COLUMBUS OH - OCTOBER 22: Rene Bourque #17 of the Calgary Flames is congratulated by Olli Jokinen #13 of the Calgary Flames after scoring a shorthanded goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period on October 22 2010 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
A Hat-Trick of Hat-Tricks last night as Steve Stamkos, Daniel Alfredsson and Rene Bourque all turned the trick. Ho-hum for Stamkos as he had a four point night and now has 8+6=14 in his first seven games. Alfredsson's hat-trick gave him 1,000 points for his career, congrats but (being a Leafs fan) I still hate the guy. Beautiful night for Rene Bourque as he was 3+1=4, plus-3, 4 PIMs, 5 shots, SHG & GWG. He had a number of big night's like this last year and finished with a very respectable 58 pts, 88 PIMs & 215 shots... if he can stay healthy (big if) then we think he's one of the better fantasy wingers out there.
We mentioned on Tuesday that we noticed David Perron flying around with two goals against the Hawks on Monday. Well in the return engagement last night he had another two goals and either he just really enjoys tormenting Marty Turco or he's setting himself up for a big season. I don't own him in any leagues but you can bet I'll be asking around to see if he's available although that ship has likely sailed.
There was talk that the Senators were going to demote Erik Karlsson off the top PP unit due to his poor showing so far but he started on that unit last night and responded with two assists. The Sens are kinda struggling as a team and Karlsson is a polarizing figure as he's a real gambler but when he's on, he's on and we think he'll be on enough this year to have a big breakout season.
You know who's undefeated?... Mike Smith... yeah crazy, I know. His averages (3.12 & .884) indicate that he's been shaky but he's sporting a sweet 4-0-0 record right now and looks to be the preferred choice over Dan Ellis. A big help has been that Tampa is really slanting the ice this year as they're averaging 34.9 shots per game while only giving up 27.9... Guy Boucher's goal is a 40/20 advantage.
Cory Schneider had his second straight solid start (ssss) as he stopped 23 of 24 to beat the Wild last night and has only given up two goals on the season so far. We don't think he's going to take Luongo's job but he should put up good numbers this year in limited action and has some great upside.
Jeff Tambellini scored his first of the season while playing a season high 15:08 and even found himself on a line with the Sedin's. Before you go pick him up realize that the Sedin's have had a different third join them pretty much each game so far and that Burrows will likely reclaim that spot when he returns in a few weeks.
Dustin Byfuglien was 1+1=2 last night with a PPG on seven shots while playing a season high 24 minutes. He has 2+4=6 during a four game point streak and is looking like a great dman option as he'll contribute across the board (with the exception of plus/minus).
Tyler Myers was minus-2 last night and is leading the league with a minus-9 on the season. The kid is really struggling to start the year with only 1+1=2 through eight games... not sure if this is officially a sophomore slump or if he's just starting slow and will come around soon. Last year was such a stunning result that we wouldn't be surprised to see him come back to earth but then again, we learned last year not to doubt this guy.
Calgary's Henrik Karlsson stopped 20 of 22 to win his NHL debut last night. He would be a solid pick-up if it wasn't for the fact that he's unlikely to see much more than 15 games this year playing behind the very durable Kiprusoff.
We mentioned that we weren't worried the other night when Nikita Filatov only played 10 minutes as the CBJs were protecting a lead... well he only played 10 minutes again last night and the CBJs were trailing and needed goals, so now we are definitely concerned. He even lost his spot on the top PP unit as Brassard took over.
Kings goalie Erik Ersberg is back on waivers and he's likely on his way to the KHL.