Wednesday, December 13, 2017
#CBJ C Brandon Dubinsky has been placed on IR. Expected to miss 6-8 weeks due to an orbital bone fracture suffered vs.Edmonton last night.— CBJ Public Relations (@BlueJacketsPR) December 13, 2017
It's a tough loss for the Blue Jackets who have struggled with depth at center all season long. Dubinsky has three goals and nine assists with a plus-5 in 31 games for the Jackets.
#CBJ Brandon Dubinsky has a fractured cheek/orbital bone around left eye, which is badly swollen. Stitches above and below the eye. Not sure if surgery is required. Club has made no comment.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) December 13, 2017
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
"It's very underrated. He's probably one of the best passers in the game right now. He sees things that I don't even see and now it's getting to instinct where I know if I pop out in a certain area it's on my stick, even if there is only room for a puck to get through, it's getting through and I'm like, I don't know how he sees it. I try to watch tape I try to practice things in practice to be the same passer to him but I don't know how he sees it. He's a special player and I really enjoy playing with him. He is a special player and not just in a passing aspect. He does everything so well. He gets in on the forecheck, he blocks shots, he can kill penalties, he's awesome on the power play--he does everything for our team and I think that's what you want from a leader and he does a great job with that."
Schiefele also had high praise for the Jets line of Brandon Tanev, Adam Lowry and Andrew Copp, saying that the trio does a lot to help the Jets in matching up with top teams. "That Lowry/Copp/Tanev line has been awesome for us, same with the Hendricks line," Scheifele said. "Some nights it's maybe not on the scoreboard but they have been scoring a lot as well. They get on the forecheck, they get possession. The Lowry line can play against top lines so you know that gives my line and Little's line maybe some easier matchups at home. For us it's huge when you have depth. We need all lines firing and if one line's not scoring we have the other three to try and put a few in the net. It's been huge, having that depth." Wheeler leads the Jets with 38 points, while Scheifele is second with 35. Copp, Lowry and Tanev have chipped in for 22 points combined to help the Jets scoring output. Winnipeg is tied for second in the NHL in goals with 106 through Tuesday night. There are many reasons that the Jets have finally turned their fortunes around and look to be headed for what would be just their second playoff appearance since moving to Winnipeg from Atlanta in 2011. The goaltending of Connor Hellebuyck is certainly high on the list. But the Jets unsung hero is undoubtedly Blake Wheeler. There may not be another player who does as much for his team while getting so little recognition for it.
*sees Blake Wheeler is trending* pic.twitter.com/OJSZi3uqE6— Harrison Lee (@HLLivingLoco) December 5, 2017
Friday, December 8, 2017
Aho w/ 6 SOGs, 9 attempts, two goals through 40 mins. Too much to handle for #SJSharks— Paul Gackle (@GackleReport) December 8, 2017
Maybe we’ve figured out the cure to the Sharks offensive woes - get down by three goals and then attack— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) December 8, 2017
First time since Oct. 17 that Sharks have multiple PPGs in one game— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) December 8, 2017
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Boychuk has played all 27 Islander games, going 3-5-8 with a plus-8. He is second on the Isles in ice time per game, logging 20:47 a night. Thomas Hickey will draw in on defense for the Islanders, while fourth-line center Casey Cizikas will make his return to the lineup. He has missed the last four games after suffering a lower body injury against Ottawa on November 25. Cizikas has gone 4-4-8 and a plus-5 in 23 games for the Isles.
Weight: Halak in goal, Boychuk and Quine out, injury-related for both. Cizikas in, Hickey in.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) December 7, 2017
"We're not talking about who is out, we're talking about who is in and how we're going to win," Canucks head coach Travis Green said on Thursday. "It's unfortunate, but it gives guys an opportunity to step up." The surprising Canucks are currently 14-10-4, good for third place in the Pacific Division. They host the Flyers on Thursday night.
Bo Horvat’s injury is a fracture (ankle). No precise timeline yet until a specialist reviews the imaging. Obviously, week to week.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) December 7, 2017
Looks like Paul Martin is good to go for tomorrow. Mentioned that the original plan was to come off IR to start the homestand— Curtis Pashelka (@CurtisPashelka) December 6, 2017
The Sharks have been doing just fine defensively, but with rookie Tim Heed out with injury and Brenden Dillon serving his one-game suspension, the timing couldn't be more perfect for Martin's return. That's because the aforementioned Burns is still seeking his Norris Trophy winning mojo this season. He has just one goal and 11 assists to go with a minus-8 in 26 games this season--now you see why these old jeans might be just what San Jose needs at this stage of the season. The Sharks offensive woes certainly don't start at the blue line, but getting some of Burns production back would be a very welcome development in Teal Town for a team that is struggling to score goals in a big way. Head coach Peter DeBoer has thrown a whole bunch of kids into the blender this season and none of them have proven to be prolific offensively. Don't get us wrong, there's some promise, particularly when it comes to Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc and Danny O'Regan, but when it comes to kids, DeBoer has always been hesitant about throwing them into critical roles, especially when they aren't making significant contributions on the score sheet. So far the Sharks have overcome their poor offense (2.5 goals per game, third-worst in the NHL) with excellent defense and sturdy goaltending (2.3 goals allowed per game, second-best in the NHL). But any little thing that tweaks the offense in a positive fashion will be more than welcome. Could Martin be that guy? If the 36-year-old Minnesota native can help Burns rekindle his offensive prowess, the Sharks will certainly be better off. It's been a difficult season for many Sharks' veterans, but nobody is struggling more than Burns. Playing primarily with Martin last season Burns put up 1.79 points per 60 minutes. This season he is down to 0.64 and can't buy a goal (he has just one). Burns has been paired primarily with rookie Joakim Ryan this season, and the pair have been excellent from a possession standpoint, putting up a 5-on-5 Corsi of 55.27. But that Corsi number has not translated into goals as the Sharks have scored just 1.14 per 60 mins while allowing 2.27 per 60 mins with the pair on the ice together. It's not that Ryan and Burns have been bad, but maybe Burns will benefit from not having to worry about a rookie partner while he's on the ice. Sometimes we tend to under appreciate what comfort means to players on the ice. Burns may feel a little more responsible for other partners, and San Jose's coaching staff surely wants him to be a little more defensively responsible when he's out there with a rookie that is getting his first taste of the NHL game. So maybe what Martin's return means for Burns is a return to freewheeling hockey. It certainly worked last season. In 2017-18 the Sharks were strong with Martin and Burns on the ice. In the 1179 minutes that the pair was on the ice at 5-on-5, San Jose averaged 2.65 goals per 60 minutes while allowing 2.09. Different season, different vibe in San Jose offensively. This team has been largely snakebitten this season and the absence of Patrick Marleau up front combined with the slow start of Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski is no doubt dragging those numbers in the Sharks first 26 games, but it sure isn't bad news that Burns is getting his longtime partner back. Anything, at this point in time, helps.
Paul Martin paired up with Brent Burns for some rushes here. Others are 44-61, 47-74 and 4-72 #SJSharks— Curtis Pashelka (@CurtisPashelka) December 6, 2017