Bobby Ryan with 3+1=4 last night and he seems to be enjoying the shift to #1C with Getzlaf out as he has 6+1=7 over his last three games. Looking back I should have advised that you buy-low on him before this little outburst as I think this guy is a stud and he's way better than the 53 point pace he was on before this run (he's now on pace for 61, which is still beneath him).
Jordan Staal is on the board with 1+2=3 (all on the PP) last night, nice reward for those GMs that stuck it out through his injuries to start the year... those were his first points of the season and puts him right at his typical 40-something point pace (over 82 gms), that's right I'm not a big believer in his upside.
We've located a pulse on the corpse of Simon Gagne... first goal in 12 games last night and he's only had 2+1=3 & a minus-9 over his last 17 games... scary stuff.
Dwayne Roloson shut out the Caps again last night as he only had to stop 23 shots. Three out of four ain't bad for Rollie with Tampa as he's only given up one goal combined in his three wins but then had that five goal (in 23 minutes) stinker against the Penguins. I'm sure the ship has sailed but if you have a chance to get him then go for it as I think he'll do very well in Tampa.
Back-to-back shutouts for Corey Crawford as he stopped 24 shots to stone the Avs last night. The thing I love about his game, I'm sure I've mentioned this, is the consistency as he's only allowed 4+ goals in two of his 24 appearances and two or less 16 times. It certainly doesn't hurt that the Hawks are starting to play defense like they did last year as Crawford's only facing 26.7 shots/60mins.
I'm on board with what Patrik Berglund is selling long-term, 47 pts his rookie season & solid numbers in Sweden, but I gotta tell you that I'm getting pretty frustrated with him these days... 2+1=3 & a minus-8 over his last 13 games and this despite seeing some big minutes, typically upwards of 18 mpg and he's topped 20 minutes the past two games.
PPG last night for the streaky Brad Boyes and that gives him 4+5=9 over his last 10 games... usually it's all or nothing with this guy but this has been a decent stretch of some steady production. I'd like to say that I see him picking up the pace in the 2nd half but he's not shooting the puck a lot lately with only 20 shots over his last 10 games, so goals aren't going to come easily.
Not a bad night for Vladimir Sobotka with two assists and a fight... he's had 3+9=12 over his last 13 games and is worth a look in deeper leagues but I'm not really too keen as he won't give you enough in many categories (only 13 shots in his last 13 games, for example).
David Backes' season dissected:
- First 21 games: 3+10=13, plus-5, 44 PIMs & 48 shots.
- Last 21 games: 11+11=22, plus-9, 12 PIMs & 59 shots.
AHL scoring whiz David Desharnais with his first NHL goal last night in his fifth game this year. He played over 16 minutes last so that's encouraging but he'll need to add a little bit more to stand out and keep himself from being sent down.
The only AHLer with more points than Desharnais this year is Corey Locke and with 8+19=27 in his last 15 games for Binghamton, he's been summoned to rescue the Senators season... we'll be keeping an eye on him and let you know how he does.