Not sure what happened here... Max Pacioretty was supposedly out for at least a week and maybe longer due to his wrist injury but he was in the lineup last night and all he did was go for 2+1=3, plus-3 & 3 shots. He's now on pace for 36+46=82 & 355 shots!
Brian Elliott with a 32 save shutout of the Canucks to run his record to 4-0-0 with 1.59 & .950 rate statistics. We'll see if Davis Payne pulls a Terry Murray as he already told Halak that he would play Friday but how can you not keep rolling with the streaky Elliott? Grab Elliott in as many leagues as you can, even if this is just short-lived.
Matt Duchene played just 13 minutes with one shot and a minus-2 last night. Dude is really not doing anything with just 1A in his last five games. I wouldn't panic, kid is a gamer and this is just some message-sending by the coach.
I just considered last year a blip for Matt D`Agostini and didn't think he'd see enough time on a scoring line to do much this year but he's been playing with Berglund & Oshie lately and has 2+1=3 & 16 shots in his last three games. That's four goals on the season now to go along with a league leading plus-9. Give him a look.
With D'Agostini & Sobotka up on scoring lines, Alexander Steen is back on the 3rd line but he's not fussed. With two goals last night he now has 5+3=8, plus-6 & 30 shots in nine games. He leads the Blues is goals, points & shots. Actually he's tied with for the team lead in points with FHS favourite (jk) Jason Arnott, who with an assist last night now has 3+5=8 & plus-6 in nine games. Hopefully you listened to Dio when he advised you to add Arnott about two weeks back. Jay & I were too busy making fun of Dio to add him.
It was mostly Brendan Morrison on the top line with Iginla & Tanguay but Roman Horak saw some shifts there and used one of them to notch his first NHL goal. He later added an assist but I still wouldn't consider him much of a fantasy option this year.
Subban played more but Yannick Weber seems to be getting more PP1 time and had a PPG last night. I'm liking this kid as he's played over 20 minutes in seven straight games and the points will come.
Kyle Quincey with a PPG & four PIMs last night and he has 2+3=5 & 14 shots over his last five games. He has been a nice points & PIMs option from the blueline in the past.
Wayne Simmonds racked up a 10 minute misconduct with less than two minutes left last night... thank you very much. I picked him up for this week, no points yet but I'll take that contribution.
The last four games for James van Riemsdyk: 0 points, minus-5, 13 shots with between 12-14 TOI.
Ilya Bryzgalov gave up five on 28 shots last night and has been beaten for 4+ goals in four of his seven appearances so far (including each of his last three).
Another minus-2 and Kevin Bieksa is a minus-9 with just 1A for the season.
Cory Schneider was given the start for the Canucks and he wasn't terrible (28 of 31) but took the loss... that's four starts in the first 10 games for him.
Steve Yzerman says the team is keeping Brett Connolly, he'll play in his 10th game tonight. Despite just 2A in nine games he's been playing on scoring lines and has had some chances. So if he's going to play regularly and with decent players then might as well keep him up even if he seems a little overmatched.
David Savard goes down to the AHL after two points in seven games for the CBJs.
The Sens sent Mika Zibanejad back to the SEL for the season... right move there after he proved he wasn't ready. Now we'll see if he's as good as a lot of you think he is as he should put up points in the SEL and dominate at the WJCs... call me a skeptic.
Yahoo! went through a few days ago and gave dual eligibility to a bunch of players... most seem legit but you could question why they had their original position in the first place:
- The following guys now have C & W eligibility: Tyler Seguin, David Backes, Patrik Elias, Brad Marchand, Jussi Jokinen, Nathan Gerbe, Ville Leino, Jamie Benn & Patrick Kane.
- The following guys now have LW & RW eligibility: Nikolai Kulemin & Kris Versteeg.
- ... and Patrick Sharp now has the glorious tri-eligibility as he can go at C, RW or LW. He should have LD & RD added shortly.