James O'Brien

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Moulson Brews Strong Debut

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


DALLAS 4, BUFFALO 3

 

-- Kari Lehtonen's injury woes might obscure his nice start; he's 2-0-1 since returning from injury, improving his overall record to 4-1-1 with strong individual numbers (.949 save percentage and 1.60 GAA).

 

-- Tyler Seguin is doing more or less what anyone can reasonably expect: 12 points in 11 games, 30 SOG. He could very well best his career-high 67 points.

 

-- Steve Ott is heating up as a multiple-category threat. He scored a goal, fired four SOG, threw three hits and collected four PIM. As the Sabres' full-time captain, he should be engaged.

 

PITTSBURGH 3, CAROLINA 1

 

-- With two assists, Sidney Crosby now has 20 points in 12 games. If he stays healthy, this pace (136-137 points) would blow his career-high 120 points out of the water. Obviously a healthy season seems like a big if, though, sadly.

 

-- Alexander Semin's getting it together with a four-game point streak (one goal, four assists). Those five points account for most of his seven this season.

 

-- Nathan Gerbe's production isn't that exciting (seven points in 12 GP) but you have to love that 41 SOG.

 

-- Speaking of SOG, Chris Kunitz is just fine too, with 42 of his own in 12 games. He also has 12 points and a +11 rating.

 

-- Aside from Semin heating up, the best news for Carolina might be that Jordan Staal seemingly avoided injury Monday.

 

-- Rob Scuderi’s out indefinitely with a broken ankle.

 

VANCOUVER 3, WASHINGTON 2

 

-- Alex Burrows returned on Monday, failing to score a point but collecting three SOG while receiving 15:57 of ice time, including almost four minutes on the PP.

 

-- Ryan Kesler continues his impressive work, collecting a goal in his fourth consecutive game (five G) and a five-game point streak (plus three assists). Most impressively, he has more than four SOG per game, with a towering 60 in 14 GP. The thought that he'd click in John Tortorella's setup certainly seems well-founded so far.

 

-- Alex Ovechkin hasn't scored a point in the last two games, opening a small window for his irrational critics to latch on while they can. Seriously, these people never stop.

 

-- Great to see Roberto Luongo in workhorse mode. It's been quite the winding road.

 

MONTREAL 2, RANGERS 0

 

-- Alex Galchenyuk lucked into what's been a rare point lately, as his 2-0 goal didn't get waved off. He only has a goal and an assist in his last eight games after a red-hot start (six points in first four games). He has a bright future but might not be worth keeping right now.

 

-- Peter Budaj got a 27-save shutout and has only allowed one goal in his two games played (both wins). It's hard to imagine him getting many starts from Carey Price (just fine with a .937 save percentage). Maybe worth grabbing for stray starts, but I wouldn't get too excited.

 

-- Tomas Plekanec remains red-hot, scoring his sixth goal (this time on the PP) last night.

 

-- The Rangers offense is clearly hurting without Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan. At least it sounds like Carl Hagelin might be back as early as Tuesday night.

 

CHICAGO 5, MINNESOTA 1

 

-- Patrick Sharp finally got his second goal of the season. He's been having crazy-bad puck luck, with those two tallies on just 48 SOG (4.2 shooting percentage). His six points are OK all things considered.

 

-- My general feeling is that the Blackhawks' offense is on its way to a rebound. Jonathan Toews is a solid example, as he has five of his nine points in the last four games.

 

-- Hard to argue with Corey Crawford's results at this point, especially with how shaky Nikolai Khabibulin's been looking in rare starts.

 

-- All seven of Jason Pominville's points are goals. His goal to assist ratio foreshadows it a bit (196 G vs. 276 A) but you'd think this would even out at least a bit.

 

-- Boy, Niklas Backstrom sure seems mediocre if not bad lately, huh?

 

Click here for injuries and suspensions, including Martin Hanzal sitting out two games for his hit on Jeff Petry.



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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 four years. Follow him on Twitter.
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