Peter Mueller finally did something since returning that’s worth talking about, and I’m not just talking about the 2 Goals.¬† He overcame a Concussion!¬† No not that.¬† He also had an Assist last night!¬† No no that’s wrong too.¬† Oh yeah, he finally¬†saw¬†more than 15 minutes on the ice.¬† In fact he was out there for almost 20, including major Power Play time.¬† It’s a good sign, and if it wasn’t for his Crosby-like concussion past I’d be screaming MUUUEEELLLEEEEERRRR¬†from a mountain top.¬† Unfortunately I’ve already been burned advocating for concussion victims, so I will temper expectations…¬† But seriously those of you with garbage teams go pick him up now, his upside is high and if he gets concussed again you can just drop him.
Taylor Hall – LW (Edm):¬† In case you haven’t heard, Hall is out for a while after getting gashed above the eye in pre-game warmups.¬† It took 30 stitches to close the wound, which for a hockey player amounts to about 2 games (1 Game missed = 15 stitches, for you math majors).¬† This of course assumes that that (that that?¬† that that) blade to the head just caused massive bleeding and not¬†the C word.
Jason Pominville – RW (Buf):¬† It goes without saying that when a team is losing as many games as Buffalo has been, most¬†players on the team will be slumping.¬† Pominville hasn’t¬†fallen off a cliff (2 Goals last night, 7 Points last 8 games) but these other guys I’m about to mention have not only fallen off the cliff, but their bodies have been identified and the funerals are on Saturday…
Thomas Vanek – LW (Buf):¬† Here is the major offensive culprit in Tatanka…errrrr…. Buffalo.¬† Vanek started the season red hot, but he’s now scoreless in¬†3 games and he’s got just 2 points in his last 9.¬† HOWEVA, between Vanek and the next 2 Sabre’s I’m going to mention I trust him the most to turn it around.
Derek Roy – C (Buf):¬† Roy G Biv has been just as cold as Vanek (2 Points last 9 games) but for some reason I have little to no faith in a turnaround.¬† I blame his first name…
Ryan Miller – G (Buf):¬† And we get to the¬†last (and primary) culprit in the land of chicken wings and missed field goals.¬† I will admit Goalies receive too much of the blame when a team is struggling, but thats just part of the job.¬† It’s probably the worst position in sports when it comes to assigning blame.¬† NFL Quarterbacks get too much blame when times are bad too, but when things are good for an NFL team the Quarterback gets¬†ALL the¬†credit.¬† It’s rarely that way for an NHL Goalie.¬† Can Miller Time return this season?¬†¬† It’s possible.¬† Just remember¬†8 out of 10 recovering alcoholics will fall off the wagon.
Alex Ovechkin – RW (Wsh):¬† The Russian Rapper scored a Goal last night to give him 19 on the season.¬†¬†Not exactly¬†what was expected from a consensus top 3 pick in the draft, let alone the fact that this is ALEX OVECHKIN.¬† Maybe he turns it on and manages to pull 40 Goals out of a hat, but I just don’t see it.¬† Hell right now I’d be surprised to see him get to 80 points.
Francois Beauchemin – D (Ana):¬† Just like Buffalo’s struggles lead to horrible individual slumps, Anaheim’s surge leads to individual hot streaks.¬†¬† Enter the Beauche-man.¬† 2G/5A last 6 games means he’ll probably go pointless until February, but if you’re desperate for short term D help you could do worse.