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Saturday, November 8, 2008

NHL Saturday Recap

Roberto Luongo
just scored his 3rd shutout in a row. He hasn't even won 3 games in a row yet this season. He stopped 29 tonight against the Minny Wild. Nicklas Backstrom has been playing lights out as well, but Louie has been unstoppable this week. If you can somehow relate his recent success to Brodeur's injury, be my guest.
Fantastical View - The Canucks may not score more than 2 games every night (which is understandably frustrating for owners), but if Louie isn't letting up any goals, then the Canucks can score as less as they want. Keep Louie as a must start.

Danny Briere stormed back from the IR tonight with a goal. The Flyers did lose, however. In other Flyer news, new acquisition, Matt Carle was second on the team tonight in TOI with 25+ minutes. He was a -1.
Fantastical View - Lining up with Gagne and Knuble, and seeing first unit powerplay time, Briere is definitely going to have a better year than last.

In a night of "welcome back's", Olli Jokinen had a G and an A; while Kristian Huselius did not play against the Flames tonight.
Fantastical View - My prediction of the big line of the Yotes to break out against the Panthers was somewhat true. Jokinen had 2 points, Mueller had a goal, but Doan was left off the score sheet. In Huselius' place on the Brassard line tonight was Jason Chimera, who popped a goal. Brassard also scored his team leading 6th goal. Turned out to be the game winner.

Speaking of the Jackets, Steve Mason won his 3rd straight game tonight, stopping 22 of 23 shots against the (hot) Flames.
Fantastical View - Mason's recent play has forced Ken Hitchcock to take away the temporary #1 goalie position from Frederick Norena. Until Pascal Leclaire comes back, stash Mason as a good 3rd option and ride him while he is hot. Interesting turn of events in Columbus. Ken Hitchcock is not one who likes to play young studs, but is forced to because of results. Mason, Brassard and Voracek have been standouts this season. This team will be competitive for years with the addition of Nikita Filatov in the near future.

Leafs beat the Habs 6-3.

Fantastical View - Wow. That Grabovski is sure fun to watch. Even when he is getting cheap shots from Saku Koivu and Sergei Kostitsyn.

When will you slow down, Alex Semin? Another G and an A tonight for the other Alex.

Fantastical View
- 21 points in 13 games... his value will never be so high as it is right now. Sell high - it's the capitalist way of life.

Brian Boucher
got the start tonight, as promised, against the Dallas Stars. He won, no surprise.

Fantastical View
- one more guaranteed start, and maybe another one after that. If you need cheap and temporary wins, Brian's your boy.

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