Thursday, October 17, 2013
NHL Morning Links - Oct. 17
By Tim Kavanagh
Our Wednesday slate of content here at ESPN Insider was pretty intriguing. Mike Ribeiro struggled during the initial portion of his tenure with the Coyotes, but Craig Custance delved into why he should produce at a higher level for the rest of the season. Meanwhile, Neil Greenberg looked at the data to find out if there was such a thing as a sophomore slump in the NHL, and there is, but only for defensemen; Greenberg offered insight as to why that might be the case. And of course, no Wednesday is complete without Victoria Matiash's lap around the NHL with a fantasy spin on each item in Fantasy Grapevine. Let's take our lap this morning in the links.
Thursday night's game between the Bruins and Panthers was one circled by a lot of people as a biggie: Boston was going to be paying a visit to Tim Thomas in his new environment. An injury to the netminder made some wonder whether he'd be available, but as of now, it's looking like he will be; if not, it'll likely be another Jacob Markstrom appearance.
Speaking of the Bruins, it appears that the plan is to keep Brad Marchand down with the third line a bit longer; for the fantasy players out there, this means that Reilly Smith maintains his value a bit longer.
At the tail end of the Canucks' game against the Flyers on Tuesday, Henrik Sedin was playing with Ryan Kesler and Chris Higgins, and John Tortorella had the trio skating together at practice. Though it seems sacrilegious to have the Sedins split up, Torts hinted that he's not afraid to continue experimenting with his lines.
The goalie timeshare in Anaheim hasn't been too equal thus far: Wednesday night's win by Viktor Fasth was just his third appearance of the season. Moreover, even after stopping 33 of 35 shots, his goals-against average stands at 3.33 and his save percentage is at .877; expect Jonas Hiller back in the crease the next time out.
While his Rangers teammates picked up a huge 2-0 win over the Capitals on Wednesday, Carl Hagelin took the next step towards getting back on the ice. It remains to be seen how Alain Vigneault will deploy Hagelin once he is back in action.
It's great that the Flames have gotten such a good start out of 2013 first-rounder Sean Monahan, but it'd be nice if they could have Mike Cammalleri on the ice a bit, too (at least to ramp up his trade value). Unfortunately, there's no timetable for the veteran's return.
With Dan Boyle out indefinitely following a crushing hit earlier this week, it appears that Brad Stuart may take over his spot alongside Matt Irwin.
According to this report, Magnus Paajarvi will make his 2013-14 season debut in the Blues' game against the Blackhawks Thursday night. Where will he line up? That's the big question.
Jets forward Evander Kane may be out of action for a bit, as he suffered a leg injury in practice Wednesday. The team has clammed up on the information front, but we'll know something somewhat soon, as the team plays next on Friday night.