Bulldogs report: Dec. 10, 2008

Wednesday, 10.12.2008 / 2:00 PM / News
canadiens.com
MONTREAL – While Matt D’Agostini is working his magic in Montreal, his teammates down in Hamilton likely wouldn’t object to his return.  The Bulldogs have dropped four of five since their leading scorer was called up on Nov. 27 but, while the wins haven’t come as often of late, it certainly isn’t for a lack of effort.

The ‘Dogs have lit the lamp 19 times over the last five games and the scoring has come from a variety of sources.
J.T. Wyman has proven to be effective in his new role on the blue line, recording a plus-10 differential in just 13 games.

- Offense isn’t expected to be the central part of Kyle Chipchura’s game.  Lately, though, he’s had other ideas.  The Bulldogs captain has helped pick up the slack in D’Agostini’s absence, notching eight points in five games.  That includes three multi-point efforts to start the month of December, bringing his season total to 20 points.  Chipchura has been equally effective at the other end of the ice, logging a plus-14 rating, the best among the Bulldogs.

- A victim of the numbers game early on in the campaign, J.T. Wyman has taken full advantage of the opportunity he’s been given over the last month.  While the points aren’t piling up, the right-winger-turned-defenseman has proven to be a reliable commodity on the back end, recording a plus-10 differential in just 13 games.

- As the mercury dropped in November, Yanick Lehoux was just heating up. The veteran center racked up 18 points in 13 contests, and missed the scoresheet just three times in that stretch.  The Montreal native has 28 points, tying him for fifth in the AHL (or first, with the top four all called up to the NHL, as of Wednesday).

- Right wing Mike Glumac has proven to be a solid veteran addition to the Bulldogs’ cast up front.  He currently leads the squad with 10 markers, five of which have come on the power-play.

The Bulldogs will next hit the ice on Thursday, Dec. 11 for a tilt with the Peoria Rivermen.  They’ll then have a couple of days off to prepare for a meeting with the division rival Toronto Marlies.

Heather Engel is a writer for canadiens.com