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Holy Hell, what a game in Philly last night as the Flyers & Lightning played a game of "First to 10 Goals Wins"... well neither got there but 8-7 was a nice effort. Even more amazing was that the scoring was spread around so evenly, yeah sure Steven Stamkos had 3+2=5 & Martin St. Louis had five assists but 28 of 36 skaters had at least a point and the 15 goals were scored by 12 different players. So while your Flyer & Lightning players likely gave you something last night, I'm sure some GMs were hoping for more. Hell, Ville Leino didn't get a goddam point... Jay, you're president of the Ville Leino fantasy fanclub... WTF?
Btw, Stamkos is on pace for 82+69=151 right now... ummm, yeah.
You knew this was coming... our boy Logan Couture had another goal last night and has 3+3=6 during a four game point streak. He leads all rookies in goals (8) and shots (66) and is second only to Skinner in points (12 to 15).
Jonas Gustavsson stopped 29 of 30 shots to beat the Devils for his second win of the season. With Giggy out for a few weeks, this is a great opportunity for Gustavsson to steal the #1 job if he can string some wins together. You may laugh and wonder why you'd want a goalie on the Leafs but they are proving to be pretty solid defensively as they're 3rd in the league by only allowing 27.7 shots/gm.
Final game of the Super Series went last night and the Russian's won again (5-2) and take the series four games to two. I'd say this doesn't bode well for Canada's WJC entry as they had a real problem solving any of the Russian goalies. Maxim Kitsyn led the Russians with 4+2=6 during the series and the LA draft pick was impressive for stretches.
Nathan Horton and friends stuck it to his old team last night as he had a hat-trick of assists in a 4-nil win over Florida. Boston seems to be treating Horton well as he's on pace for 86 pts, 120 PIMs & 183 shots.
Horton's "friends" really came through as his linemate, Milan Lucic, potted a hat-trick (of goals) to give him 7+3=10 with a plus-8 over his last 10 games. Tuukka Rask was unbeatable for the Bruins as he stopped all 41 shots he faced for the shutout and while he may only be 1-4-1 on the season, he's now owns some solid numbers with a 2.24 gaa & .939 sv%... don't look back Tim Thomas.
Rask was especially stingy against David Booth as he put an incredible 14 shots on net but ends the night with no points and a minus-2. Booth is shooting a lot (on pace for 361 shots) but is jinxed lately as he has no points in his last six games.
Not even the net could stop Brett Clark's shot last night as he scored and has points in three straight. His PP ice-time is a little erratic but he's averaging 3:10 /gm which is good for 7th on the team and anyone who gets time on Tampa's top unit is going to be productive, so give him a look.
Andreas Nodl has been in & out of the Flyers lineup and his ice-time fluctuates wildly but he has been seeing some time on a line with Mike Richards and does have 3+3=6 over his last seven games. We kinda lost interest in him after a poor season in the AHL last year but the Austrian showed some potential in college and it looks like he's starting to figure out the pro game.
Nazem Kadri had two assists in his third game of the season and the kid looks to have earned himself an extended stay as he's playing a lot (18+ minutes in each game) and is seeing time on the top line & #1 PP unit.
Marcel Goc had two goals last night and now has 3+2=5 over his last five games and a very decent 5+4=9 in 11 games on the season. We wouldn't get too excited as this guy has proven to be not much of a scorer but he has been playing quite a bit lately (virtually no PP time though).
The Habs have called up Yannick Weber from the AHL where he's leading the league's dmen in goals with 8+4=12 in 15 games. This guy has a real bomb from the point and he could surprise but he needs to get into the lineup first so he'll have to be patient and wait for Spacek or Hamrlik to breakdown.