Promotion and production for Bourque... pass on P-Macs bf... has everyone seen enough of Huet?... Brandon Sutter impressing... Savard could be out a while... Letang's forecast calls for bull-riding
Rene Bourque jumped up to the top line with Iginla & Stajan earlier last week but we held off mentioning it to see if it was going to stick, well with a four point night last night Brent Sutter might want to keep these guys together (btw, Iggy had a four-pointer himself with 3+1=4). Bourque was already one of the biggest breakout players of this season as he's on pace for almost 60 points with 100 PIMs and 200+ shots, but this certainly can't hurt his production.
Hat-trick yesterday for Andrew Ladd but despite all the superlatives that Pierre McGuire was using to describe how amazing this guy is, the fact of the matter is that he was 1+1=2 with a minus-7 in the nine games prior to yesterday and likely won't break 20 goals or 40 points this year, so you can just forget that yesterday even happened cause this guy's not going to help your fantasy team.
Yesterday was (hopefully) another nail in the coffin for Cristobal Huet as the Hawks starting goalie... with a 2-0 lead he proceeded to give up four straight 2nd period goals to the Wings before being pulled. Antti Niemi replaced him, gave up one goal and took the loss but look for him to be given another chance to take over the #1 job permanently.
Jason Arnott scored yesterday and had three goals in four games this past week... that's all we got.
Dan Hamhuis has an assist in each of the four games since the break ended, so if you're desperate for help on D down the stretch, then give him a look.
Guillaume Latendresse is up to 39 games with the Wild, so almost half a season, and with two goals last night he now has 21 goals with his new team, that's over a 40 goal full season pace!... and he doesn't appear to be showing any signs of slowing down as he has 7+3=10 in his last 10 games.
Manny Legace and Justin Peters are splitting the duties right now in Carolina but going back to before the break, Legace has won his last five starts with a 1.59 gaa & .941 sv%. He might be worth a look but watch out as the Canes have a tough week coming up.
We didn't really think that Brandon Sutter had it in him to be a big scorer in the NHL but he's showing some nice flashes right now as he has a six game point streak going with 4+4=8 and plus-5.
With an assist yesterday, Scotty Gomez has 1+4=5 in his last three games and is 4+8=12 with 43 shots in his last 10 games. This isn't really unexpected for the Mexican from Alaska as he tends to pick up his play near the end of the season, recall that we mentioned him as part of our 2nd Half Stars team recently.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Marc Savard left yesterday's game on a stretcher after a concussion from a nasty Matt Cooke hit... Savard's probably going to miss this week's games at the least and maybe a lot longer.
Tuukka Rask looks ready to return from the knee injury that has kept him out of the last three games... look for him to start on Tuesday.
Todd Bertuzzi left yesterday's game due to a LBI, not sure if it's serious but with Bert, all injuries have the potential to be serious.
Evander Kane took a shot off the foot on Saturday night and he missed yesterday's game... he'll be re-evaluated today but this could also be serious.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Cody Franson.
What's distracting us today? This is from a while ago but we tend not to watch the weather reports in Pittsburgh too often so we missed it until now... Tyler Kennedy and Kris Letang try to give you the weather report but they're all kinds of awful, the highlight (at 3:15 mark) being when Letang says, "It's going to be great weather... so you'll want to be riding your bull around"... not something that you hear on your local weather every day.