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Adding Clarkson, Losing Loui

Thursday, October 24, 2013


BOSTON 5, BUFFALO 2

 

-- Obviously "hurting people" seems to be the thing that the Sabres are best at, aside from maybe tanking. Boston won, though I'm not sure that counts as the "last laugh."

 

-- Great to see Milan Lucic push himself above the point-per-game mark, as he has nine in eight thanks to Wednesday's two goals and one assist. Aside from being a little gun shy - he doesn't even average two shots per game in his career - Lucic does everything you could want from a power forward, with plenty of hits, points and PIM.

 

-- Jarome Iginla has three of his four points (all assists, disappointingly) in the last two games. It might already be too late for a buy-low trade.

 

-- Ryan Miller false optimism time: Well, at least you don't get negative points for losses in most/all fantasy leagues ...

 

-- I like Torey Krug (two goals last night) but feel as if he's year or two away from being an impact fantasy blueliner. The same is probably true for Dougie Hamilton.

 

-- Maybe Loui Eriksson's injury might help Brad Marchand to get over his post-Seguin-slump by getting him back in Boston’s top-six?

 

OTTAWA 6, DETROIT 1

 

-- I'm in the minority (I think) in believing that the Senators did the right thing by allowing Daniel Alfredsson to walk. It was time to move on.

 

-- I was excited about Bobby Ryan this season, imagining him combining with Jason Spezza to form a lethal combo. Right now he's finishing chances from Kyle Turris, however, which means you should give the third pick of the 2007 draft a serious look. Turris' 18:55 TOI average leads every Ottawa forward, and he has eight points in nine games (with the possibility for more goals, as he has just one on 25 SOG, just four percent). He's owned in just 56 percent of leagues right now. I think he’s a great add.

 

-- After a slow-for-him start, Erik Karlsson now has six points in his last four games. I wouldn't call him the world-beating Karlsson of “old” yet - he's not averaging insane SOG, just good quantities - but it's an encouraging sign if you spent big on him in drafts.

 

-- Jonas Gustavsson relieved Jimmy Howard early in the game after Howard allowed three goals on eight shots (to be fair, two of the tallies came on Senators power plays). Gustavsson didn't exactly save the day, yet I can't help but wonder if he's still creeping on Howard, at least in the short term.

 

-- Speaking of American goalies, albeit one trending up instead of down, the U.S. Olympic team has to give Craig Anderson a real shot at being the team's starter, don't they? He's on a three-game winning streak and his individual numbers on the season (.930) argue that the highs of his career might be more indicative of his talent than the lower moments.

 

SPECIAL NOTE: EMBARK ON CLARKSON

 

David Clarkson looks primed to finally debut on Friday after serving that bonehead 10-game suspension. Now would be a good time to grab him, as he’s only owned in 32 percent of leagues. Yes, I agree with the many who critiqued Toronto signing him, but he’s still one of the rare types who can score 20 goals, get nice SOG and 100 PIM. Well, maybe scale that down based on 72 games instead of 82, but you catch my drift.

 

INJURIES (full list) AND QUICK HITS

 

Sterling sophomore Jonas Brodin is out indefinitely after a puck broke his collarbone on Tuesday … Martin Brodeur, for one, believes that the Devils’ top job is all Cory Schneider’s. Hopefully he’s right … It appears that Dan Boyle is at least back traveling with the Sharks, though his window for an actual return to playing is anyone’s guess … Tim Thomas was placed on the IR. Depending on your situation, I can understand just dropping him, though I’d stash him if no one else is hurt … Evgeni Nabokov owners might want to root against Kevin Poulin this week, as it seems the Isles aren’t exactly giving Nabby glowing reviews … Jannik Hansen (upper-body) left Vancouver’s road trip early to be re-evaluated … Mike Kostka is out 4-6 weeks with a lower-body ailment … Niklas Kronwall returned to action for Detroit last night … Looks like the Calgary Flames will stick with Sean Monahan. Nice … Henrik Lundqvist is banged up. File that under “The last thing the New York Rangers need right now” … Shane Doan has a lower-body injury worth monitoring … Erik Johnson (foot) is another guy with an iffy status.



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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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