Huge night on the sked. Interesting the one night Cam needs off is this one. I'll do my best to fill his mighty shoes.
The Islanders continue to look good, particular;y John Tavares. He picked up the hat trick last night (and tacked on an assist for good measure) his second four pointer in a row. It looks like a superstar breakout is in the bag for Tavares this year. Riding his coattails were P.A. Parenteau (0+3=3) and Matt Moulson (1+1=2).
Evgeni Nabokov made his Islander debut last night and stopped 29 of 31 for the win. Saw part of the game and he looked pretty sharp from what I could tell. I'm sure we'll start hearing some trade rumours soon but it wouldn't surprise me if the Islanders kept him around to backup Montoya.
Phil Kessel is still red hot as he picked up a 2+1=3, plus-3, five shot line. That's now a mental eight points in just three games. Enjoy the ride, Kessel owners. Two of those goals were set up by Tyler Bozak who played over 20 minutes with a good chunk of PP time. Will be interesting to see what the Leafs do with Bozak when (if?) Tim Connolly returns.
Cody Franson made his season and Leaf debut and picked up an assist in over 18 minutes of work with 3:07 on the PP. I'd expect him to be back in there for good... but you never know with Wilson.
The kids almost did is last night for the Oilers. They lost 4-3 but Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle had two assists each and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had his first career hat trick. This will make it even harder for the Oilers to do the right thing and send him back to junior.
Our oft injured friend Sami Salo had a big one last night... 2+1=3, including the game winner. This guy used to play at over a 40 point pace back in the day, if he could somehow manage to stay healthy a 30 point season wouldn't surprise me. Although, he's not staying healthy... it's just not happening. With DiPietro, Connolly and Hemsky already out the Injury Ninja is coming for Salo next.
Justin Williams had two goals for the Kings last night. That gives him five points in four games. He's a pretty serviceable fantasy player (normally he'll get assists rather than goals though) if he can stay healthy. It's a big if.
After Drew Doughty went down with an injury, Jack Johnson stepped up in a big way. JJ played over 30 minutes with 9:50 on the PP. That's no typo... 9:50! Wow. He had a goal and an assist in the win. The other members of the top PP unit were also leaned on with the man advantage (Mike Richards - 7:19, Anze Kopitar - 8:55 and Dustin Brown - 8:42).
Wayne Simmonds is picking up some key TOI in Philly early on. He's getting about 13 minutes with about three minutes on the PP. Last night he was up over 18 with over five on the PP. He has two points in four games so far.
Looks like the Tomas Vokoun of old is back. 33 saves on 34 shots and the win.
Two important fantasy netminders goalies got thumped last night in Montreal. Carey Price let in five on 30 shots (that's nine in his last two games now). Semyon Varlamov also let in five but at least he faced 43 shots and picked up the win in the shootout.
Max Pacioretty had 1+1=2, two PIM's and eight shots. We really like this guy around here. He has 60 point potential and will also help in PIM's, hits and shots. Brian Gionta had 1+2=3 for his first points of the season.
David Jones was the star for the Avs as he had 2+1=3 in the win. If he can stay healthy again this season he has a good shot at 50+ plus.
Joakim Lindstrom was healthy scratched the first two games of the year but had two goals in the third. Last night, he only played 13 minutes he did lead the Avs with 3:16 of PP TOI. He had no points in the contest. I think he makes a good flyer for those of you in very, very deep leagues.
Montreal had a few of their own PP surprises you should know about. David Desharnais played over 23 minutes with 3:41 on the PP (and had 1+1=2) and Yannick Weber was second on the team (behind P.K. Subban) with 4:25 PP TOI.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored two last night and now has three goals in four games. He was the 6th overall pick in 2009 and has some elite upside. I didn't really like his breakout potential for this season but he had the 2nd most PP TOI of the Yotes d-men so maybe there is some hope here.
Speaking of PP TOI, Martin Hanzal led the Coyotes in that stat last night. He picked up a PPA which gives him three points on the year. Pretty sad that Phoenix needs to depend on this guy so much but if he can keep those minutes up he could top 50.
The Panthers may have been able to stop Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis but they couldn't contain Marc-Andre Bergeron. He scored two goals, played over 20 minutes and was the team's PP QB last night. He has an impressive (and surprising) five points in five games.
Luke Adam continued his torrid start. He picked up a 1+1=2 to give him six points in four games. I just grabbed Adam in two of my leagues this week. He's the #1 center on of the best teams in the league and that's worth an add in almost all leagues. Nathan Gerbe also has a 1+1=2 and now has four points in his first four games.
James Neal with another goal to give him 5+1=6 in the Pens first six games. Neal had even better starts the last two seasons but there every reason to believe he'll keep it going this year... especially if Evgeni Malkin and/or Sidney Crosby return quickly.
David Legwand had an assist last night and has had a part in eight of the Preds 11 goals this season. We don't expect him to continue his current pace (eight points in four games) or anywhere near it going forward. David Legwand: NHL leader in scoring.... just doesn't seem right.
Ian White with 1+1=2 for the Wings. I think he'll do quite well (~30 points) in Detroit this season and seems to be flying under a few radars. He played big minutes on the PP and had the fourth most PP TOI on the Wings last night (only topped by Lidstrom, Datsyuk and Zetterberg).
Three assists for Mike Ribeiro. That's five of them in five games now. He's an underrated source of points (just don't expect a lot of goals).