Capitals (10).

 

-- Those Caps lead everyone with an absurd 33.3 efficiency on the power play. Strange that they're 3-5-0; is this a sign that they're in trouble once that advantage evens out a bit?

 

-- No one's been on the penalty kill more often than the Ottawa Senators (44 PP opportunities allowed). In fact, the Winnipeg Jets are the only other team that's dealt with at least 40 as well (41 in their case); it's amazing that their power-play goals allowed is a reasonable seven (tied with ... quite a few teams). If it’s a matter of stellar goaltending, then that probably won’t last forever.

 

-- Calgary's shorthanded unit is the worst with a 69.6 kill rate.

 

Correction: The Ducks came into Sunday with the worst power play unit, but scored twice and leapfrogged other teams. Now Buffalo's 8.6 percent mark is the worst in the NHL.

 

For more information on the power play, read Michael Finewax's Power Play Report here!

 

INJURIES (full list)

 

James Neal is expected to be out a couple more weeks. Ouch ... Taylor Hall injured his knee and is out indefinitely. We might hear more about his condition soon, but so far not so good ... Daniel Briere keeps piling up the concussions. I like his mix of scoring and PIM, but this is worrisome. I’m even a little concerned about his career considering his age and the recent accumulation of head injuries ... Viktor Fasth has missed some time with a lower-body injury, but Jonas Hiller hasn't exactly run away with the Ducks' No. 1 job. They're both generally producing, but are they worth the headache of a heavy investment of a pick and/or time? Maybe for you, but I'd pass ... Michael Cammalleri is nearing a return. He's no world-beater, but Calgary needs all the offense it can get ... Niklas Kronwall's concussion doesn't seem too bad. Maybe the same will be true of (whatever's ailing) Dustin Penner? We'll see ... Mike Fisher's day-to-day with a lower-body injury ... Lubomir Visnovsky suffered a concussion. He hasn't been placed on the IR, though (yet?) ... Vincent Lecavalier might be good to go for the Flyers' next game on Thursday. Scott Hartnell apparently isn't that close ... Kris Letang is coming back "soon," whatever that means ... Alex Pietrangelo has an upper-body injury, not sure if it's of the missing-games variety ... Jacob Trouba was stretchered off this weekend and will be out a minimum of a couple weeks with a neck injury (if not neck + head).



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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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