Dude in the back is lovin Kessel & Lupul... either that or they made him spill his $12 beer and someone is gonna pay!
Phil Kessel with another big game as he had 1+2=3 & five shots to pad his lead in the scoring race... he currently leads the league in both goals (7) and points (12).
Joffrey Lupul is enjoying the ride on the Kessel train as he had two goals last night and has started the year with 4+3=7 & 18 shots in five games.
Alexander Burmistrov with a goal in 18 minutes of ice-time last night and he's looked a lot more effective this year than his rookie season.
Burmistrov's minutes are coming at the expense of Evander Kane, who only played 11:48 last night but had four shots and three hits. Anyone care to explain to me what Claude Noel is doing to this kid?
Mark Scheifele with his first NHL goal last night but he only played 10:27 so he should probably head back to Jr. soon.
People are concerned about Mikhail Grabovski's slow start but just be patient and he'll come around. The guy I'd be worried about is Clarke MacArthur as he's started with just one assist & one shot in his first three games. I think it's possible that everything came together perfectly for him last season and it could prove to be difficult to replicate.
James Reimer runs his record to 4-0-1 with the shootout win but make note that of his five games to date, only Montreal was in the playoffs last year, so assist to the schedule maker for the soft start.
The Leafs gave Jake Gardiner a good look last night as he played top four minutes (25:09) with 2:11 on the PP... still no points to show for his efforts yet.
Cody Franson was a healthy scratch again for the Leafs... fricken Wilson.
The Flyers are bringing Brayden Schenn up to the big leagues after a scorching 4+4=8 in four AHL games. I think this kid is ready to produce in the NHL but we'll see what Laviolette has planned for him as we're not sure where he fits into the lineup. Things could be a little clearer in a few games as we should know if Sean Couturier is sticking around for the full year. He's looked good so far and is filling a major role on the PK.
Carolina has sent Justin Faulk to the AHL, smart move as he had been scratched for the last three games and should play big minutes in Charlotte. Good news for Jamie McBain as his spot in the lineup is a little more secure today.
Jeff Petry is headed down to the AHL despite starting the year by averaging nearly 21 minutes of ice-time in three games. It seems that the return of Ryan Whitney did him in so he'll just have to wait until Whitney's foot gives out and he'll be back up.
Nazem Kadri is healthy and off IR so the Leafs have sent him down to the AHL to get some games in... he should be back up with the big club when there are some injuries.
Reports say Kirill Kabanov will in fact head to Shawinigan after a very brief stint with Farjestad where I don't believe he had time to even appear in a game.