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Henrik Lundqvist and the NY Rangers continued to make life miserable for the Buffalo Sabres. Lundqvist recorded a 29-save shutout as the Rangers blanked Buffalo 2-0. Chris Kreider and Derick Brassard scored the goals. Ryan Miller made 44 saves in the loss.

Miller continues to shine despite being on a 2-12-1 team. All Buffalo is doing by trotting him out there is trying to boost his trade value and keep backup Jhonas Enroth rested as long as possible. Where Miller is going to be traded is still very much up in the air but wherever he lands, his value increases. The potential Miller trade is one of the biggest stories of the first month of the season.

Boston knocked off Anaheim 3-2 in the shootout. Devante Smith-Pelly led the Ducks with a goal and an assist. It’s his first goal of the season and 10th of his career. Zdeno Chara scored the game-tying goal for Boston with less than three minutes left in regulation.

Here’s what’s puzzling about the Ducks. They’re 10-3-1 this season and yet they have nothing on the power play. They went 0-for-4 in this game and are a meager 4-of-55 this season. If their power play got going they would be scary. The Ducks are without Teemu Selanne for a couple weeks after he took a high stick in the mouth against the Flyers earlier this week.

Phoenix rallied back from a 3-0 deficit for a 5-4 shootout win. Shane Doan and Antoine Vermette scored two minutes apart in the third period to complete the rally. Tomas Greiss got the win and Carter Hutton coughed the lead up.

Greiss isn’t going to get much playing time so he’s not worth a roster spot. Hutton has seized the reins while Pekka Rinne is out battling an infection in his hip and seems like he had an off game in this one. Hutton is worth a roster spot if you need the depth between the pipes. Phoenix leads the league with 40 points from defensemen so guys like Derek Morris would be worth a pickup to bolster the blue line.

Friday’s Games (all times ET)

Washington at Philadelphia 7pm Alex Ovechkin will miss this game with an upper-body injury. Otherwise, start all of your Capitals against this lousy Flyer team.

Columbus at Pittsburgh 7pm This is the start of a home-and-home between the teams.

Tampa Bay at Carolina 7pm  Jiri Tlusty and Jordan Staal are off to slow starts with three points each in their first dozen games. Bench them until they produce  points.

NY Islanders at Ottawa 730pm Neither team can stop much of anything lately; this looks to be a shootout.

St. Louis at Florida 730pm Jaroslav Halak has owned Florida going 8-1-0 with a 0.75 GAA in his last nine starts against them.

Montreal at Minnesota 8pm Can the Habs post a third straight road shutout? Carey Price gets the call.

Colorado at Dallas 9pm Look for JS Giguere to get the start after Semyon Varlamov’s arrest in a domestic dispute.

Detroit at Calgary 9pm

 

  1. Andrew, I picked up Jean-Sebastien Giguere yesterday and Varlamov was cut by another team. Now I see Varlamov is expected to start Saturday against the Canadiens it appears his playing status in the near future won’t be affected all that much. Should I try to re-attain Backstrom when he becomes available tomorrow? Should I try to roster Varlamov & cut Giguere? Hold onto Giguere and see if Varlamov gets suspended ot jailed? I realize you do not have a crystal ball, but tomorrow morning Backstrom & Varlamov are both available free agents on waivers. Hold, fold, or draw another card? Thanks!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      I like Varlamov over Backstrom right mow since he’s been playing better and not gotten a significant dent in his playing time.

      Go for Varlamov, cut Jiggy.

  2. Jon says:
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    I need help on defense. Would you add Hjalmarson, Voynov, Jack Johnson, McDonagh or Spurgeon over Salo, Faulk Goligoski or Garrison? G A +/- PPP ATOI SOG HIT

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      Voynov of the Kings is a defenseman who can also step up and put up some offense. I would take him over Salo since Voynov gets PP time and Salo doesn’t get as much.

  3. Jon says:
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    My D: Yandle, Voynov, Goligoski, Faulk, Garrison

    His D: Byfuglien, Kronwall, Seidenberg, Morris, Doughty, Wisniewski

    I’d like to one of my forwards for one of his D-men. Any suggestions?

    C Toews, Spezza, Getzlaf, Hanzal, Stepan
    RW Ryan, Eberle, Eriksson*
    LW Nash*, Marleau, Brown

  4. Andrew, I have to move Loui Eriksson off from my IR. Who to cut? Eric Staal, Mike Ribeiro, Tomas Hertl, Dustin Brown, Max Pacioretty, or Gabriel Landeskog? I’m locked from making moves until I activate or drop Eriksson. I’m leaning Hertl, maybe Ribeiro? I think Loui needed time to get acclimated and then he got hurt & I think he could pay out now. What is your opinion? Thanks!

    • @madden_curser: The Bruins (DAL, FLA, TOR-10H/5A) are playing 10 out of 15 games this month from TD Garden, including a five game home-stand starting this week with a few cupcakes coming into town. I’m thinking the B’s will get hot.

  5. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    1. 12 teamer where we start 3 goalies per day. i currently have rinne (IR), backstrom(losing job)/bernier and streaming backup spot (currently mcelhinney). probelm is you can only make pickups on previous day so other than back to back games there’s a lot of guessing. nabokov just got dropped. now that i effectively have less than 2 starters should I drop backstrom for nabokov (even though he’s been terrible)?
    2. 16 team dynasty league. Now after draft being told by commish that nobody can have 3 active goalies at the same time. i grabbed hiller like in the 17th round due to figuring I would trade him at some point anyway and this b.s. just speeded that shit up. which goalie should i trade or drop out of holby/hiller/bobrovsky? I’m thinking Hiller.

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