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SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE - 10/20/2013

Posted by ray on Sun, 2013-10-20 10:04


Morning!

Not a good week for defensemen in the NHL as quite a few well-known and prominent d-men went down from being hit from behind; Dan Boyle, Niklas Kronwall and Lubomir Visnovsky.  I thought this hybrid icing was supposed to prevent all this?

Nothing like playing against the Rangers to bring out the best in the Devils, who finally got their first win last night.

Okay, so each team now has a win and regulation loss except the San Jose Sharks.

You just might have seen this year’s Stanley Cup matchup when Vancouver played Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon.

I think it’s safe to say that Sidney Crosby is heating up as he has averaged 3 points per game over the last 4 games.

RNH is definitely having a bounce back season.  He may have more points already than he did all of last year.   It just seems like it, doesn’t it?

Let’s hope that Taylor Hall’s knee injury isn’t that serious.

I like that they sent a message to Nail Yakupov by sitting him a few games. 

You just have to love that Colorado Avalanche team and the way Head Coach Patrick Roy has them playing.  He has practically raised G Semyon Varlamov from the dead.

Every once in a while Ryan Miller throws in a stinker of a game just like every goaltender, but for the most part this season, he has played fairly well.  Too bad the Sabres can’t score.

This year’s #1 overall draft selection C Nathan MacKinnon is off to a fine star with 7 points in his first 8 games.

No surprise that both goals for the Nashville Predators last night came from the sticks of defensemen Shea Weber and Seth Jones.  Get used to that.

Brendan Gallagher is not letting the sophomore jinx play in his head as he took 9 SOG and scored the lone goal in Montreal’s loss to the Preds.

T-Rask showed Ben Bishop who’s the boss as he blanked the Bolts last night.  The B’s finally offered some support by scoring 5 goals in that contest.

I think Minnesota is glad to be done with visiting the Sunshine State teams now that they have lost both games there.

Kyle Okposo just may have that breakout year that everyone has been waiting for.

So far, and we’re not even 10 games into the season, but Carolina is playing a lot better than I had thought they would.

Caps Goalie Braden Holtby is starting to round into form after a shaky start to the season.

I believe Chicago is really serious about winning back-to-back Stanley Cups.  And they can do it.

The Sharks have scored 39 goals so far.  The next team is Toronto with 30.  Philly and the Rangers have scored the least with 11.

11?

Jonathan Bernier, even though he took the loss against Chicago, played well in stopping 37 of 40 SOG.

The Red Wings were burned in the desert last night as Phoenix scored 4 third period goals to overtake Detroit, 5-2.  That’s so unlike the Red Wings. 

And, Phoenix played the night before.

Did you know that Derek Morris has 6 points in 7 games played while Keith Yandle only has 2 assists in 9 games played?  What’s up with that?

Just about every Shark player is fantasy worthy at this point in the season.  At Least it appears that way.

If you thought MacKinnon was having a good start, Sean Monahan is off to a better start with 8 points in 7 games.  He has scored a power play goal and produced a game-winner as well.

The LA Kings offense seemed to have woken up last night with a 5-2 win over Dallas thanks to Mssrs. Kopitar and Justin Williams.

That Alexander Steen is off to some start.  11 points in 7 games.  Trade him like he’s the next Crosby, which, of course, he’s not.

Lars Eller has cooled off as has Tomas Hertl.  I’d stick with Hertl a little while longer just because he plays on the Sharks.

Mason Raymond will have a decent year production-wise but won’t continue his ppg pace.

This may your chance to get Claude Giroux on the cheap from a disgruntled owner.  Or even Jakub Voracek.  They both just couldn’t suddenly be this bad.  Can you imagine how they will look on your team once they start getting heated up?

Iginla is a notorious slow starter so now is your time to get him for a bag of pucks.

Watch all the rookies as the 10-game mark is coming up.  Now things can settle in.

Enjoy your week!