Did Washington Demote Their Best Bet in Goal?
On Frozen Blog on Braden Holtby being sent back to Hershey of the AHL:
Think for a minute: we saw the best of Michal Neuvirth at the beginning of the season when he was thrust into the starting role with almost no warning. Since then, he hasn’t looked the same and has not posted those same numbers. Meanwhile, Semyon Varlamov had his solid stretch around the Winter Classic when he looked like the impenetrable wall we saw in the playoffs just a few years ago. Other than those games, though, Varly hasn’t stayed on the ice and his team has a big question mark hovering over their goalie stability now. Holtby, on the other hand, has come up and posted solid outings every time he has been called upon, sometimes with very little warning that he will be starting. With the exception of a few stinkers, Holtby has been dominate in the crease and has not had an extended period of time where he hasn’t been good. I don’t think we can honestly say we have seen the very best Braden Holtby yet.
No Replacement for Kopitar
The L.A. Kings will not call up a player to take Anze Kopitar’s spot on the roster following the star centre breaking his ankle on Saturday. Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Kings will look to role players like Trevor Lewis to pick up some minutes in the absence of the team’s leading scorer.
Corey Perry’s Recent Dominance
The O.C. Register takes a look at just how good Corey Perry has been on his march to the NHL’s goal scoring lead:
–Only 18 days ago, Perry was sixth in the league in goals with 31, 10 behind then-leader Steven Stamkos of Tampa Bay. On Feb. 5, he was tied for eighth with 25, 14 behind Stamkos.
–In his last nine games, Perry has 13 goals and four assists for 17 points with a plus-9 rating, five multi-goal games and four game-winning goals, two of which have come in overtime.
–He leads the league with 20 third-period goals (no other player has more than 16) and with 22 third-period/overtime goals (no other player has more than 18).
Jimmy Howard Day-to-Day with Shoulder Sprain
Detroit could have Jimmy Howard back between the pipes as early as Wednesday after an MRI revealed no damage to the goaltender’s shoulder. Howard could conceivably sit a couple of games, but as Ansar Khan reports at MLive.com – Howard would like to get some games in before the playoffs.
Ryane Clowe’s Timely Fighting
Mr. Plank examines Ryane Clowe’s fight patterns at Fear The Fin.
UNB Captures CIS Championship
The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds shut out the McGill Redmen 4-0 on Sunday to claim the Cavendish Cup. [CBC Sports]
NCAA Frozen Four Features Midwest Flavour
The field for the 2011 Frozen Four is set, North Dakota, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Minnesota-Duluth will head to Minnesota for the NCAA National Championship. [Pro Hockey Talk]
Dubnyk’s Save of the Year Candidate