Tyler Seguin with another two points last night right in the face of Taylor Hall and that gives him 6+2=8 during a five game point streak. He's not just flashing the brilliance this year, he's been very steady with points in 11 of his 14 games. We liked Seguin more than Hall from a long-term fantasy perspective (see our 2010 fantasy draft rankings) and is it possible that Seguin is already better than the golden child?
Kris Versteeg had the fantasy line of the night with 3+1=4, plus-3 & four shots. He's taking advantage of his 1st line role & minutes in FLA and Coach Kevin Dineen has them playing aggressively (11th in goals & 5th in PP%).
Minor swap of depth dmen... the CBJs traded Kris Russell to the Blues for Nikita Nikitin. I gave up on Russell a long time ago and don't see that he's in a better spot in St.Louis. While Hitchcock did use him in Columbus he was constantly in-and-out of the coach's doghouse so I'm sure he's thrilled to be reunited. Not much upside at all with Nikitin.
Game #3 of the Super Series went last night and the OHL turned the heat up on the Russians to the tune of a 10-7 victory. Freddie Hamilton (3+1=4), Ryan Strome (2+1=3) and Mark Scheifele (2G) led the way for the OHL and they kept Nail Yakupov in check (relatively) as he had just had two assists.
Brad Marchand is slowly get up to speed with Seguin as he had two goals last night and has 2+3=5 & plus-5 during a four game point streak.
Grant Clitsome with a couple of goals on bombs from the point to go along with a plus-1, two PIMs & six shots last night.
Mark Letestu played 16 minutes (3:35 on the PP) and scored in his debut for the CBJs.
More brutality from Steve Mason as he gave up six goals on 36 shots last night and the coach didn't even bother to take him out, in what seems like a white flag waving statement.
Hitchcock went back with Jaroslav Halak in his second game behind the Blues bench and he was decent stopping 20 of 22 but took the SOL. We'll see if this opens the door for Elliott or if it will be all-Halak-all-the-time for a while.
Ben Scrivens was very solid for the Leafs stopping 38 of 40 and picking up the win in the shootout. So he's been good against the bottom-feeders like Columbus & St. Louis but was rocked by Boston.
Do not look now but Jose Theodore is 3-0-2, 2.14 & .931 over his last five games.
Jason Garrison with another goal last night to give him six on the season and 4+2=6 over his last seven games.
And, of course, it wouldn't be a proper dosage without mentioning that Dmitry Kulikov had a pair of assists last night and now has 0+10=10 & plus-6 over his last nine games.
Kyle Quincey with a pair of PPPs and five shots last night and he now has 3+9=12 over his last 12 games and is on pace for a very healthy 250 shots (currently 4th among dmen).
Jonathan Quick gives up another three goals on 32 shots last night in a loss to Vancouver... he's now 0-4-2 over his last six and has given up 3+ goals in six of his last seven.
Claimed on waivers yesterday was Ben Maxwell (ANA) and Taylor Chorney (EDM). Chorney will be assigned to the AHL whereas Maxwell will get a shot with the Ducks. Calgary placed Niklas Hagman on waivers yesterday.