Tyler Seguin was flying last night and was unlucky to only end up with a single goal... he easily could have had an ovechtrick. This gives him 7+3=10 over his last seven games.
Joe Pavelski had his eighth multi-pointer of the season (in just 13 games). He now has 7+8=15 in his last nine games. He's up to 7th in the league in points and tied for 3rd in goals... and over a third of you said that we shouldn't have traded Jagr for him???... pffft.
All the Sharks top forwards are rolling but Brent Burns is off to a pretty meh start to his Sharks career with just two points in his last nine games. He also has an even plus/minus and after nearly a 100 PIMs last season, he has a grand total of zero so far this year... not the kind of impact I was hoping for but I expect him to come around.
Evgeni Nabokov was given the start last night after sitting out the past three due to a LBI and he probably should have stayed on the bench as he gave up three goals on 12 shots and was pulled in the 1st period. Al Montoya provided relief in his first game action in over two weeks as he stopped 22 of 24. Who knows who is going to play from day-to-day or what the plan is for the rest of the season but if you made me choose the most likely scenario then I'd probably say that RDP gets hurt & Nabokov gets traded, leaving the net to Montoya. But that's just one of a million different scenarios and even if that does happen, lord knows how long before it gets to that.
The Canada-Russia Super Series started last night and it looks like the Russians are building off of last year's series win and WJC gold medal with a 2-nil win over the Q. This is always a great opportunity to see a lot of players that will make up both the Russia and Canada WJC rosters, so a little preview if you will. Tampa prospect Nikita Kucherov is the player to keep an eye on for the Russians and last night was my first viewing of 16-year-old Nathan MacKinnon and he did not disappoint (although he didn't have a point) as he was named the QMJHL player of the game. The schedules, rosters & summaries can all be found here.
Cold streak for the Kings as they are without a win in their last five games... Jonathan Quick has started all five of those games and while his numbers are still excellent (1.87 & .936), he's given up three or more goals in five of his last six games. Jonathan Bernier is expected to start tonight.
3-point night for Patrick Marleau and he's come on after a sluggish start with 4+6=10 over his last eight games.
Logan Couture with another goal on five shots last night and he has at least a point in eight of his last nine games (6+4=10, plus-6 & 33 shots).
2+1=3 last night for Nathan Horton and hopefully that gets him going as it's been a very mild start with just 2+3=5 & 17 shots in 12 games coming in. Dude needs to shoot the puck!
Patrice Bergeron with an assist to extend his point streak to seven games where he's tallied 3+6=9.
B2B 3-point games for David Krejci and I'd say he's official over his early season struggles where he had just one point in his first eight games... hopefully you listened and didn't rush to judgement on him.
No points and no PP time for Travis Hamonic last night but he's still helping you out in other areas with two PIMs, three shots, three hits & two blks last night. He's on his way to a big peripheral season but he's gotta start chipping in a few points.
As suspected, the Panthers sent Jacob Markstrom back to the AHL yesterday as they want him to carry the load in San Antonio instead of splitting time in a three-way in FLA. He'll be back up and would see his share of starts if there is another injury or a trade.
Nikita Filatov is headed back to the AHL after playing in the last four games for the Sens but never saw more than eight minutes in a contest.
Matt Frattin is back up with the Leafs to fill in for Timmy C.