Oh please, that's a deceptive stat and you know it. I am by no means an Avery fan, but you know damn well that 90% of his minor penalties are offsetting, so we aren't shorthanded. Furthermore, he draws a ton more penalties than EC because he goes to the dirty areas of the ice.
If we're going to make an argument about Avery vs. EC, let's keep it honest.
21 PIM. 3 fights, 2 coincidental minors and 1 high sticking.
As far as discipline has been concerned, he has been better in his severely limited action this year.
I am simply pointing out possible reasons for Christensen's selection over him. Another is, as Joe said during previous broadcast; dislike of losing potential points in the shootout.
For the 7 minutes they play during the game, there would have to be a pretty significant discrepancy to counterbalance the shot at 3-4 more points in the standings. EC singlehandedly got us the only goal in the winning shootout several times last year.
yeah and Dubi and Boyle scored more than 20 goals last year. Avery has been pretty disciplined THIS YEAR and therefore this is a red herring. This is personal and we all know it. Torts is full of it if he claims anything else. Avery has played better than Boyle, Dubi, and Feds this year. He should not be sitting; especially not for Eric the Weanie.
Someone brought a good point yesterday. If Rupp is close to coming back and Avery is the player going down for cap reasons it makes sense Christensen is playing. Avery gets hurt he can't go down.
That's nonsense. The Rangers aren't over the cap and they don't have a single player on LTI exception, but they have 4 guys on IR. Players on IR still count against the cap unless the team applies for LTI exception. The only reason someone is going to get sent down is because the Rangers will be over their active roster player limit. You're only allowed 23 players on your active roster. If Avery gets hurt, he'll go on IR and they'd be in exactly the same situation they are now with Rupp on IR.
Blues fan here. This should be a good game, as both teams are playing well over the past month or so.
The story on Grachev:
He tore it up in training camp, and led the team in preseason scoring. He won a roster spot on the 4th line (as the top 9 were pretty stacked). He didn't get many points, but he played a high energy, effective 4th line style and his stock was rising. Stewart got suspended and Grachev got a chance in the top 6. He had a terrible game. I think it really messed with his confidence.
Now that Perron is back and the team is MOSTLY healthy (minus McDonald and projected 4th-liner Crombeen) there isn't room for Grachev any more so he was sent down to get some AHL minutes. Sobotka took a puck off the foot in practice, so Grachev got called back up. I haven't seen the lines yet to even confirm whether Grachev is in the line-up, but I hope so.
As for Elliott: He's just playing great. But the team defense has also been equally remarkable. They're holding teams to very few shots, and mostly from the outside. Both the Blues' goaltenders are playing at a high level with great stats right now (if you throw out Halak's horrid start to the season).