Brian Gionta has turned his season around pretty quickly as he started out flat with 1+2=3 over his first 13 games but is now riding a five game point streak with 4+4=8. Gionta always shoots the puck alot (on pace for 300+ shots this year) so you knew the goals would come eventually.
Carey Price followed up his fantasy player of the week nod with another superb performance as he stopped all 41 shots the Flyers could throw at him for the shutout victory. He's been very steady this year as he hasn't given up more than three goals in his last 14 games and the Habs are doing a decent job of keeping him out of trouble as he's facing an average of 29.2 shots/60mins. He faced an average of 31.7 shots/60mins last year.
Kris Versteeg has really been struggling with the Leafs but he showed up last night with two PPGs and that actually gives him 3+4=7 over his last seven games. He leads the Leafs forwards in average ice-time (20:15/gm) and has been seeing some time at the point on the PP so the odds are that he'll start producing more regularly.
Mikhail Grabovski is quietly on a little run with 4+5=9 over his last seven games and was centering the top line last night with Kessel & MacArthur. This guy takes a lot of heat and is always the first Leaf that everyone wants to get rid of but the team really likes him, Ron Wilson especially, so look for him to continue to get lots of chances.
Another two point, GWG, seven shot night for Brad Richards as he's on his way to another huge fantasy season with 100+ points & 300+ shots. He's on pace for 41 goals but he's never scored more than 26 in a season so that pace will be hard to maintain but he's contributing in pretty much all categories besides PIMs.
Colin Wilson hasn't been seeing much ice-time for the Predators lately, he's been under 12 minutes in his past three games and is averaging 12:40/gm on the season. Not surprisingly, he's only had one assist to show for his last eight games. This is how Barry Trotz rolls, the kid's really need to earn their ice-time, so we wouldn't be too concerned about Wilson over the long-term.
Brayden Schenn has been sent down... but not to Brandon yet, he's headed to Manchester on an AHL conditioning assignment.
A few AHL call-ups of note as the Blues brought up T.J. Hensick from Peoria where he's their leading scorer with 6+9=15 in 13 games and the Panthers are giving Michal Repik a look after he's had a fine with 4+18=22 in 17 games, good for a share of second place in the league's scoring race... keep an eye on both.
Forgot to mention the Islanders firing Scott Gordon the other day, while we don't think much of him as a coach, he wasn't really given much of a team to work with so he was in a tough spot. Jack Capuano, who had been the team's AHL coach in Bridgeport will take over, we don't know much about him (we'll find out) but this is the Islanders and we hadn't heard that he's a miracle worker, so they'll continue to suck.